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University preparation in Italy for foreign students

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University of Turin
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Accademia Costume & Moda
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Ca Foscari University of Venice
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Dilit International House Roma - Italian Language School
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Centro Culturale Giacomo Puccini Italian Language School in Viareggio
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Education information

For students who are going to study at a foreign university, the question of preparation is becoming more relevant than ever: how will the studying take place, what to expect from the entrance exams, whether the knowledge gained at the native school corresponds to European models will help the student to maintain self-control and adapt more successfully to the foreign learning environment.

Italy is the home of the oldest universities in the world, where history was made, amazing discoveries took place, outstanding people studied. 25% of the masterpieces of art are located in different parts of our planet, and the remaining 75% have settled in Italy. Powerful research centers, coupled with legendary fashion and art schools, attract students from all over the world.

In addition to the unique historical heritage (modern residents of the state are heirs of the Roman civilization), the republic is a leader in scientific fields. Famous Italians: Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Enrico Fermi (the physicist who created the world's first nuclear reactor), Leonardo da Vinci, Alessandro Volta, Galileo Galilei – and this is just the beginning of the list. Thinkers, inventors have given the world a lot, from sunglasses and coffee machines to cars. The very word "university" originated in Italian, and the University of Bologna is the oldest in the world. The country is famous for its fashion houses and cuisine.

Core specifics of university preparation in Italy for foreign students

The pre-university preparation in Italy plays an important role, as the higher education institutions may set different requirements for foreign students, the admission procedure may also vary. Below the information for the international students is provided:

Language of instruction

Italian and English



Percentage of foreign students


Language requirements




Age requirements


Are there entrance exams?

Yes, entrance exams will have to be taken in a number of subjects

Admission process


Options of enrolment for foreign students

To pass pre-university program Foundation, lasting for a year

Tuition fee

From  5000 to 20000 euro per year

Advantages of university preparation in Italy for foreign students

University preparation in Italy begins at the stage of selecting a university and an educational program. Leading universities in Italy offer a wide range of bachelor's degree programs for foreign students in Italian and in English. The country is known for outstanding thinkers, scientists, and artists, so many programs in different fields are considered "strong" in Italy:

  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Art History
  • Urban planning
  • Architecture
  • Business and Law
  • Engineering Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Jurisprudence.

The majority of universities in Italy offer numerous bachelor's courses lasting three years. Master programs last for 1-2 years. Below the list of the most popular university programs is provided:

  • Fashion design
  • Design and tailoring of fashionable clothes, communications
  • Brand development
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Visual merchandising
  • Digital management
  • Graphic design
  • Photo
  • International tourism
  • Business Sciences
  • Product design
  • Urban planning
  • Interior design
  • Philosophy
  • Development of transport schemes
  • International diplomacy
  • Genomics
  • Engineering sciences
  • Marketing and communication in the fashion world
  • Archaeology
  • Writing, literature and publications.

Having selected the program you are interested in, decide on the most suitable university. The key points when choosing a university will be: the price of tuition, admission conditions, how student life goes on campus, whether there are scholarship programs. After you have collected the information on the Internet, contact the representative of the admissions committee and apply for admission. The university should clarify whether the student meets the basic requirements: if so, then it is necessary to submit an application and a package of documents to the Italian Embassy.

University preparation in Italy – offered programs

International Foundation is a program that is widely spread all over the world, it can be found in prestigious universities in Italy. Studying on the course involves the study of priority disciplines, improving language skills. Preparatory programs will help a foreign student to adapt to new learning conditions and make friends. Certificates of such courses are highly valued: in some cases, after graduation, students are 100% guaranteed enrolment in the 1st year.

The following state Italian higher institutions offer the effective university preparation courses in Italy:

  • The University of Turin (UNITO), one of the top ten universities in Italy, offers a one-year Foundation program in English and Italian. The cost of studying will be about 30 thousand euro per year.
  • In Accademia Costume & Moda the foreign students can not only improve the language of the Foundation course, but also gain knowledge in the field of design, fashion and costume, which will help with further studies at the bachelor's degree. The cost of studying at the academy is from 5,000 euro per year.
  • Istituto Marangoni Milano is a top educational institution with strong programs in the field of design and fashion. The university also has a Foundation program, studying takes place comprehensively in two languages – Italian and English. The tuition fee is from 13,500 euro per year.

Enrolment requirements in the universities in Italy

In order to study at the faculties of Medicine, architecture and Engineering, the foreign students will have to pass specific entrance exams. Language requirements are an equally important aspect. At universities, the students can study in English or Italian, a large number of programs in English are available in the master's program. To confirm knowledge, it is necessary to pass language tests:

Exams to determine level of Italian

Testing to determine the level of English

CILS – testing can be done in Italy and Italian cultural centers around the world




C1 Advanced

CELI – the exam can be taken in certified centers that cooperate with the University of Perugia


The foreign students must provide the following package of documents:

  • Copy of passport
  • Photo
  • Academic transcript
  • Application form
  • Detailed description of the completed studying program
  • Resume, motivation letter
  • Recommendation letters
  • International language certificate
  • Portfolio (for students of the faculties of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design)
  • Official results of SAT or ACT.

Universities set deadlines, in each individual case it is necessary to clarify the deadlines for submitting documents. The final cost of studying depends on factors such as the prestige of the university, its location, the specifics of the program and the language of instruction. The foreign students must not forget about the associated costs:

  • Accommodation
  • Power supply
  • Educational materials
  • Pocket money
  • Transport.

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+

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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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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
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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