It is located in North Central Italy and is surrounded on all sides by Italian states except on one side that borders the Adriatic coast.
With a population of just between 30,000 and 40,000 inhabitants, this mountainous country is one of the world’s oldest country and with many historical buildings linking it to its medieval past.
There are several reasons you might want to study in San Marino as an international student. Some of these reasons include
- The high standard of living
- A millennia worth of well-preserved history
- Extremely beautiful scenery for students who love the outdoors and mountaineering
- Duty-free shops for cheap goods and services
- Several museums with curious exhibition such as, the Museum of Torture Instruments, The Vampire Museum, and the Museum of Curious Objects which a vast treasure trove of all things curious and unusual.
Cost of Living in San Marino
Because the citizens of San Marino enjoy a high standard of living (comparable to countries like Switzerland), the cost of goods and services are generally on the high side. For a small country, it is ranked as one of the most expensive places to live in in the world. It should make the top 30 list of expensive countries to live in.
However with prudent management of money, one can enjoy the best things the country has to offer without going bankrupt.
Rent and accommodation
How much people pay for accommodation depends on location and distance to the city Centre. But since the country is so small, the variation in prices is too small to make any significant difference.
A one bedroom apartment suitable for students can be gotten for as low as €450 per month. Students are advised to explore the option of sharing apartments to reduce cost.
The prices of the common utilities such as heating, garbage collection, water, electricity and Internet cost between €150 and $230 per month
For people on a tight budget, they can get meals decent meals at good restaurants for about €10.
But if you have to buy food items to cook though, you would have to spend the following:
- Milk (1Liter) – €1.80
- Loaf of bread (500g) – €3
- Eggs (one dozen) – €2.40
- Beef (1kg) – €15
- Tomato (1kg) – €1.80
- Water (1.5 liter bottle) – €. 35
- Potato (1kg) – €1.5
- White Rice (1kg) – €2.00
- Onion (1kg) – €2.
- Oranges (1kg) – €3
Since the country is so small, transportation options are rather limited. However, local transportation using a bus is generally less than €4 while using a taxi cab can cost as much as €40 depending on the length of time you require the services of the cab.
List of Universities in San Marino
San Marino boasts of just two Universities. This is expected since the country is so small.
The universities are:
- University of the Republic of San Marino
- Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino
University of the Republic of San Marino
The University of the Republic of San Marino is the only internationally recognized tertiary institution in the country.
Opened in 1985, the University is open to international students for undergraduate and post-graduate programs in about 25 courses in fields as diverse as
- A 3-year course in Design (industrial products and visual communication)
- Civil Engineering – 3 years
- Master’s in Civil Engineering
- Cosmetic surgery for both undergraduates and graduate students
- Aesthetic Medicine – undergraduates and post-graduate
- Geriatric medicine – post graduate and undergraduates
- Criminology and Forensic Psychology – graduate and post-graduate
For more information on the courses on offer and other services, check the university website for more details. You would have to use Chrome browser so you can easily translate the page to a language you understand.
The general admission requirements are similar to what obtains in the rest of Italy.
Undergraduate students must have a good certificate while postgraduate students must possess the relevant undergraduate degrees from a recognized institution.
Since the courses are taught in Italian, students must pass a basic proficiency test in Italian.
Students must show proof of proficiency in Italian that is equivalent to a B2 in the Europass Language Passport (ELP) classification test. A score equivalent to C1 or C2 in the ELP classification would exempt the student from taking any further language test.
Tuition and fees
Like most Italian Universities, tuition fees in San Marino are relatively low. However, the fees depend on the number of courses and duration of the programs.
More information about that can be obtained from the office of students’ affairs via the university’s website