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Modern Italian universities were founded in the eleventh century and are the oldest in the Western world.

Terms of payment

Education at all levels in Italy is free for students and children of any nationality, provided they are residents of Italy. Unfortunately, international students are not entitled to free education.

On average, tuition fees at public universities range from €5.00 to €3,000. The lower the family income, the less students have to pay for tuition.

State universities - admission conditions for Ukrainians

Information on enrollment procedures must be obtained from each university. Students can enroll in Italian universities through the online registration process at each university. Upon completion of registration, each student will receive an identification number (matricola), which will be required to pay university taxes and register for exams.

Once you've chosen your Italian diploma program, check to see if it requires an entrance exam. Admission to undergraduate programs may be either restricted or open, or may require a motivational test or entrance exam.

A national entrance test is required to attend the following university programs:

  • Architecture

  • Medicine and surgery

  • Dentistry

  • Veterinary medicine

  • Health care professions

  • Pedagogical sciences

Registration procedures for entrance exams can be found on the portal

Any university or institution of higher education may require entrance exams for courses other than those listed.

What certificate is required?

To be eligible to enter an Italian university for a Laurea program (equivalent to a bachelor's degree), you must be at least 17 years old and have a secondary education certificate after at least 12 years of study.

A certificate of secondary education obtained after 11 or 10 years of Ukrainian secondary school does not give access to Italian universities, unless you meet one of the following additional conditions:

  • you have attended one (in the case of 11 years) or two (in the case of 10 years) years of study at the university and passed all the exams required by the study program;

  • you received a diploma of higher education to compensate for the missed years of secondary education;

  • you attended a preparatory program (main program) in an Italian or foreign institution to make up for the missed years of study and acquire the competences and skills necessary to enter the degree program you wish to obtain at the university.

To apply for admission to an Italian university, you need to prepare the following documents:

Document of secondary education (at least 12 years old):

  • Accompanied by an Italian translation, officially legalized by the relevant Italian consulate.

  • "Declaration of Value" (Dichiarazione di Valore) issued by the Italian diplomatic mission for a secondary school degree. The declaration of value is a document issued by the Italian competent authority in Ukraine, confirming the validity of your certificate or diploma and, in particular, confirming your right to enter the university.

  • Certificate confirming the completion of 1 or 2 years of academic study after high school.

  • A transcript of grades and exam results translated into Italian, legalized by the relevant Italian consulate, unless issued directly by the university in English, French or Spanish.

  • Certificate of External Independent Assessment.

  • Italian language certificate for Italian-language programs and English language certificate for English-language programs.

  • Documents must be properly apostilled.

Types of visas, visa issues

In order to receive an education in Italy, citizens of Ukraine, as citizens of non-EU countries, must apply for a student visa at the Italian consulate of their jurisdiction.

In addition to the standard documents for applying for a visa, you need:

  • Enrollment or preliminary enrollment in a university course;

  • Proof that you have a home in Italy;

  • Proof that you have financial support (at least €467.65 per month during the academic year, a total of €6,079.45 per year);

  • Confirmation of appropriate knowledge of Italian or English according to the language of the program.

For more information, please contact:

Duration of study

Bachelor (entry from 17) - 3 years

MBA (Master of Business Administration) - 2 years

Master's degree - 1-2 years

Language of education

Italian, English.

Conditions for scholarships, links

The Italian Ministry of Universities and Research allocated 500,000 euros so that Ukrainian students, teachers and scientists could continue their activities in Italian universities and research institutions. The fund can be used, for example, to provide scholarships or accommodation.

Many Italian educational institutions offer scholarships and financial aid for students from Ukraine.

For example: The University of Padua offers financial assistance to Ukrainian students in the form of: 50 scholarships, each worth 3100 euros, for students studying on separate courses

75 scholarships, each worth €6,200, for students entering a full-time degree in 2022-2023.

The University of Padua also exempts all students with refugee or protection status from paying tuition fees.

The University of Bologna took the following initiatives: Exemption from tuition fees for students enrolled in one type of study.

The complete list of initiatives is available on the special page of the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research at:

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