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Study In Italy: The Options for A Foreign Student

Study In Italy:

Italy is a country that makes you dream. Cradle of Roman civilization and emblem of the Mediterranean lifestyle, it attracts many visitors every year. But what about Italy as a study destination? Member of the European Union, its diplomas enjoy international recognition. Generally, Italian universities are ranked well. Universities like those of Piza, Turin and Rome still appear between 151st and 200th place in the world rankings. Often, studying in Italy presupposes that you know Italian or plan to learn it. It is a language that deserves attention, because there is no shortage of work opportunities for those who have mastered Italian.

The Italian university system

Like the rest of European countries, Italy adopts the LMD (License, Master and Doctorate) scheme in its university system. The Laurea corresponds to the license (Bac + 3), the Laurea Magistrale to the Master (Bac + 5) and the Dottorato di Ricerca to the doctorate (Bac + 8). The country has around 60 public universities spread across the country, compared to only 17 private universities. Italian private universities, although recognized by the Italian state, have a generally lower level of education than public universities. Unlike countries like France, Italy does not really have big schools.    

How much does it cost to study in Italy? 

Scholarship fees

The cost of studying in Italy is relatively harmonious between different regions and different establishments. This is thanks to an education accessibility policy led by the Italian government. However, variations may remain. Generally, it takes 1100 euros per year for tuition fees in Italy.

Scholarships to study in Italy

Every year the Italian government offers scholarships and research scholarships to foreign students. They number around 80 per year and amount to 700 or 800 euros. These scholarships mainly concern areas such as the study of the Italian language, university studies, research and postgraduate training, or even higher artistic and musical training with specialized institutes. To find out more, you can consult the website of the Ministry of National Education .


In university residences, places can be expensive. Especially since they are primarily reserved for Italian scholarship holders. International students will generally opt for an off-campus collocation to save money. The price of accommodation can vary from one city to another, the cost of living in Milan or Rome being higher than in Naples, for example. But generally, it will take a budget of 200 to 450 euros for a single room.


A monthly transport card will cost you 30 euros in Italy. A bus or metro ticket costs 1.50 euros.

Telephone and internet

A prepaid phone card in Italy costs around 10 euros. Italian universities generally offer a WIFI connection on their campuses. An ADSL internet subscription will cost you on average 27 euros per month.


For food, it takes around 50 euros per week or 200 euros per month. As long as you limit your dining out, you’ll stay within your budget.

The procedure for studying in Italy

Language requirements

Foreign students wishing to study in Italy must prove a mastery of the Italian language level B2. These can be CILS, CELI or PLIDA certifications. Students can obtain these certifications by applying to the Italian Institute of Culture in Rabat.

Other admission requirements

Apart from that, access to Italian universities is not really subject to specific conditions. The foreign student simply needs to present a high school diploma. However, in some faculties, places are limited for some courses.

Enrolment in Italian universities

The Italian Embassy takes care of sending your admission file to the Italian university of your choice. Usually, you will receive a response within a few weeks. In the event that the university you applied to has exceeded its quota of places, you will be offered other universities. Usually, if you are accepted, you will also need to attend an interview in Italy. This interview consists of a test of knowledge of the Italian language.

The student visa for Italy

To apply for a student visa at the Italian Embassy, ​​you must provide the following supporting documents, knowing that the documents must be translated into Italian :

  • A valid passport ;
  • Two identity photos, one of which is authenticated ;
  • A copy of your identity card;
  • A birth certificate ;
  • Health insurance ;
  • Proof of covering costs abroad, knowing that a minimum of 3,500 euros is required for an academic year;
  • Proof of the availability of accommodation in the city where the chosen university is located.

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