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The Best Universities in Italy

Posted: 18th July 2018 14:23

Bologna (L’Università degli Studi di Bologna)

About the University:

Considered to be the oldest university in the western world, the University of Bologna very much paved the way for the university education system as we know it today. Dating back to 1088, this historic university is an academic leader both in Europe and internationally, and continues to welcome students from all over the world. The University has 11 schools across the city of Bologna, which also boasts a large student population and is an ideal location for those looking for an authentic Italian student experience.

What to study?

Offering a variety of courses across all different faculties, Bologna frequently comes top of the rankings for a number of study areas in Italy. As a traditional university, amongst the most popular courses to be studied here are: Sociology and Political Sciences, Psychology and Humanities. It is also a top university for studying Archaeology and was the first university in Italy to introduce a DAMS faculty discipline delle arti, della musica e dello spettacolo , which is the study of arts, music and theatre.

Top Attraction: Bologna is a haven for foodies and is affectionately known as la grassa (the fat one), when studying here you must indulge in the city’s most loved dishes, especially, tagliettele al ragù.

Bocconi, Milan (L’Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi)

About the University:

A private university located in Milan, Bocconi was founded by Italian politican Ferdinando Bocconi and named after his son Luigi in 1902, and is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching and research programmes in economics, finance, management and law. Bocconi University was also the first educational institution to give degrees in economics and continues to retain its reputation as one of the best Italian universities’ to offer high quality degree programmes in economics. Many of their graduates go on to secure high positions in prestigious banks and financial institutions.

What to study?

The university is renowned for its finance, management and law programmes with students also having the option to undertake a double degree with one of Bocconi’s internationally acclaimed university or business school partners across the world. The MBA programmes offered by the university’s business school are frequently ranked highly by The Financial Times and as many of their courses are taught in English, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, students are very well prepared to work in an international business environment upon graduating.

Top Attraction:

When studying in Milan a trip to Piazza del Duomo is a must with the breathtakingly beautiful Duomo and mesmerising Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II both majestic sights to behold.

The Sapienza University of Rome (L’Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’)

About the University

Consistently ranking as one of the top universities’ in Italy, ‘La Sapienza’ has over 700 years of history and offers students over 250 programmes to choose from as well as over 200 vocational master courses. The facilities at the university are impressive, with 55 libraries and 18 museums, studying here you will have access to a large variety of academic resources to supplement your learning. Welcoming students from all over the world, enrolling on a course here will give you the chance to study in a truly international environment in the eternal city.

What to study?

The University has an outstanding research faculty that is driving excellence in a variety of subjects, especially Archaeology, which was voted as 14th in the world by QS University rankings. Other research areas where the university excels in is physics and astrophysics, humanities and cultural heritage, nanotechnologies and cell and gene therapy. Roma Sapienza was also voted by QS rankings as being the best in Italy for English Literature, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Geography and Nursing.

Top Attraction: Rome is brimming with so many cultural and historical attractions, it is an impossible task to single out one, but for anyone studying in Rome, the Colosseum is a must visit.

University of Florence (L’Università degli Studi di Firenze)

About the University:

For art enthusiasts, studying in Florence is a dream. As the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, there are so many stunning artistic, cultural and historical sites everywhere you look. The University of Florence is steeped in history and can trace its origins back to the Studium Generale in the Florentine Republic in 1321 where it was established as an Imperial University before being moved to Pisa. The modern university dates back to 1859, and is now comprised of 12 schools and has approximately 60,000 students enrolled.

What to study?

For students with a keen eye for art, design and architecture there is no better place to study than in Florence where the city’s countless attractions and extensive art and sculpture collections will keep you entertained for days on end. The University of Florence is also well known for its scientific research and ranks highly in the global rankings for its research and teaching in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Top Attraction: The Uffizi Gallery hosts one of the most impressive collections of Renaissance art in the world, located in the heart of Florence’s historical centre.

4 of the Best Language Schools

CiaoItalia, Turin

Founded in 2008 in the beautiful city of Turin, CiaoItalia specialises in teaching Italian culture and language to foreign students in small classes of no more than 12 students with native speaking teachers who use a variety of authentic teaching materials so that students can learn the language in a fun and dynamic environment. They offer courses for all ages and abilities, including preparation for Italian language exams and one on one tuition, as well as organising many cultural and social activities for students to uncover the delights of Turin and the wider Piedmont region.

Babilonia Italian Language, Sicily

Situated in the stunning Sicilian village of Taormina, the Babilonia Italian Language School offers high quality language teaching and cultural programmes for students seeking to learn Italian in a friendly environment. Classes are held in the stunning historic villa Casa Silva and students are invited to engage in a variety of enriching extracurricular activities to develop a deeper understanding of authentic Italian and Sicilian culture. If you love being active, the school offers a range of Italian ‘plus’ sports categories where you can combine your learning of Italian with activities such as hiking, diving and mountain biking.

Scuola Leonardo, Florence

Birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence is an absolutely beautiful location to learn Italian and situated in the heart of the Old City, close to Piazza del Duomo is the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, an exceptional language school with 40 years of experience of teaching Italian as a foreign language. The friendly team of native speaker teachers are dedicated to ensuring you have an enjoyable and memorable experience where you can learn Italian and make new friends. Scuola Leonardo also has other locations in other major Italian cities including Milan, Rome and Siena.

Comitato Linguistico, Perugia

The capital of Umbria has always been, and continues to be, a popular choice for students wanting to learn Italian. A medieval city, Perugia is characterised by its Etruscan walls and relatively small size, making it a pleasant environment to learn Italian. Located in the old city centre is the Comitato Linguistico School, a language school founded in 1986. As well as offering Italian language classes all year round, they also give their students the chance to have cooking courses, go on sightseeing excursions and take part in tandem conversation exchanges with Italian students.

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