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Italy, a country that was overlooked by students because of the US, UK, Canada, etc, is gaining momentum in the preferences of students who wish to study abroad. More students are now exploring different options rather than going for traditional choices and one such option is Italy. Italy hosts around 32000 international students which include both exchange program students and independent students. Among these, more than 5000 students are from India. Italy is a glorified country with a wide array of unexplored opportunities. Here is an extensive guide to studying in Italy for international students. 

Language and culture 

Italian culture is a perfect amalgamation of heritage, traditions, beauty, wine, song, and food. Italian food has gained love from every corner of this world. Its unique culture and beauty have a separate fandom that lures people out of their homeland to spend some peaceful days in its serenity.

The most spoken language of Italy is Italian, followed by English which is spoken by 34% of the population

Education System 

Unlike other countries, the Italian Education system is quite formal as organized in big lecture halls and requires students to spend more hours self-study as well. In higher education, an academic year is completed on the basis of the semesters' system - two semesters in which one starts from September and the next semester starts from February. The higher education of Italy is following a three-cycle system in which 

1st Cycle - Undergraduate degree of three years

2nd Cycle - Postgraduate degree of two years or 1st level master in vocational 

3rd Cycle - Doctorate degree of 5-6 years or 2nd level masters in vocational 

Top Universities in Italy 

In Italy, Universities taught in two languages - Italian and English. International students generally prefer universities that teach in English. But if you know Italian, the following are the best universities teaching in the Italian language: 

  • Politecnico di Milano  

  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa   

  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa  

  • Università di Bologna 

  • Sapienza - Università di Roma   

  • Università di Padova

  • Università degli Studi di Milano 

  • Politecnico di Torino

  • Università di Pisa 

  • Università degli Studi di Trento 

  • Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II 

  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 

If you are seeking admission to English taught universities in Italy, then the following are the best options: 

  • Politecnico di Milano    

  • University of Bologna    

  • Sapienza Univeristy of Rome    

  • University of Padua    

  • University of Milan    

  • Politecnico di Torino    

  • University of Pisa    

  • Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele    

  • University of Naples – Federico II    

  • University of Trento    

Tuition fees and costs 

As per the data comparison of numerous universities, the tuition fees of Italian Universities are moderate i.e. not too expensive but not too low. Moreover, the tuition fees depend on factors like the field of education, public or private university, level of education, etc. 

In private universities, the tuition fee range is around 6,000 to 20,000 € per annum. On the other side, the tuition fee range in public universities is 900 to 4,000 € per year. Furthermore, there are several scholarships available for international students to fund their higher education in Italy. 

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