Studying abroad – Italy

We live in a globalized world, where travelling has become easier, quick, and relatively cheap.

Studying abroad - ItalyNowadays, people do not travel only for leisure but also to study in a different school system.

So, if in the past the trend was to study, for example, Italian architecture mainly on books, nowadays the tendency is to do it in Italy in person.

Why do more and more people decide to continue their education in another country?


While in the past it took months to travel from one continent to another, nowadays  it just takes one day.


Studying abroad is a good opportunity to gain international experience. This experience is surely a good addition to your curriculum, thing this that will probably allow you to get a job more easily. 


Studying abroad can be also an important life experience. You’ll discover a new culture, you’ll experience independence, discover sides of yourself you didn’t imagine were there, find new friends, improve your organizational skills, and your patience – especially if you have room mates.


Studying abroad is the perfect way to master a foreign language, since you’ll be obliged to use it both in everyday life and during your academic career.


If you’re thinking about the possibility of studying in Italy, it’s time to see what the best Italian universities are.

Here is a table showing the five best Italian universities of 2015-16 according to Il sole 24 ore – a famous Italian newspaper – and Censis – a socio-economic research institute.

Il sole 24 ore Censis
Public University Verona Siena
Trento Trento
Politecnico di Milano Camerino
Bologna Perugia
Padova Sassari/Trieste
Private University Milano Bocconi Bolzano
Roma LUISS Milano Bocconi
Milano San Raffaele Castellanza LIUC
Bolzano Roma LUISS
Castellanza LIUC Aosta

As you can see Il sole 24 ore and Censis have different opinions about what the best Italian public universities are. They only agree on Trento.

However they have similar opinions about what the best private Italian universities are, agreeing on Milano Bocconi, Roma LUISS, Bolzano and Castellanza LIUC.


The requirements can change from university to university. It’s better you contact them well in advance so you can gather the documentation they require.

However, here is a small list of the most common requirements Italian universities generally ask for:

1. Possession of either Diploma, Bachelor degree or Master degree
2. Certified translation of your diploma or degrees
3. Declaration of value
4. Certificate issued by your academic authority (translated), listing the exams you have passed
5. Level B1 of the Italian language. This is a very important requirement since, in Italy, exams are mainly oral


What about you? What do you think about studying abroad? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.


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