Most people think of Italy as a holiday destination, but it is actually an ideal study abroad destination. Most people I talk to about studying abroad in Italy believe that it’s costly to do so. They are often shocked at just how cheap it can be to study in a country that is thought of by many to be a dream destination.
Let’s take a look at why you should consider studying in Italy and why it’s so cheap to do so:
Top Universities with Rich History
Italy has 97 universities to choose from, some of the most famous being the University of Bologna, University of Padua, University of Milan, and the Ca’Foscari University of Venice. These universities also rank very highly on the global ranking, which means that you will be getting a top-quality education.
There is a city and university in Italy to suit everyone’s needs. If you’re fashion-obsessed, then Milan is the perfect choice for you. Those who love architecture and history can discover Rome. Art-history buffs will feel at home in Florence and foodies will love trying delicacies in Bologna.
Affordable Education for All
Italian universities are substantially cheaper than their other European counterparts. The tuition fees are regulated by the government and are calculated based on your family income. For most universities, the fees range from 700 to 2000 euros per year. The prices for EU and non-EU nationals are also mostly the same. Many universities offer scholarships and fee-waivers to international students with high grades.
The Ca’Foscari University of Venice offers flat-fee tuition of 700 euros per year to citizens of certain third-world countries. This means that there is top-tier education available to anyone no matter what their background is!
Different Climates Suitable for Every Student
This might not be something that everyone keeps in mind while choosing a place to study, but it can make or break a study abroad experience. Making sure that you are comfortable with the weather of the region your university is located in will help you to fully enjoy your journey. The weather in the north of Italy is very cold and this is something to bear in mind if you can’t stand the cold. Do research when looking at universities to make sure that you will feel comfortable with the temperatures all year round.
Affordable Cost of Living
Living in Italy doesn’t have to be expensive. Many universities offer affordable dormitories, student apartments, and even home stays with Italian families! Your average living expenses are going to be around 700 to 1000 euros per month for accommodation, food, and transport. The most expensive cities to live in are Rome, Bologna, and Milan. The more affordable cities are Turin, Pisa, and Padua.
Transportation fees are also very low and it’s very easy to travel from city to city. Italy has 87 airports and 77 main railway stations. Budget airlines, such as Wizzair, Ryanair, as well as Easyjet also fly in this area, which means you can fly between cities for as little as 20 euros!
For whichever reason you decide to study in Italy, you are bound to have a wonderful experience without breaking the bank!