Both foreign residents and Italian citizens living abroad are eligible for scholarships from the Italian government to study in Italy (IRE). The goal of these scholarships is to promote worldwide cultural cooperation, expand knowledge of Italian language, culture, and science, and promote Italy’s economic and technological sectors around the world.
Scholarships are exclusively available for study/research initiatives at Italian public education and research institutions.
Grants are available for the following courses:
- Master’s Degree (Laurea Magistrale 2° ciclo)
- Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM)
- PhD programmes
- Research under academic supervision (Progetti in co-tutela)
- Italian Language and Culture Courses
Criteria for Eligibility
- Academic criteria: Only foreign students not residing in Italy and Italian nationals living abroad (IRE)* with the necessary academic qualifications to enroll in an Italian university or institute may apply. https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/Recognition-of-qualification.
- Age requirements:
- Applicants for Master’s Degree/Higher Education in Arts, Music, and Dance (AFAM) Programmes/ Italian Language and Culture Courses should not be over 28 years old by the deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
- Applicants for PhD Programmes should not be over 30 years old by the deadline of this call, with the sole exception of renewals.
- Applicants for Research Projects under academic supervision should not be over 40 years old by the deadline of this call.
- Language proficiency: Applicants must provide a certificate of their proficiency in Italian language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): (https://www.linguaitaliana.esteri.it/data/lingua/corsi/pdf/tabella_certificazioni.pdf).
- Proof of proficiency in Italian is not required for courses entirely taught in English.
- In this situation, applicants must submit a language certificate demonstrating their English language proficiency. B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is the minimum requirement (CEFR).
- Applicants for Italian language and culture courses must offer proof of their Italian language proficiency. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) requires a minimum level of A2:
Scholarship recipients are normally excused from paying university tuition costs, according to existing legislation. Universities, on the other hand, may not be able to grant such an exception due to their autonomy. Candidates should therefore contact their selected institution to inquire about any potential taxes or tuition fees.
Scholarship recipients are covered by an insurance policy against illness and/or accident for the duration of the scholarships provided by the Italian government. Except for Chilean citizens, air tickets are not provided.
How To Apply
To apply, go to studyinitaly.esteri.it of the Italian Ministry of Interior.
Applicants must complete an online application, which may be found at https://studyinitaly.esteri.it after registering on the Study in Italy website.
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