Italian Education System
The Italian educational system provides elementary school for 6- to 11-year-olds; lower secondary or middle school for 11- to 14-year-olds; upper secondary school or vocational training for 15- to 18- or 19-year-olds; and university, university institutes, or Fine Arts academies for those 19 and older.
Admission to Higher Education
In order to meet entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree at an Italian university, students must successfully have completed upper secondary studies and have a valid school leaving certificate. Bachelor’s level programs in Italy are only offered in Italian so one is expected to have sufficient command of the Italian language.
Higher Education system
There are 90 universities in Italy. There are also a number of specialized postgraduate centers, polytechnics and other academies that form part of the higher education sector.
Under the Bologna Process, Italy has implemented the nuovo ordinamento system, replacing the former vecchio ordinamento. Higher education in Italy now consists of a three-year bachelor’s degree called the laurea triennale, which can be followed by the two-year master’s degree (laurea magistrale, previously the laurea specialistica).
University degree programs
- Bachelor’s degree (Laurea triennale): general scientific education.
Duration: 3 years. 180 ECTS
- Master’s degree (Laurea magistrale): specialized scientific education.
Duration: 2 years. 120 ECTS
- Doctoral degree (PhD) – ‘Dottorato di ricerca’
Duration: 3 year or more.