A real and legitimate concern of every student wishing to study abroad is how to answer the nagging question, "How do I pay for my study abroad?" This is practical as studying overseas can be an expensive endeavor. For international students in need of financial assistance, it is possible to get funding for your study overseas if you do a little research, as we have initiated for you on this page. And if you are an international student wishing to study in Italy, there are certain scholarships available to you from the very beginning.
International students in Italy are entitled to the same financial aid services available to their fellow Italian students based on the same prerequisites of financial means and/or merit. Government scholarships at the national and regional level are available to which international students can apply to study in Italy. In addition, some higher education institutions in Italy (Italian Universities, Colleges, etc) offer Italian scholarship programs for international students. [Note: International students should see this invaluable resource for students studying both within and outside their home country. Also see other scholarship lists.]
Top International Scholarships for Study In Italy
- Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
The Italian Government offers scholarships to both foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad for study and/or research projects at higher education Institutions within the Italian state education and research system (all State Institutions and research centers, or legally recognized by the competent State authority). Eligible programs are Undergraduate University courses (renewals only); Postgraduate University courses; Master’s Degree courses (Levels I or II); PhD Courses; Specialisation Schools; Research under academic supervision; Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM); Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture AND Courses for Teachers of Italian as second language. You can apply for three, six or nine month scholarships...read more.
=> Also see the “Invest your Talent in Italy” programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development. It offers students from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam the opportunity to develop their skills and specialise through a range of Master’s and postgraduate degree courses in English, in the fields of Engineering, Advanced Technologies, Architecture, Design, Economics and Management at prestigious Italian universities. The best students will be offered scholarships.
- EDISU Piemonte Scholarships
EDISU Piemonte, the Regional Agency for the Right to University Education of Piemonte, promotes the admission and the attendance of academic studies to deserving students who find themselves in financial need. International students at any at one of the Universities in Piedmont (i.e. The Politecnico of Torino, the University of Torino, the University of Eastern Piedmont) can apply for EDISU scholarships if they meet the merit and economic requirements of the competition. Students must be enrolled in a full-time Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Single Cycle Master’s degree, or PhD Degree course. Part-time students can apply if enrolled in a bachelor’s degree course. The scholarship amount varies depending on several conditions. Accommodation service can also be granted to non-resident students.
- Bologna University Study Grants for International Students
The University of Bologna offers Study Grants to deserving International Students who wish to register for First Cycle (Bachelors), Second Cycle (Masters) or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna. Unibo Action 2 study grants are assigned on the basis of SAT and GRE test scores. Each study grant is awarded for one academic year and amounts to a total of €11,000...read more.
=> Also see Full or partial exemptions from university fees for students enrolling in International Degree Programmes at University of Bologna.
- University of Pavia International Scholarships for Developing Countries
The University of Pavia (UNIPV) in Italy is offering the Fund for Cooperation and Knowledge scholarship awards to students from Developing Countries in order to promote international cooperation with these Developing Countries. Scholarships are awarded for selected Masters Studies. The award value is €8,000 and also covers the expenses for Visa and travel to Italy and back (economy class)...read more.
=> Also see CICOPS Scholarships which are targeted to academics and other researchers from Developing Countries who wish to carry out research in collaboration with a professor at the University of Pavia.
=> Also see African Hospitals and Universities Students’ Exchange Program (NOT renewed since 2012). In order to promote international cooperation, particularly with Developing Countries, the University of Pavia and Fondazione Cariplo (IDEAS Project) offer, for the academic year 2010-2011, one Visiting Scholarship for two months period of residence in Pavia. The scholarship will cover visa, travel (economy class), third parties insurance, board and lodging expenses.
- Bocconi University Scholarships for International Students
Bocconi University offers need-based scholarships to international students enrolling into any Undergraduate Program or Master of Science Program at Bocconi. The Scholarship takes into consideration not only the economic conditions of the students but also their academic performances. The scholarship consists of a FULL tuition waiver, worth up to €11,500 per year for Bachelors program and up to €12,000 per year for the Masters program...read more.
=> Also see SDA Bocconi MBA Scholarships. Both full and partial merit-based tuition waivers are granted to MBA candidates from both Non-European and European countries who are registered at SDA Bocconi School of Management, and have an outstanding profile.
- Politecnico de Milano Merit-Based Scholarships for International Students
Every year, Politecnico di Milano offers a number of merit based scholarships to the most talented international candidates admitted to a Master of Science programme. Students obtaining a scholarship will have to pay only an administrative fee of about €200. Merit-based scholarships are available for students applying to the 1st or 2nd semester. Scholarships of €5000 to €10000 per year may be awarded in addition to the tuition fee waiver.
=> Also see DSU Scholarships which are financial aid scholarships reserved for students without financial means enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes at Politecnico di Milano and in possession of specific financial and merit requirements.
=> Also see Grants and Scholarships for International Doctoral Students. The Politecnico di Milano offers grants and scholarships to both Italian and foreign applicants, successful into one of its doctoral programmes.
- Politecnico di Torino International Scholarships
The Politecnico di Torino offers scholarships to international students to attend academic programs in courses offered at that institution like Engineering and Architecture. The University also participates in Erasmus Mundus scholarships in eligible programmes. If you want to apply for a Politecnico international scholarship, please read carefully the webpage of each scholarship project. See list of scholarship projects.
=> Also see EDISU Piemonte Scholarships at Politecnico di Torino. Open to Non-EU students and provides support in the form of accomodation and scholarship grant awarded through a public competition.
- Università Cattolica International Scholarships
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) offers the USCS International Scholarship as an annual tuition fee reduction scholarship in order to foster the access of international students to degree programs. The discount covers about 42% of the total cost.
=> Also see Università Cattolica Africa Scholarships. Offered to students from Africa to foster relationships with developing countries, and enable the study of selected masters degree programs taught in English at UCSC’s Milan, Piacenza and Cremona Campuses.
- University of Padova Scholarships for All Degree Courses
The University of Padova can handle regional funds to finance low-income students, both Italian and foreign, who have a good academic record and pursuing a degree at the University. The scholarship consists partly of money and partly of services, such as accommodation and meals at the University canteens.
=> Also see the Gini Foundation Scholarship Grants. The University of Padova offers this scholarship to support International Students who plan to attend a period of study or specialization at departments of the University of Padova in the scientific fields of Agriculture, Engineering or Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.
- Scuola Normale Superiore PhD Scholarships
The Scuola Normale Superiore PhD School offers FULLY-FUNDED PhD programs to both Italian citizens and students from outside Italy (international students). Funding are for selected eligible fields of study and research. All admitted students receive full financial support equal to 15,012 euros including tuition, lodging allowance and free meals. Non-EU students are reimbursed for traveling expenses incurred for start of the course to maximum of €1,000 and also travel expenses incurred for return to their country, again up to maximum of 1,000.00 euros...read more.