Italy is a wonderful place to pursue higher studies from. It does not imply high costs like the other countries and has some of the famous attractions with history and culture at an affordable price. Italy offers high-quality education and many international students choose to study in Italy. It is one of the most developed and industrialized countries. Not to mention, the high living standards along with all the basic amenities and services in place. Below is the information regarding the various costs that are incurred while studying in Italy.
The tuition fees in the Italian universities are very affordable, especially in the public universities. The tuition fees differ according to the level of degree, university, and the study program. Irrespective of the different tuition fees the average ones range anywhere between 850 and 1,000 EUR per year talking about the public universities. They are even higher in the private universities. There are also some public universities in Italy that have tuition fees that exceed 1,000 EUR each year. The EU students benefit from lower tuition fees as compared to the non-EU students and the state universities in Italy set the tuition fees based on the student’s parental income.
The cost of accommodation in Italy range from 200 to 300 EUR per month. The students who stay alone pay around 266 Euros a month, those who live in student accommodation pay up to 257 Euros per month and those living with either a spouse or child spend less i.e. 133 Euros per month. The costs associated with the various options are listed as follows. Student Residence Halls: - b/w 200 and 300 EUR per month. ; Renting or sharing a flat: - b/w 250 and 600 Euros per month. Staying with a host family: - 450 Euros per month including meals. Youth Hostels: - ranges between 20 to 30 Euros per month. The universities have a housing department or office which manages accommodation for the students. These departments help the students in finding a proper apartment with better discounts.
The most convenient and easiest way of traveling in Italy is the public transportation. The public transportation is affordable in Italy and if you have a student card then you have to pay even smaller rates. A monthly ticket for students for bus, tram or metro is somewhere between 25 to 35 Euros per month. The metro is efficient and one can easily navigate the maps. You have to be careful during the rush hours, though. Taking taxis is a little expensive and is not recommended in the large cities due to the traffic jams. Booking a ticket early is the key and you could save a lot of money by doing so. You can also rent a bike for a daily 2.50 Euro or weekly 6 Euros.
The living expenses in Italy range between 1,000 to 1,500 EUR per month. This includes accommodation, public transportation, food costs, local travel, and entertainment. As compared to the other cities, Rome is just a little more expensive. Talking of living expenses, students have to spend between 700 and 800 Euros per month. In other cities of Italy like Turin, Padua, Pisa or Bologna an average student spends between 550 Euros per month to 750 Euros per month.
The Italian government offers scholarships at the regional and national level. The scholarship offered is usually between 5,000 to 12,000 EUR per year. The scholarships and student grant opportunities that the international students can apply via the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The international students applying to study in Europe need to take out a private health insurance. They need to obtain a declaration from the consulate of its validity in Italy. This is because the medical coverage in Italy is very expensive. The students who are European citizens can use the European Health Insurance Card that provides them the benefits during their stay in the particular area. The students can request their health insurance card from the local health authorities.
If you want to study in Italy then there are many reasons to do so. The geography of the city, the food and wine, the beautiful weather and the welcoming nature of the citizens towards the international students. All the Best!