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Study in Italy for International Students


Italy is home to the oldest university in the world, which has been in continuous operation since 1088. Italy is an enchanting destination for international students seeking high-quality education in a vibrant cultural setting.

Renowned for its rich history, art, and cuisine, Italy offers diverse academic programs that cater to various interests and career paths, particularly in art, design, fashion, architecture, engineering, and technology. With top-ranked universities, expert faculty, and cutting-edge research opportunities, students can immerse themselves in a stimulating academic environment.


The country’s picturesque landscapes and warm hospitality also create an unforgettable study experience. Italy promises an enriching educational journey filled with cultural exploration and personal growth from its iconic cities to its charming villages.

Some Basics You Need to Know

Language of Instruction

Italian is the primary language in Italy, but courses can be delivered in Italian, English or a combination of Italian or English. So check the language of instruction of the course you wish to study beforehand. 


Degree Duration

Both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees can be offered either in Italian or English or sometimes both. It will vary from university to university, so check the university website you wish to study at. Bachelor’s are usually 3 to 4 years, and Masters is 2 years. 


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Talking about intakes, there are essentially two intakes in Italy. The Fall intake starts in September, and the Winter Intake begins in February. Ideally, for September intake, you should apply by May and for February intake, apply by November.


Universities and Courses

Italy largely has two types of institutions – public and private. 

Public Universities include


  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Bologna
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Padua
  • University of Milan
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Naples
  • University of Trento
  • University of Florence
  • University of Turin
  • University of Pavia

Private universities include 

  • Bocconi University
  • UCSC
  • LUISS Guido Carli
  • Liberal Universita di Bolzano
  • Carlo Cattaneo University

B-Schools include

  • SDA Bocconi School of Management
  • Bologna Business School
  • MIB Trieste School of Management.

Politecnico di Milano, Sapienza University of Rome, and the University of Bologna are ranked amongst the top 200 globally by QS. Talking about courses, there is everything to anything available. You can rest assured of that.

Eligibility Criteria

For Bachelors 

  • A minimum of 65% is recommended in your 12th grade
  • An IELTS score of 5.5 to 6. 
  • Tests will be needed if the course is in Italian, PLIDA, TELC, CELI, or CILS.

For Masters

  • A minimum of 60% is recommended
  • An IELTS score of 6 to 6.5
  • GMAT or GRE will be required for certain programs like the MBA

Documents Required

Documents to study in Italy are as follows

  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters Of Recommendation
  • In some cases
    • SAT or ACT results will also be required

Note: IELTS requirements may be higher for some universities, and some may take interviews as a part of the admissions process. Largely speaking, there are no single criteria that fit all universities, so it is advisable to check programs and university websites. 

Cost of Studying

Tuition Fees will drastically vary between public and private universities. For instance, Private Universities can cost between 8000 to 20000 Euros per annum, roughly around 7 to 18 lacs. In contrast, public ones can be super affordable, ranging between as less as 1000 to 4000 euros a year which is 90 thousand to 3.5 lacs. There are many scholarships available for international students, including Indians, which makes studying in Italy approximately 60 to 70% cheaper than most other Western countries.

Cost of Living

On average, students spend between 1000 to 1300 euros a month for living expenses, roughly 12000 Euros per year, which is 10 lacs in Indian currency. Whilst 12000 euros will be a good amount to set aside as your living expenses, note that this value may increase depending on your lifestyle. Also, if you study in cities like Rome and Milan, setting a budget of 15000 euros a year or 13.5 lacs is advisable as these cities are expensive. 

Italian Student Visa

The Italian student visa allows international students to study in Italy for a specified duration. Applicants must secure acceptance at an Italian institution, demonstrate financial means, health insurance, and return tickets. The Italian consulate grants the visa to the student’s home country before departure.

You will need Visa Type D to study in Italy, and there are 16 crucial documents required for an Italian Student visa. Let us understand which ones they are.

