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Study in Italy and why Italy may be the right direction for completing your study. But if you want to know more about this breathtaking place and make sure that your choice is right, keep reading here and highlight every point you have to know more about it.

Location

Italy is situated on the most huge islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily, and Sardinia. A part of Italy extends toward southern Europe and it shares its northern boundaries with four countries, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia.

Climate

Italy has a temperate seasonal climate with an estimated area of 301.338 km2, and it includes two sovereign nations, San Marino and the Vatican.

In other words, Italy’s climate varies. The weather in the northern countries of Italy is a little bit harsh. In the center of Italy, the climate becomes milder. The southern countries have mild temperatures in both seasons, summer and winter.

Population

It is also considered as the sixth European country by population number and the twenty-third country throughout the world with a population of 60.483.973.

Upsides of living there

In addition, it has a lot of upsides that make you hurry up to prepare yourself for booking the first flight and go on.
Some are breathtaking landscapes, remarkable architecture, friendly people, and unique signatures to communicate and express their feelings.
Italy is the home of the most beautiful and historical universities globally; however, you’ll be amazed about universities’ architecture and teaching methods. That’s why students want to study in Italy.

The most famous natural monuments in Italy

What do you know about the natural treasures of Italy? I’ll present to you the magic of italian nature in a few lines and talk about tourism for international students 2021:

The Boboli Gardens

They’re built more than 4 centuries ago behind the Pitti Palace in the city of Florence, which took 400 years to build and it’s considered one of the most famous natural museums in the world that extends over an area of 44.515 m2.

The Grand Canal

It’s one of the most crucial waterways in Venice, and it divides the city to two parts with a length of approximately 3.8 Km, a width between 30-90 m, and a depth of 5m.

All Tourists who visit the Grand Canal enjoy riding the canal boats to go on a water trip and see Venice’s Palaces. The view from these boats will be breathtaking, in terms of the speed at which this city is transforming.

The blue cave

It’s a famous sea cave in Italy, and fully lit in blue which measures approximately 54 m in length, 30 m in depth, and 15 m in height. The tourist can reach it by riding a boat and keep rowing.

Lake Como

Lake Como is located about 50 km from Milan, is the deepest lake in Italy, with a depth of 410 m. It is the third in the country in terms of size among Italy’s lakes after both Lakes Garda and Maggiore.

There are many attractive views that can be seen from the shore of Lake Como, the gardens, and buildings. It’s been a resort for the nobles of Lombardy since the sixteenth century, and it currently hosts amateur athletes to do swimming, especially in the summer.

Amalfi Coast

It is located in the Gulf of Salerno in the south of Naples. It is characterized by its attractively colored cities located next to the mountain, and contains many vineyards, citrus and pastures.

Population concentrations are concentrated on the slopes of the Amalfi Coast, where their dwellings mingle with the rocks of the beach, adding aesthetics to the coast.

The city of Amalfi has become one of the artistically and architecturally distinguished cities and is considered an attraction for tourists in Italy.

Other landmarks

The most crucial religious monuments in Italy are: the Florence Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grassi, the Basilica of Saint Vitale, the Basilica of Saint Peter, and the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.

In addition, many palaces such as the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Villa d’Este, the Pitti Palace, and the Doge’s Palace. The country also has many museums and galleries that can be visited, such as the Academy Gallery in Florence, Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Borghese Gallery in Rome, and the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Generally, Italy includes the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, the city of Herculaneum, one of the most interesting and attractive Roman coastal cities, as well as the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the island of Capri in Campania.

Study Cost

If you really want to study in Italy, your choice of university and program will determine how much you pay for tuition. Public universities are cheaper compared to private universities in Italy.

Cost of study in Italy:

  • Public universities charge an average of 1000 € per year.
  • Private universities charge an average of 6000_20000 € per year.
  • International students from other European countries or middle east countries pay the same tuition.
  • Some Italian universities charge your tuition_fees based on what your parents earn. I think this feature for studying in Italy will make a lot of students pleased, especially who their parents haven’t any job. There is a great university in Rome so-called Tor Vergata adopts this system.

Living Cost

Many say that life and study in Italy are very similar to life in the Arab countries, as it is one of the closest European countries to the Middle East.

The average salary for a citizen in Italy is about 1,500 euros per month, while the average monthly bill for a resident is about 90 euros.

The salary may increase to 200 euros for people living in large cities, according to the high costs there. 

Indeed, this salary has to cover heating, gas, water, electricity, and security, while the average bill is up to Internet usage per person with a phone 25€ per month. Do you think that these prices are perfect for studying in Italy?

