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Studying in Italy

The University-placement co-ordinator for Italian is:

Stefania Triggiano
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463650
Email: st206@st-andrews.ac.uk

Studying in Italy: The University system in Italy follows the structure of 3 years of study to the BA and 2 years to the MA. Admission to a university is selective in some universities and non-selective in others. Selection is organised via admission entry exams. The higher education sector is larger than in the UK. Because of the large number of students, and the strain on resources which this imposes, contacts with tutors and the administration are likely to be much more anonymous than in a British university. The anonymity of the University system is compensated for by the warmth and friendliness of the people and by the lively cultural life. British Erasmus+ students in Italy are likely to meet many fellow students from other European countries, as Italian Universities often have Erasmus+ exchanges with many countries. This is a clear indication that a period of study at an Italian university can be enormously beneficial in terms of linguistic, cultural and personal development.

The Department of Italian has exchange agreements with the Universities of Padua, Turin and Verona.

 

University of Padua

Postal address: Università degli Studi di Padova
via 8 Febbraio, 2
35122 Padova
Tel: +39 (0)49 827 5111

Web address: http://www.unipd.it/

No. of places: 3 for 1 year

Subjects available: Most subjects

Description: The Università degli Studi di Padova is a large-sized university with premises in modern and historical buildings around the city centre of Padua. Most Faculties and Departments are in walking reach within the centre. The University of Padua is historically famous for the faculty of Physics, Medicine and Law. The faculty of 'Lettere e filosofia' includes excellent and well organised Departments of Italian Studies, Linguistics, Film and Theatre studies, and Modern Languages (German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, Slavonic languages, Greek). Padova is well situated with good railway links to other cities: Milan, Venice, Verona, Bologna. It is close to the mountains and not far from the Adriatic Sea. Padova is an artistic jewel of art and architecture. Don't miss the Cappella degli Scrovegni.

 

University of Turin 

Postal address: University of Turin,
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8,
Torino,
Italy

Web address: http://www.unito.it/

No. of places: 2 for 1 year

Subjects available: Most subjects

Description: The University of Turin is one of the leading Italian universities in terms of both teaching and research. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe (established 1404) and has traditionally been a centre of academic excellence and intellectual independence and was a centre of anti-Fascism during the years of Mussolini. It can boast such world-renowned alumni as Antonio Gramsci, Palmiro Togliatti and Primo Levi, as well as three Nobel prize winners and two Presidents of the Italian Republic. Turin itself is a vibrant, bustling city that benefited greatly from holding the Winter Olympics in 2006 and has a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. Close to the border with France, it offers excellent skiing nearby and trips to Liguria and the coastline around the Cinque Terre are possible within the day. Turin is also one of the gastronomic hubs of Italy, with local specialities including Piedmontese truffles, bagna cauda, and chocolate in all forms (try gianduja and bicerin)!

 

University of Verona

Postal address: Università degli Studi di Verona,
Via dell'Artigliere 8,
37129 Verona
Tel. +39 (0)45 8028111

Web address: http://www.univr.it/

No. of places: 3 for 1 year

Subjects available: Most subjects

Description: The Università degli Studi di Verona is a medium-sized university with premises in modern and historical buildings around the city centre of Verona. Most Faculties and Departments are within walking reach in the city centre. The faculty of 'Lettere' includes excellent and well organised Departments of Italian Studies, Linguistics, and Modern Languages. Verona is a lively city. Verona is well situated with good railway links to other cities: Milan, Venice, Padova, Bologna. Verona is an artistic jewel of art and architecture. It is also the city of the Arena with great music and theatre spectacles taking place there regularly. Verona is also the city of Romeo and Juliet!


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