Italy is one of the most popular study abroad locations for international students. The rich cultural heritage of the country ensures that thousands of students and tourists are flocking to the country every year.
Students of neo-classical architecture, the classics and modern European history who wish to study abroad in Europe tend to have Italy at the top of the list of their preferred locations.
Another good reason to study abroad in Italy is that there is no discrimination when it comes to financial assistance between domestic students and international students. The same criteria for choosing candidates apply to everybody.
However, the pre-requisites for each scholarship could be different. But most are based on merit and the student’s financial status.
At the government level, national and regional governments have scholarships for students. Also some Italian Universities give specific scholarships to students coming to study in their school based on certain criteria.
So, if you are thinking of applying for a scholarship in Italy, these are the best scholarships on offer by government and universities in the country.
1. Grants for foreign and Italian students by the Italian Government
Scholarships are awarded by the Italian government to two categories of students wishing to study in Italy:
- Foreign students and
- Italian students living abroad.
Students at whatever level or course at Italian universities are entitled to apply. However, the duration of the various scholarships is for three, six and nine months only. Though students can always apply for renewals.
2. Invest Your Talent in Italy Grant
This program is been sponsored by the Italian ministry of foreign affairs, and the Ministry of Economic development for students who had gained admission to study in the most prestigious universities in Italy
It is targeted at students from the following countries
The scholarship is designed to aid students from these countries to hone their skills and gain some specialist knowledge in some Masters and postgraduate degree courses taught in English.
The scholarship targets such courses or fields as Engineering, Design Economics, Advanced technologies, Architecture, and Management.
3. EDISU Piedmonte Scholarships
The Politecnico of Torino, The University of Eastern Piedmonte and the University of Torino, collectively called the Universities of Piedmonte, are behind this scholarship for non-EU international students.
Part-time students can be considered for this merit-based scholarship if they are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.
It is restricted to only full-time Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs in any of the universities that make up the Universities of Piedmonte.
The scholarship amount varies depending on several factors. In some cases, accommodation is also part of the scholarship for non-residents
4. The University of Bologna Scholarship for international students
Brilliant international students offered admission at the University of Bologna can take advantage of the school’s scholarship program.
The scholarship is targetted at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree programs for one academic year only and is worth over €11,000.
5. Developing Countries Scholarships of University of Pavia (UNIPV)
This UNIPV-sponsored scholarship is aimed at promoting relations with developing countries. Academically outstanding students from eligible countries are encouraged to apply if they want to pursue a Master’s Degree program taught in English at the University.
The scholarship is worth about €8000 to the successful student.
6. Bocconi University Scholarships for international students
International students offered admission to study at Bocconi University would do well to apply for this scholarship.
The scholarship is for undergraduate and Master’s of science degree programs. It is worth up to €11,500 to cover tuition fees per year for bachelor’s degree programs. For Master’s degrees, the scholarship is also a tuition waiver of about €12,700 annually
7. International Students Merit Scholarships of Politecnico de Milano
Academically brilliant and talented students wishing to pursue a Master’s of Science program at the Politecnico de Milano can apply for this scholarship.
Apart from the tuition fee waiver, successful candidates are also given between €5,000 and €10,000 per year to aid with other expenses. Students offered this scholarship would have to pay an administrative fee of just €200.
8. Politecnico de Torino International Students Scholarships
International students offered admission to study Engineering and Architecture at the University can apply for this scholarship.
Also, the university is part of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Programs were scholarships are provided to international students
9. Universitica Cattolica International Scholarships
This scholarship is provided to international students pursuing degree programs in the university. The scholarship is worth about 42% of the total cost of study annually.
10. University of Padova Scholarships for all students
This scholarship is targeted at low-income students either Italian or International.
The funds for the scholarship are provided by the regional government to aid students with good academic records who are also facing financial challenges. The scholarship includes a financial grant to the students and accommodation and meals at the University of Padova cafeteria.
In addition to the above scholarship, international students in the departments of Agriculture, Engineering, Mathematics, and the sciences are eligible to apply for the Gini Foundation Scholarships.
11. Scuola Normale Superiore Ph.D Scholarships
78 full scholarships are up for grabs at this university. Funded by the University, the scholarship is targeted at Ph.D. students from Italy and abroad.
The scholarship covers full tuition fees and cost of living grants for the duration of the program.