Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s "David" and Brunelleschi's Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. A total of 28 universities in Italy feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, of which 12 make it into the world’s top 500.


  • Italy is officially known as the Italian Republic.
  • Italy has a total area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and a population of over 61 million people.
  • There are two small independent states located inside Italy namely Vatican City and San Marino.
  • Italy is located in Europe and it is bordered by Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, and Switzerland.
  • The capital city of Italy is Rome.  Other major cities include Milan, Naples, Turin, and Palermo.
  • Rome was the home to the Ancient Romans, a civilization that grew into a huge empire. Western civilization as we know today is based on many Ancient Roman principles.
  • Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance, which was a period of great cultural achievements in poetry, painting and architecture. Famous artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo Da Vinci were part of the Renaissance.
  • Italian is the main language in Italy. German, French and Slovene are also spoken in certain areas.
  • The most popular sport in Italy is football (soccer). Italy has won four world cups, the last one being in 2006.
  • Italian cuisine is popular around the world. Dishes such as pizza, spaghetti bolognese, lasagne and risotto all come from Italy.
  • Italy is home to famous architectures such as Colosseum, Pantheon and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


Italy has so much to offer that it’s hard to know where to start! Gorgeous beaches, incredible history, outstanding fashion, mind-blowing food are only a few of the things you can look forward to in Italy. But these are far from the only reason to consider Italy for your international education. Here are five top reasons why Italy makes the grade as a top study destination.

  • The Italian government considers Research to be part of its strategy for maintaining high standards in the sphere of world technological development.
  • Studying in Italy provides many opportunities for growth and success, in academic life as well as in the world of employment.
  • The Italy higher education system enjoys a good reputation worldwide because of its high quality in higher education.
  • The standard of living in Italy is highly.
  • The degrees obtained from Italian institutions of higher learning are internationally recognised.

Appication And Admission Requirments

There are two main intakes into Italian universities, September for the autumn semester and February for the spring September. If you plan to enroll at a higher education institution in Italy and you are not an EU student, you will have to submit your application by following the steps as explained below:

  • Search for a study program that best meets your personal expectations and academic profile.
  • Contact the institution you are interested in, and ask for a prior assessment to learn whether you might be eligible for the study program of your choice.
  • Once the institution you are interested in informs you might be eligible, you have to submit a pre-application request to the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where you are residing, by presenting the following documents:
  • Provide a completed application form requiring you want to receive a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco (DV)).
  • A copy of your school leaving certificate and the results of the university entry examinations you have taken in your country. These documents have to be officially translated into Italian and legally authenticated by a competent authority.
  • Include two passport-sized photographs.

In general, the main requirement for admission to a bachelor's programme is a secondary-school diploma. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent to be admitted for a masters’ programme. If your study program or course is taught in English, you will be required to prove your level of command of English by presenting the results you received at English courses

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