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Affordable education
in Italy for an international career

We'll provide you with a personal advisor to select the best university and submit an application for a scholarship

Univibes is an international community of advisors
Our advisors already study at universities in Europe, the USA, and Asia and know everything there is to know about getting into the university. They'll take on most of the work themselves.
Choosing scholarships
We evaluate your experience and choose programs that have the highest chances of being able to provide you with funding
Document preparation
We help you prepare the documents you need and to make sure your application is filled in correctly
Motivational letters
We'll explain how to state your motivation for every higher educational institution and fund and help you prepare for interviews
With you every step of the way
Every client will be accompanied by an advisor with experience studying and living in your target country
Interviews with students, live broadcasts with advisors, everything about universities abroad - on our instagram @univibes.global
6 reasons to choose an Italian university
Italian universities are among the top 100 best universities according to the QS World University Rankings.
Applied education and modern programs. You can put your knowledge into practice while you're still studying.
High culture, mild climate, and delicious cuisine
Total immersion. You'll be able to boost your English and Italian language levels.
Students can work up to 20 hours a week
Free education for foreign students if their income is less than the ISEE threshold
More about going to university in Italy
Features of higher education
Higher education in Italy is divided into three cycles.
  • The 1st cycle is the Italian Bachelor's — Laurea (L), which lasts for 3 years and gives you the right to continue your academic career by moving up to Laurea Magistrale
  • The second cycle is Laurea Magistrale (LM) — a 2-year Italian Master's degree with an academic focus, and a degree that gives you the right to continue your academic career up to Dottorato di Ricerca or Scuola di Specializzazione
  • The single cycle (Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico) is a program in order to be able to work in medicine, engineering, law, and architecture, and lasts for 5-6 years
  • The third cycle — Dottorato di Ricerca — is equivalent to a PhD and lasts at least 3 years. Scuola di Specializzazione is a professionally oriented postgraduate degree, lasting 2-6 years. You need a Laurea Magistrale or Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico (or equivalent) to be accepted into this program.
Italian courses also offer 1-year courses for professional education, but receiving a degree in this case does not allow you to continue your academic career.
  • Master Universitario I livello — available when you receive a Laurea, Laurea Magistrale, or Laurea, Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico (or equivalent) degree
  • Master Universitario II livello — you only need to have a Laurea Magistrale or Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico (or equivalent) degree to be accepted into this program.
You can't be accepted into a Bachelor's program after 11 years of school, you'll need to study for a year in a college or university in a course equivalent to a 12th year of school, or do a Foundation program in an Italian university.
Deadlines for submitting applications for academic year 2022-23
We're looking for candidates for March and September 2022, and March 2023.
Applications for September 2022 are open until April 15, 2022.
The minimum period for preparing for admission is 3 months, but the ideal period is 12-18 months. If you want to be admitted this year, then start preparing as soon as possible.
Applications can be submitted to universities up until between mid-April and the end of May. For example, the University of Bologna allows you to submit applications until May 28
Areas of study
Italy is considered the perfect country for studying fashion and design. Schools of design offer both first and second higher education courses, short-term professional development courses, and summer training programs in various fields.

  • design and fashion
  • stage and set design
  • fashion management
  • interior design
  • graphic design
  • interactive design
  • image consulting
  • advertising design
  • automobile design
  • media design
  • accessory design
  • brand management
  • landscape design
  • architecture
Economics, culture, international relations, and business administration are also popular.
Scholarship options
You can study for free in Italy, and students also have access to various scholarships given based on academic and professional merit or high financial needs. Examples of Scholarships:

  • Bocconi Undergraduate Merit Awards — a Bachelor's for all subjects at the University of Bocconi. It lasts for a year and can be renewed. It covers tuition and sometimes cost of living
  • EDISU Piemonte Scholarships — a college for all levels of education in one of the universities in Piedmont (The Politecnico of Torino, the University of Torino, the University of Eastern Piedmont, etc). Candidates should meet academic requirements and demonstrate financial need. The size of the scholarship depends on multiple factors and may go as far as total coverage for tuition and living
  • Bologna University Study Grants for International Students — a scholarship for all stages of education at the University of Bologna. It lasts for one year and can be renewed. It can go as far as covering tuition and also provide a grant of €11,059.
  • Politecnico di Milano Merit-Based Scholarships for International Students — a scholarship for Master of Science programs, fully covers tuition and may also provide a yearly stipend of €5000 to €10,000
  • Universita Cattolica International Scholarships — a scholarship for all levels of education, it pays €5750
  • Scuola Normale Superiore PhD Scholarships — a scholarship at PhD level at this university, fully covers tuition and living expenses
The Italian government provides grants for foreign students. Grants are given out for Master's programs, higher education programs in art, music, dance (AFAM), and PhD programs. The grant can cover tuition costs, medical insurance, and a 900 euro/month payment. Minimum level of English — B2.
Documents required for admission
  • A language certificate in either Italian or English. IELTS at least 6.0 or TOEFL at least 80-90
  • Portfolio for creative subjects
  • Entrance exams are required for certain programs (e.g. IMAT for medical programs)
  • Certificate of secondary education + a year studying at university/college/Foundation program, in order to study for a Bachelor's degree
  • A Bachelor's degree to study at Master's level
  • Motivation letter for some programs
Cost of living
The average cost of living for a student in Italy is €700-1000/month. This includes living expenses, food, public transport, traveling within Italy, and entertainment.

