Why Study in Italy? Italy offers a wide range of courses where students have the option of pursuing degree programs or certificate programs that can be studied online, through distance learning or facilitated through classrooms at academic institutions across the country.
Italy is one of the most affordable countries in Europe where you can study abroad and that goes for tuition fees and living costs as well.
Italy allows you to ‘jump’ a bus or train for just a few Euros to escape from the cold and foggy Milano, or from the chaotic Bologna, to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
While many students find themselves studying in Italy due to the aforementioned reasons, another reason, of course, is to improve upon Italian language skills. That being said, fluency is certainly not required. However, it is crucial to take into account intended language desires, as that could have an effect on location and experience.
Imagine listening to Pavarotti and understanding the words, or reading Dante or Machiavelli in their original, non-translated text. Italian is an incredibly beautiful language and studies show that learning a new language increases analytical thinking skills and fights the onset of Alzheimer’s! If you have already taken some Italian lessons in the past, studying Italian in Italy can legitimize that time you spent in class and bring the language to life.
Italy holds up to its reputation as one of the food capitals of the world. You might miss Chipotle while you’re here, but it’ll be hard going back to American food after you’ve had some classic pasta dishes, pizza and gelato!
Italy has some of the most famous cities in the world. Whether it’s classic Rome, sunny Naples, or magical Venice, these cities are a must-see while you study (and before you die).
From Ancient Greek and Roman ruins, to the birth of the Renaissance, to remnants of fascism and World War II, Italy is almost limitless in its offerings for history lovers and students in general. Visit the ruins of Greek amphitheatres in Sicily, the world’s oldest bank still in existence in Siena, and Mussolini’s attempt to revive the monuments of the ancient empire in Rome. Take an anthropology class and you may even be able to participate in a dig!
While you’re enjoying the international student status in Italy, it would really be a shame not to take advantage of the privilege of living close to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Yes, Italy beats any country at this, counting 51 heritage sites that speak about the cultural and historical past of Italy.
Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth. After all, Shakespeare’s most famous work ‘Romeo and Juliet’ talks about a love story that happened in Verona, Italy. Leaving the tragic part aside, finding your true ‘amore’ in Italy is quite possible.
Sometimes it’s easy for high school students to forget that there is “study” involved in studying abroad in high school. Aside from its aesthetics and culinary marvels, Italy also offers some of the oldest universities in the world and is the founder of the Bologna process (the standard in higher education in Europe and a growing in influence). Providing high quality education is another area in which Italy has earned its sense of pride.
Being in the Mediterranean, Italy has some of the best weather in Europe. It is much warmer than its northern neighbours and the skies are almost always a beautiful blue. Stuck inside studying for a test or writing a paper? Take a quick walk down the street, enjoy the sunshine, and your mood will improve instantly.
For high school students studying art or architecture, there is hardly a better place to study abroad than Italy. With access to countless original works and buildings that have survived hundreds of years of Italian history, students will never run out of inspiration. The Italians are also a very fashionable people, which is obvious from the moment of arrival at the airport. Study the works of famous Italian designers such as Versace, Gucci, Armani, Benetton, and Prada, just to name a few.