Italy as a country has seen eons and eons of intellectual revolutions taking place in its precincts. In fact the most intellectual movement of the west which changed the world as we ever knew it, the Renaissance took place in Italy itself. From centuries old universities to the latest technologically advanced colleges, this country forever has been a haven for genius minds from all over the world.
When one thinks why study abroad in Italy, then they must think of the overwhelming food, architecture and the rich Italian culture which they would not get anywhere else in the world. The main motive of getting an education abroad should be to widen one’s perspective over life and to learn dealing situations in a multicultural scenario. And with Italy being the mother of all countries to have one of the richest multicultural ethnic population, the international students coming here to study are in for a treat of a life time.
Italy in terms of its foreign students policy is so ahead and open for its time that it was amongst the first four countries which had signed up for the Bologna process. This system is now prevalent all over Europe and Italy was a pioneer amongst them. Moreover this process opens up gates of most of the international education destinations and makes the overseas education experience a smooth sail.
In Italy there are majorly four types of institutions and here we shall discuss about them in brief:
The state universities- These universities form the part of those group of universities which are directly funded by the Government of Italy and since are government run institutions, they have their tuition fee structures comparatively low.
Other publicly funded universities- These universities rather than getting their funding from the central government of Italy, get the financial aids from the provincial governments.
Private Universities- These are those schools which are privately run and are not funded by any government agencies.
Superior Graduate Schools (Scuola Superiore Universitaria)- These institutions offer advanced training an specialised research opportunities after a student completes his or her graduate degree.
In Italy, as elsewhere in the world also the degrees are achieved in a successive pattern. Which means after the under graduate degree, master degree is achieved and then the doctoral degree. It takes around three years to complete an under graduate degree and one year to complete the master’s degree. Following this comes the doctoral research degree which takes up to another three years to complete. So in a matter of seven years an international student can receive a doctorate degree from an Italian institution of great repute.
This said, an aspiring international student also has to be proficient in the language of this country which is Italian. This is so because most of the courses from under graduate to post graduate to even doctoral research programs are taught in this language. However there is a steady growth in the number of English courses available. However for even day to day life and to get the maximum cultural acceptance in this country, all the aspiring international students are advised to be proficient in Italian language.
Because of all these reasons and many more Italy remains amongst the top choices for overseas education destination!
About the Author
Rakesh Ranjan is working with The Chopras, noted overseas education consultants in India. The Chopras provides study abroad & career counselling services to avid students preparing for higher education abroad.
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