Average monthly expenses for students in cities:
  • Bologna: €750-1100
  • Florence: €850-1300
  • Milan and Rome: €850-1450
Average cost of living per month:
  • Average cost: €300-600
  • If you rent yourself: €400-700
  • If you live in university accommodation: €250-300
  • If you rent a flat with others: €250-500
Food expenses: €150-200 per month
Transport expenses: €25-46 per month
Which universities can I be admitted to?
Ratings of Italian universities according to USNews' Best Global Universities in Italy:

  1. University of Bologna
  2. Sapienza University of Rome
  3. University of Padua
  4. International School for Advanced Studies
  5. University of Milan
  6. University of Pisa
  7. University of Naples Federico II
  8. University of Turin
  9. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
  10. University of Trento
  11. University of Florence
  12. Tor Vergata University of Rome
  13. University of Pavia
  14. University of Genoa
  15. University of Milan — Bicocca
Language requirements
Universities carry out teaching both in Italian (requires B2 in accordance with the Europass Language Passport classification, you can take a CILS or CELI test), and in English. You can study in Italy without knowing Italian. It's worth noting that the majority of English-language programs are Master's programs in economics, business, and creative subjects.
Cost of tuition
Italy has a rich tradition in terms of universities. It respects the right of everyone to receive higher education, and strives to make it affordable to everyone, no matter their income or citizenship. State universities in Italy set the cost of tuition based on the ISEE — a criterion to evaluate students' families' economic situation. The lower the ISEE, the less a student pays for tuition (to the point that it can be free). For example, in the north of the country where the family income threshold is 23,000 euros, students receive discounts if their family's ISEE is lower.

However, some universities set a fixed rate for foreign students even if the ISEE doesn't apply (from 700 to 1000 euros).

Students also have the right to apply for a regional scholarship, which can be as high as 5,400 euros per year (University of Bologna), based on their ISEE.

Moreover, the ISEE gives students the right to live in student accommodation and eat for free, work at the university, and also various other fee reductions from universities and regional organizations.

To evaluate your chances for a scholarship and exemption from payment, we're ready to help you roughly calculate your ISEE, suggest what information about family income you need to provide when applying, and give you advice on the document preparation process.
Student visa
Receiving a visa to study at a state or private university that issues state-approved degrees in Italy, you need to have your certificate or degree legalized to confirm the standard of education (dichiarazione di valore "in loco"). This confirmation is provided by the Department of Legalization at the Consulate or Embassy of Italy.

Once you have a student visa and a student residence permit, you can work for 20 hours a week. After you finish your studies, you have a year to look for a job (residence permit for pending employment), in this case you can work for 40 hours or more.
COVID-19 pandemic
You shouldn't defer your admission because of the pandemic, you can travel abroad with a student visa without any issues.

The pandemic actually makes it easier to be admitted and receive grants. Students are afraid of entering university and are deferring their education, meaning there's less competition for places.

Universities in Italy opened in September 2020 to conduct classes with new rules set by the Italian government's Scientific Technical Committee. The maximum number of people in a class is 50, everyone should follow social distancing regulations, and all rooms are disinfected every day. Usually tuition is done in hybrid form, with some lectures given online and some in person.
Checklist. Is Univibes right for you?
Yes, if you are agree with at least one of the following statements:
I want to start my own business or work in a large company
I've finished school/university and want to continue my studies abroad
I'm planning to emigrate by studying abroad or become a citizen of the world
I want to go to a foreign university in academic year 2022-23
Being admitted to an Italian university requires three steps
1
We'll confirm the contract and assign you an advisor with a similar course of specialization.
They'll analyze your profile and choose 10 study programs and scholarships.
2
You'll choose 5 study programs and up to 3 scholarships. Your advisor will help you prepare a set of documents, and will advise you and answer your questions.
3
We'll send the documents and wait for the results. You'll choose a university that has accepted you and apply for a visa.
Choose service
Evaluating your chances and creating a plan

Start preparing for admission with an hour-long consultation with an advisor.
30$
Full support

900$
We'll assign you a personal advisor who'll monitor the whole process from gathering documents to admission into university.
Scholarship application
420$
We'll help you receive a state or university scholarship by mentoring your application.
• we include a guarantee of admission into university in our contract
Program selection
130$
We'll choose 10 programs and up to 3 scholarships taking the country, specialization, language of study, and your budget into consideration.
Together all the way

