A few words..
A country with a rich history and tremendous pride for its culture, language and values. Rome – the open-air museum, the Eternal City … as it is often called. No matter how many times you visit, you will never be able to see it all, because there are always new things to do. The unforgettable city of Florence that steals your heart. The Renaissance Jewelry and Michelangelo’s true loved one. The ancient architecture, the beautiful buildings, the lights, the Gallery, the picturesque streets, will all remain unforgettable. Romantic Venice, with its canals and gondolas, the songs played in the streets, medieval Tuscany, and Milan renowned for fashion and its famous stores….
Why should I choose to study in Italy?
Who doesn’t want to take a holiday in a beautiful country with so many sights to see and interesting things to do? A country with a Mediterranean culture that has common characteristics with our own culture. Italy is a country that is so enchanting and special, that wins you over from the first moment and makes you never want to leave.
The way of life of the Italian people has quite a few things in common with us Cypriots, since we are both Mediterranean people. The lifestyle and the cost of living in an Italian city vary according to its size and where it is located (north, south).
In large cities such as Milan and Rome, the cost of renting accommodation ranges from 300 to 900 euros for one room in the city center, in shared accommodation with roommates. In smaller towns, the cost is greatly reduced, and you have the option of renting an apartment on your own, ranging from 250-500 euros.
As far as the cost of maintaining a home are concerned, such as the cost of gas (as gas is used for heating, hot water and cooking), electricity and water, these costs are about the same as in Cyprus. What you need to know is that in Italy, the municipal fees for the management of garbage are not incorporated in the water, electricity and gas bills, but are paid separately once a year and the amount varies according to the square feet of the house. As far as the cost of maintaining a home are concerned, such as the cost of gas (as gas is used for heating, hot water and cooking), electricity and water, these costs are about the same as in Cyprus. What you need to know is that in Italy, the municipal fees for the management of garbage are not incorporated in the water, electricity and gas bills, but are paid separately once a year and the amount varies according to the square feet of the house.
- 1 margarita pizza 5€ – 8€
- Pasta with a tomato sauce 6€ – 9€
- McDonalds menu: 7€ – 8€
- A meal at the pub (burger, fries, beer): 15€
- A meal at a restaurant (starter, first dish, main meal, desert, coffee): 25– 30€
Types of Higher and Further Education:
- State universities
- Private universities (accredited)
- Distance learning universities (accredited)
- Academies of Fine Art
- ISIA: Istituti Superiori per le Industrie Artistiche (Higher Institutions for Industrial Arts)
- Polytechnics (Turin, Milan, Bari, Venice)
At the State universities there are:
a) Schools with free admissions, and
b) Schools with a set number of admissions
The most popular Universities in Italy
• University of Bari
• University of Bari Polytechnic
• University of Bergamo
• SDA Bocconi School of Management
• University of Bologna
• University of Calabria
• University of Ca’ Foscari of Venice
• University of Catania
• University of Ferarra
• University of Florence
• University of Foggia
• University of Genoa
• Università Iuav di Venezia
• University of Messina
• University of Milan
• Milano Politecnino
• Università IULM
• University of Milan-Bicocca
• University of Padua
• University of Palermo
• University of Parma
• University of Pavia
• University of Pisa
• University of Rome Tor Vergata
• University of Trento
• University of Sassari
• University of Siena
• Politecnico di Torino
• Sapienza University of Rome
• LUISS University
• University of Trento
• University of Turin
• University of Turin Polytechnic
• University of Urbino Carlo Bo
• University of Udine
• University of Verona
• University of Venice
how we can help you
- Undertake the entire process of finding a suitable school (after researching according to the area you want). Preparatory schools are responsible for teaching or improving the Italian language and preparing for the national entrance exams (where applicable).
- Undertake registration, acceptance, study programme, accommodation in the above accredited schools. And then, to find a suitable university.
- Identify which accredited universities offer the course you want to study. + Let you know what the admission criteria of each university are.
- Submit your applications and all the supporting documents required, in time!
- Tell you in advance if there will be any exams, or portfolio, that may be requested by the universities.
- Inform you thoroughly about the cost of tuition fees, accommodation, food.
