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About Italy

Italy is located in Southern Europe, and is mainly a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. It borders Austria along 430 km, France 488 km, Vatican City 3.2 km, San Marino 39 km, Slovenia 232 km, Switzerland 740 km. Much of Italy is covered by mountains. The Dolomite mountains which extend across northern Italy are part of the Alps mountain range. The Apennine mountains cut down the center of Italy, stretching from north to south, dividing the east and west coasts. The Po Valley, just south of the Dolomite mountains, is the basin of the Po River. It is fertile farm land. Italy includes two large islands: Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, with active volcanoes and earthquakes. Sardinia is basically mountains rising out of the ocean. Italy also has two independent countries within its borders. Vatican City is the center for the Roman Catholic Church, and is the world’s smallest country. San Marino, on the north east coast of Italy, is an independent republic

Why study Italian?

Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education" (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.

Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and is incentivating basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (biology, ICT, medicine, physics, etc.).

Understanding the Education System

Instructions about the method to get admission in Italian Universities The education system of Italy is divided into three groups according to grade. They are 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, and 3rd cycle degree programmes. 1st cycle is undergraduate level, 2nd cycle is post graduate level and 3rd cycle is doctorate level.

Each and Every foreign citizens wishing to attend Higher Education Programmes in Italy must have to pass an Italian Language exam devised to check their level of competence in the language. The exam is usually organised and administered by individual institutions in the first days of September every year.

To study any level students must be competent in Italy.

Admission in Undergraduate Level (1st Cycle Degree Program)
To study undergraduate level in Italy students will need to hold a School Leaving Qualification. To join any educational institution in Italy students will be examined by the respective educational institution to permit entrance into a university or a college. This exam is a entrance examination from which the educational institution chosen by students will evaluate the quality of students and decides either to admit him/her or not in the university/college.

Admission in Postgraduate Level (2nd Cycle Degree Program)
Students must hold Undergraduate Level Qualification to get admission in Postgraduate Level at universities/colleges of Italy. The course that the students had studies in their Undergraduate Level must be eligible to study the course they choose in Postgraduate Level. As in Undergraduate Level you may need to pass the entrance examination before getting admission in specific university/college of Italy.

Admission in Doctorate Level (3rd Cycle Degree Program)
Students must hold Post Graduate Level Qualification to get admission in Doctorate Level. The universities/colleges that the students have chosen will evaluate student's foreign degree, and decide if students meet the general requirements as well as the specific conditions for admission to the respective course of student's choice.

Living Cost in Italy
In Italy, Universities and other Higher Education Institutes establish their own fees but in the case of university education there is a legal minimum fee for enrolment and maximum level for student contributions to costs and services, which cannot exceed 20% of state funding. The average fees a student has to pay is somewhere between 850 euro and 1,000 euro per year since this varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course of study. Private universities are clearly much more expensive.

Admission to “master universitari” and other specialization courses also have much higher fees. Doctoral students who receive a grant from the university do not pay fees, but non-grant holders are required to pay the fees, which will vary again according to the university chosen.

Housing Options
Students contract to share a rented apartment organized through the student's university's approved real estate agency. Apartments are furnished and usually consist of 2-3 double-occupancy bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and bathroom. Telephone, linens, and access to a washing machine are provided. Options for social activities will depend very much on where you study. Obviously the bigger cities like Rome, Venice, Florence etc and towns have more on offer but small towns often have very active student associations and a wider choice of outdoor activities. The best way to find out what is going on is to check with local students and student associations. The local papers will cover information on events taking place in the town or region.

Working in Italy
Many Italian students have some form of part time employment to help support themselves while studying. If you are a citizen of a EU member state you are eligible to work in Italy without a work permit.

All other students from outside the EU will require a work permit which is quite difficult to obtain.

The employer is required to produce a letter of employment to the Italian Police Station “Questura” but the bureaucracy can take quite a long time and your visa status may not allow you to work in Italy in any case.

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Region Southern Europe
Currency Euro (EUR)
Surface Area 301336
Sq. Km.
Population 59870000
Population Density 198.7 / square kilometre
Capital City Rome
GDP (million current US$) 2112780
GDP per capita (current US$) 35289.4
CPI: Consumer Price Index 122
Temperature °C (min/max) 10.6/20.3
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