Italy is a famous study abroad destination among international students

Many students drop the plan of studying in Italy because they think they would need to learn the Italian language for studying. What if we say that you can study in Italy in English? Yes, in today’s competitive world the colleges and universities in Italy conduct their classes in the English language too.

Types of Italian Higher Education Institutions

The higher education system of Italy has 3 following types:

  • Universities
  • Higher Technical Institutes
  • Higher Education for Artists


A total of 96 universities are working in Italy. Of which 67 are public universities and 29 are private universities. The major focus of universities is on theoretical studies. Bologna process is implemented by universities. A process which seeks to bring more coherence to higher education systems across Europe. Universities issue the following degrees.
Undergraduate Degree (Laurea): it is equivalent to a Bachelor of Science, which can be obtained in the 3-year program of study.
Graduate Degree (Laurea Magistrale): It is equivalent to a Master of Science, which takes two years for completion.
After completing, Graduate Degree program you can apply to a Doctoral program.

Higher Technical Institutes

The major focus of higher technical institutes is on practical stuff. These institutions prepare students for professional life. Practical assignments and internships enhance the skills of students. Teachers from companies interact with students to share their experiences and knowledge.

Higher Education for Artists

If you are an artist in any particular field, you can polish your skills in higher institutions of Italy. Courses about Dance, Music, Visual arts, Design, and Drama are available in these Institutions.

Application Process in University of Italy

The application process for a university is quite different in Italy as compared to other countries. First of all, you need to contact the Italian embassy to start your student application for a university. Student visas in Italy are issued by Italian Embassies or Consulate-General offices in your country of origin. You should submit a pre-application request to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence and indicate what institution and program you’re applying to. After acceptance of the pre-application form, the Consulate issues a document, which is the statement of validity. The officials will forward your documentation to the institution, and you should confirm with your institution how and when the results will be posted. Typically, results are either posted by the Embassy or the institution and they will contact you directly. After that you will consult the International Student Office of your chosen university online or in some cases the embassy can forward the application itself. The university will send an email and ask for enrolment documents. The enrolment and merit requirements can be different according to your degree program about which you can take information from the Italian University you have chosen for admission.

Admission Requirements for Italy’s student Visa

There are bachelor’s degree courses and master’s degree courses for international students in Italian universities.

Admission Requirements for Bachelor’s degree course:

Bachelor’s programs with English as the medium of instruction are offered to international
students. Each university can have different requirements. There are general requirements to apply for Bachelor’s degree course in Italy also called Laurea (equivalent to bachelor’s degree) program. You must hold a secondary school qualification released after a minimum of 12 years of schooling (overall). A valid school-leaving certificate means you are eligible to qualify for higher education studies in your home country. Minimum 58% marks are required for the higher secondary certificate to secure admission in Bachelors.

Admission Requirements for Master’s degree course:

Admission requirements vary for each university for master’s programs. To study for a master’s degree at an Italian university, you will need to have a relevant bachelor or equivalent degree certification. Entry test from a university (if required). Many Italian universities offer a lot of programs in English at the master’s level. IELTS or TOEFL is not compulsory for a master’s degree in Italy. If your previous studies were not in English, you need English language tests like TOEFL or IELTS.

Documents Required for Italy’s Student Visa

These are general documents; you need to submit to get admission to a university for study in Italy.
There can be additional documents for your application process, we recommend always doublechecking the university website to get information.

  • Visa Application Form
  • Two recent passport-size photographs.
  • Passport & CV & Motivation Letter
  • Work Experience (if any).
  • Two Reference Letters. From Teachers or previous Employers.
  • English Proficiency Letter if previous studies are in English.
  • Acceptance letter of the concerned Italian University/Institute.
  • Proof of personal financial means or family resources.
  • Proof of accommodation near the university
  • Travel Insurance Policy, valid for all countries in the Schengen States.

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