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Why study abroad in Italy?

Why study in Italy? The extensive history coupled with a passionate modern culture of food and conviviality make Italy an exciting place to study abroad and here’s why...

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1. Italian Universities

According to the QS Top Universities ranking, a number of Italian universities stand out in academic achievement. Within the top 200 universities in the world are the Politecnico di Milano and the Universita di Bologno. The Politecnico di Milano has recently gained recognition for its engineering and art courses, and shares the same ranking as Princeton University – 24th in the world - for outstanding engineering and technology faculty. The Universita di Bologna is one of the oldest universities in existence, and has been working to create better standards of higher education across Europe. Other universities with strong programmes include the Sapienza University of Rome and the Universita degli Studi di Milano – which offers programmes taught entirely in English. 

 

2. International Programmes
Degrees and programmes taught entirely in English are becoming increasingly common in Italy. Innovative institutions like John Cabot University, an American university in Rome, offer courses for study abroad and international students. Other Italian universities like the Universita degli Studi di Milano and the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offer bachelors and masters degrees either completely or partially taught in English. Italy has always been a very popular study abroad destination for students, and is becoming increasingly more accessible to those that do not speak Italian.

 

3. The Italian language
With that said, learning the Italian language would not only be useful in getting around cities like Rome or Milan while studying abroad, but could help you to get a job after completing your degree. It is no secret that employers, especially in business, finance, literary fields, and even education, deeply value the ability to speak multiple languages. Some Italian universities, like the University Bocconi Milan, offer language intensive programmes for international students to begin developing or strengthen your ability to speak Italian.

 

4. Food and Culture
Italians are known for their ability to create perfect pasta dishes, pull the best espresso, and bottle the most exquisite wine. Food takes on a different role in Italy, transcending to a form of art and enjoyment that is quite unique. Italians are also known for their love of fashion, religion, and – of course – football. International students can take advantage of the plethora of iconic designers working in Milan and brush up on the latest fashion trends by visiting countless stores (and maybe a runway show!) in the global fashion capital, or pay a visit to some of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world, such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Regardless of your interests, a football match is paramount for students attempting to understand Italian culture. Join thousands of excited fans as they laugh, scream, and cry alongside their favourite teams, all the while experiencing the intensity and adoration of Italy’s beloved sport.

 

5. History and Geography
From Constantine the Great to Leonardo da Vinci, Italy has an extensive history of development and ingenuity. Students studying abroad in this country will be able to learn about Italy’s distinct past through firsthand experience of infamous buildings, museums, and works of art. Additionally, the advanced train system in Italy makes it easy to travel between major cities, enabling student to make day or weekend trips to see the Colosseum in Rome, the Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice, or the wonderfully relaxing beaches in Tuscany. 

 

The train system can aslo be utilised to explore the beautiful natural landscape of the country. The southern Islands of Sicily and Sardinia provide some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, while the northern region is separated from the rest of Europe by sweeping mountains. No matter where you are, from the rolling hills of the Italian countryside to the non-stop city of Rome, the temperate climate and neverending to do list will leave you in awe. 

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Ella Frazer is a student at the University of Puget Sound studying English Literature and Religion. She is currently studying abroad in London and is busy enjoying the collection of museums, constantly losing her way, and being of legal drinking age. When she is not writing for Hotcourses Abroad, you can usually find her searching for manuscripts at the British Library.