Italy is an attractive study destination thanks to affordable tuition fees, an incredible Mediterranean climate, and the unique culture and history that still allow you to admire ancient ruins and monuments.
But what does ‘affordable tuition’ really mean? What if you want to finish your studies without breaking the bank; can you do that in Italy?
Before going through our lists, keep in mind a few things:
- Although most universities apply the same tuition fees to all international students, some don’t. For example, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the University of Pavia have higher fees for non-EU/EEA students. Always check what fee applies to you!
- We’ve created these lists based on the programmes and higher education institutions listed on our portals. This means the lists are not exhaustive, and you might be able to find other affordable degrees or universities in Italy.
- Universities can add or remove programmes periodically. If a university on these lists no longer offers an affordable degree, simply use the filters on our portals to find other Italian universities that do.
- To discover an even larger number of academic courses, you can visit the official website of your favourite university from Italy.
Cheap Italian universities offering Bachelor’s degrees
- University of Pisa – Bachelors start at 356 EUR/year
- Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Bachelors start at 748 EUR/year
- Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Bachelors start at 1,894 EUR/year
- International Telematic University UNINETTUNO – Bachelors start at 2,000 EUR/year
- University of Padua – Bachelors start at 2,622 EUR/year
- Sapienza University of Rome – Bachelors start at 2,821 EUR/year
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Bachelors start at 3,500 EUR/year
- University of Pavia – Bachelors start at 4,500 EUR/year
Cheap Italian universities offering Master’s degrees
- University of Genoa – Masters start at 0 EUR/year
- University of Pisa – Masters start at 356 EUR/year
- University of Bergamo – Masters start at 400 EUR/year
- University of Naples Federico II – Masters start at 476 EUR/year
- University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – UNIMORE – Masters start at 660 EUR/year
- University of Salerno – Masters start at 800 EUR/year
- University of Cassino and Southern Lazio – Masters start at 800 EUR/year
- Politecnico di Torino – Masters start at 2,601 EUR/year
- University of Perugia – Masters start at 3,000 EUR/year
- University of Pavia – Masters start at 3,500 EUR/year
Scholarships for international students in Italy
To further reduce the costs of living and studying in Italy, you can apply for a scholarship or similar funding programmes.
Many scholarships are offered by the Italian government, but you should also check the website of your chosen university. That’s where you can find individual scholarships and grants awarded to attract international students. If you meet the criteria, go ahead and apply!