With its impressive historical heritage, popular cuisine, friendly people, and beautiful landscape, it is easy to see why many students are drawn to Italy. The country boasts more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country and also has the oldest university in the world: the University of Bologna.
Italy is often called the boot of Europe, as it resembles the shape of one on a map. The country is bordered by France in the northwest, Switzerland, and Austria to the north, and Slovenia to the northeast. It is also the fourth most populous European Union (EU) country and has the eighth largest economy in the world.
Although a relatively small country, the weather in Italy varies considerably from north to south. For example, in the mountainous alpine areas of the north, temperatures can be cold during winter, making it a popular skiing area. At the same time, in the south, temperatures rarely drop below the 40s.
The process begins by applying in person at the nearest Italian embassy or consulate.
Along with your application, you'll need to provide proof of housing, proof of admission to college, proof of means, health insurance, and you'll need to show either proof that you have funds to return home or a return ticket.
Note: this is done through the re-enrollment process.
Many schools offer both one- and two-year master's degree programs. It is important to note that, like in other countries, the one-year programs prepare you for the work force and do not provide the entry requirements needed for Ph.D programs.