Italy is one of the most sought-after destinations for Indian students as it offers high quality education, at affordable rates, as compared to other Western European nations.
Italy is also popular among international students because of his rich history.
Some of the first universities in Europe were founded in Italy. In 1088, The University of Bologna was founded, and remains operational till date.
Many of Italy's institutions also rank high on QS World University Rankings, featuring among the top 200 every year.
Italy has also been an important figure in the reformation of higher education, having pioneered the Bologna Process.
Italy is among the 4 countries that formed the European Area of Higher Education in 1998. Today the Bologna Process is being implemented throughout Europe.
Across the country there are close to 100 universities which are broadly divided into 4
- State Universities: These universities are funded by the state and form the majority in
- Other Publicly Funded Universities: Funded by Province rather than state.
- Private Universities: Non state funded.
- Superior Graduate Schools (Scuola Superiore Universitaria): These institutions are independent institutions and provide advanced training and research courses in postgraduate studies.
There are also 137 institutes of higher education, which specialize in music, dance, and art.