Study abroad semester in Italy

Welcome to Italy!

Italy is a variegated country. The Italian peninsula exhibit a wide variety of landscapes and cultures. This is due to its extraordinary diversity of geological and administrative regions within a relatively small territory. First: land. In Italy you can experience alpine, hilly, lowland, maritime, arid, humid environments. They’re all quite close to each other. You never get bored of landscapes. Then, cultures. Italy had been divided for so many centuries in a very fragmented way that each region has its own character and flavor. Until some decades ago different languages were spoken from region to region or even from commune to commune, but technology and a higher literacy rate established Italian as a common national language.

History is omnipresent in Italy. Italy is the nation with the most UNESCO heritage sites in the world. Historical pieces of art are commonly found even outside of the major cities like Rome, Florence or Venice, with many smaller communes dating back to ancient times with rich and vibrant city centers. Roman Catholicism have played a pivotal part in the nation’s history and identity, with churches established even in the smallest rural areas.

Italy is also famous for its gastronomical products: wine, olive oil and pasta are just some of the Italian excellences that are exported abroad. Also, Italian cuisine is highly appreciated. From north to south there is an abundant variety of dishes and cooking styles for every palate. Social life is active, with the famous aperitivo being a staple of the Italian social scene.

What are the best universities in Italy for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Italy might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 21 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Italy. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the Italian institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAMEQSTHEARWUCWURCWTSEduniversal palmesU.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities RankingsWebometrics
Bocconi University--501-600523-5639965
Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University (PhD level)160167201-300182119411270
Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University160167201-300182119411270
LUISS Guido Carli1001+----4--
University of Padua216251–300201-300164107-114108
European University Institute (PhD level)---1709--888-
University of Trento403301–350401-500465661-224309
Ca' Foscari University of Venice751-800601–800-1244--980769
University of Pisa383401–500151-200264272-189-
Scuola Normale Superiore-181401-500---221749
University of Catania801-1000501–600401-500456489-451390
University of Pavia601-650401–500401-500297243-258339
Carlo Cattaneo University--------
Florence Institute Of Design International--------
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano601-650401–500-1783---927
IULM University of Milan--------
Marangoni Fashion Institute--------
NABA Milan--------
Polytechnic University of Bari751-800401–500-812--342-
Temple University - Rome campus (US students only)-------99
University of Eastern Piedmont-601–800701-800599--801999
Venice International University (Research only)--------

Italian universities that you find on wearefreemovers are doing pretty well according to the latest rankings. You can enjoy a good variety of institutions without stressing too much on teaching quality. The main problem could be, as in other foreign countries, the teaching language. Italian is quite a strong language, and many times old-fashioned universities are reluctant to switch to English. Here on wearefreemovers you can find only institutions that have English as its teaching language, but please always check before leaving!

Costs and fees

Italy is a fairly expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are around 750€. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Italy is a cheap option, with a median 1000€/semester for free mover students.

Which Italian cities are available to free movers?

Currently there are 23 cities that accept free movers in Italy. Have you ever dreamt of studying in Rome or any other city in Italy? Here you can find institutions divided by city: