Universities in Italy
About universities in Italy
Italy is a breathtakingly beautiful country with landscapes and stunning architecture that simply must be seen to be fully appreciated. The country is also a world leader in trade, and a major innovator in fields such as business, medicine and technology, ranked among the 8 most industrialized nations in the world. To continue in this European and world leadership role, Italy must (and does) maintain an elite system of higher education, one that offers its students advanced programs in every key field, with a sharp focus on both theoretical and applied research.
Higher Education in Italy
The beauty of the higher education system in Italy is the variety of offerings it presents, each representing opportunity for different segments of the population, along with the international students who come to study in Italy from abroad. These opportunities are divided between three distinct categories: university education, advanced musical and artistic training, and high level technical studies, each of which receives public funding to ensure the continued excellence of the program and the success of its students. In addition to this diverse system, Italy also offers additional opportunities that focus primarily on training Italy’s adult population in various vocations.
Like many European countries, Italy’s university education underwent a major transformation and renewal in 1999, one predicated on the Bologna Declaration, a bill that in essence aims to systemize and correlate the structure of education at universities throughout Europe—synching them to help improve the overall educational experience for students.
In line with this universal declaration, higher education in Italy is now based on three main cycles, similar to the U.S. system of Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees, only with a few key differences, as you will see below.
In the first cycle, called Primo Ciclo, students basically have two options. In the first of these, called Corso di Laurea, the Italian equivalent of a Bachelor’s program, students receive three years of general and specialized education, with the ultimate goal of moving on to a Master’s Degree program. No diploma is awarded after completing this track, as it is seen more as a springboard to a more advanced education than a culmination of studies. The second option, called Corso di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico, which loosely translates to a “single-cycle degree,” is for students who opt not to pursue a Master’s Degree. This educational track, which typically spans 5-6 years in total, is more closely akin to the U.S. bachelor degree, in that students are awarded a meaningful diploma after successfully completing this program.
The secondo ciclo (second cycle) is called the Corso di Laurea Magistrale, a Master’s Degree program offered in every major academic field, and open only to those who have first successfully completed the Corso di Laurea. This program typically lasts two years.
Lastly, in the terzo ciclo, or third cycle, those who possess a Master’s Degree can apply for admission into one of the Dottorato di Ricera (doctorate) programs. Limited space is available in these PhD-level programs, and as a result, candidates must first pass a rigorous selection examination prior to even being considered for admittance. It is in these programs that most Italian research is performed—research that over the years has led to a slew of groundbreaking discoveries and innovations, in major fields that include medicine, biology, ICT, physics and technology.
List of universities in Italy
Below is a list of schools that match what you are searching for:
Contact: Accademia Riaci
Via de' Conti, 4, Florence, Toscana, Italy
Accademia Riaci is a unique school in Florence, Italy, which is based around the idea of helping students sense and develop their own artistic personality. The academy's faculty consists of renowned artists of various fields, following the mission to assist and inspire next generation artists.... See full description.
Contact: Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190, Rome, Italy
The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum is an educational institute of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome. Founded in 1993, the school follows the mission to educate Christian leaders, and more specifically - clergy. Programs are offered through the faculties of Theology, Philosophy,... See full description.
Contact: Bocconi University
via Sarfatti 25, Milan, Italy, Italy
Bocconi University is an institution of higher education, based in central Milan, Italy. When it was established in 1902, it was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. Bocconi has made available undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education, in addition to a... See full description.
Contact: Centro Studi Casnati
Via Petrarca 9, Como, Italy
The Centro Studi Casnati is an educational group consisting of a number of major institutions in the field of secondary and further education. The “A. Galli” Academy of Fine Arts and the Istituto Alberghiero “G. Brera” are the two main institutions, forming this group. The first one is... See full description.
Contact: Domus Academy Milano
Contact: ESCP Europe, Campus Torino
Corso Unione Sovieticà, 218 bis, Torino
ESCP Europe is an international business school, which runs campuses in five of the most renown European cities: Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Turin. ESCP Europe was formed in 1819, and is the oldest business school in the world. Programs provided in Torino include the Master in... See full description.
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 19, Florence, Italy
The European School of Economics (ESE) is a private business school, operating campuses throughout Europe and the USA – in London, New York, Milan, Rome, Florence, and Madrid. The institution has made available bachelor, master, MBA and certificate programs and its degrees are accredited by... See full description.
Contact: European University Institute
Badia Fiesolana - Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI), Florence, Toscana, Italy
The European University Institute (EUI) is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institute, founded in 1972. It was formed by the European Union member states with the purpose of contributing to the cultural and scientific development in the social sciences.... See full description.
Contact: Florence University of The Arts
Via Antonio Magliabechi, 1-red, Florence, Italy
FUA’s academic calendar follows a semester system of 15 weeks (Fall and Spring) as well as month-long summer sessions, and a 3-week January Intersession. FUA also offers long-term study abroad programs in the areas of applied arts, design and communication . FUA has a highly qualified and... See full description.
Contact: Fondazione Campus Studi del Mediterraneo
Via del Seminario I, n° 790, Monte San Quirico, LU, Italy
Fondazione Campus Studi del Mediterraneo is an educational institution that has been providing university education and advanced specialized training for over a decade now. Based in Italy, the school also offers language courses in English, taught by native English teachers from England,... See full description.