Studying a Master’s degree in Italy
A Master’s degree in Italy means studying in one of the most prestigious traditions of higher education in the world. Universities in Italy have existed for centuries and the oldest university in the Western world is the University of Bologna which was founded in 1088.
Italian universities have numerous exchange and double degree agreements with other universities in Europe. A Master’s degree from Italy can open the door to other high-quality European institutions.
About Master’s degree in Italy
Italian Master’s degree takes two years and is awarded after obtaining 120 credits, made up for core courses, electives, seminars and the dissertation which alone represents 30 credits. Master’s degrees are split into four semesters with a summer holiday between year one and year two.
The majority of Master’s degree studies will be based on lectures, tutorial, group work and coursework. The aim is to give enhanced knowledge of your subject as well as technical, interpersonal, and research skills.
Semester four will be dedicated to your dissertation which can be theory-based, through a placement or by doing a research project at your university or elsewhere.
Applying for an international program
If you are applying for an international program (the Italian equivalent to being delivered in English) or an Erasmus Mundus joint-Master’s programme, there may be no entrance examination. If you are applying for Master’s degree in the area of economics, management, finance, business studies, you are likely to be asked for a GMAT or GRE, notably if the program you are applying to is in English. Universities will also ask for an Italian proficiency certificate.
The documentation required for admission to Master’s degree in Italy generally includes:
- All transcripts and diplomas (and translations, if applicable)
- A full CV
- Two-three references
- A personal statement your attributes, why you are the best candidate for the programme and what your career aspirations are.
- A health insurance certificate, if you are from outside the EU.