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2020 Italian University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

As one of Europe’s historic centres of higher education, Italy has a long-standing university tradition. Impressively, it’s home to one of the world’s oldest universities: the University of Bologna, founded in 1088 (predating the Oxbridge universities).

If you decide to study a Masters in Italy, you’ll find a country that combines academic heritage with a commitment to research, as well as a nation with famously beautiful old cities and fantastic cultural opportunities.

This page summarises the position of Italian universities in the major international rankings tables.

Top Ranked Italian Universities

The following table lists the best 10 universities in Italy in 2020, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top 10 Italian Universities in 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa =149 =177 -
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa =152 204 -
University of Bologna =168 =177 201-300
University of Padua 201-250 - 201-300
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University 201-250 - 501-600
Sapienza University of Rome 251-300 203 151-200
University of Milan 301-350 =302 151-200
Polytechnic University of Milan 301-350 =302 151-200
University of Trento 301-350 =389 401-500
University of Florence 351-400 =448 201-300
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Italian universities for Masters study?

With a handful of institutions in the world’s top 300 universities across all three rankings, Italy is a major hub for European higher education.

Home to some of the world's most historic universities, the country continues to present an attractive proposition for postgraduates from around the world (there are around 32,000 foreign students in Italy).

Domestic rankings

Another way to look at Italian universities is to consult a domestic league table such as the one produced by La Repubblica. These rankings compare Italian universities with each other, eliminating some of the disparities that can sometimes crop up in international tables.

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Last updated 30/09/2019

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