8. Italy

Italy has some of the oldest and most respected universities in the world, and is one of the most popular destinations among international students. Italy is a diverse multicultural society with a long and rich history. There are 89 universities in Italy with specialties in science, business management, languages, literature, art, music, and more. Higher education examinations are held after the teaching period consisting of mainly oral exams in a one-on-one conversation with each professor.

Unlike schools in North America or Northern Europe where discussion-based teaching is emphasized, the Italian format is more formal taking place in larger lecture halls. Students are expected to do a considerable amount of self-study work outside the classroom in order to prepare for examinations. Examinations take place over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, and students can choose when to schedule their exams within the period.

Assorted Top Public Institutions

NameLocationStudents / Int'l
Politecnico di MilanoMilan37,226 / 7,546
Sant'Anna - Scuola Universitaria Superiore PisaPisa776 / 149
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of BolognaBologna65,852 / 5,587
Sapienza University of RomeRome74,335 / 4,596
Scuola Normale SuperiorePisa555 / 62
Università di PadovaPadua44,476 / 2,139
University of MilanMilan44,436 / 2,698
Politecnico di TorinoTurin32,568 / 4,473
University of TrentoTrento12,962 / 674
University of PisaPisa31,377 / 1,374
University of Naples - Federico IINaples49,485 / 128
University of FlorenceFlorence33,555 / 4,170
University of Rome "Tor Vergata"Rome33,942 / 3,399
University of TurinTurin55,974 / 4,615
Università degli Studi di PaviaPavia26,758 / 1,907
University of Milano-BicoccaMilan32,506 / 2,151
University of GenoaGenoa23,477 / 2,212
University of SienaSiena13,557 / 1,219
University of TriesteTrieste15,851 / 1,350
Ca' Foscari University of VeniceVenice16,770 / 1,053

Assorted Top Private Institutions

NameLocationStudents / Int'l
Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilan30,000 / -
Università Commerciale Luigi BocconiMilan12,500 / -
LIUC Università CattaneoCastellanza2,500 / -
Università Vita-Salute San RaffaeleMilan2,500 / -
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