Studying in Italy
Monday, 2 January 2017
University of Bologna
Studying in Italy
· It was the first higher education institution of its kind in the developed world, dating back to 1088, and it was there that the word 'university' was coined.
· In more recent times, it has been integral to the development of standardized university education across Europe, providing the initial inspiration and the setting for the Bologna Process, which aims to develops common higher education systems across Europe.
· There are 89 universities in Italy, along with a number of polytechnics and other academies that form part of the higher education sector.
· There are around 32,000 foreign students in Italy, including those on exchange programmes and independent students.
· EU students do, however, need to apply for a residence permit by registering with the local police within three months of arrival.
· Students apply to Italian universities via the Italian consulate in their home country. They should contact their university of choice in the first case to find out about entry requirements and application deadlines before submitting the application. Cut-off dates vary but it is likely students will need to have their applications in between January and April for normal academic year programmes.
· Unlike many other European countries, scholarships and student loans/grants are available to EU students on the same basis as Italian students, although eligibility is usually merit-based or means-tested and all students aren’t necessarily able to access financial assistance. More information on this can be found at the DSU office (although the site is mostly in Italian). Many university websites also have some information about financial aid on their sites.
· EU students can work (full time) in Italy without any additional permission, however with youth employment at such high levels due to Italy’s faltering economy, jobs are unlikely to be easy to come by, particularly for those without Italian language skills.
Italy is one of the more expensive countries in the EU in terms of living expenses and the north of the country is pricier than the south. Some typical costs in Italy (GBP, March 2015) include:
· Apartment rent & meals: £400 - £450 per month
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