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The foremost concern for every student while planning overseas education is how much expenditure they will incur. Several students in the world drop the idea of abroad studies just because of financial constraints binding them. Italy, a country known for its elegance and beauty, has so much to offer to students. While studies are not so expensive in this country, a student can afford to study in Italian universities with effective budget planning.
The following is a brief guide on the estimates of different expenditures which you will incur as an international student in Italy.
Tuition fees are a major component of education in Italy for international students. Moreover, tuition fees depend on three factors -
Whether you live in a European country or a non-European country
In which university do you get admission i.e. private or public
The level of your education i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctorate.
For public and private universities in Italy, the following are the estimated annual tuition fees:
Public Universities €900 – €4000/year
Private Universities €6000 – €20000/year
List of Most affordable universities in Italy
- Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
- The University of Camerino
- Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
- The University of Pisa
- University of Torino
- University of Siena
- University of Padova
- Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
- Cost of living also depends in which city you have to live. For instance, if you live in Milan or Rome, then living there is considerably high as compared to other cities. For accommodation, it is always recommended to live in shared apartments as it helps in avoiding extra expenses to some extent. Moreover, if it’s impossible for you to adjust with someone in your apartment, then go for university hostel or your own apartment by spending extra money from your pocket.
- Average cost of shared apartments - €250 – €500 per month.
- Average cost of students living alone in apartment - €400 – €700 per month
- Student accommodation cost - €250 – €300 per month.
Italian public transport is the most convenient and affordable mode of transport for international students. Even for exploring Italy, you can use the Italian railway system which is pretty good and comfortable for travelling in between cities. Also, advance booking can get you 70% discounts as well. To travel in your city, use public bus and for that, get a monthly transport pass for students. It will cost around €25 – €45 per month.
The expenditures are not limited to just tuition fees and accommodation. There are several other expenses like food and groceries which are very crucial. Other than this, there are so many miscellaneous expenses like water bills, electricity bills, internet charges, leisure activities, entertainment, phone bills, etc. The estimated average costs for all of these are listed below:
Phone and internet services - €30 and €50 per month.
Entertainment - €30 – €40 EUR each week.
Books and other stationery materials - €40 and €50 EUR per month
Groceries from cheap supermarkets - €150 – €200 per month
Average restaurant dining - €8 to €16
- Considering every factor, the average cost of living in different cities is mentioned below:
Bologna – €750 to €800
Milano and Rome – €900 to €1000 Euros
Bolzano – €650 to €700 Euros
Florence – €700 Euros