Universities of Italy: what to do?

Italy is one of the countries with a rich culture and ancient traditions that are rooted in the Renaissance. To get an education at universities that are filled with the spirit of such geniuses as Leonardo da Vinci, Giordano Bruno, Dante Alighieri is a true honor. And today Italy remains a country in which higher education has its undeniable and attractive aspects for students from all over the world.

Of course, Italy is inferior to other European countries in popularity among foreign students, and the Italian language is far from being a "means of international communication." But this amazing country is strong in many ways:

  • higher education in Italy is, first of all, good educational traditions, cultural and spiritual growth;
  • it was Italian design and fashion that gained international domination and, as a result, Italy is the No. 1 country in the world for obtaining a diploma in this field;
  • access to education from an economic point of view varies from the choice of university and your income; the cost of studying at a state university varies from 600 to 3,000 euros per year, private universities set prices from 6,000 to 20,000 euros per year;
  • training is possible both in Italian and in English;
  • the principle of the educational system is “academic freedom”: students do not take obligatory sessions every semester when they attend classes, but listen to a course of lectures and pass an exam when it is convenient;
  • Another important point is that you get a visa not only for the period of study, but also for at least another year after graduation to look for a good job.

Italian Higher Education System

The higher education system in Italy consists mainly of universities, but there are other types of educational institutions - these are academies of fine arts, a conservatory and two institutes of Pisa. In Italian universities, the vast majority of students study. In Italy, there are 47 state universities and 9 independent universities with a state license. The higher education system can be conditionally divided into 3 levels:

  1. Stage. Corsi di Laurea - identical to a bachelor's degree, lasting 3 years.
  2. Stage. Corsi di Laurea Specialistica - specialist training programs lasting from 2 to 3 years, Corsi di Specializziazione di 1 ° livello - specialization programs and Corsi di Master Universitario di 1 ° livello - first-level master's programs.
  3. Stage. Dottorto di ricerca - second-level doctoral programs.

Italian universities have a “credit system” (CFU). A university “loan" usually corresponds to 25 hours of study. Usually, a student “earns” 60 credits annually. Over the entire study period, the student needs to study about 20 disciplines, including compulsory and optional.

The academic year at the university begins in October-November and ends in May-June. During the year there are 4 sessions (January-February, April, June-July, September), during this period classes are suspended.

Each student decides when and what exams to take, as students have the right to their individual curriculum.

Examinations are written and oral, but with an important difference from our system in the absence of examination tickets. Thus, each exam requires a great deal of independent preparation, since in lectures they give only a small portion of what you need to know. Not everyone copes with exams: only three out of ten applicants reach the diploma.

Requirements and procedure for admission to universities in Italy

Anyone can enter the University of Italy if he meets all the conditions for admission. Applying to universities in Italy is definitely worth it in advance.

Slow Italians consider documents for a long time, but you still have to have time to prepare documents and get a visa.

Applications for admission are filed through the Italian Embassy in their country, and documents and questionnaires must be sent there by the end of February.

