10 Top Universities in Italy Offer Scholarships

Italy is one of the best study destinations for international students. Public transportations in Italy can be easily found, making it easy for you to travel around the country, and even to other European countries close to Italy. Cuisines in Italy, with no doubt, are one of the best in the world, especially as it is famous for its pizza and pasta. In addition, the country has many top universities with an impressive international environment. Italy is also one of the most affordable countries in Europe. The cheapness doesn’t only apply to living costs, but also to tuition fees for higher education. Besides charging low tuition fees, Italian universities also offer many scholarship opportunities. Below are some of the opportunities that you may want to consider.

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  1. Politecnico di Milano

The Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy. It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design. The Politecnico has two main campuses in Milan city, where the majority of the research and teaching activities are located, and other satellite campuses in five other cities across Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.  Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan. It is ranked the best for Engineering and among the top universities in Italy. According to the QS World University Rankings, it is ranked among the top 20 best technical universities in the world, top 5 for Design, top 10 for Architecture as well as for Civil and Structural Engineering, and top 20 for Engineering and Technology.

There are grants and scholarships offered at Politecnico di Milano. These include:

  • Dirrito Allo Studio Universitario (DSU)
  • Scholarship: the amount varies depending on the economic conditions and on the social conditions onsite, communit and offsite students.
  • International Mobility Integration: for students who fulfill the requirements for scholarships travelling abroad within International Mobility Programs and Internships.
  • Degree Awards: €1,000 reserved for any student winning scholarships who graduate in a Master of Science Program within the Terms indicated by the Call.
  • Discounted Accomodation
  • Extraordinary Grants: for students who find themselves in difficulties caused by serious events that have affected their ability to continue studying, for example:
  • serious economic problems due to premature death, to unemployment, to laying off, to mobility, to bankruptcy, etc. of a family member
  • if you or a family member has developed a serious illness, has had an accident of any kind, or needs rehabilitation
  • natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, etc.

These grants will not exceed:

Further details can be found on the Tuition Fees, Scholarships and Financial Aid page at www.polimi.it.

  1. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento

The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a special-statute public university located in Pisa, Italy, operating in the field of applied sciences: Economics and Management, Law, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology, Medicine, and Industrial and Information Engineering. Sant’Anna School achieved the top positions in the World University Rankings, including the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 (THE), ranked 1st at the national level on a census of 43 institutions, 153rd at the international level on a census of 1,258 institutions, and 9th at world level of best universities under 50 years old; and the QS World University Rankings, ranked 2nd at the national level and 167th worldwide.

The School offers a number of scholarship opportunities for postgraduate and research students. These scholarships are offered based on research topics. The duration of schéolarship availability vary from 6 to 12 months for each selected research theme / topic. Further details can be found on the Scholarships page.

Learn more about Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies at www.santannapisa.it.

  1. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

The Scuola Normale Superiore is a university institution of higher education based in Pisa and Florence. It was founded in 1810 with a decree by Napoleon as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, with the aim of training the teachers of the Empire to educate its citizens according to educational and methodological “norms”. Scuola Normale Superiore ranks first in Italy in the PCP parameter of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), second among Italian universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and first in Italy in the Teaching parameter.

The Scuola has established university foundations under private law in order to carry out activities that are instrumental to and supportive of its institutional activities. Some of these foundations grant scholarships for students admitted to Scuola Normale Superiore.

  • Sansone Foundation: grants postgraduate scholarships to young graduates in mathematics.
  • Puteano Foundation: grants two scholarships every year to young Catholics in difficult economic conditions.
  • Pasquali Foundation: annually grants 12-month scholarships for postgraduate courses in philological, archaeological, historical and classical disciplines. Awarded on the results of public competitions based on qualifications and exams (interviews), to Italian and foreign students.

Further details can be found on the Associations and Foundations page at www.sns.it.

  1. Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

The University of Bologna is one of the leading academic institutions in Italy and Europe. Founded in 1088, it is the oldest university in continuous operation. It was the first place of study to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters, which came to define the institution (especially its famous law school) located in Bologna, Italy. It has campuses in Ravenna, Forli, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It also has a school of excellence named Collegio Superiore di Bologna. The University is ranked 180th in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

There are numerous financial support offered to study at the University of Bologna. These financial supports are from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna and other external bodies. The various financial supports include:

Visit the Study Grants and Subsidies page online at www.unibo.it for more information.

  1. Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome is a collegiate research niversity located in Rome, Italy. Formerly known as Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, it is one of the largest European universities by enrollments and one of the oldest in history, founded in 1303. Sapienza University of Rome is one of the most prestigious Italian universities, commonly ranking at the top of Italian universities in national rankings and in Southern Europe for its quality of research, education and international dimension. It offers over 270 degree programs (Bachelor’s and Master’s) and almost 80 PhDs.

There are many ways to fund your study at Sapienza University of Rome.

More information on how to fund your studies at Sapienza University of Rome can be found on the Scholarships page at www.uniroma1.it.

  1. Università di Padova

The University of Padova is a premier Italian university, located in the city of Padua, Italy. It was founded in 1222 as a school of law and was one of the most prominent universities in early modern Europe. The University of Padova is the second-oldest university in Italy and the world’s fifth-oldest surviving university. It ranks among the top 250 universities worldwide according to QS. The University is known for its high-quality of education and teaching in the natural science area (physics, chemistry, earth sciences).

