Italy

Italy is a valuable information tool for students wishing to attend higher education (H.Ed.) programmes in Italy, both atitaly undergraduate and postgraduate level.
This national website provides the following information: types of H.Ed. institutions (university and non-university sector), admission procedures, study programmes, university degrees, non-university H.Ed. qualifications (academic diplomas), tution language, student life and welfare services, country information, etc.
Links to other websites are also given, where even more detailed information on specific topics of individual interest is available.
The website "Study in Italy" is a MIUR project, jointly carried out by the CIMEA of the Fondazione Rui and CINECA.


Why Italy?italy1

Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education" (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.

Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and is incentivating basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (biology, ICT, medicine, physics, etc.).
The unemployment rate in Italy is high, it is one of the highest in Europe. In Italy’s economy, there is still what is called the traditional north-south divide. While in some parts of the "rich" and heavily industrialized north, there is almost full employment, large parts of Italy’s south suffer from high unemployment. Furthermore the Italian economy has been rather stagnant of late and it is these two factors that are the main obstacles in anyone’s way when it comes to finding jobs in Italy.

Italy has a number of careers that are open for the foreigners in the media, tourism, technology, finance, fashion design, and English teaching sectors. They are very specific about job applications. Qualified personnel is in high demand, especially in the IT area, but things also look quite good for job seekers in the education sector. In general, a good command of English is more important than Italian language skills, though this may vary according to which industrial sector you’re looking at and which job you’re looking for. Despite all this, there is still a large number of Italians whose English is less than accept­able, and this is why it’s always an advantage to know some Italian. You can search many adverts stating the age, gender, appearance, language skills, abilities and qualifications.

Italy, in terms of both obligatory and higher education, this country has recently undergone a period of transition through which the basic structure of the state system, as a whole, has been overhauled. These changes were designed not only to bring Italian education in line with the rest of the European Union, but also to create a more flexible system which better and more broadly educates those choosing to study in Italy.