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6 Italian scholarships to start you off

Studying abroad can be expensive, but Italy offers many opportunities to make your education more affordable! Read more to see if you qualify for any of these international scholarships...

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Italian Government Scholarships for International Students

The Italian Government offers a number of scholarships to both international and national students studying in Italy. These scholarships are specifically available for undergraduate through postgraduate courses, and Higher Education in Art, Music, and Dance. These scholarships range in award amount, but most are available for renewal – meaning you can continue to receive the same scholarship amount for multiple years! Make sure you check the website for more information. Applications usually open in early April.


Universita degli Studi di Padova – China Scholarships Council

This scholarship is for Chinese students looking to attend a PhD programme at the University of Padova. This scholarship is a part of the existing partnership between the University of Padova and the Chinese Ministry of Education. It's available for Chinese students pursuing many different PhD programmes, and you can explore the full list here.This application should be submitted online in early January.  


Invest Your Talent in Italy

This programme offers assistance to those in Masters and postgraduate degree cycles that are from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam.


Invest Your Talent in Italy is a programme sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Trade Agency, and Uni-Italia. This programme helps postgraduate students find careers in fields like Engineering, Architecture, Design, Advanced Technologies, Economics, and Management.


Applications are now open for those that have been accepted into their programmes. Click here for more information.


Bocconi Scholarship for International Students

The Bocconi Scholarship for International Students is offered to all graduate and undergraduate students that apply during the Discover your Talent, Winter, or Spring Sessions. This scholarship covers one full academic year or around €11,000 (€12,000 for graduate programmes). This scholarship is eligible for renewal throughout the entirety of your academic programme. This application should be submitted with your programme application. For more information, contact the University of Bocconi international office. You can also research more here if you are an undergraduate student or a graduate student.


Universita di Pavia Fund for Cooperation and Knowledge

This scholarship is open to students from an approved list of countries that are eager to participate in a one year exchange program with the University of Pavia. This university provides a stipend of €8,000, which should cover one full year of education. More information, and an extensive FAQ, can be found on their websiteApplications are posted in May for the following academic year.


University of Bologna Grants for International Students

The University of Bologna offers partial and full tuition waivers to international students that are enrolling or already enrolled in first and second cycle (undergraduate and graduate) programmes. There are two types of applications depending on whether you have been accepted to the University of Bologna or are waiting to be accepted. Applications are now available and will be due in March.  


Tips for applying to these scholarships:

  • Always contact your institution’s international office in order to ensure your eligibility for the scholarship you want to apply to.
  • Make note of the deadline for all of your applications and don’t miss them!
  • Keep researching. There are hundreds of scholarships available; you just have to find them!