Italian Government Study Grants for International Students
The Italian Government awards scholarships to international students as a contribution toward their studies and research in Italy, aiming at spreading the Italian language, culture and sciences abroad and at promoting cultural, economic and technological cooperation worldwide.
Special study grants are available to Italian citizens legally residing in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Tunisia, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela. Italian citizens that work in any capacity for the public administration and living temporarily abroad, and their dependents, are not eligible.
Universities and Institutes of Higher Education Scholarship Eligibility
Study grants are awarded for study or research at the following types of legally accredited institutions:
• universities or university or poly-technical institutes;
• institutes for advanced artistic or musical training;
• restoration institutes;
• National School of Cinema;
• research labs or centres, libraries, archives and museums associated with graduate and undergraduate university courses in which the candidate is obliged to enrol.
Grants may not be awarded for study in the following contexts:
o foreign institutions (universities, academies, libraries, schools of any sort) even if located in Italy;
o non-accredited private research centres or labs.
The only exceptions are the European University Institute - an intergovernmental university institution linked with community institutions - and legally accredited private universities, for courses leading to educational credentials with legal value in Italy.
Types of Grants
Applicants may request Study grants for:
• Brief Language Courses: possibly in preparation for enrolment in university and post-university degree courses in Italy.
• Individual University Courses: All subjects are included; at the end of the course the grant holder will be required to pass the relevant examination.
• Degree Courses: Applicants are advised to submit alternative study programmes, even at more than one university, in order to avoid suspension of the grant in the case of non-admission to the course of study chosen. The same type of study and degree must be maintained.
• Courses in Advanced Musical and Artistic Training: To be completed at advanced music, art and dance training institutes (academies, conservatories, ISIA, etc.), at institutes of restoration and the National School of Cinema, for which a high school diploma is required.
• Italian Language and Culture Courses for Teachers of Italian: Italian language and culture courses are reserved for non-Italian teachers of the Italian language and university students of Italian enrolled for at least 3 years. Grants are awarded for the study of the Italian language, and the teaching of it, at the universities for Foreigners in Perugia, Siena and Rome (Roma Tre) or other accredited institutions that issue certificates of Italian as a Second Language (L2).
• Post-graduate University Courses: Courses for the Masters I and II level (of at least one academic year’s duration), doctorate in research and specialisations:
o Doctorate in Research. Each individual university has its own rules for admission to the doctorate in research, and it is recommended that these be consulted by checking the institution’s internet site. Since this is generally a competitive selection process, in order to increase the chances of success it would be advisable to apply to several universities.
o Masters. The diplomatic representations will see to it that grant candidates are informed of the high costs involved and the possibility that the masters programme will require studying in institutions outside of Italy, sometimes for months at a time. Moreover, admission to a masters programme often involves a selection process and a minimum number of students, therefore the grant holder should be informed of the real possibility of enrolling in the course since there is the risk of losing the grant benefit if the masters course is annulled.
o Specialisations. Excluding medical disciplines.
• Research: in all disciplines, with the obligation of enrolment in and attendance of undergraduate and post-graduate university courses. A letter of acceptance from the Dean of the academic institution is compulsory. At the end of the course the grant holder will be required to take an exam; such obligation does not exist for grant holders enrolled at the CNR, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and at other similar research institutions.
Knowledge of the Italian language:
Knowledge of the Italian language is indispensable and must be certified or ascertained in an interview at the Italian Cultural Institute or at the Cultural Office of the local Italian diplomatic Mission or at the Italian studies Department of the applicant’s university.
Candidates must have the credentials requested for enrolment in the institution of their choice. All credentials and certificates of study must be submitted along with their Italian translation, which must be certified as conforming with the foreign language texts by the Italian diplomatic Mission.
• Degree courses at Italian universities: the candidate must have a secondary school diploma valid for the enrolment in a university.
• Masters I or II programmes at Italian universities: candidates must have a degree equal to the Italian baccalaureate, along with any other documentation that may be required by the chosen institution.
• Individual courses: the certificate of enrolment issued by the university for foreigners is usually sufficient.
• Art and music institutes: it requires certification of having concluded a cycle of secondary school studies valid for admission to accredited State academies or conservatories.
• Italian language and culture courses: a secondary school diploma is required.
Grant recipients receive a monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, with the exception of grants for Italian language courses of one or two months, for which payments will be made within the period during which they take place.
Grant recipients are exempted from university fees. Such exemption is limited to undergraduate university degree-path courses, degree specialisations and Schools of Specialisation (excluding medical studies) and research doctorates. In the following academic years the exemption is based on the condition that the Italian MFA renews the grant. For the enrolment in different courses, each University decides if to exempt the grant recipient from fees.
Applicants are warmly advised to check in advance such details with each University.