- Put you in touch with other Cypriot students who are already studying or will be studying at the same university you have applied to.
- Suggest what would be best for you at an academic level.
Once the student is ready and has completed the B2 level of the language, which is required by most universities with the appropriate preparation, as mentioned above, our office will inform the parents and the student about the procedures that need to be dealt with for the transition of the student to university.
- We help by researching to find out which universities offer the course you want to study in Italian or English.
- We make suggestions and explain which university is the most appropriate for you (taking into account various factors, size of the university, its admittance, cost of living, etc.).
- We explain how and when to preregister at the university.
- We undertake the entire process of certification, translation, specific forms (verification will be required from the parents and the student), that will be requested by the university when the student goes to university.
Guidance on Financial matters
The cost of studying at university is particularly low. For an academic year (two semesters, at all levels), registration rarely costs more than 1800 euros. At State Engineering Schools, the tuition fees amount to approximately 600 euro for one year. In other educational institutions, especially in Business schools, the cost may be higher, depending on the type of study and the type of the educational institution.
Foundation Year - University Preparation
Make sure you will pass the Entrance Exams! Take a strong foundation 1-year course to prepare properly and ensure that not only will you get in to University, but you will also be better prepared to cope with the curricula after you get in.
University Preparations Options (Foundation Year)
- Preparation for: Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary – IMAT preparation (exam in English) and MAT preparation (exam in Italian language)
- Preparation for: the Health Professions (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Speech Therapy, Podiatry, Orthoptics and others)
- Preparation for: Architecture (in English or in Italian)
- Preparation for Fashion – Art and for Design (in English or in Italian)
…a few words about Medicine/Dentistry
There are two options to study Medicine and Dentistry in Italy. You can study these two programs, either in Italian or in English language. Places offered for studying Medicine and Dentistry are less in number, compared to the places offered in Italian language. Therefore, getting in to the English taught program is quite competitive. Students need to be well prepared for the entrance exam in order to do well and obtain a place. Our job is to provide all the important information and guidance on how to get in to University and on how to succeed in passing the entrance exams.
The exam in English is called IMAT (International Medical Admission Test). For more information regarding the IMAT, please click on the IMAT section in our website.
…a few words about Veterinary
Veterinary is only offered in Italian language, up to now (2021). The entrance test for Veterinary is similar to the one in Medicine. The test consists of questions in the following fields: logic and general culture, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
…a few words about the Health Professions
The exam for the Health Professions again share similarities with the Medicine Admission Test, it has the same format but it is a lot easier!
… a few words about Architecture
Architecture is also offered in both options in Italy, in English and in Italian. Again places offered in the English taught program are less in number compared to the places available in Italian. You have to be well prepared to ensure you will pass the entrance exams and obtain a place at University and is our job to tell you how to do this.
…a few words for Fashion, Art and Design
Italy is Fashion! Italy is Arts! You can study for Fashion Design, for Arts, or for Design (Industrial), in English or in Italian. Taking the proper Foundation preparation, you can obtain a place in the best Universities in Italy for your studies. We will help you to prepare properly and achieve your objectives.
IMPORTANT We will do everything for you, secure a place in the foundation program, help you with accommodation, apply to the universities after the foundation program, apply for scholarships, bring you together with other students from Cyprus, escort you to Italy and much more.
International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT)
Do you know that you can sit the IMAT without going to Italy? The IMAT exam is held in Cyprus (Nicosia), during the beginning of September of every new year.
There are 14 Universities offering Medicine in English language.
IMAT is a pen-and-paper test and it is divided into four sections as explained below.
IMAT 2021 Format: 60 multiple choice questions (10 logical reasoning, 12 culture and general knowledge, 18 biology, 12 chemistry, 8 physics and math).
5 possible answers in each question
Duration of Exam => 100 minutes to complete exam
How the test is Scored (careful, you get negative points for wrong answers)
- 5 points for each correct answer
- -0.4 points for each wrong answer
- 0 (zero) points for each question not answered
Section 1: Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge
=> Generic skills in problem solving, understanding argument, data analysis and inference; general knowledge.
22 multiple-choice questions
Section 2, 3 and 4: Scientific Knowledge
=> The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.
38 multiple-choice questions