Study abroad semester in 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.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
Bocconi University - - 501-600 523 - 5 639 965
Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University (PhD level) 160 167 201-300 182 119 4 112 70
Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University 160 167 201-300 182 119 4 112 70
LUISS Guido Carli 1001+ - - - - 4 - -
University of Padua 216 251–300 201-300 164 107 - 114 108
European University Institute (PhD level) - - - 1709 - - 888 -
University of Trento 403 301–350 401-500 465 661 - 224 309
Ca' Foscari University of Venice 751-800 601–800 - 1244 - - 980 769
University of Pisa 383 401–500 151-200 264 272 - 189 -
Scuola Normale Superiore - 181 401-500 - - - 221 749
University of Catania 801-1000 501–600 401-500 456 489 - 451 390
University of Pavia 601-650 401–500 401-500 297 243 - 258 339
Carlo Cattaneo University - - - - - - - -
Florence Institute Of Design International - - - - - - - -
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano 601-650 401–500 - 1783 - - - 927
IULM University of Milan - - - - - - - -
Marangoni Fashion Institute - - - - - - - -
NABA Milan - - - - - - - -
Polytechnic University of Bari 751-800 401–500 - 812 - - 342 -
Temple University - Rome campus (US students only) - - - - - - - 99
University of Eastern Piedmont - 601–800 701-800 599 - - 801 999
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 of studying in Italy

Italy is quite an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are around 750€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. 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.

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