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Italy has emerged as one of the most favored nations for higher education among adults who are looking to amplify their knowledge. Italy is the world’s fifth most visited country and is popular for its cultural heritage and state-of-the-art modern Bologna education system. Italy is not only famous for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees but also for doctoral education. Italy provides strong prospects for students to develop specialized knowledge in their chosen domain from Italian institutes. If you are also planning to do a Ph.D. in Italy, then you should keep on reading this article. 

Why study Ph.D. in Italy? 

  1. Italian educational institutions have a legacy of excellence and brilliance. The education system follows the notable Bologna process. 

  1. Italian universities have huge connections with European universities and the rest of the world in terms of research, placement, and educational opportunities. 

  1. One can experience diverse lifestyles and the outcomes of western civilization by living and studying in Italy. 

  1. Italy is a nation with an affluent heritage, art, and culture. One can witness exquisite beauty and charm while studying in this glorious country. 

  1. Doctoral education in Italy is affordable as there are more than 60 public universities providing Ph.D. degrees to international students. Also, one can afford the living expenses in Italy as compared to other nations with similar educational standards. 

Popular Ph.D. specializations in Italy

Students from all over the world come and pursue doctoral studies in Italy in a varied range of specializations. Moreover, Italy is famous for the following specializations in Ph.D. 

  • Technology and Science

  • Management

  • Education

  • Art and Design

  • Social Studies and Humanities

  • Hospitality

  • Fashion

  • Health

Duration and types of Ph.D. in Italy 

The usual time for a doctoral degree in Italy is around 3–4 years. Italy awards two types of doctoral programs: 

  1. The Dottoroto (Ph.D.), awarded by universities

  1. An academic research academic diploma awarded by high-level arts and music education institutions (Afams).

Every Ph.D. in Italy is taught over two semesters, in which the first one ranges from October to December, whose examinations are held in January or February. The second one ranges from March to May, whose examinations are held between June-July. 

Fees for Ph.D. in Italy 

Italy is considered an affordable study destination because the cost of education and living is neither too high nor too low. Moreover, the private universities' fees for Ph.D. education range from €6,000-20,000 per year as they are quite expensive. On the other hand, public universities charge around €900–4,000 per year. 

Top Ph.D. Universities in Italy

The following is the list of top-notch universities in Italy for doctoral education: 

  • The University of Bologna

  • Turin University

  • Padua University

  • The University of Naples Federico II

  • Brescia University

  • University of Pisa

  • The University of Trento

  • Milan University

  • Rome Sapienza University

Scholarships for Ph.D. in Italy

Even if you are applying to public universities, you should take advantage of the widely available scholarships to fund your education. The following is the list of famous Ph.D. scholarships to study in Italy: 

  • EDISU Piemonte Scholarships

  • Scuola Normale Superiore Ph.D. Scholarships

  • Leakey Foundation Research Grants

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 

  • Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

  • University of Cattolica International Scholarships

Over and above, Italy is an ideal destination for those who wish to delve deep into the subject, perform notable research, and gain specialized knowledge in the form of a Ph.D. degree.

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