Italy, officially known as the Italian Republic is a country in Southern Europe with a long Mediterranean coastline and surrounded by the countries of Austria, France, the Vatican, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The Italian peninsula’s unique boot shape makes it easily recognisable on any map. The country including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia occupies strategic location because of its dominating central Mediterranean and proximity to Western Europe across the Adriatic Sea. Its capital city, With a population of over 60 million, Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world with the urban area containing 25,000 important sites and locations. In fact, Italy is home to 55 UNESCO World Heritage sites making it the country with the most World Heritage sites. Other prominent cities include Naples, Milan, Florence and Venice. Italy is a single parliamentary republic with the chief of state being the President, and the head of government being the Prime Minister.
Italy has a highly diverse climate ranging from humid subtropical to humid continental to oceanic. Italy has a diversified capital mixed industrial economy, divided into a developed industrial north, and a less developed, welfare-dependent, agricultural south. Italy is also a member of the European Union (EU). The country’s main economic sectors are tourism, fashion, engineering, chemicals, motor vehicles and food. Italy’s northern regions are per capita amongst the richest in Europe.
WHY STUDY IN ITALY ?
- Italy is a popular destination for international students because besides having a rich history and tradition of higher education in the western world, it continues to offer high quality education at affordable tuition fees when compared to other Western European countries. There are more than 30,000 international students in Italy with many being on exchange programs.
- Right from the time of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Italy is home to many prestigious universities offering higher education with many ranking in the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings. The world’s oldest operating university, University of Bologna was established in 1088. Italy is signatory to the Bologna Process – European Area of Higher Education Reform and is home to 97 universities and 137 higher education institutions which can be categorised into – State/Public, Provincial, Private universities and Graduate Schools.
- Ital’s higher education system offers different levels of study – Bachelor’s (Laurea), Masters (Laurea Magistrale) and PhDs across several disciplines including Administration, Art Studies, Architecture, Aviation, Business, Design, Education, Fashion, Performing Arts, Tourism and Hospitality and many more.
- Italian universities offer scholarships and grants based on academic merit and co-curricular activities.
- Although Italian is the main language spoken in Italy, increasing number of higher education programs are being offered in English. International students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by undertaking IELTS, PTE or TOEFL.
- Students can travel easily across the country and across Europe with great inter-connectivity on buses, trains and flights. The country with one of the most friendliest people add to the charm of Italy making it truly a country of charm, history, fashion and multicultural ambience – an experience that is cherished by every international student.