Italian Food

Food is one of the cheapest things in Italy, and here are the prices of the most popular products bought in the country:

  • A liter of milk is 65 cents.
  • A kilogram of chicken is 6 euros.
  • A kilogram of meat is 7 euros.

When you study in Italy, you’ll find that the prices vary according to the quality of the products.

Detergent

In Italy, toilet soap costs about 1 euro, a large box (2.5 kg) of detergent is 4-4,5 euros, the average size, and quality of toothpaste is 1.8 euros, and 200 ml of shampoo costs about 2.5 euros.

Transportation

A bus ticket that is used within the city in Italy reaches 1.70 €, and in total, transportation is always available, but due to a greater reduction in the price, monthly and annual subscriptions must be paid.

The prices of public transportation in the cities of Italy are almost the same, as the cost of a bus ticket in Milan is 1 euro, valid for 75 minutes, while the cost of a ticket for an unlimited number of trips in Rome during one day is 3 euros, for two days it is 5.5 euros and during the week 9 Euros.

One day passes 4 Euros, weekly tickets 16 Euros. Train ticket prices depend on the distance. The price of a train ticket on the route Rome – Venice is 40 euros, and on the route Rome – Milan 67 euros.

The average taxi fare is about 13-14 euros for five kilometers, the starting price in Milan is about 3.1 euros, and in Rome 2.8 euros plus 0.92 euros per kilometer.

Rent a house in Italy

The location of the house determines its cost, and it is universally accepted that renting in large cities is more expensive compared to renting in rural areas; however, the average rental price in Italy is about 500 euros per month for a good two-room house.

It is possible to find a rural room for 100 Euros per month, while the price of renting an apartment in Naples reaches between 500-600 Euros per month, and this amount will double in Rome or Milan.

The cost of renting a small studio in large cities is about 650 euros per month. It remains to point out that a consultation with a doctor for a medical issue costs an average of 100 euros.

Accommodation

Housing and living costs in general in Italy are relatively low when compared with the rest of European countries, and like other countries, student housing in cities is more expensive than in other villages and the countryside.

The range starts from 300 to 600 euros per month, depending on the size and location of the accommodation, so most students rent a room rather than an entire apartment.

What are the types of accommodation in Italy?

Accommodation for international students interested to study in Italy is divided into three types:

1- Student housing through an institution

It is possible for some universities or programs to provide students with housing at reasonable prices.

2- Shared student housing

Students may choose to share some apartments or houses with their fellow students to bear a lower material cost ranging from 250 to 700 euros per month, depending on the location and size of the apartment.

It is possible to use some sites on the Internet or through advertisements in universities to help in this command.

3- private housing

The cost of private accommodation in Italy can range from 300 euros to more than 1000 euros per month, and this depends on the student’s budget. 

It is known in Italy that the minimum rental period starts from one year to more, with the exception of housing in rooms that are available for shorter periods of time, and students are advised to choose their housing near their universities when they study in Italy.

Universities

Italy is characterized by the presence of many important and distinguished universities with academic experience in educational attainment, and its graduates have enjoyed distinguished ranks in society inside and outside Italy, including Nobel Prize winners.

The following are the most prominent of these universities in Italy for international students, and you can choose one of them to study in Italy if you figure out what is for you:

1- University of Rome

It’s located in the Italian capital, Rome. It is the oldest Italian university founded in 1303 and is ranked among the top thirty European universities. There are many specializations in this university, including agriculture, science, engineering, economics, medicine, and pharmacy.

Visit the website of the University of Rome.

2- University of Naples

It’s located in the southern Italian city of Naples, founded in 1224, and considered the oldest public university in the world. This university contains thirteen colleges with different specializations, including agriculture, architecture, economics, law, literature, medicine, pharmacy, and other disciplines.

And more than one hundred thousand students study in it. The University of Naples is the first university to confer a doctorate, having awarded it for the first time in 1219.

Click here to go to the University of Naples.

3- University of Bologna

This university is considered the oldest in the world, founded in 1088 AD, and characterized by the presence of twenty-three colleges, which teach a large number of disciplines, most notably agriculture, art, science, and engineering.

This university encourages international students to study in Italy because it’s a fantastic landmark in Italy.

Visit the University’s website from here.

4- Barry University

This university is located in the Italian city of Bari and was founded in the first quarter of the twentieth century, in 1925.

