Study abroad in Italy – The ultimate Student Guide

Do you want to study abroad in Italy? Here is all you need to know!

Italy is one of Europe’s top 10 most popular study abroad countries. A rich culture, welcoming people, amazing food, and excellent education are only a few reasons for that. Read further and find all you need to know about studying abroad in Italy!

Is Italy good for international students?

Fantastic weather, beautiful beaches, and delicious food- if that sounds soothing to you, then studying abroad in Italy might be the perfect destination for you.  If you are thinking about studying in Italy, be ready for a life that is all about being spontaneous. Italians are generally more easygoing, and it is not unusual for Italians to be very social and welcoming with someone they have just met. It can be through showing you around and introducing you to their local dishes. They will directly invite you home to try some Italian home-cooked food. Going out, especially for an Aperitivo, is a must-do when you visit Italy. It is a classic pre-dinner drink with a few snacks. Regarding dinner in Italy, you should know that the evening starts around 8 pm at the earliest. So if you are planning to go out with your friends, you have plenty of time before you go.

What are the benefits of studying in Italy?

Studying abroad in Italy will bring you closer to one of Europe’s most historical places and vacation destinations. It is no coincidence that Italy is called the Mecca for international students. Italy has a high education system that is very much known for its specialized Universities and Institutions. This allows students from all around the globe to get a more intense and researched insight into the major of their choosing. Regarding majors, Italy has many English-taught degrees to choose from. Of course, if you are an Italian speaker, the range becomes even more expansive than it already is. However, not only the surroundings’ beautiful beaches and the fantastic food are great reasons to spend one or two semesters in Italy.

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view over cliffs and ocean in Sardinia in Italy
View over cliffs and ocean in Sardinia in Italy Photo By Massimo Virgilio

What is the best study abroad program in Italy?

The easiest way to study abroad in Italy is by applying with Beyond Abroad because Beyond Abroad partnered up with one of the oldest Universities in Italy: The University of Cagliari. Unica is not only one of the most historical Universities in the country but also one of the top-ranked universities, on an academic level, in Italy. The academics they offer include Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, and Arts. Unica is highly regarded for its outstanding public education, research, and multi-disciplinary student programs. All those factors have led to the University of Cagliari growing into 6 Faculties and 17 Departments, reinforcing the University’s motto: research and teaching, in the service of the high need for innovation required by today’s knowledge society. Their goal is to share the University’s research, development, and knowledge and improve Cagliari’s social, economic, and intellectual life and the Region of Sardinia.

How can I apply to study abroad in Italy?

If you want to study in Italy, the easiest way to apply is directly through Beyond Abroad. Benefit from the fast application process and get your acceptance in only 24h. You only have to fill out the online application form, including an official transcript of records and a copy of your national ID card. For non-EU citizens, a copy of your passport identification page is required. After the application process, the Beyond Abroad Team will help you with all the following tasks.

Find out how to apply to study abroad in Italy step by step

Cost and funding – Can I get a scholarship to study abroad in Italy?

Scholarships are very popular, especially among Free Movers. Luckily, most host universities offer scholarships for their students. Those scholarships are based on the student’s academic achievements and require you to submit multiple documents to qualify for the scholarship. Moreover, some countries have the option of governmental support (Bafög in Germany), which is easier to get and available for more students. So if you want to study abroad in Italy, earning a scholarship is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that some deadlines end earlier than your semester actually begins.

If you want to know more about studying abroad in Italy, check out our study abroad in Italy guide right here!

landscape view over Cagliari
Sardinia is a diverse island with a lot to offer! Study in Cagliari and experience the Sardinian charm.

What type of Visa do I need to study abroad in Italy?

For Europeans with a passport from a European country, entering Italy does not require any Visa. However, if the study period for European citizens is longer than three months, they must apply for residency at the local Town Hall. For non-European students, a visa to study abroad in Italy is required from the beginning. They must also apply for residency if the study period extends to 3 months. The process takes a bit more effort because, in that case, you have to go through the post office and send a specific pack with your documents to get permission from the local government. After that, you will be asked to get your fingerprints taken by the police until you finally receive your residence permit. To learn more about the Visa application process, we recommend checking the website or calling the Italian embassy in your country. They will have all the updated information on the Visa application process. In addition, we recommend having copies of all essential documents on your computer, email, or USB stick.

How do I find student accommodation in Italy?

When you study abroad in Italy, students have to find a place to stay on their own. Rooms usually cost around 250€ / 300€ per month. If you need assistance finding a place to stay, you can ask or send an email at the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) staff. You can contact them via email here. You can look for accommodation within the city or nearby the campuses. Airbnb is also an option in Cagliari. There are month-long contracts, such as private room options or a 1 bedroom apartment. 

Can international students work in Italy during their studies or after graduation?

While you study abroad in Italy, you can work alongside your studies as long as you don’t work more than 20 hours a week. For European citizens, that is permitted without any additional permit. However, non-EU- students can only apply for a work permit if they have a standing work offer from an Italian-based employer. The processing period can often take up to two months. Therefore, most students outside the EU don’t get a job immediately after arrival. We recommend you get settled first and get used to your new life in Italy!

Health and Safety

For all students who study abroad in Italy, Health insurance is required. EU students have either a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a temporary certificate entitled to medical assistance if needed. If those documents are missing, the students must go to the local National Health Service office and ask for the required documents. Non-EU students need private health insurance when applying for their Visas. Additionally, Non-EU students can enroll in the Italian National Health Insurance instead of taking private insurance. If you decide to stay longer than the study period of three months, renew your health insurance because, in most cases, they expire after three months. In all cases, you always need a medical procedure receipt to get the money back from your insurance. If you don’t know which insurance best fits you, Asia Exchange recommends staying STAY Travel Insurance of HanseMerkur or World Nomads.

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How is it to study abroad in Italy?

We collected tips from former exchange students who studied abroad in Italy. The top advice to give new students is to be independent. Try to do things on your things, like laundry, the dishes, or cooking. Being independent also means taking responsibility for one’s actions, so avoid situations that could potentially get you into trouble. At the same time, don’t miss out on a new chance to make new friends. So in case you need help, you have someone close to ask. Orientation week is essential for meeting new people and students in the same situations as you.

One of the most obvious tips is to learn the language. Since you will be living there for at least a semester learning Italian will make it easier for you to connect with the local students and classes. Moreover, speaking a new language will impress your future employer. The last piece of advice is to try new things! Studying abroad in Italy will open new opportunities and chances for you. Don’t miss out on them. There will be language barriers and cultural differences, but don’t let that discourage you from getting the best out of this unique experience. To enjoy your time even more, ensure you are covered with health insurance, knowledge about your destination, and an airport pick-up.

Conclusion: Do you want to study in Italy?

If you are interested in spending 1 or 2 semesters abroad studying in Italy, you can find all the information here. Or you can book a free counseling session to discuss your options and get all your questions answered by the Beyond Abroad staff vis Zoom.

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