While most people know that Italy is a popular destination for tourists, less are aware that this beautiful and sunny country is also an attractive destination for thousands of international students.
If you consider studying in Italy, a couple of questions might pop up, such as: can you study an English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s in Italy? And which are the best Italian universities where you can study in English?
Let’s find out!
How many English-taught universities are there in Italy?
No official database provides an exact number of English-taught universities in Italy. However, based on the study programmes listed on our portals, we can tell you that there are:
- over 185 English-taught Bachelors in Italy
- over 700 English-taught Masters in Italy
- over 70 English-taught PhDs in Italy
- over 150 English-taught distance-learning (online) courses
Here are some universities we recommend in Italy:
- SDA Bocconi School of Management
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Tor Vergata University of Rome
- University of Siena
- University of Pavia
How do I know if an Italian university teaches in English?
All the study programmes listed by universities and colleges on our portals are taught in English, so that’s a good start. You can also check more information about language requirements for each degree.
Italian universities (or other websites) might list additional English-taught programmes on their web pages.
In that case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if international students are eligible to apply. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.
To apply at English-taught academic institutions in Italy, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
Is English enough to live and study in Italy?
Like Spain, Italy isn’t known for being an anglophone country. While the English language will be enough to study there, it won’t be enough to live or settle in Italy.
Learning at least the basics of the Italian language will help you travel around, ask for help or find items faster while shopping. And, who knows, Italian can also open new opportunities for you depending on your future career plans.
With that in mind, here is a short list of free resources to get you started:
- Learn Italian with Duolingo
- Learn Italian with the Italian Experiment
- Learn Italian on the ItalianPod101 YouTube channel
The best English-taught universities in Italy
Based on the latest QS Rankings, these are the best Italian universities where you can study in English:
- Politecnico di Milano
- University of Bologna
- Sapienza Univeristy of Rome
- University of Padua
- University of Milan
- Politecnico di Torino
- University of Pisa
- Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
- University of Naples – Federico II
- University of Trento
Check out other top-ranked universities in Italy.
Affordable English-taught universities in Italy
Want to study an affordable degree in Italy? In this case, public universities are the right choice. Their tuition fees usually range between 0 and 5,000 EUR per academic year.
Keep in mind that at some universities (or study programmes), these fees apply to all international students. At others, they only apply to EU/EEA citizens; so always double-check what tuition applies to you!
Learn more about tuition and living costs in Italy.
Application requirements at English-taught universities in Italy
To give you a broad idea of what to expect, here are some of the most common application requirements at Italian universities:
- Previous diplomas: high-school, Bachelor’s, or Master’s
- Academic transcript of records or grades
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Copy of ID or passport
- Up to 4 passport-size photos
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal essay or statement
Want to make sure your application is free of errors? Check out our guide on how to correctly fill in a university application form.