The most prominent specializations are: agricultural sciences, arts, philosophy, biotechnology sciences, communication studies, law, and literature, and about sixty thousand students study in it.

Go to the site immediately from here.

5- University of Turin

This university is located in the city of Turin in northern Italy and was founded at the beginning of the fifteenth century, specifically in the year 1404. 

A number of schools affiliated with this university were established, such as the School of Applied Psychology, the School of Business, the Joint School of Automotive Sciences, and other schools, and it contains thirteen colleges, in addition to ten institutes in them.

Visit the official website from here.

6- University of Milan

This university is located in Milan, northern Italy, and was founded in the first quarter of the twentieth century, specifically in the year 1924. 

This university is distinguished by the presence of nine faculties that study 134 different majors, and the number of its students exceeded sixty-four thousand students.

This is the official website, just click here.

7- University of Florence

The history of the establishment of this university dates back to the year 1321, and it was established that it contains twelve schools that teach a number of disciplines, most notably agriculture, political science, architecture, arts, law, in addition to engineering.

The official website is here.

8- University of Pisa

It’s located in the Italian city of Pisa and was founded in 1343, it is the nineteenth oldest university in the world. This university includes eleven schools studying different specializations, and the number of students is fifty-seven thousand.

Visit the website of the University of Pisa.

Procedures for applying to universities in Italy

There are many conditions that the student must fulfill in order to be able to join a university in Italy, which are:

  • Proficiency in the Italian language or the English language, and provide approved certificates proving this.
  • The student must have a high school diploma or an equivalent certificate in Italy.
  • Passing the admission tests at the university to which the student is applying.
  • Attach a motivation letter.

What do you know about motivation letters?

This letter is one of the most important documents to be submitted, in which the student explains these points:

  • His\her reasons for choosing the specialization of study in Italy.
  • Why did he\she choose Italian universities to study there?
  • His\her scientific wish that he wants to achieve in his field of study, either in Italian or in English.

Languages ​​used in universities in Italy

There are two languages to study in it, and it’s up to you which language is easier for you:

1-Italian

The Italian language is the main language in Italian education. The advanced level in it is a basic requirement to apply for universities or scholarships provided by Italy, but it is considered an easy language to learn, compared to many other European languages.

2-English

Some programs and universities in Italy allow studying in English, and this is what students long to study in Italy. You need to develop the English language and there are unlimited websites that may help you.

Distinctive Majors in Italy

Italian universities are distinguished by the diversity of their specializations and their comprehensiveness for all majors. The universities include the following popular specializations:

  • Economics.
  • Logic and Italian Culture.
  • Architecture.
  • International Relations Sciences.
  • Fashion and Design.
  • Medicine.
  • Astronomy.

Here are some examples about studying in italy

For example, when studying architecture in Italy, the student will get a valuable opportunity to learn this field by a group of the best engineers in the world, especially Italy which includes a group of ancient buildings that were built thousands of years ago.

In the field of medicine, many Italian universities offer a specialty of medicine In the English language. Medicine in Italy is inexpensive compared to the USA and UK.

Obtaining a degree from an Italian university in the field of physics and astronomy is a strong advantage, which makes a student with a degree from an Italian university a strong competitor when applying to function in these areas.

When it comes to higher disciplines, study in Italy is also the perfect choice.

Study Visa

Students from EU or EFTA countries can enter Italy with a valid passport, or EU ID card, and can stay in Italy without a visa for the duration of their studies.

If the student is from outside the European Union, he\she must obtain a visa to enter the country, which is of two types:

Type C visa, which is a short-term visa or travel visa, valid to enter Italy for one or more and for a period not exceeding 90 days. 

The D visa is a long-term visa that is valid for more than 90 days. This type is to study in Italy.

What are the documents required for a student visa in Italy?

The following are the documents required for a study visa in Italy:

  • A valid passport with at least two blank pages for visa renewal, with a validity of at least three months after the expected completion date of the study program.
  • Acceptance letter from a recognized educational institution in Italy.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A copy of the itinerary to and from Italy.
  • A proof that there is no criminal record.
  • Italian or English language proficiency certificate (depending on the language of the student’s study program).
  • Proof of sufficient financial support for the student is estimated at between 450 and 515 euros per month.
  • A proof of proper accommodation to study in Italy.
  • Confirm the availability of the student’s medical insurance.
  • A certified statement of payment of the required application fee.

Heads Up (1): It must be remembered that the procedures for applying for a study visa in Italy are subject to constant change, so it is always useful to contact the Italian Embassy for the latest developments.

