Italy has been a centre of learning for thousands of years and is still home to the oldest university in the western world. Whether you're interested in unearthing the country's rich classical history or working within high-tech modern research facilities, a Masters in Italy can offer a unique study abroad experience.
Italy combines a rich academic heritage with a modernising outlook. The University of Bologna isn't just one of the oldest in operation - it's also the location at which a historic declaration on standardising European higher education was signed, giving its name to the ongoing 'Bologna Process'.
Studying a Masters degree in Italy therefore means earning an internationally respected qualification in the country that defined European university education in the modern era.
Italy's universities offer Masters degrees in all major subject-areas, but the country also offers some unique research and training opportunites. You might find yourself investigating the history and preservation of Italy's wide range of heritage sites or learning about the ecology and agriculture of its meditteranean climate.
Whatever your degree subject, studying abroad in Italy will be an educational experience in and of itself. From Roman antiquities to Renaissance architecture; from volcanic mountains to sunny vineyards - few countries have as much to offer international students.
Italy has always attracted students and scholars and continues to do so today. Nearly 80,000 students study abroad in Italy, making it one of the most popular international study destinations in Europe.
Most Italian Masters degrees take two years to complete and the Italian academic year runs from October to July.
Tuition fees for international students in Italy are usually between €2,000-3,000 per year. Some English-language programmes may be more expensive, with fees closer to €5,000.
Most Masters degrees in Italy are taught in Italian, but an increasing number of 'international programmes' are now offered in other languages, including English. Most universities will provide some form of Italian language support and training for foreign students.
Citizens of EU and EEA countries can normally study a Masters in Italy without a visa. If you are an international student from another country, you may need to apply for a student visa. You can do this at an Italian embassy in your home country - or ask your prospective university for support.
Our dedicated study guide has lost more information about Masters study in Italy, including advice on the Italian university system, application requirements and detailed advice on student visas and immigration.
If you're looking for information on accommodation, living costs and work permits for international students in Italy, see our guide to student life in Italy. We've also put together an introduction to Italian language tests for international students.