Exchange programs in Italy

Exchange programs in Italy

Many European students studying at Italian universities on exchange agreements are doing so under the European Community Socrates Erasmus programme. In all universities there will be a European Office or European Officer dedicated to the management of this programme.

Bilateral agreements

Other exchange students from outside Europe are able to attend through bilateral agreements between their university and the host institution in Italy and are generally handled in the same way as European exchange students. Full-time students seeking their degree at an Italian university have different needs and will be managed separately by other offices.

About the program

Exchange programs in ItalyThe Erasmus+ Programme is a European funding programme established in 1987 offering university students a possibility of studying or doing an internship abroad in another country for a period of at least 2 months and maximum 12 months per cycle of studies. Erasmus+ now offers the possibility to go way beyond the European borders as well. Besides the Erasmus+ programme for Higher Education students, there are plenty of mobility opportunities in Europe and beyond: volunteering, jobs, studies and traineeships.

Each student receives a grant which covers partly the costs of the stay abroad. Grants differ from sending and host countries. Your university is required to make the amount of the grant publicly known to students, so you can just ask your International relation office. The grant can often be complemented by regional or national grants.

Students going on exchange under the Erasmus+ programme pay the tuition fees at their home university. You should be aware that in most cases, the Erasmus+ grant alone will not cover all your life expenses. One of the basic rights each exchange student has is the full recognition of courses passed successfully abroad by the home university.


There is also an AFS in Italy which is known as Intercultura and is the largest exchange organization of its kind in Italy. For over 50 years Intercultura’s main focus has been secondary school student exchanges, though programs for teachers and young workers also operate. Intercultura is also a consultant to the Italian ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education and cooperates with the United Nations, the Council for Europe and the European Union, and is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award of Culture.

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