Heads Up (2): The visa interview is scheduled at the Italian embassy in the student’s country at an early date, about 4 to 6 weeks from the intention to travel. The basic questions asked in such interviews relate to the reasons for travel, the motivation to go through this experience, and future goals, and it is necessary for the student to prepare in these interviews for the language test ( English or Italian).

Heads Up (3): It is noteworthy that the lack of sufficient funds to cover the student’s residence and travel expenses is a fundamental reason why the visa application is sometimes refused, especially since the Italian Embassy will strictly ensure that there are sufficient funds to cover the accommodation in Italy.

Visa fee

The current visa fee is $60.30 and can be paid in cash or by postal transfer to the Italian Consulate General. The processing time for the visa application may take between 1-3 weeks and sometimes longer.

What papers do you need to submit?

It is possible for the student to extend staying in Italy by renewing the visa, but he\she must do that before the expiry of its validity period by submitting these papers:

  • A request for a residence extension.
  • A copy of your passport and all papers containing personal information.
  • A copy of valid health insurance, a copy of the documents proving the availability of sufficient financial support with the residence permit extension period.
  • A copy of the expired residence permit, the balance to be available in the bank account.
  • A study visa in Italy and the student’s bank account on the credit card must have at least $5,500.

Heads Up: It remains to point out that a student studying in Italy who has a valid residence permit, can apply to bring his family members to live with him, through the Italian family visa, which is known as the Italian spouse visa or family reunification visa.

Scholarships

The Italian government annually offers various scholarships in Italy to foreign students from all over the world without restrictions.

The conditions are:

  • International students don’t have to reside in the country.
  • These scholarships include all public and legally higher education institutions in Italy that are recognized by the government.

The Italian government exempts the student who gets the scholarship completely from registration fees and tuition fees, according to the policy of each university.

Heads up: The exemption is not granted for Italian language and culture courses.

In addition to granting health and medical insurance against accidents for the duration of the scholarship, the recipient also gets €900 per month paid on a quarterly basis into their Italian bank account.

What are the requirements for applying in Italy?

Every student who is interested to apply for the Italian government scholarship must achieve the following:

  • Being a foreign student, who is not residing in Italy but wants to study in Italy, and has an academic qualification.
  • The age of applicants for master’s degrees and higher education programs in arts, music, and dance should not exceed 28 years, excluding renewals.
  • Applicants for Ph.D. programs don’t have to be more than 30 years old by the deadline for studying.
  • Applicants for research projects under academic supervision shouldn’t be more than 40 years old.
  • Applicants have to provide a certificate of proficiency in the Italian language, the minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available upon registration on the official website.
  • A student wishing to apply for the scholarship must submit applications for the current academic year, and visit the official website to access the online application form.

Why Study In Italy

What Makes Italy an Icon?  We’ll answer this iconic question.

I guess, all international students long to know all details about studying abroad based on true experiences and listen to students who achieve true success in their life. I’ll share some true events, great tips, and for sure an overview about Italy.

In this blog, I’ll share with you many things you probably do not know about studying in Italy:

Italy is the home to the most ancient universities in the world. As a matter of fact, all universities in Italy are amazing and the educational systems are crucial and make you excel in your major.

Acceptance rates vary. After choosing a university to apply for, you have to check acceptance rates. Many universities want the greatest GPA; more than 80%.

The cost of living in Italy is moderate. How much spending a month in Italy depends on where you’re studying. Rome and Milan are the most expensive cities to live in and study in Italy. Living in other cities may cost you less than 1500€ per month.

Italy is the home of top-ranking universities. According to the Times Higher Education list of the top_ranking universities in the world for 2020, there are 27 Italian universities on that list in the top 500 universities. It seems amazing, doesn’t it?

Classes are in English or Italian, it’s up to you! Italy’s universities offer classes in Italian or English language for international students because it’ll be so hard to get your education in a foreign language if you don’t have a lot about it. This feature is available for undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well.

Italians are known to be welcoming foreign people and you can make friends there quickly. They will tell you a lot about their culture, food, and religious ceremonies. This point is of concern to external students who want to study in Italy.

The Italian student visa grants you access to 25 other European countries. Italy is a part of the Schengen zone and for that, you can move between Schengen countries according to the Schengen agreement which allows passport holders of member states to travel and stay for up to 90 days in any county within the area without boundaries.

Italy is the home of historic culture. Italy is one of the cities on the planet that has unlimited cultures and is the source of amalgamation of the different customs and traditions. It is also the home of more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other place in the world.