In Italy, all international students are entitled to the same financial assistance services as Italian students based on the same requisites of financial means and/or merit. There are government Scholarships in Italy at the national and regional levels for which international students can apply. Moreover, some Italian Universities offer Italian scholarship programs for international students.
Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
The Italian Government awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident and abroad (IRE). The scholarships are offered for the following type of courses: Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale 2° Ciclo), Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM), Ph.D. program, Research under academic supervision (Progetti in co-tutela), and Italian Language and Culture Courses.
The scholarship includes tuition fees, health insurance, and a monthly allowance. It is only possible to apply for three, six, or nine-month scholarships.
The “Invest your Talent in Italy” program, supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, offers students from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey, Tunisia, and Vietnam the opportunity to develop their skills and specialize through a range of Master’s and postgraduate degree courses in English, in the fields of Engineering, Advanced Technologies, Architecture, Design, Economics and Management at prestigious Italian universities. The best students will be offered scholarships, sponsored by partners and main corporate sponsors.
Students including non-EU international students enrolled in a full-time Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Single Cycle Master’s degree, or Ph.D. Degree courses at one of the Universities of Piedmont (i.e. The Politecnico of Torino, the University of Torino, or the University of Eastern Piedmont) can apply for EDISU scholarships if they meet the merit and economic requirements of the competition.
Part-time students can apply if enrolled in a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship amount varies depending on many conditions. Accommodation services can also be granted to non-resident students.
Bologna University Study Grants for International Students
The University of Bologna offers study grants to deserving international students who wish to register for First Cycle (Bachelors), Second Cycle (Masters), or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna. Each study grant is awarded for one academic year and amounts to a total of €11,059 and full tuition fee waivers.
Padua International Excellence Scholarship Programme
The University of Padua also offers the which provides full scholarships to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue a first-cycle or second-cycle degree taught in English at Padova. The scholarship includes a subsistence allowance of €8,000 and a tuition fee waiver.
To strengthen the presence of international students and foster the creation of an ever more global community, the University of Pavia is awarding 150 tuition fee waivers providing an exemption from the payment of University tuition fees to all foreign students enrolling in selected degree programs in the 2022/2023 academic year.
Bocconi Merit and International Awards
Bocconi University offers merit-based scholarships to international students enrolling in any eligible Bachelor’s Program or Master of Science Program at Bocconi. The scholarship includes a half to full tuition waiver worth up to €12,000 per year for the Bachelor’s Program and up to €14,000 per year for the Master’s of Science Program.
Every year, Politecnico di Milano offers several merit-based scholarships to the most talented international candidates admitted to a Master of Science program. Students obtaining a scholarship will have to pay only an administrative fee of about €200. Scholarships of €5.000 to €10.000 per year may also be awarded on top of the tuition fee waiver.
The Politecnico di Torino offers scholarships to international students to attend academic programs in certain fields such as Engineering and Architecture.
The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Università Cattolica to foster the access of international students to degree programs. The discount covers about 25% of the total cost.