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    About Italy
         Italy, a country of south-central Europe, occupying a peninsula that juts deep into the Mediterranean Sea. Italy comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscapes on Earth and is often described as a country shaped like a boot. At its broad top stand the Alps, which are among the world’s most rugged mountains. Italy’s highest points are along Monte Rosa, which peaks in Switzerland, and along Mont Blanc, which peaks in France. 

    Quick facts

    Capital : Rome

    Currency : Euro

    Climate : Temperate climate with regional variations
    Government : Democracy, Republic
    GDP : 2071.31 billion US dollars (2013)
    Language : Italian as well as German, French and Latin in some regions in Northern Italy
    Number of universities : 89


    Why study in Italy?

    • Home to one of the oldest Universities in the Western world (The University of Bologna)
    • 15 Italian universities finds place in the list of Top 200 universities in the world
    • Courses designed in collaboration with companies thus increasing employability
    • English is the prime medium of instruction
    • Italian language and intensive Italian programs are taught at all levels, from beginning to advance levels
    • Scholarships Fee waivers, Free housing ,refectory meal tickets are provided for deserving students
    • IELTS /TOEFL not required
    • Ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world
    • 6 months stay back available
    • Opportunity to work 20 hours per week
    • Home to thousands of industries –ship building, Aircraft commercial vehicles, electrical goods, textiles etc offering excellent job opportunities
    • Extremely warm & co-operative people
    • Extensive transport network of train and bus offers endless opportunities to explore
    • Has reputation for its rich (but surprisingly healthy) Mediterranean diet
    • Italy Milan is the world capital of fashion


    Education system
    The Italian higher education system consists of two main articulations: the university sector and the non-university sector.
    Currently the university sector comprise of 89 university institutions out of which

    • 58 State universities and 17 non-State universities (legally recognized by the State)
    • 2 Universities for foreigners
    • 6 Higher schools specialized in postgraduate university studies
    • 6 Telematic universities

    The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions:
    Higher schools of design : polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories and recognized music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies, national academies etc

    Courses offered

    • Science and technology
    • Arts and design
    • Social studies
    • Education
    • Humanities
    • Health
    • Hospitality


    Major universities and colleges

    • Università di Padova (249th in the world)
    • Università degli Studi di Milano (325th in the world)
    • Politecnico di Torino (joint 387th in the world)
    • Università di Pisa (joint 422nd in the world)
    • Università degli Studi di Trento (joint 426th in the world)
    • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (joint 472nd in the world)
    • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (joint 491st in the world)
    • Università degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI) (ranked 501-510)
    • Universitá degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata (ranked 511-520)
    • ESCP Europe Business School also has a campus in Italy, located in Turin.


    Entry requirements
    There are general eligibility requirements for admission into a recognized institution in Italy and they include;

    • Hold a foreign high-school diploma/bachelor degree (for graduate students) that proves that you qualify for university education in Italy with a minimum of 59% in your last two years of study
    • English or Italian language proficiency depending on the program you want to apply for. TOEFL and IELTS are the generally accepted English exams
    • Specific programs require particular scores in specific subjects
    • Specific universities also have entrance exams for different programs

    Cost of study

    • Approximately 3300 Euros per year, fee may vary depending on the university and course of study
    • For Specialized degree and doctoral courses the fee would be on a higher side


    Stay back
    Stay back of 6-12 months for masters/PhD and part time work rights of 20 hours per week


    The academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July.
    Note: Intakes may vary from university to university


    International students can absolutely get a full-ride scholarship in Italy by applying for scholarships offered by the Italian government

    Documents requirements

    • Passport photographs
    • Travel passport showing data page
    • Academic certificates (diplomas and degrees)
    • Academic Transcripts

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