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Italy: Student Finances - Must read

Tuition Fees in Italy

Education is an investment, but Italy’s tuition fees won’t break the bank. Here’s what you need to know about the cost of studying abroad in Italy...

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Each higher education institution in Italy establishes its own tuition and fees for each year. However, since most institutions are publicly funded, there are a few rules. There is a legal minimum fee for enrolment and a maximum level of student contribution, which cannot exceed 20% of state funding.


How much does it cost to study in Italy?

Tuition and fees in Italy depend on the institution you choose to attend and what type of degree you are pursuing. Generally, second cycle (Master’s) programmes and doctoral or specialised programmes are more expensive than first cycle (Undergraduate) degrees. But, those seeking a doctoral degree can apply for grants that waive tuition costs.


Make sure you check with the institution you want to attend to see how much they expect you to pay. This information can be found on their website.


Prices for public universities in Italy

Usually the least expensive option, public university tuition for international students, ranges from €600 to €4,500. Certain universities, like the Sapienza University of Rome, offer lower tuition to students from countries that are recognised as ‘developing’ by the Italian government.


Prices for private universities in Italy

Private universities are a little more expensive, and usually range from €5,000 to €15,000 per year. Since private universities receive less funding from the Italian government, they can charge more per year. It's important to check the fees with the institution you're interested in as it could be at the higher end of the price bracket. 


Additional costs

Some universities may also charge €100 to €200 in application or administrative fees, so make sure to check with your university directly to see what you will have to pay in total. Other additional fees include accommodation, transportation, and general living expenses that you will also want to factor into your budget.


Check out this article to read more about accommodation and living expenses in Italy.


Both public and private universities also offer scholarships and grants for international students.


Click here to read more about Italian scholarships!