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Quick Study Abroad in Italy Guide for International Student

Filed in Articles, Study Abroad by on October 22, 2019


Quick Study Abroad in Italy GuideAre you aware that Italy has a lot to offer in terms of education? Italy is one of the countries that is known for not just quality education but also known for making this quality education available for international students who are eager to learn.

It is home to quality universities with great instructors. I tell you, you can’t go wrong in choosing to study in Italy.

Quick Study Abroad in Italy Guide for International Student

But before you begin your application for Italian universities, this article is going to educate you on what it means to study in Italy by giving some useful information.

This information will serve as a guide before your application and even after your application. Take a look at the tips below:

Why Study Abroad in Italy?

A Study Abroad in Italy means earning credits towards an undergraduate degree while discovering a dynamic country – one you may only have seen in textbooks and movies (it looks like a boot).

The great thing about an Italy Study Abroad is that there are so many interesting reasons to find a program that fits your study goals or checks a few things off your bucket list (e.g. eat FRESH pizza in Naples where it was invented?)

Prepare to Apply

Before applying to a university in Italy, first, you will need to confirm if your qualifications are considered eligible for higher education studies in Italy.

  • Check the tuition fees and living costs. Cities in Italy might be beautiful, but can be fairly expensive depending on the limits of your budget.
  • Contact the university you are interested in and ask for a prior assessment.
  • The university will give you feedback regarding your eligibility; if you meet the admission requirements, then you will have to submit a pre-application request to the Italian embassy or consulate in your area.
  • The Italian embassy or consulate will submit your application and documents to the Italian higher education institution you chose to apply to.
  • The Italian embassy or consulate publishes a list of admitted candidates usually at the end of August.

Italian University Application Tips

Admitted students are typically ranked based on their grade point average (GPA) from their previous studies. Check with the chosen universities and see the least grade point you need to obtain in order to qualify for the degree you wish to study.

You may have to attend specific admission exams for certain specialized fields of study, such as:

  • Medicine
  • Architecture
  • Engineering

Students from countries where admission to university is possible after 10 or 11 years of study must show that they have passed all necessary examinations for two years or one year, in order to reach the total of twelve years of study.

Language of Application for Italian University

Italian universities render study programs taught both in Italian and English. However, most English study programs are available for postgraduate level, Master’s degrees and PhD courses. Within some Italian universities, you may have the choice to apply for degrees taught in the Italian language, but take the assignments and exams in English.

Language tests accepted by universities in Italy are:


  • CILS – exam may be taken in Italy and at Italian Institutes of Culture worldwide
  • CELI – take the exam at certified centers in partnership with the University of Perugia


If you apply for a degree taught in English, you will be necessary to provide proof of English language proficiency. Accepted English certificates are:

  • C1 Advanced

Students who can prove that English was the medium of instruction of their Bachelor’s degree (at least for three years) are excluded from providing any English language certification.

Choose the Right Italian University

Here are some good universities in Italy you should consider for your study abroad adventure:

  • University of Padova
  • University of Torino
  • Milano Fashion Institute
  • design – Milan
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • European School of Economics

Choose the Right Degree Subject in Italy

There are plenty of disciplines you can pick from to study in English in Italy. Here are just a few of the most popular options to consider:

  • Master degrees in Industrial Design in Italy
  • Master degrees in Visual Arts in Italy
  • Master degrees in Communication Sciences in Italy
  • Master degrees in Health Sciences in Italy
  • Master degrees in Economics in Italy

Required Application Documents to Study in Italy

  • Identity document
  • Passport type photograph
  • Academic transcript
  • University application form
  • Detailed study programs/course description (must contain the number of hours of the courses or training activities that you have completed according to your academic curriculum)
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of motivation
  • Language proficiency (English or Italian)
  • Portfolio (only for applicants to architecture, urban planning, or any design program)
  • Official score SAT or ACT

Deadlines for Italy University Application

Mid-April to mid-May: contact the Italian embassy/consulate to receive a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco (DV)).

Deadlines for applications may vary according to each institution, so always check with the university you are interested in and try to apply as early as possible.


Final Procedures After Obtaining your Acceptance Letter

Studying in Italy means a few extra steps after the application process:

  • Apply for a visa if you need one (mainly students that come from non-EU countries).
  • Apply for a residence permit by registering with the local police (Questura), within eight working days of your arrival in Italy.
  • Prepare a health insurance plan that covers at least 30,000 EUR. EU citizens holding a European Health Card (EHC) have access to the same range of medical services as the Italian citizens. Both EU (without an EHC) and non-EU citizens can either pay for a health insurance policy from their home country before they depart for Italy or can purchase one as soon as possible after their arrival. They can also subscribe to the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale – S.S.N.).
  • Students must officially enroll in the university after arriving in Italy before they can start their classes.

For more details regarding applying to an Italian university, you can always check the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.

Non-EU Students Must Apply for the Italian Visa

Here is detailed information about the student visa application process for students coming from a non-Eu country:

  • Students from Egypt applying for Italian visa
  • Students from Ghana applying for Italian visa
  • Iranian students applying for Italian visa
  • Nigerian students applying for Italian visa
  • Kenyan students applying for Italian visa

Accommodations & Visas

Applying for a visa and securing accommodation are two pre-departure “must-do’s” before you can truly begin to study in Italy.

A fast trip to GoAbroad’s Italian embassy directory will guide you in finding out if you need a visa to study abroad in Italy.

If you choose to study in Italy through a program provider, there will be plenty of coordinators to assist you with the visa process and help you get the ball rolling well in advance of any deadlines.

Many study abroad programs in Italy take place in bigger cities, which means that housing options usually consist of either shared apartments or homestays.

If homestay is an option, take the chance; host families provide the most authentic experience for getting to know your new country of residence.

If homestays aren’t an option, then shared apartments can be great, giving you freedom and flexibility to explore your new city at your own pace. However, if you find yourself staying with other students, be sure to branch out and explore!

 It’s easy to become comfortable and spend your time hanging out at home when living with friends. Challenge each other to step out of your comfort zones and really get to know each nook and cranny of your new home.

CSN Team.

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