Best Public Universities in Italy for International Students

Best Public Universities in Italy for International Students

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Mar 13, 2024 12:42 IST

Home to 61 public universities, Italy is one of the most preferred countries for international students because of their reputation and cheap rates for study. Out of the 61 public universities in Italy for international students, around 20 of them rank globally. Italy public universities attract students from all across the world annually. One of the oldest public universities in Italy is the University of Bologna. Read on for more details on Italy's public universities for international students

public universities in Italy

Why Study in Public Universities in Italy? 

Wish to study in Italy as an international student, and then go to public universities for the following reasons: 

  • Free education in Italy at public universities. 
  • Good level of scholarship availability for international students in Italy’s public universities. 
  • Universities in Italy which are public, offer free Italian language classes for international students. 
  • Some public universities in Italy may charge a minor fee for extra Italian language classes. 
  • There are ample opportunities on-campus at specifically public universities in Italy for students to gain hands-on experience.  
  • Finally, accommodations at public universities in Italy are cheaper in comparison to private universities in Italy. 

Overall, it is a lucrative option to study at public universities in Italy gain hands-on experience and moreover, get cheaper rates for study and accommodation.  

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Best Public Universities in Italy 2023 

Top-ranked public universities in Italy as per QS and THE for recent years are as follows: 

Public Universities in Italy 

QS Ranking 2023 

THE Ranking 2022 

Politecnico di Milano 

#139 

#351 

University of Bologna 

#167 

#172 

Sapienza University of Rome 

#171 

#197 

University of Padua 

#243 

#201 

University of Milan 

#324 

#301 

Politecnico di Torino 

#325 

#601 

University of Pisa 

#404 

#401 

University of Naples Federico II 

#416 

#401 

University of Trento 

#457 

#351 

University of Florence 

#460 

#401 

University of Turin 

#475 

#401 

University of Rome Tor Vergata 

#499 

#301 

University of Pavia 

#561 

#351 

Polytechnic University of Bari 

#591 

#501 

University of Milano-Bicocca 

#601 

#301 

University of Genoa 

#651 

#401 

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano 

#701 

#401 

University of Trieste 

#701 

#501 

University of Siena 

#751 

#601 

Ca' Foscari University of Venice 

#801 

#601 

Marche Polytechnic University 

#801 

#601 

Roma Tre University 

#801 

#601 

University of Bari Aldo Moro 

#801 

#501 

University of Brescia 

#801 

#351 

University of Catania 

#801 

#601 

University of Ferrara 

#801 

#401 

University of Messina 

#801 

#501 

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia 

#801 

#401 

University of Parma 

#801 

#601 

University of Perugia 

#801 

#501 

University of Verona 

#801 

#401 

Parthenope University of Naples 

#1001 

#601 

Tuscia University 

#1001 

#501 

University of Calabria 

#1001 

#601 

University of Palermo 

#1001 

#601 

University of Salerno 

#1001 

#401 

University of Udine 

#1001 

#601 

University of Bergamo 

#1201 

#601 

University of Chieti-Pescara 

#1201 

#601 

International School for Advanced Studies 

– 

– 

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies 

– 

#201 

Scuola Normale Superiore 

– 

#197 

University of Cagliari 

– 

– 

University of Camerino (Unicam) 

– 

#501 

University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” 

– 

– 

University of Eastern Piedmont 

– 

#801 

University of Foggia 

– 

#801 

University of L'Aquila 

– 

#501 

University of Salento 

– 

#801 

University of Sannio 

– 

#501 

University of Sassari 

– 

#501 

University of Urbino 

– 

#501 

Università degli Studi dell’Insubria 

– 

#401 

The list of public universities in Italy is though long but only a couple of them have been ranked for the year 2022-23. 

Admission Requirements at Public Universities in Italy 

The following admission requirements are required for public universities in Italy: 

  • Secondary school qualification and a minimum of 12 years of schooling 
  • GPA of 6.5 or higher 
  • Successfully pass the admission test for a bachelor’s degree for postgrad admissions 
  • Standardised test scores of either: 
  • English language proficiency test scores of either TOEFL or IELTS 

Additional Documents Required 

Please note that some documents may vary with each of the public universities an international applicant is applying to for admission.  

Cost of Studying at Public Universities in Italy 

The cost of studying at public universities in Italy is quite cheap, Check out the lowest possible tuition options offered at these universities for international students in the table below: 

Public Universities of Italy  

Average Annual Tuition (UG Courses) 

Average Annual Tuition (PG Courses) 

University of Pavia 

€5,000 

€10,000 

University of Padua 

€3,000 

€15,000 

University of Milan 

€4,000 

€12,000 

University of Genoa 

€3,000 

€24,000 

Sacred Heart University 

€15,800 

€11,000 

Sapienza University 

€1,000 

€32,000 

The Polytechnic University of Milan 

€4,000 

€15,000 

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice 

€2,000 

€45,000 

University of Trento 

€4,000 

€25,000 

Applicants can also study for free in Italy in terms of tuition fees only at selective public universities. However, applicants will have to pay for the living costs and bear personal costs as well. Check out: Cost of Studying in Italy

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