  1. The application Form for the visa fully completed and signed.
  2. 2 Passport size photos on white background
  3. Original Passport with 3 months of validity after the intended stay and 2 blank pages
  4. Two sets of photocopies of the Passport
  5. Declaration of Value certificate – this document is mainly like APS in Germany, recognising your Indian qualification. This can be obtained from the Italian Embassy by filling up a form. I am dropping the links in the description box below for this, so do check it out. If you want me to make a video on step by step process for this, let me know in the comments. Do note that some universities may not require this document. 
  6. Apostilled education certificates by the Ministry of External Affairs
  7. Copy of acceptance of enrolment or an offer letter from an Italian university 
  8. Receipt of full tuition fee
  9. Proof of living – this will be 6080 euros. You can show 6 months’ bank statement, bank loan or scholarship proof if applicable. 
  10. Documents proving your source of income, such as 3 years ITR. The bank statements and proof of source of income can be of a sponsor too.  
  11. Proof of stay for the first 30 days 
  12. One side air ticket 
  13. Medical Insurance with 30000 Euros coverage if the university isn’t offering you one 
  14. Stapled original offer letter with your Passport, which will be stamped by the embassy when you are granted the visa. 
  15. Cover letter explaining why you’re choosing Italy and how you plan to finance your degree and
  16. There is no visa fee currently, but you must pay a service charge of 528 rupees and a convenience charge of 176 rupees to VFS via Cash, Credit, or Debit card. 

You will have to book an appointment at Italy VFS visa application centres located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Puducherry, Pune, and Trivandrum. You will also have your biometrics collected, and there will be a video conference interview too at the time of submission, so do reach 15 minutes minimum before your appointment. Apply at least 2-3 months before the course start date to avoid any last-minute hassles.

Part-Time Jobs and Post-Study Work

International students in Italy can work part-time for 20 hours a week, just like most other Western countries. The average hourly wage can range between 7 to 10 Euros an hour, which will be 140 to 200 Euros a week. Some jobs may also pay up to 15 euros an hour. Talking about post-study work options, only Masters and PhD students get a 12 months stay back option with a possibility to extend the visa after they get a job. 

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In conclusion, studying in Italy offers an extraordinary opportunity for international students to experience an exceptional blend of academic excellence and cultural richness. With many renowned universities and specialized programs, students can pursue their passions while immersing themselves in Italy’s captivating history, art, and cuisine. The country’s warm hospitality and picturesque landscapes create an inviting and inspiring personal and academic growth environment. Beyond the classroom, students can explore iconic cities and charming villages, fostering a deeper appreciation for diversity and global perspectives. Italy’s allure as an educational destination ensures that the study experience will be unforgettable and transformative for aspiring scholars worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the language requirements for studying in Italy?

Most universities in Italy offer courses taught in Italian, so proficiency in the language is essential for many programs. However, some universities provide courses in English, especially at the graduate level. Prospective students should check the language requirements of their chosen program and consider taking language courses if necessary.

Q. How can I apply for a student visa in Italy?

To apply for a student visa, you must first secure acceptance at an Italian institution. Once admitted, visit the Italian consulate or embassy in your home country with the necessary documents, including a valid passport, acceptance letter, financial proof, health insurance, and a return ticket. The visa processing time may vary, so it is best to apply well in advance.

Q. Are there scholarships available for international students in Italy?

Yes, Italy offers various scholarships for international students, both from the Italian government and individual universities. Scholarships are usually based on academic merit, financial need, or specific fields of study. Students should research scholarship opportunities and application deadlines to increase their chances of receiving financial aid.

Q. How much does it cost to study in Italy?

Tuition fees in Italy can vary depending on the university and program. Public universities generally have lower tuition fees compared to private institutions. The cost of living varies according to the city and lifestyle, but it is generally moderate compared to other European countries. Students should budget for accommodation, food, transportation, and other personal expenses.

Q. Can international students work while studying in Italy?

Yes, international students with valid student visas are allowed to work part-time during their studies in Italy. However, there are restrictions on the number of hours students can work per week (usually up to 20 hours) to ensure they can balance their academic commitments. It’s important to check the specific work regulations and conditions with the university and local authorities

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