Italian universities offering English programs

Feb. 4, 2016

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Over the last decade, an increasing number of foreign students are coming to Italy to study at universities. To meet the demand, many universities are increasing their offering of degree programs taught in English. Tuition in most Italian universities are very affordable compared to those of the U. S. and U. K. for foreign students coming from outside the E. U. However, keep in mind that Italian universities, like any other organization or institution, are subject to the burdensome bureaucracy and disorganization that is well known in other sectors of Italy. The organization is highly dependent on the department, professors, and the support staffs.

"Borsa di studio" means grant or scholarship.  

A list of public universities with degree programs taught in English. They usually don't charge more than ?500 a year for tuition:

  • University of Bologna (Università degli Studi di Bologna) - one of the oldest universities in the world, it has more than ten degree programs taught in English
  • University of Urbino (Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo") - another old university from the 1500s, only program in English is an on-line degree in Applied Computer Science
  • University of Turin  (Università degli Studi di Turin) - a respectable Italian university with degree in Business Management taught in English
  • Polytechnical University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino) - a very famous engineering university in Turin, offers several courses in English
  • Milan Polytechnical University (Politecnico Milano) - another top ranked engineering university, offers two degrees in architecture in English
  • University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano) - one of the top universities in Italy, offers several degrees in English
  • University of Rome "Sapienza" (Università di Roma "Sapienza") - offers only graduate-level degrees in English as to date

University of Bologna building
University of Bologna, one of the oldest universities in the world

There are also several private universities where each charges 5 to 10 times the tuition of a typical Italian public university:

  • John Cabot - An American university, located in Rome, organized just like an American college
  • The American University of Rome - Another American university located in Rome, all courses taught in English.
  • Catholic University of Sacred Heart - A Catholic-church operated university, it's the only one with a medical degree taught in English

Inside a lecture hall at the Polytechnical University of Turin 
Inside a lecture hall of the Polytechnical University of Turin

 Polytechnical University of Turin
The main building of the Polytechnical University of Turin. Next to the Corso Vinzaglio metro / tram stops.


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