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Italy’s historic treasures and magnificent cuisine continues to draw visitors as they have done for centuries. From the snow-capped Dolomites in the North to the warm maritime Mediterranean culture of the South, Italy’s regions are diverse and exciting. For the international student seeking world-class but affordable education, with a wide range of social and leisure activities, few countries are as exciting a choice as Italy.

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  • Universities and academies provide very high competences and they also support and counsel students during the course of their studies

  • Higher education programs are based on a credits system (ETCS, European Credit Transfer System) by which students can make their plan of studies according to their needs.

  • Several universities and academies offer scholarships or fellowships, with services for lodging and catering, set up by the Agency for the Right to Education which is organized at a regional level

  • One of the most affordable countries in Europe where you can study abroad and that goes for tuition fees and living costs as well

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  • Science and Technology
    Art and Design
    Social Studies

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Based on the Bologna Process, the education system in Italy was reformed in 1999 to create a cohesive system of education throughout Europe. Since then, Italy has implemented a 3-cycle system consisting of the following:

  • First Cycle: Bachelor degrees (3 years) and single-cycle degrees 

  • Second Cycle: Master degrees (2 years) and 1st level vocational masters

  • Third Cycle: Doctorate (5-6 years) specialization school and 2nd Level vocational masters.

In terms of types of institutions, there are two broad institutional categories that make up the higher education sector in Italy: the university institutions and non-university institutions which include Higher Education in the Arts and Music (Alta formazione Artistica e Musicale or AFAM). 

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The cost of tuition will vary at each institution. However, you should expect to pay more if you choose to attend a private university. A bachelor’s course will, on average, cost €900 to €4,000 per year at a public institution. Fees at a private institution usually cost, on average, €6,000 to €20,000 per year. International students should expect higher course costs.

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Basically there are two intakes for Study in Italy. First academic year generally starts in the month of September and October while it ends in January or in February. However, the second semester starts in February and lasts in July. The accurate starting and ending dates of semester is different in various universities. Each semester ends up in twenty weeks in which 14 weeks are of teaching period and 6 weeks are of exams period.

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If you are a non-EU or EFTA student, you will need to apply for a residence permit once you have a visa. This needs to be done within 8 days of your arrival in the country. You can apply for this at the post office in your new city of residence. If you need any advice or information about this process, your institution will be able to assist. Non-EU students must have health insurance in order to apply for a residence permit. Your counselor will help you to collect required documents for submission. 

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