Studying in Italy: Making Italy
Your Classroom Italy with its rich history, musical language and ubiquitous art makes a
wonderful classroom. Opportunities for language learning or scholarly studies
abound, especially in the main cities of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan.
To study in Italy, you can immerse yourself in language studies,
join one of the organized study abroad programs, or enrol directly in an Italian
university. European students have the right to study in Italy under the
Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci initiatives. Students interested in direct
enrolment in an Italian university should follow these steps: Possess a high school/secondary school diploma. In general, there are no
admissions tests for Italian universities. Possession of a high school diploma
is the only requirement. In some cases, particularly in the scientific fields,
enrolment is limited. You must sit an entrance exam for those programs.
Admission is based on pre-determined quotas for foreign students.
Prove that you are able to support yourself in Italy either through your own
financial means or through scholarships and grants. Speak sufficient
Italian to be able to complete all your coursework in Italian. The language of
instruction at all universities is Italian. You will be required to pass an oral
and written Italian language test at your university in September. If you do not
speak sufficient Italian, you can apply to study in a preliminary Italian
language course. Contact the nearest Italian embassy or consulate in
January or February to receive the most up-to-date schedule of application
procedures and deadlines. The embassy or consulate will assist you in the
"pre-enrolment" period of your application. Choose a
university. You can only apply to one university. Submit your completed
application by June. Obtain a student visa. All non-EU students must
obtain a student visa before arriving in Italy. Students do not have the right
to work in Italy. European students are guaranteed the right to study at any
Italian university, and do not require a student visa. If you do decide to
study in Italy, here are a few additional pointers Once you arrive in Italy,
be sure to visit your local police department within eight days to obtain a
Permesso di Soggiorno.
Make sure that you have adequate medical insurance. You will not be
covered under the Italian health care system. An international
driver's license will allow you to drive in Italy for one year. If you stay
longer than one year, you will have to obtain an Italian driver's license.
Contributed by: The Italian Embassy - London