Scholarship Information – Italy


In Italy, all international students are entitled to the same financial assistance services as Italian students based on same requisites of financial means and/or merit. There are government scholarships at the national and regional level to which international students can apply for.

Moreover, some Italian Universities offer Italian scholarship programs for international students.

Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

The Italian Government awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad (IRE). The scholarships are offered for the following type of courses: Undergraduate University courses (renewals only); Postgraduate University courses; Masters Degree courses (Levels I or II); Ph.D. Courses; Specialisation Schools; Research under academic supervision; Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM); Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture Courses for Teachers of Italian as second language. It is only possible to apply for three, six, or nine month scholarships.

The Invest your Talent in Italy programme, supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, offers students from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey, Tunisia, and Vietnam the opportunity to develop their skills and specialise through a range of Masters and postgraduate degree courses in English, in the fields of Engineering, Advanced Technologies, Architecture, Design, Economics and Management at prestigious Italian universities. The best students will be offered scholarships, sponsored by partners and main corporate sponsors.

EDISU Piemonte Scholarships

Students including non-EU international students enrolled in a full-time Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Single Cycle Masters degree, or PhD Degree courses at one of the Universities of Piedmont (i.e. The Politecnico of Torino, the University of Torino, the University of Eastern Piedmont) can apply for EDISU scholarships if they meet the merit and economic requirements of the competition. Part-time students can apply if enrolled in a bachelors degree. The scholarship amount varies depending on many conditions. Accommodation service can also be granted to non-resident students.

Bologna University Study Grants for International Students

The University of Bologna offers study grants to deserving international students who wish to register for First Cycle (Bachelors), Second Cycle (Masters) or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna. Each study grant is awarded for one academic year and amounts to a total of €11,059.

University of Pavia International Scholarships for Developing Country Students

The University of Pavia (UNIPV), in order to promote international cooperation with the Developing Countries, offers scholarships to outstanding students from developing countries to study a Masters Degree Programme taught in English at the University.  Each scholarship is worth about €8,000.

See also CICOPS Scholarships which are targeted to academics and other researchers from Developing Countries who wish to carry out research in collaboration with a professor at the University of Pavia.

Bocconi University Scholarships for International Students

Bocconi University offers scholarships to international students enrolling in any eligible Bachelors Program or Master of Science Program at Bocconi. The scholarship includes full tuition waiver worth up to €11,500 per year for Bachelors Program and up to €12,700 per year for Masters of Science Program.

See also SDA Bocconi MBA Scholarships

Politecnico de Milano Merit-Based Scholarships for International Students

Every year, Politecnico di Milano offers a number of merit based scholarships to the most talented international candidates admitted to a Master of Science programme. Students obtaining a scholarship will have to pay only an administrative fee of about €200.  Scholarships of €5.000 to €10.000 per year may also be awarded on top of the tuition fee waiver.

Politecnico di Torino International Scholarships

The Politecnico di Torino offers scholarships to international students to attend academic programs in certain fields such as Engineering and Architecture.  The University also participates in Erasmus Mundus Programmes where scholarships are provided.

Universita Cattolica International Scholarships

The UCSC International Scholarship is an annual tuition fee reduction promoted by Universita Cattolica in order to foster the access of international student to the degree programs. The discount covers about 42% of the total cost.

University of Padova Scholarships for All Degree Courses

The University of Padova can handle regional funds to finance low-income students, both Italian and foreign, who have a good academic record and pursuing a degree at the University.  The scholarship consists partly of money and partly of services, such as accommodation and meals at the University canteens.

The University of Padova also offers Gini Foundation Grants to support International Students who plan to attend a period of study or specialization at departments of the University of Padova in the scientific fields of Agriculture, Engineering or Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences.

Scuola Normale Superiore PhD Scholarships

Scuola Normale Superiore is offering 78 fully funded PhD scholarships to both Italian citizens and students from outside Italy. All students admitted to the PhD program receive full financial support including tuition, fees, and a cost-of-living scholarship.