Step-by-step instructions for entering a citizen of Belarus

  1. For admission to the University of Italy for Belarusians, the general rules apply (12 years of education). The school system in the Republic of Belarus implies 11 years of schooling; accordingly, at least 1 year of college, technical school, university or other educational institution must be completed.
  2. From the university (or other educational institution) we take a certificate and an academic certificate. Only snag: an academic certificate is given only in case of deduction. But some Universities give the so-called “excerpt from the grade book”, which is equal to the same academic certificate. THE DOCUMENT SHOULD BE ON THE OFFICIAL FORM OF THE UNIVERSITY WITH STAMP STAMP (or a copy of this official form) AND WITH THE SIGNATURE OF THE RECTOR or any of the vice-rectors. Otherwise, they will not put the apostille on the document!
  3. We bring these 2 documents to the Ministry of Education in Minsk for apostille. The cost of one apostille: 35,000 Belarusian rubles (2010). We serve from 9 to 11 am on Sovetskaya St., 9. Production time of the apostille: 24 hours. When you are presented with a piece of paper, be sure to save it to receive documents.
  4. We bring all these documents to accredited translators (Alekseeva Nina Kirillovna Tel. 204-72-46, mob. 8-029-708-06-77 Minsk, 7/2 Skryganova St., 24 metro station Molodezhnaya; Gavrilovich Larisa Nikolaevna Tel. 233-63-55, mob. 8-029-773-63-55
  5. Minsk, st. Kakhovskaya, 27-16 st.m. Yakub Kolas Square; Golovko Svetlana G. Tel. 284-85-06, mob. 08-029-684-85-06 Minsk, Independence Ave., 53-102 st.m. Yakub Kolas Square; Kizenkov Sergey Pavlovich Phone / fax 247-68-86, mob. 8-029-337-07-07 Minsk, 76-178 Rokossovskogo avenue Office: 34-1 Komsomolskaya st. October) ATTENTION! We have the right to submit a translation only to them and no other translation agencies !!! Translation cost: 30,000 rubles for 2,000 characters. Production time 1-3 days. On average, a certificate costs 30 thousand rubles. Help for 1 year - 30 thousand rubles.
  6. We submit documents for legalization at the embassy. Legalization takes 1 day. Reception Mon, Wed, Fri from 9 to 11.30 (through the main entrance, into a special window). I remind you that the embassy is located at the address: 16b Rakovskaya St., Minsk. You can find out more about the embassy from the article “VISA TO ITALY FOR BELARUSIANS. HOW TO OPEN IN MINSK INDEPENDENTLY? ”Or on the website of the embassy:
  7. We are waiting for the MIUR calendar. We arrive at the embassy on the specified dates and fill out the modello (the consul helps and dictates).
  8. We are waiting for an invitation from the university, which usually comes in July - early August. An invitation with a visa entry is sent to your e-mail.
  9. In August we apply for a visa (until August 15).
  10. Upon arrival in Italy you need to come to the police commissariat to register and apply for a residence permit (you must have a document with you about your financial capabilities).

Documents required for obtaining a student visa

  1. A passport valid for at least three months after the expiration of the requested visa;
  2. Invitation from the University;
  3. Application for visa application;
  4. Photo of the appropriate format;
  5. Documentation relating to one's own economic situation, or to parents, when dependent on them:
    a) documents from a school or university, or from a place of work;
    b) documents confirming the employment of the parents, while being dependent on them;
    c) documents confirming ownership of real estate or ownership of rents, life-time payments or other sources of income;
    d) bank statements or credit cards;
    e) income statements or tax documents, company balance sheets
  6. The financial resources necessary for living for the entire stay in Italy. At least 417.30 euros for each month of the academic year;
  7. One way ticket or reservation, about the methods of transportation you can read “HOW TO GET TO ITALY: BY TRAIN, AIRCRAFT, BUS, BY CAR”;
  8. Documents confirming the availability of housing in Italy;
  9. Medical insurance policy valid in all countries of the European Union.

How to choose a university in Italy

In my personal example, the choice of the university was not so relevant, since there was little information on this issue. But thanks to the advice of the consul, when I entered the State University of Milan - Bicocca, I was very pleased with both the university and the cost of training.

Università degli studi di Milano - Bicocca

Università degli studi di Milano - Bicocca founded in 1998. In total, there are 17 buildings on the territory of the university that offer students 195 lecture halls, 46 linguistic and computer centers, 3 large libraries, 2 dormitories. The university also offers 226 laboratories, and all of them are included in the cultural network, which is closely connected with the economic and social life of the city. Research centers collaborate with a system of exhibitions and seminars, with a social and state program aimed at developing and protecting various branches of knowledge, but especially a developed business community, which generally ensures the competitiveness and continuous development of the University of Milan - Bicocca.

More than 32,000 students study at the university, and training is conducted at eight faculties. The main areas of study: tourism economics, business organization and management, economics and law, statistics, healthcare, media and journalism, social and human sciences, natural sciences, psychology and pedagogy.

The territory of the university is an entire district of the city called Bicocca, located in the north of Milan. On the territory of Bicocca you can find everything: shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment centers, cinemas, gyms, swimming pools, canteens, a theater, libraries and much more. Bicocca is a kind of small town inside the city.

The university described above turned out to be my choice without a choice, but I want to offer you the most popular universities among Italian students for consideration.

University official website:

Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

Università di Roma "La Sapienza" - It is one of the oldest universities in the world and the second largest university in Europe. It was founded in 1303. The University of Rome offers students over 300 undergraduate programs, over 250 professional master's programs, 119 graduate and over 150 doctoral programs, 6 of which award an international doctorate.

Today, 170 thousand people study there, including foreign students. At 14 faculties of the temple of knowledge, 4200 people teach, among them the best professors in Italy.

