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9 best schools in Italy to prepare for universities in Italy and abroad

Education information

Nowadays, Italy is chosen by many foreign students due to a wide range of high-quality educational services. SMAPSE offers 30 best Italian schools and universities where foreign students can get preparation courses that will help to enter prestigious universities in Italy and abroad. Due to the list of TOP-30 prestigious schools and universities in Italy, you will definitely find the most appropriate option. Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

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Features and benefits of studying in Italy for international students

  • Scholarships and the low cost of educational programs relative to European prices - Italy provides a fairly low cost of studying. Foreign students will be able to apply for financial assistance from the state and university scholarships
  • It’s relatively easy to enter Italian schools and universities. In many universities you don't need to take an entrance exam. Moreover, applicants may not need a certificate of language proficiency. Preparation for a university in Italy for students will be quite simple in comparison with universities in Britain or Switzerland, USA
  • Students are given the freedom to choose programs and lecturers - so students will not spend time on unnecessary subjects and will be able to concentrate on disciplines that are significant to them
  • The list of the most popular areas includes design, architecture and urban planning - for these specialties, students come here from all over the world.





Higher education in Italy: features and tuition fees

The main form of studying is lectures. Usually the year is divided into semesters, but you can meet the universities of Italy, in where the studying year is divided into trimesters. The scientific degrees correspond to the gradations adopted at the Bologna system:

  • Bachelor's degree (Laurea)
  • Master's degree (Laurea Magistrale)
  • Doctoral studies (Dottorato di Ricerca).

The first stage of higher education in Italy will take three years, Master programs last two years, Doctoral studies 3-5 years.

Foreign students are allowed to earn extra money, but no more than 20 hours a week. Upon graduation, a student who wants to work in Italy must obtain a work permit.

The cost depends on the type of institution: tuition prices will be more affordable in state universities. In private universities, the high cost is due to the wide opportunities for development and self-education in studying and sports. The cost of an academic year at a state university is 500-350 euros (single entry fee).

Universities in Italy introduce more and more academic programs in English every year: in order to enter such a course, one must have a language proficiency not lower than Intermediate (IELTS 5.5) for admission to undergraduate studies or Upper-Intermediate (IELTS 6.0) - for Master's programs. English courses are usually more expensive than studying at a university in Italy in Italian.

Preparation for Italian universities: basic programs and courses

To study abroad, emphasis must be placed on language and academic preparation. For foreign students in Italy there are special preparatory courses aimed at improving the level of language proficiency and enhancing school knowledge.

  • Foundation Year is a one-year course consisting of intensive classes with the goal of developing academic, professional and language skills. Students of the course leave positive feedback, noting that studying at the undergraduate level after such preparation is much easier. The linguistic part includes a set of lessons in English and Italian. A year of study in Italy at Foundation Year will cost 12-15 thousand euros.
  • Foundation + BA (Honours) Degree is a three-year course, divided into several stages: the first is admission to the classic Foundation, after which students enter the first year at the University of Italy.
  • University-level courses are short-term areas of highly specialized preparation for further long-term studies in Italy. For example, the School of Design will cost 22 thousand euros per year.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Cost of living in Italy

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 218 298
Food 256 467
Transportation 31 204
Communications and utilities 99 143
Clothing 31 116
Sports and leisure 30 112
Total 664 1,34
Accommodation in Italy USD/Month.  
Shared room outside of centre 220  
Shared room in city centre 301  
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 390  
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 511  

Higher education-statistics

Name in Italian Laurea
Deadline April - May
The probability of admission 95%
Duration 3 years
Average cost (Italian) 1700EUR–4000EUR / per year
Average cost (English) 8000EUR+
Expulsion statistics 36%
Language of tuition Italian
Minimum level of Italian CILSB2
Minimum level of English IELTS6.5
Job opportunity 63%
Percentage of students enrolled in the master's program 95%
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Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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