Best English-Taught Universities in Italy in 2023

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: 

Here are some universities we recommend in Italy: 

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

Saint Peter's Square in Vatican, Italy

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: 

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: 

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.

Find Masters 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.

Interesting programmes for you

Explore more than 80000 Master's programmes from all around the world with Studyportals.

All disciplines
Italy

Wishlist

Hey there 👋🏼

We are Studyportals, the #1 education platform to find your best matching studies for free.

What are you interested in studying?

Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!