Studying and Living for International Students in Italy
Italy is one of the eight wealthiest countries in the globe and is a popular international tourist destination. Italy is charismatic place with modern architecture and cultural heritage which is visible on every street, principally in the major urban centres of Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice. Italy is one of the Europe’s most alluring destinations. Large number of International Students are flocking in Italy for study abroad experiences, and you could be the next one! Studying and living in Italy can be a unique and thrilling experience.
In Italy, Universities provide students with long-term and short-term accommodations.
- University Residences: Some universities in Italy have their own residences and tend to be near the campus. They provide all the necessary facilities, like kitchen, washroom, etc.
- Private Flats or Apartments: Private Accommodation means renting a space on your own, or in a shared house. Costs for private accommodation vary widely, depending upon the location, size and facilities.
- Homestay Accommodation: Home-stay is where you live with an Italian family in their own home. It serves as a keen chance to become familiar with the Italian culture.
The housing costs varies depending upon the type of accommodation.
- University Residences: Costs for university-owned accommodation range from 5,000 Euros per academic year for a single room in a university residence or in a shared student flat to 7,000 Euros per academic year for a studio apartment.
- Private Apartments: Renting an apartment in cities and large towns is more expensive and can range from 300 Euros to 1000 Euros a month, depending on the size and the location where you choose to stay.
Public transport is usually inexpensive and well organised and is surely the best way to travel in and around Italy.
- Getting Around by Bus: All the major cities of Italy have extensive bus and tram networks. You can buy a ticket from the driver when you board.
- Travelling In and Around by Taxis: Taxis are found everywhere and can be recognised by the neon sign on the top. Cabs are normally white or yellow. Official taxis have taximeters which show the fare to be paid and also issues a receipt if needed. Very few taxis accept credit cards in Italy.
- Bicycles: Most Italian cities and towns have very severe traffic during working hours. Thus, the bicycle is the best means for getting around the city during those hours and especially in smaller townships.
Prices vary substantially depending upon where you live and the type of accommodation. All the main cities as well as the tourist areas, particularly in the North of Italy are more expensive than smaller towns.The Living expenses in Italy for students vary between 1000 Euros to 1500 Euros per month (inclusive of accommodation, telephone, food, travel and leisure cost), depending upon the location.
Universities and other Higher Education Institutes set up their own fees.The fee varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course of study. The average fees a student has to pay ranges between 850 euro and 1,000 euro per year. Private universities are too costly.
Master’s program and other specialisation programs have high fees. Students pursuing a doctoral program and receiving grants from the University need not pay the fees, while the non-grant holders have to pay the fee, which varies according to the institution chosen.
Health insurance in Italy is mainly organized on a regional level through the nationally established National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, SSN), which provides universal coverage, including the entire financing of public doctors and prescription drugs.
The non-Italian students studying in Italy can apply for the health care service at their local ASL-National Health Care Service in order to have a family doctor or a medico.
- EU students must produce documents which demonstrate their healthcare status in their home country to guarantee full access to the Italian system. These documents can be requested from your the home country public healthcare organisation.
- Non-EU students are required to have a health insurance policy valid for the entire duration of their stay in Italy. Once they receive their residence permit, they must register for ASL to ask for a family doctor or a general practitioner and obtain healthcare assistance in Italy.
The international students need to show these documents both at the Italian Consulate nearest to you, and at the Police headquarters, or police station, within eight days of arrival into the country.
Working While You Study in Italy
Working alongside your studies is a great way to gain knowledge and professional skills. Many international students in Italy take a part-time employment. Many Italian students go for part time work to help support themselves while studying. If you’re an EU citizen you are eligible to work in Italy without a work permit. All other pupils from outside the EU will need a work permit. The employer is asked to provide an employment letter to the Italian Police Station “Questura”.