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Study in Italy – a rich and diverse education system

Founded in the 12th century, Italian universities are the oldest educational institutions in the Western world and represent the vanguard of higher education, especially in the fields of culture, industrial design, architecture, applied sciences, medicine, economics and arts.

The quality of teaching and strong relations with international institutions gives students many opportunities for a fulfilling educational path and successful future career. Students who choose to continue their studies in Italy may also enrich their personal experience by living in one of the world’s most important manufacturing countries.


Why choose the Italian higher education system?

1. Excellence

Studying in Italy provides the possibility of achieving a high-prestige degree from one of the universities or academies recognized throughout Europe as well as many by international ranking society reports (Shanghai Jiao Tong QS, Times Higher Education).


2. Professionalism

Italian universities and academies provide very high competences and also support and counsel students during the course of their studies.


3. Labour market opportunities

Italy is at the forefront of several fields of higher education, many of which correspond to the most developed professional sectors of the labour market.


4. Flexibility

Higher education programmes are based on a credits system (ETCS, European Credit Transfer System) by which students can plan their studies according to their needs.


5. Scholarships and Fellowships

Several universities and academies offer scholarships or fellowships, with services for lodging and catering, set up by the Agency for the Right to Education which is organized at a regional level.


6. Quality of life

Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has a rich collection of art, culture and literature from many different periods, as well as a long tradition in numerous sports. Italian style is widely recognized throughout the world as being synonymous with the ability to transform the passion for art and beauty into contemporary design.


The higher education system

The Italian higher education system is divided into Universities and AFAM institutions (Institutes of Further Training in Art and Music). At the moment, there are 96 universities in Italy and 12 National Centres for Research. The AFAM system is composed of 132 institutions: 20 public Academies of Fine Arts, 24 officially recognised, private Academies of Fine Arts, the National Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Academy of Dance, 58 Conservatories, 21 officially recognised Institutes of Music, 4 Higher Institutes of Education for Applied Arts (ISIA), 5 officially recognised Institutes of Higher Education in Arts, Music and Choral Singing.


Uni-Italia - your trustworthy companion

Uni-Italia is not-for-profit association jointly founded in 2010 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Ministry of Interior and the Italy China Foundation. Its aim is the promoting of Italian higher education and the mobility of foreign students and researchers towards Italian universities as well as encouraging academic cooperation between Italy and other foreign countries. The Association is present in several countries including China, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, Iran and soon South Korea and the Philippines.

On the bases of an agreement with the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, the Association works closely with Italian diplomatic offices in the countries where the Uni-Italia Centres are located. All these Centres cooperate with the Italian Cultural Institutes and the Italian Consulates abroad especially in promoting Italian higher education programs, selecting and assisting students with their first enquiries made in their own countries. The Association also assists students when they arrive in Italy and for the length of their stay with the aim of facilitating their integration into the new social, academic and cultural environment.

See the Uni-Italia website for more information on studying in Italy:






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