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This section contains information on higher education programs in Italy.

Study in Italy

Italy has played an important role in European higher education. It is also one of the four countries that were to be engaged in creating the so-called 'European Area of Higher Education' (EHEA). With countries such as Florence, Siena, Sorrento, Rome, Sicily and Milan that are earning degrees (whether it is Master's, Bachelor's, Professional certificates, Short programs, Adult programs etc.), it should not be difficult gaining admission here! Italy has been a leader in the field of education for a long time. The University of Salerno was established in the 9th century, while the University of Bologna opened in 1088! Italy is consistently working upon its standards and bringing in academic reforms to lure international students.
  • After earning a 'laurea' or a bachelor's degree, the next step that most Italian students wish to acquire is a 'laurea specialistica,' or masters degree.
  • The Italian higher education is structured in a binary system format consisting of two main divisions: the university sector and the non-university sector.
  • The university sector is made up of 89 university institutions namely 58 state universities and 17 non-state universities (although they are legally recognised). There are 2 universities that are exclusively meant for the foreigners and also 6 high schools which specialise in postgraduate university studies; not to forget, there are 6 telematic universities too.
  • The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions. They are: the higher schools of design, polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories and recognised music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies and national academies. Next, the higher education in language mediation or the higher schools for language mediators. Third, the higher integrated education which consists of programs of higher technical education and training. Lastly, a few specific fields (e.g. archiving, diplomatic, restoration, military studies, etc.) which along with their respective institutions, fall under the supervision of ministries other than that of 'education'
Hope the above information has encouraged you enough to study in Italy!