Study abroad in Italy
Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called “European Area of Higher Education”, thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as “Bologna Process”, is being implemented all over Europe. Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world.
If you decide to study in Italy, you will most certainly be impressed by the country’s historical heritage. Indeed, Italy’s capital, Rome, was once the political center of the Western civilization. Throughout the centuries, Italy has also played an influential role in Europe’s culture and society, being considered birthplace to the Renaissance, a cultural and intellectual movement that began in Northern Italy by the 14th century to later spread to the rest of the continent.
Italy certainly has plenty of charms to tempt tourists and international students alike: a diverse landscape including mountains, islands and active volcanoes; an immense cultural and historical legacy; iconic historic and architectural sites including Rome’s Colosseum and the Pisa’s Leaning Tower; incomparable cuisine; an impressive history of inventions and discoveries… and, of course, universities in Italy include some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious.
Aside from the monumental legacy of the Roman civilization, Italy has a long history of being ahead of the game, with many significant discoveries, inventions and innovations originating in Italy. Notable Italians include explorers Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Giovanni da Verrazzano and Marco Polo; Leonardo da Vinci, who proved the world is round and not flat; Alessandro Volta, who studied electricity; and Galileo Galilei, who discovered four moons around Jupiter and invented the thermometer.
The origin of the word ‘university’ is also attributed to Italy, and the University of Bologna is believed to be one of the very oldest in the world. Whether you are seeking to enroll in a Bachelor’s, Master’s program, PhD degree or a summer study abroad program in Italy, you will find a wide range of courses that will surely fit your educational needs and personal expectations.
Italy is also known for famous fashion brands such as Gucci, Benetton, Armani, Prada, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, and its luxury car brands, including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. It’s no surprise that there’s always a steady stream of Italophiles wishing to live and study in Italy.
Italy has always been a synonym for “good food”, offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors, scents and aromas. Aside from having one of the most famous cuisines in the world, it also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes. World-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, Parma and San Daniele ham, Modena balsamic vinegar, Genoa’s pesto, buffalo mozzarella from Campania, Alba truffles, and cured meats are just some of the symbols that make Italy the land of good gastronomy. And how could anyone forget pasta and pizza, universal synonyms for Italy?
Italian wines are also worth mentioning. The pleasure of tasting a glass of Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany, of Barbera or Barolo from Piedmont, of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene in Veneto, of Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna, the Sicilian wines or the white wines in Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige, or the great reds of the Valtellina, just provide a fine few exemplars. Italy is a world of tastes that tempt the palate, eyes and heart!