Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

Italian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degrees

Deadline: 15 April 2016 (annual)
Study in: Italy
Course starts AY 2016/2017

Brief description:

The Italian Government awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad (IRE).  The scholarships are offered for the following type of courses: Undergraduate University courses (renewals only); Postgraduate University courses; Master’s Degree courses (Levels I or II); Ph.D. Courses; Specialisation Schools; Research under academic supervision; Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM); Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture Courses for Teachers of Italian as second language.

Host Institution(s):

Scholarships can be awarded only for study/ research projects at institutions within the Italian public education and research system.

Field(s) of Study:

Eligible field(s) of study offered by participating Italian Universities.

Target Group:

Students from countries included in the Recipient Country List.

Scholarship value/duration:

The scholarship duration can be three, six, or nine months. Only for courses for teachers of Italian language the scholarship duration is one month.

Normally, the scholarship holders are exempt from the payment of the university tuition fees, in accordance with existing regulations. However the Universities, as part of their autonomy, may not allow such exemption. Candidates are therefore recommended to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on eventual taxes or tuition fees.

For the sole period of the scholarships granted by the Italian Government, the scholarship-holders are covered by an insurance policy against illness and/or accident. Air tickets are not granted, except for Chilean citizens.

Detailed information regarding the scholarship offer, can be requested to the Italian Embassy or Italian Cultural Institute in the applicant’s country of citizenship.


A. Educational qualification required by the chosen institution  (See Section III of the call for applications)

B. Knowledge of Italian Language:  candidates must possess a certificate of intermediate level in Italian (e.g. CILS B2, CELI 3, PLIDA B2 or INT.IT Roma Tre) or equivalent linguistic proficiency issued by a local organization or language school (e.g. Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri Society branch etc.). Applicants for enrolment in Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture must have at least an A2 level proficiency in Italian.

Italian language knowledge is not required for applicants who enroll for university courses held entirely in English.

C. Age limits:  candidates who are younger than 18 y. o. (born not after 15 April 1998) or older than 35 y. o. (born not before 15 April 1981) on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications, are not eligible. Candidates for Courses for teachers of Italian as second language (see above, section III, letter I) are eligible until they are 45 y. o. (born not before 15 April 1971) on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications.

D. Restrictions: Students enrolled in a year exceeding the legal duration of the course of study (the so-called “fuori corso”) are not eligible for scholarships.

Application Instructions:

Applications are currently closed.

All applicants must fill in the on-line application form at “Borse on Line” by 00:00 am (Italian time) on Friday, 15 April 2016.

Before submitting their applications, prospective applicants must contact the university or institution in Italy where they intend to study. They are advised to be as fully informed as possible about the institution and course of study of their choice.  Applicants are also requested to obtain country-specific information from the Italian diplomatic mission or Italian Cultural Institute of their country of origin, either in person or from the institutional websites.

It is important the read the 2016/2017 Call for Applications and visit the official website to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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