We'll assign you a personal advisor who'll monitor the whole process from gathering documents to admission into a university, and help you apply for a visa and find accommodation.
1400$
• we include a guarantee of admission into university in our contract

Together all the way
We'll assign you a personal tutor who will help you be admitted to a university, receive a scholarship or grant, get a visa, and find accommodation.
1400 $
You'll fill in a form. We'll assign you an advisor for your target country and have an initial consultation. You'll get to know your advisor and tell them about where you'd like to go.
1
Your advisor will choose 10 study programs and scholarships for them. You'll choose 5 programs and 3 scholarships you'd like to apply for.
2
Your advisor will prepare templates for motivational letters, letters of recommendation, and a résumé. They'll prepare 5-6 sets of documents and send applications to universities. After that, we'll wait for the results and then prepare you for your interviews.
3
We'll sign a contract and include a guarantee. If you aren't admitted to a university, we'll send applications for free next year.
You'll get a 40$ discount and a trial lesson in a foreign language at Univibes School
2 payments for 1400$
Your advisor will find accommodation and help you prepare your documents and application for a visa.
4
Evaluating your chances and creating a plan
An advisor will answer all your questions, evaluate your chances of admission, and prepare a strategy in a one-hour paid consultation.
30$
Fill out a form and send your questions regarding admission. Attach any documents you need, such as your academic transcript or résumé. Your advisor will go over them.
1
We'll choose an advisor based on your profile. They will analyze your form and prepare recommendations for admission within one working day. After that, we'll contact you and find a convenient time for a call on Zoom.
2
The consultation will last one hour. During it, the advisor will answer your questions, evaluate your chances of admission, and explain how to prepare the necessary documents. Following the consultation, we'll email you useful links and resources.
3
Scholarship application
We'll assign you a personal advisor who will help you get a state or major private scholarship, such as DAAD, Chevening, Fulbright, GKS, Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals, MEXT, Bayhost, Erasmus Mundus*, and others.
420 $
You'll fill in a form. We'll assign you an advisor for your target country and have an initial consultation. You'll get to know your advisor and tell them about where you'd like to go.
1
Your advisor will choose the scholarships that suit you best. You'll choose one and begin preparing to apply.
2
Your advisor will prepare a template for a motivational letter and write 3 letters of recommendation. They'll help you fill out an application form and prepare you for your interviews.
3
Купить в рассрочку
* Рассрочка от Тинькофф доступна только для граждан РФ. Для граждан Беларуси, Украины, Казахстана предоставляем рассрочку от компании.
* Erasmus Mundus - 550$
Program selection
We'll choose 10 programs and up to 3 scholarships taking the country, specialization, language of study, and your budget into consideration.
130 $
You'll fill in a form. We'll assign you an advisor for your target country and have an initial consultation. You'll get to know your advisor and tell them about where you'd like to go.
1
The consultation will last one hour. During it, the advisor will answer your questions, evaluate your chances of admission and explain how to prepare the necessary documents. Following the consultation, we'll email you useful links and resources.
2
Your advisor will choose 10 study programs and up to 3 scholarships. All you'll need to do is prepare your documents, send your applications to universities, and await the results.
3
Купить в рассрочку
*Рассрочка от Тинькофф доступна только для граждан РФ. Для граждан Беларуси, Украины, Казахстана предоставляем рассрочку от компании.
Full support
We'll assign you a personal tutor who will help you be admitted to university and receive a scholarship or grant.
900 $
You'll fill in a form. We'll assign you an advisor for your target country and have an initial consultation. You'll get to know your mentor and tell them about where you'd like to go.
1
Your advisor will choose 10 study programs and scholarships for them. You'll choose 5 programs and 3 scholarships you'd like to apply for.
2
Your advisor will prepare templates for motivational letters, letters of recommendation, and a résumé. They'll prepare 5-6 sets of documents and send applications to universities. After that, we'll wait for the results and then prepare you for your interviews.
3
We'll sign a contract with the universities and include a guarantee. If you aren't admitted to a university, we'll send applications for free next year.
You'll get a 40$ discount and a trial lesson in a foreign language at Univibes School
2 payments of 900$
Full support for Studienkolleg, the Foundation program, or a year studying a language at university costs 420 $.
Advisors who have studied on a grant in Italy
Natalya
Currently studying for a Master's degree at the University of Siena with a DSU Toscana scholarship. Traveled to Helsinki to study with a scholarship and also traveled for an Erasmus internship at Ecole Normale in Paris. She also participated in a summer school for a PhD in Norway.
Sofia
Currently studying at the University of Bologna with an Emilia-Romagna regional scholarship. The program is a Master's course in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts. She worked as a volunteer in Hungary for a year under the EVS/ESC program.
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