Top 9 Universities For International Students in Italy

Italy is a tempting place for several students because of its diverse charms. It has unique cuisines, Pisa’s leaning tower, Rome’s Colosseum, historical and cultural legacy, landscape, remarkable discoveries, and inventions.

Above all, the oldest and most prestigious universities are in Italy. Moreover, the word “university” origin is attributed to Italy. Whereas, the oldest university in the world is also is in Italy i.e. University of Bologna. Not only this, but several thinkers and notable Italians remained a part of history till now. The list includes i.e. explores Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, Enrico Fermi, and many more.

Moving ahead towards the educational institutes. There exist almost 90 universities in the state of Italy. Most of the universities are funded publicly so, you can easily apply for Italy visa. Further, if you want to study in Italy, then you should apply for an Italy student Visa.

Let’s discuss the top universities in Italy. In the QS World University Ranking 2019, 30 universities of Italy are included. And 12 were able to rank among the world’s top 500 universities. 

1. Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano

This university has a 149th number among the world’s top universities. It is categorized for its engineering and arts sections. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020) art and design secured 6th, mechanical engineering 9th, civil and structural engineering 7th, electrical engineering 17th, and architecture 7th. Moreover, Giulio Natta falls into the list of notable alumni of Politecnico di Milano. In 1963, he was awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry (high polymers)

2. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

 This university has secured the 167th position among the world’s top universities. Its area is small, with almost 500 students. Furthermore, it is ranked among the world’s top 300 agriculture universities. And it secured 18th position in the World and the highest scoring among the Italian universities in accordance with its research citation. 

3. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa

This university is Pisa-based and secured 175th number among the universities in the world. In 1987, from pre-existing institutions, this university goes established. Furthermore, this university is famous for its applied science department. 

4. Università di Bologna

Università di Bologna

UNIBO is one of the oldest universities in the world. In the 2019 ranking, it secured a joint 180th number among the world’s top universities.

5. Sapienza – Università di Roma

Sapienza - Università di Roma

It also falls into the category of the world’s oldest universities and ranked 217th among the world’s top universities. This university has the largest population of students and is considered the largest university in Europe.

6. Università di Padova

Università di Padova

This university of Italy is 249th among the world’s top universities. It provides high-quality education to the students. 

7. University of Milan

University of Milan

This university has 5th number in the ranking of best universities among Italy. Whereas, 164th among the world’s best universities with a global score of 65.1

8. University of Pisa

University of Pisa

It is 6th among the top universities of Italy. And 189th ranking in the world’s top universities. The total enrollment in this university is 32, 974 and with a 63.1 global score. 

9. University of Turin

University of Turin

The University of Turin is ranked 8th among the top universities of Italy. And secured 217th among the world’s top universities. The total enrollment in this university is 55, 957 with a 61.7 global score.


In a nutshell, choose the universities according to your ease.

Hugo F. Martineau

Hugo F. Martineau is a medical student in Dubai, UAE. He loves to research and write content. When he's not in the library or the lab, Hugo enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He also likes to play sports, especially basketball. Hugo is originally from Haiti, and he is grateful for every opportunity that he has been given.

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