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organizations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. The most commonly used funding opportunities are:

  • Padova International Excellence Scholarship Program: fee waiver + €12,000 scholarship (gross amount), for highly talented prospective international students (merit-based).
  • Scholarships offered by Departments
  • Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animal and Environment (DAFNAE) – 4 scholarships for the Master’s degree in Italian Food and Wine; 4 scholarships for the Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies (SPGI) – 2 scholarships for the Master’s degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance; 2 scholarships for the Master’s degree in European and Global Studies.
  • Department of Information Engineering (DEI) – 2 scholarships for the Master’s degree in ICT for Internet and Multimedia.
  • Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science (BCA) – 1 scholarship for the Bachelor’s degree in Animal Care; 1 scholarship for the Master’s degree in Biotechnologies for Food Science.
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy (DFA) – 2 scholarships for prospective international students wishing to enroll in the Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology; 2 scholarships for prospective international students wishing to enroll in the Master’s degree in Physics of Data.
  • Regione Veneto Scholarships: need-based scholarships for Italian and international students.
  • Galileian School of Higher Education Scholarships: 30 scholarships for highly talented Italian and international students (up to four).
  • “Partnership for Knowledge” Program: scholarships funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.
  • Scholarships awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: scholarships for Italian and international students who are permanent residents in countries other than Italy (IRE).
  • Invest Your Talent: scholarships for international students wishing to enroll in English-taught second-cycle degree courses in the fields of Engineering and Information Technologies, Management and Economics.
  • China Scholarship Council – University of Padova Scholarships: for talented Chinese students to undertake a PhD program at Padova.
  • Gini Foundation: Grants for Foreign Nationals: for students wishing to study in the scientific fields of Agriculture, Engineering or Mathematics, Physical and Natural Sciences at Padova, for a period of at least 6 months and no more than one year.
  • 15 PhD grants for foreign students fully-funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo: research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral courses.

Visit www.unipd.it/en/scholarships for further details. Learn more about the University of Padova at www.unipd.it.

  1. University of Milan

The University of Milan is a higher education institution located in Milan, Italy. It is one of the largest universities in Europe, and has received important international recognitions for its research and teaching activities. The University of Milan is the only Italian member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of 21-research-intensive European universities. It consistently ranks one of the best universities in Italy, both overall and in specific subject areas. Established in 1924, the University of Milan now has 9 schools and offers 134 undergraduate and graduate courses, 21 Doctoral schools and 92 specialization schools.

Students at the University of Milan can be entitled to receive fees reimbursement or exemptions, or to obtain a contribution, a scholarship or a grant, according to specific requirements. Scholarships at the University of Milan are divided into:

Further details can be found in the Fees and Exemptions page. Learn more about the University of Milan at www.unimi.it.

  1. Politecnico di Torino

The Politecnico di Torino is a partly-public engineering university based in Turin, Italy. Established in 1859, it is Italy’s oldest technical university. The University offers several courses in the fields of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. For more than 150 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the international and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering.

The Politecnico di Torino offers scholarship and award opportunities to its admitted students. These scholarship opportunities include:

  • In memory of Fabrizio Corino scholarships: €1,500 for graduate students in Mechanical Engineering
  • In memory of Visintin-Oggero scholarships: €2,000 for graduate students in the Engineering Department
  • In memory of Luca Bertetto scholarships: €1,382.49 for students enrolled in Management Engineering
  • In memory of Mr. Giusto Sivier scholarships: €921.65 for graduate students
  • In memory of Giulia Gastaldi scholarships: €1,500 for graduate students in Biomedical Engineering
  • Internships and graduation thesis at Leonardo SpA and scholarships in memory of Erika Ciancaleoni and Luigi Carano: 6-month internship and €5,000 scholarship for graduate students
  • Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary: €6,000 for female undergraduate students in Computer Engineering

Find out more about Scholarships and Awards at the Politecnico di Torino’s official website: www.polito.it.

  1. University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is an Italian public research university located in Pisa, Italy. Founded in 1343, it is the 19th oldest extant university in the world and the 10th oldest in Italy. The University is ranked within the top 10 nationally and the top 400 in the world according to the ARWU and the QS. It houses the Orto botanico di Pisa, Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden, which was founded in 1544.

There are a number of awards and scholarships offered at the University of Pisa, including the following:

  • Study awards by the University of Pisa
  • Study grants by the Pisan Industrial Union
  • Study prize in memory of Prof. Adriano Carpita
  • Study awards for PhD thesis
  • Study award in memory of Giovanni Imperato
  • Scholarships and awards by other institutions
  • Elisabet Paoletti Award
  • Don Gennaro Award Somma
  • Dino Martelli Award
  • Intesa Sanpaolo Onlus Foundation
  • Degree award in memory of the Linate disaster victims
  • MYllennium Award
  • Germana Ernst International Prize for Campanellian Studies
  • Isabetta Belli Award
  • Klopman Award
  • Lef Prize
  • Paolo Brancaccio Scholarship

Visit the Awards and Scholarships page at www.unipi.it for further details.

  1. University of Trento

The University of Trento is an Italian university located in Trento, Italy. It was founded in 1962 as a Higher University Institute for Social Sciences. It then became the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy. Prior to 1982, it was a private university. The University is well-known for its high-quality in education, research and teaching. It is ranked amongst the top 400 universities worldwide, and amongst the top 10 universities in the country.

The University of Trento supports the most talented students financially by granting scholarships and awards. These scholarships include:

Further details can be found in the Grants and Scholarships page at the University of Trento’s official website: www.unitn.it.

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