With world-famous cuisine, music, and fashion as well as one of the largest diaspora on the planet, Italy’s influence upon the rest of the world far outweighs its size. It is a diverse country that is effectively divided into two: the south of the country is more rural and reliant on tourism while the industrial and urbanized north is the more prosperous region where you’ll find the major cities of Turin, Milan, and Rome. However, throughout all parts of Italy, you’ll find world-class restaurants, globally-renowned architecture, and historical monuments at every turn.
Italy’s storied history extends itself to the country’s universities. Italy can lay claim to having the world’s oldest university still in operation, with the University of Bologna established in 1088. The University of Bologna also remains one of the most reputable in the country, ranked in the top 200 worldwide by both QS and Times Higher Education, while SDA Bocconi School of Management ranked in the top 10 on the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2021. You’ll be hard-pressed to find such a perfect blend of fascinating historical sights, picturesque rural landscapes, and quality university education anywhere else.
Compared to other major European countries, the cost of studying in Italy is very reasonable. The cost of an MBA in Italy ranges from EUR€20,000 to €40,000. The estimated monthly costs of living in Italy are around EUR€760. To obtain a student visa, international students must show proof of sufficient funds of EUR€467.65 per month, or EUR€6,079.45 per year.
Students from EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland do not need to apply for a student visa. However, they are still required to obtain a residence permit to stay in Italy for more than three months. Non-EU citizens can apply for a student visa at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country. All international students must obtain a residence permit within eight days of arriving in Italy. You will need to submit a residence permit (“permesso di soggiorno”) application, as well as copies of your passport, health insurance policy, and university acceptance letter.
Every major Italian town and city houses a university. The country is also home to the world’s oldest university (the University of Bologna). The highest-ranked institutions are the University of Bologna, the University of Padua, Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Milan, and the University of Naples Federico II. Meanwhile, SDA Bocconi School of Management has the 13th-best MBA program in the world, according to the Financial Times’ 2022 MBA Ranking.
Jobs for graduates, especially those who do not speak Italian, are admittedly hard to come by in Italy. However, the percentage of people who hold a master’s degree, particularly an MBA, in Italy is relatively low, which means these qualifications can put you ahead of the competition.
The number of international students in Italy is on the rise. It is home to the fifth-largest international student population in Europe after the UK, Germany, France, and Spain.
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