How to Study on Low Tuition in Italy: Cost of Living and Admission Requirements

The Republic of Italy attracts thousands of tourists and international students every year. Italy has a beautiful landscape; a rich cultural and historical legacy; iconic and historic sites including Rome’s Colosseum and Pisa’s Leaning Tower; tasty cuisine; groundbreaking history of inventions and discoveries… and, of course,there are low tuition universities in Italy for international students.

How to Apply

The application to study in University will  vary depending on whether the applicant is a EU or a non-EU student, and whether you’re applying at undergraduate (referred to as ‘first cycle’) or graduate level (second and third cycle). Please note that the Study in Italy website operated by the Italian Ministry of Education runs all the information you’ll need about applying to universities in Italy – but keep reading for an overview of key steps.

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Normally, the first step is to get in touch with your chosen university to check the entry requirements for your degree program. Once your eligibility for the program is confirmed, you must submit a pre-application request form to the Italian embassy or consulate in your country of origin along with the relevant documentation (see below). You will need to get your documents translated into Italian by an approved translator. The form you need to fill out will vary depending on whether you are an EU or non-EU student and your degree subject. For example, non-EU students applying to study at institutions for arts, design, music and dance will need to fill in the form Model A-bis, while other students will need to fill the form Model A

Required Documents

  • Completed application form to receive a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco/ DV);
  • Completed relevant pre-enrolment form;
  • Copy of your school leaving qualification if you are an undergraduate applicant, or copy of your undergraduate qualification certificate if you are a postgraduate applicant;
  • Transcript of exams, including name of each passed exam and syllabi of each course attended;
  • Two passport-sized photographs, one of which you must sign;
  • Any other documentation that can support your application (translated into Italian);
  • You may also need to provide proof of proficiency in Italian by presenting the results of an Italian language exam.

If you are an EU student, the embassy through which you are applying will send you a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco/ DV), which acknowledges your foreign studies prior to applying to universities in Italy. The embassy will then send your documents to your chosen university and you will receive confirmation of acceptance (or rejection) directly from the university. If you are a non-EU student, the Italian embassy or consulate will find out if your application meets the criteria for a visa to study in Italy.

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Tuition Fees and Cost of Living

Tuition fees at universities in Italy differ depending on the institution and course, as institutions set their own rates. According to government guidelines, average fees are between €850 and €1,000 (~US$900-1,060) per year at public universities in Italy, while private universities will be more expensive. Some specialized courses may also charge higher fees, while doctoral students receiving a grant from their university of choice will not need to pay fees.

In terms of living costs, you’ll need €12,000-18,000 (~US$12,740-19,120) per year to cover accommodation, food, transport, entertainment and other expenses. When budgeting, you should keep in mind your lifestyle and spending habits, as well as where you’ll be based – major cities and tourist areas will be more expensive than smaller towns, especially in the north of Italy.

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