There are 69 specialized schools and 1604 continuing education courses at the university. Status - state, language of instruction - Italian, English. At this university you can study Ludovico Quaroni architecture, Valle Giulia architecture, economics, humanities and philosophy, law, mechanical engineering, mathematical, physical and natural sciences, medicine and surgery, psychology, statistics, political science, humanities, sociology, pharmacology and more. The University of Rome is the first in Italy to teach technical sciences.

Official website of the University of Rome:

University of Bologna

Università di Bologna (University of Bologna) is the oldest university in the world whose history has not been interrupted since its inception and, in fact, the cradle of the word "university" itself. Established in 1088 Historically, the university was founded to study Roman law, but today it consists of 23 faculties, as well as additional campuses scattered throughout the north of Italy, as well as the campus in Buenos Aires, but, as before, the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna is one of the best in the world. For international students at the University of Bologna, programs are available in both Italian and English. The cost of studying at the University of Bologna is 600 Euros for undergraduate studies and 910 Euros for master's programs.

Faculties: jurisprudence, mathematics, architecture, art, agriculture, culture, pedagogy, economics, foreign languages ​​and literature, engineering, chemistry, philosophy, physics, natural sciences, medicine, pharmacology, political science, psychology, statistics, veterinary medicine.

Official website of the University of Bologna:

L'Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

L'università Commerciale luigi bocconi - A private higher education institution in Milan, graduating specialists in the field of economics, jurisprudence and management sciences.

The university is recognized as one of the world's leading schools of business administration, and the teaching itself is conducted in English, along with traditional curricula in Italian.

The university was opened on November 10, 1902 with donations from entrepreneur Ferdinand Bocconi

  • University official website:

Università degli studi di Milano

Università degli studi di Milano - founded in 1924, and initially consisted of 4 faculties: law, literature and philosophy, medicine and surgery, natural, mathematical and physical sciences.

Today it offers 9 Faculties, 137 courses (bachelor's and master's degrees), 20 Doctoral Schools and 74 Specialization Schools. 2,500 teachers represent the highest concentration of scientific expertise in the region, and research is rated the highest among universities in Italy and Europe.

University departments are housed in important historical buildings in the center of Milan and in modern buildings in the area known as Campus. Research works, publications of the University of Milan are a scientific value, as well as numerous research centers (77 in total).

  • University's official website:

Universita degli Studi di Siena, UNISI

Universita degli Studi di Siena, UNISI - Located in Siena, Tuscany is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Italy. Originally named Studium Senese, the University of Siena was founded in 1240. Siena is a city of students. University of Siena accepts students from all over the world!

About 20,000 students study at the University, almost half of the total population of Siena. Today, the University of Siena is known for its School of Law and Medicine.

The university consists of eight schools:

  1. Economics
  2. Engineering
  3. Humanities and Philosophy
  4. Jurisprudence
  5. Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences
  6. Medicine and Surgery
  7. Pharmaceuticals
  8. Political Sciences.

The university has an excellent organization of services for students: a hostel, a dining room.

  • University official website:

Politecnico di milano

Politecnico di milano - The largest technical university in the country and is the oldest in Milan. It was founded on November 29, 1863. In 2009, Italian researchers recognized him as the best in Italy in terms of indicators such as scientific production and attractiveness for international students.

Today, the Polytechnic University of Milan educates more than 42,000 students in the fields of technical sciences, architecture and industrial design, consists of 17 faculties and 9 schools.

On the territory of the university, with a total area of ​​350,000 square meters, there are 355 modern laboratories and 42 libraries. The university itself is located in 7 major campuses in the regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. The university pays special attention to international projects for international students. So, 2 bachelor's courses, 10 master's courses and 12 master's programs are taught exclusively in English.

The teaching staff consists of 1200 full-time professors and researchers and about 1300 contracted professors. Interestingly, many scientists working at the Polytechnic University are award-winning and recognized by the scientific community.

  • Official website of the Technical University:

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan - at the same time gives an art education in Italy and is the cultural center of the northern part of the country. As a private institution, the Milan Academy of Fine Arts provides undergraduate education in English in the fields of design, fashion design, graphic design, and artistic direction.

In addition, a private university conducts summer educational programs in such popular specialties as fashion marketing, fashion design, fashion photography and interior design.

  • Academy official website:

When choosing a university, also consider your level of language knowledge, since in one institution you will have to take a test, in which case your knowledge should be at the advanced level, and in another university you will only be interviewed to make sure that you understand the language. In this case, basic knowledge of the language will be sufficient.

If there is any doubt about the receipt I will be glad to answer in the comments or in my group on FACEBOOK “Italy For Peace”

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