Italy is a country with long educational tradition where some of the oldest universities in the world are located. It is very popular study destination in Europe due to its affordable and quality education and it welcomes around 100.000 international students every year. There are around 250 universities, academies and other education institutions of higher education which offer various study programs in Italian and English language.
In Italy, the academic year starts in September or October and many institutions offer intake in February or March, at the beginning of the second semester.
Italy takes pride for its long tradition of education and has played a significant role in higher education reform in Europe and the introduction of quality control standards. Italy offers top quality study programs and degrees which are respected and recognized worldwide. Italian education institutions are characterized by modern conditions, modern learning methods and numerous opportunities for practical learning.
International students in Italy are allowed to work part time. Students coming from EU/EEA and Switzerland do not need work permit, while students coming from third country do need. Students coming from EU/EEA and Switzerland can stay and work in Italy upon graduation while students from third countries can extend their residence permit for a year in order to find a job and stay in the country.
Tuition fees at public institutions are significantly lower than private ones and are affordable compared to other popular study destinations. International students in Italy can receive various scholarships which can ease their study and living costs. There are public and regional scholarships, scholarships offered by private institutions as well as scholarships offered by education institutions.
Italian education system offers numerous opportunities for conducting modern research and innovations. Italian universities focus on diversification of research areas and particularly stand out in research in the field of climate change, astronomy, art, medicine, restoration etc.