Why should you study your postgraduate program in Italy?
Picking where you are going to take your postgraduate program is an important decision, people often decide to study abroad as it’s good for your personal growth, and it can be instrumental to your employment but at home and overseas.
So where do you choose to study? The options are almost endless. Italy has been a politically stable country for a long time now, and it is obviously a great place to visit, but is it a good place to study? Well, we happen to think so, and here are some reasons why.
1. World-class universities
Italy has always been a good destination for higher learning, having some of the oldest and highest-ranking universities in the world, it is considered a place to be for scholars. This includes institutions such as Politecnico di Milano – which was started in 1863 –the largest technical university in Italy, offering undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses. There is a wide selection of postgraduate courses available to study in Italy – so why not take a look?
2. Heritage & art
Italy is home to more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world, with four natural heritage sites and 47 cultural heritage sites. In short, wherever you are, there could be a fascinating tourist destination close by. From Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo to Botticelli to Raphael to Giovanni Palestrina just to mention a few Italian artists in different fields, there is no denying Italy’s mark on art, music, and architecture.
3. Learn a new language
Italian is a widely spoken language worldwide, in fact, it is 21 on the list of most spoken languages worldwide, with over 54 million speakers as listed by Ethnologue, most of which are native speakers from Italy. Interacting with the native Italians is a sure way to make the learning experience smoother and more interactive. Many of the schools and universities will offer basic classes in Italian alongside your masters too, making it the best place to learn Italian.
4. Proximity to other European countries
Italy borders some other great European countries, including France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, so if you’re ever interested in travelling throughout Europe – for example to the to the city of love – during your vacation time, this would be a great base to start from.
5. History & culture
Traveling around Italy can be like going on a journey through time. Exploring Rome is like walking through the ancient Roman Empire and a trip to Venice can reveal, through the Middle Ages. Also, each city in Italy has festivals that happen all year round, with every season offering unique festivals, and we’re not talking about the usual ones like Christmas, Easter and the other usual times for celebration. Fun festivals include Carnevale, the Palio of Siena and the Battle of Oranges – which is just what the name suggests, a food festival held in Ivrea each February, where people battle by throwing oranges at each other! There is event is Sagra Dei Funghi – a mushroom festival. These are just a few of the many exciting and engaging festivals that happen all year round in Italy.
6. Scenery & climate
Italy has one of the best climates to be in, which goes towards explaining its popularity among tourists and students alike. It is also one of the most scenic destinations in the world, with over 1,500 lakes including beautiful lakes like Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Iseo to name just a few. The Alps are wonderful for those interested in scenery, climbing, and in the winter, skiing and snowboarding. And, if you prefer beaches, Italy has an abundance of both rocky and sandy beaches, with the Amalfi coast being a destination of choice for many as it’s notable for its picturesque beaches.
7. Cost of living
Another reason to study your PG program in Italy is how cheap and affordable it can be whether it is a student city or not. Typically the southern parts of Italy are cheaper than the northern parts, with some places being cheaper than many destinations around Europe and many other countries outside of the continent, too. From food to rent and transport, you can be sure you will get a good deal if you look around, however not all cities are considered cheap, so be sure to do some research on rent prices and living costs as you may need to know about a specific city.
8. Food & wine
Finally, Italian cuisine is amongst the best in the world, and although popular, and with good reason, pizza and pasta are not the only delicacies Italy has to offer. Italian culture isn’t complete without its food culture, from its cheese to wines to delicious salads, Italy isn’t remotely lacking when it comes to food culture.
Insight into Italy
Watch our recent Postgrad insights webinar about studying in Italy to find out more about postgraduate study in this European country: