Founded on 30th July 2010 jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of University and Research, the Ministry of Interior, the Uni-Italia Association has the aim of promoting Italian Higher Education and the mobility of foreign students and researchers towards Italian universities as well as encouraging academic cooperation between Italy and other foreign countries.
Art and culture play a very important role in a country where beauty, design, good taste, and fashion are an everyday imperative. Italy’s charms - a diverse landscape, an immense cultural and historical legacy, iconic and historic sites, incomparable cuisine, an impressive history of inventions and discoveries - are attractive to tourists and international students. Italy boasts the greatest number of UNESCO world heritage sites of any country in the world (61 within the Italian border) and is also home of some of the oldest European universities: the University of Bologna, which was established in 1088, University of Padua founded in 1222, University of Naples Federico the Second founded in 1224. This, coupled with high quality university education, makes Italy an ideal place for living and studying. The Italian education system is composed of universities, divided in public and private, national research centers and higher education institutions in arts, dance, and music (referred to as Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale or AFAM).
The 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked 24 Italian universities among the top 500 universities in the world. According to the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, approximately 120,000 international students were pursuing degree programs in 2020-2021. Italy is the first leading destination country in the European Union for Filipino students studying abroad according to UNESCO.
Bachelor’s degrees are known as Laurea, or first cycle degrees, and last three years. A high school diploma is the common requirement for admission to a first cycle degree. Students who are interested in continuing their studies can pursue a master’s degree or Laurea Magistrale which lasts two years.
For some subjects (i.e., law, medicine and surgery, veterinary science, dentistry and dental prostheses, pharmacy, chemistry and pharmaceutical technology, architecture, building engineering, and primary education sciences) there is a common study path without division between bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Called a single cycle master’s degree (Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico), such programs can last from five to six years depending on the subject. To be admitted, students need to have a high school diploma and meet other subject-specific criteria. For example, applicants for medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry (which are numerus clausus programs—a process used to manage enrollment size), must pass a national exam that can be in Italian or English, and which takes place on the same day and time at all Italian universities. The results are valid at the national level.
Students interested in arts, music, dance, and theater can apply to AFAM institutions to acquire knowledge of artistic methods and techniques. As at universities, AFAM students spend three years to get a first level academic diploma and two years for a second level academic diploma.
Around 700 bachelor’s and master’s degree courses are offered in English. An international student can choose to apply to a course taught in English or taught in Italian. Applicants to English courses may be required to submit an English proficiency certificate. For courses taught in Italian, international students have to pass an Italian language exam to be admitted which usually take place each year at the beginning of September or hold a certificate of proficiency in the Italian language with a grade not inferior to B2 level.
Is pineapple an acceptable pizza topping in Italy?
Well....ehm.... If you are going to ask for some slice of pineapple on pizza, probably you will be awarded as the bravest international students that Italian Higher Education Institutions ever had in their history 😂
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Now Let's start with the serious F.A.Q.
Have you been dreaming of studying abroad? Have you ever considered Italy as a study destination?
According to UNESCO, Italy is the 1st country in European Union and the 7th in the world as study destination for Filipino students. In fact, about 1,000 Filipino students chose Italian Higher Education Institutions to continue or to start their academic career in the academic year 2020/2021.
Italian universities are recognized in Europe and around the world as centers of excellence in research and training. The quality of teaching and strengthened international relations between Italian and many foreign institutions give students many opportunities for a fulfilling educational path and successful future career.
Studying in Italy provides the possibility of achieving a high-prestige degree in universities and academies recognized throughout Europe as well as many by international ranking reports such as QS, THE and ARWU.
Many of Italian universities are 700-800 years old. Even more like University of Bologna which has been founded in 1088, the Oldest European University. In addition to University of Bologna, there are University of Padua founded in 1222, University of Naples Federico the Second founded in 1224 and many other.
Are you afraid of language barriers? Do you believe that you have to know Italian language to study in Italy?
In Italy, students can find a suitable study program in any field. To study in Italy, it is not necessary to know Italian language. You may find almost 700 undergraduate and post graduate degree courses entirely held in English.
Furthermore, many institutions organize Italian language classes for international students allowing them to learn a language which can be used after graduation in the labor market.
Do you believe that study in Italy is an expensive option?
In Italy there are both public and private Higher Education Institutions. Tuition fees are, in general, more affordable than other countries in Europe or North America and some universities may also offer partial or full tuition fee-waivers or flat tuition fee to international students.
Furthermore, international students can apply for three main kind of scholarships Issued by Italian institutions:
- Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The call for applications, usually, opens each year in March/April;
- Higher Education Institution where you would like to study;
- Educational Regional authorities and agencies where the university, you are applying for, is located in.
What do International Students do during their stay in Italy?
While students are enjoying the international student status in Italy, it would really be a pity not to take advantage of the privilege to visit more than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located within Italian borders. Students who chose Italy as study destination will never regret their decision. They will surely appreciate features of the Italian culture having the possibility to admire architecture, design, paintings, sculptures and landscapes, visiting museums and tasting Italian cuisine. Furthermore, international students holding a valid Italian residence permit are able to visit all the countries in the Schengen Area (26 European countries) without further formalities
May international students work during their stay in Italy?
Holders of a residence permit for study purposes have the possibility to work during their stay in Italy for a maximum of 20 hours per week (part-time job). After the graduation and before the expiry of the residence permit for study reason, international students have the right to convert his/her residence permit into a residence permit for pending employment which is valid for maximum 12 months.