Tuition Fees of Universities in Italy for International Students

Public universities in Italy usually set their tuition fees according to the level of degree, and the program.Italy is one of the best countries to study abroad .

  • Average tuition fees: 850 and 1,000 EUR/year.
  • Tuition fees in prestigious public universities in Italy may exceed 1,000 EUR/ year.

In most institutions, EU students also enjoy lower tuition fees compared to non-EU students and some of the state universities in Italy set the tuition based on the student’s parental income.

Tuition fees in private universities

Private universities in Italy usually charge higher tuition fees compared to public universities and most of them have the same fees for both EU and non-EU students.

The average fees in private universities is in the range of 6,000 to around 20,000 EUR/year.

Most affordable universities in Italy

Find below the list of Italian universities with affordable tuition fees:

  1. University of Siena – average tuition fees 1,800 EUR/year
  2. Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – average tuition fees 2,200 EUR/year
  3. University of Torino – average tuition fees 2,800 EUR/year
  4. University of Padova – average tuition fees 4,000 EUR/year

Tuition fees at top-ranked Italian universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at well-ranked Italian universities:

  1. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – average tuition fees 4,000 EUR/year
  2. University of Bologna – average tuition fees 2,100 EUR/year
  3. Polytechnic University of Milan – average tuition fees 3,300 EUR/year
  4. University of Trento – average tuition fees 6,000 EUR/year

2. Living costs in Italy

The general living costs for international students in Italy range between 1,000 and 1,500 EUR/month, this includes: accommodation, food costs, public transportation, local travel and/or entertainment.

However, Rome is just a little more expensive,when compared to the rest of the Italian cities. Please c

heck the average monthly expenses for students in these student cities in Italy:

  • Bologna: around 750 – 800 EUR/month
  • Bolzano: around 650 – 700 EUR/month
  • Florence: around 700 EUR/month
  • Milano and Rome: between 900 and 1,000 EUR/month


Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 35 % on accommodation, 9% on transportation and around 12% on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Italy are in the international range of 200 – 300 EUR/month.

On average, here are the prices students spend on housing, depending on the type of accommodation:

  • students that live alone: 266 EUR/month
  • students living in student accommodation: 257 EUR/month
  • students living with partner/child(ren): around 133 EUR/month.


The public transportation would be the easiest and most convenient method to travel in Italy.

Also, a monthly bus/tram/metro ticket for students is between 25 and 35 EUR/month, but depends on the city.

The train network in Italy is efficient and well maintained, so making visits to other cities in Italy is definitely an option. Fares usually start at around 20 EUR for a trip, but if you book tickets early enough, you could get discounts of up to 70%.

In Milan and other Italian cities, you can rent a bike for a daily 2.50 EUR or weekly 6 EUR.

  1. Scholarships and funding opportunities

In Italy, scholarships are offered by the Italian government at the national and regional level and Italian universities.

Examples of scholarships you can apply to:

  • Italian government scholarships for international students – for all degree levels, and for teachers of Italian as a second language. The scholarship duration can be three, six, or nine months.
  • Some Italian universities such as Politecnico di Milano, University of Padova, Bocconi University, Bologna University, offer scholarship programmes for international students; these are usually between 5,000 and 12,000 EUR/year.


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