A girl looks out the villa window in Prato, Italy.Important visa information

All students must obtain a student visa from the Italian Consulate-General before leaving Australia. Within eight days of arriving in Italy you must also apply for a resident's permit; your host university will assist you.

Study in Italy gives you information about institutions, support services, and academics in Italy.

Bocconi University

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Italian and English
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester Dates:

  • Fall semester: early September – mid February
  • Spring semester: mid-February – mid July

Full Time Study Load: Three to six courses per semester

About Bocconi University

Milan is internationally renowned for its industrial, commercial and financial activities, as well as its vibrant fashion and design scene and artistic heritage. The city is decorated with a wealth of significant architecture from throughout history, including neo-Classical, neo-Romanesque, eclectic, Gothic revival and Art Nouveau, and has expansive green areas dedicated to botanical gardens.

Established at the turn of the 20th century, Boccini heralded a new era in Italian higher education as the first university to offer studies in economics. It boasts a modern campus, located in the vibrant city of Milan, which you can explore through panoramic imagery. Campus life is as buzzing with energy as the city itself, with a diverse choice of student activities, sports, clubs and exhibitions on during the semester.

The specifics

Your first points of interest will logically be the 'Exchange Students Welcome Guide' (pdf) information from the International Relations department, which will provide you with a wealth of detailed information specifically for exchange students, as well as some facts and figures about studying at Boccini.

There are many courses, both in undergraduate and postgraduate taught in English, and you can view these listed by department. Conversely, you can check the unit lists, which have been divided into teaching periods. Italian language courses offered university wide can be taken alongside these, and it is suggested that you contact an academic advisor before doing so.

There are five student dormitories on campus, and applications must be made before arriving. If you are seeking private rental accommodation off-campus, International Relations provides a list of resources.

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – early January
  • Spring semester: late January – early June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS
Other: This exchange partnership is for the students from other subject areas that do not fall within the scope of the Erasmus Agreements.

About Ca Foscari University of Venice

Ca Foscari University of Venice is the first business school in Italy and the second in Europe, a university where over 30 language courses are taught. Just like the city that hosts it, it is a crossroads of cultures, fields of research, ideas and creativity. Whoever studies in Venice can acquire a wider range of and more articulate skills: economy is put into contact with cultural heritage, languages intersect with economics, and restoration meets science just to cite a few examples.
The university offers courses at all levels, both in Italian and in English: 16 Bachelor's degree programmes, 29 Master's degree programmes and 35 Professional Master’s programmes in addition to Doctorate studies within its PhD school. This is also sustained by the new School for International Education which organizes courses for credit and extra-curricular activities for both Italian and international students, as well as professionals interested in courses and lessons by both Italian and foreign instructors.

The specifics
The Mobility Unit within the International Relations Office is the administrative coordinator for exchange students, and will assist you in your application to study at Ca’ Foscari. You can search for course offerings in the Course Search. Exchange students are able to take all courses offered. Ca Foscari offers a great variety of courses entirely taught in English.
The Your stay, insurance, transport webpage offers international visitors useful information about living in Italy and in Venice in particular: how to obtain the documents necessary for your stay in Italy (tax code and Residence permit), how to get health insurance, how to find accommodation and how to get around Venice by public transport.

University of Bologna

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Italian only
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester dates:
Semester 1: September - January
Semester 2: January/February - June
For more information go to the website
Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Status: Limited

About the University of Bologna

Also known as UNIBO, the University of Bologna is thought to be one of the oldest universities in the world, with a founding date thought to be in the late 11th century. As such, it was been both witness and participant to many historically significant movements such as the rise of medicine, the spread of modern languages, the Industrial Revolution and two world wars.

UNIBO has consistently been ranked as one within the top 250 universities internationally by the Times Higher Education rankings and within the top 200 by QS University Rankings – who also ranked their Arts and Humanities department at 54th.

The specifics

The university has a "multicampus" structure with five campuses around Bologna, providing homes to different areas of expertise: Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini and an international campus in Buenos Aires. A list of courses offered to exchange students is available in Italian, and you should be careful to see in which campus these classes are taken.

The International Relations Office has all the details you need pre-departure, and will direct you to the SAIS housing service for accommodation on and off campus. SAIS also offers the most comprehensive English language advice for exchange students looking to travel to Bologna, and included in their resources are an FAQ, a guide to local eateries, bars and clubs, as well as student associations.

University of Florence

Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Law and Medicine (clinical placements) only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Italian only
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester Dates:

  • First semester: mid September – mid February
  • Second semester: mid February – mid July

Full Time Study Load: 30 CFU (Crediti formativi universitari) per semester

About the University of Florence

Finding its home in the heart of Tuscany, the University of Florence has roots that go back into the 14th century. Florence was the centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, as well as the birthplace of the Renaissance art movement. The city is rich in history and culture, with a vivacious culinary and arts scene.

The university offers campuses in various parts of the city and beyond the urban reach, with the regional campuses in Sesto Fiorentino, Empoli, Calenzano, Prato and Pistoia.

The specifics

Students interested in Florence for their abroad program must have a solid language background in Italian, which will be tested upon arrival (subject to certain conditions). There are a very limited number of English taught courses, however these are only available to Master's students. Browse the full list of courses offered across the university, as listed by faculty.

International Relations as published a guide to studying in Florence, with details about application protocols and visas. The DSU Toscana assists students with off campus accommodation options, as well as some information about student activities and campus life.

University of Trieste, SSLMIT

Faculties: Arts
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Italian
Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 65
Semester Dates: See University Factsheet

  • Spring: First semester: Early March to late August
  • Winter: Early September to late February

Full Time Study Load: See University Factsheet
1 Italian credit (CFU) corresponds to 1 European credit(ECTS)

Most courses at SSLMIT are annual. Theystart mid October and end mid May. Please check the start and end dates of thecourses you wish to take to ensure they fit in with our semester dates. The Italian grading scale rangesfrom 18 (pass) to 30 (excellent). A final evaluation below 18/30 is a fail.

About University of Trieste, SSLMIT

The University of Trieste sa medium-sized university with a total student population of approximately20,000. With 8% students coming from abroad, the university reflects Trieste'scosmopolitan environment.

The Section of Studies in Modern Languages for Interpretersand Translators (SSLMIT) sectionof the Department of Legal, Language, Translation and Interpreting Studies wasestablished in 1997.SSLMIT promotes research in a wide range of areas relatedto interlinguistic and intercultural mediation in several languages: Italian,Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian,Serbo-Croatian, Slovene and Spanish. The research activities of the Departmentrevolve around 3 main areas: translation and interpreting, language andlinguistics, literary/critical studies.

The University Language Centre (CentroLinguistico d'Ateneo) is located in the Via Filzi building. The Centreorganises Italian courses for Erasmus students and is equipped with a languagelab, with interactive software for self-access language learning. All mainEuropean languages are available.

Further practicalinformation on coming to Trieste as an exchange student is available on the Welcome Office website.

Trieste is in the capital of the small, little visited region of Friuli-VeneziaGiulia, tucked away on Italy's far northeastern borders with Austria andSlovenia. Rich in history and with a distinctive international atmosphere, theregion has a turbulent past dating from Roman times to the early part of the20th century. Today it is a picture of quiet prosperity in one of the richestregions of Italy; a major centre in the EU for trade, politics, culture, shipbuilding, education, transport and commerce.

Located on the Adriatic Sea, and sitting right at the heart of theenlarged Europe, Trieste is an ideal point of departure for visits to othercities and destinations in north-eastern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Triestehas been nominated as one of the world's most underrated travel destinations.