So, you want to be a businessperson. Fantasizing of closing million-dollar deals, 20-minute power naps, thousand-dollar suits, and every decision holding weight like a hundred-pound dumbbell, which will either gain you or lose you money and lots of it. Enticing, isn’t it?
But, before you can get to closing deals over lunch at a 5-star restaurant. You need to learn the skills and trade the business experts know. You want to study business, but not only that; you want to take your studies to Italy. A great choice! Home to exquisite Italian food (the pesto is amazing), Roman architecture, and the rest of Europe just right there! Italy hosts some of the oldest, most prestigious universities in the world, dating as far back to 1088 (Univ. of Bologna). Not to mention the endless list of scholars and academic phenomenas that were conceived in this very country. From Galileo, inventing the telescope and proving the Earth revolves the sun; to Leonardo da Vinci discovering the Earth is not flat.
But where to start this nerve-wrecking search? Which Italian Business School is the right match for you? Let’s get started. Italy’s university system is just like any other:
-Bachelor of Science (known as “Laurea” in Italy) 3 years to complete
-Master of Science (“Laurea Magistrale”) 2 years to complete
– PhD/Doctorate ( “Dottorato”) varies 3-6 years
A majority of the universities are state-run and recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education. And if you decide to choose a private university make sure it is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. Accreditation from the Ministry ensures that your school’s curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed and is on par with your peers at different schools.
Italy has many cities, each of which has its own distinct flair, culture, and tradition. Here are some of the cities to study if you are a student: Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Bologna are among the most popular student cities in Italy.
BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN MILAN
A modern hub that hasn’t lost touch with its historical past, having a total population of 1.4 million. Known as a leading pioneer of modern fashion and design, Milan also offers a lot for its business and economic students. A total of 8 universities operate within the city; serving a high student population and a great nightlife.
Popular Sites: Sforza Castle, Piazza del Duomo, Santa Maria Delle Grazie (also where the painting: ‘The Last Supper’ is displayed)
- University of Milano-Bicocca
- Founded in 1998.
- Offers 5 international courses taught in English. Like its Masters (Laurea Magistrale) in International Economics.
- Bocconi University
- Founded 1902
- One of Europe’s top Business schools offering many courses in English (also in Spanish, German, and Portuguese) for Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. students. From Economics, to Finance, to Management, and Marketing. They offer a wide spectrum of business degrees.
- Università di Pavia
BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN ROME (Capital of Italy)
Where you can go to, to become the next gladiator, if you’re up to the challenge. Rome still deeply rooted in its Roman past (spanning 28 centuries back). This City of churches and ruined buildings has a special place in my heart. Everything Everywhere has a story.
Popular Sites: The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel (in the Vatican Museum).
- Sapienza University
- founded 1303
- offers a number of degrees for Business students who are planning to get a Masters or Ph.D. From Finance and Economics, to Management and Banking Sciences, to Business and Protection Laws.
- LUISS Business School
- Founded 1986
- LUISS Business school is ranked top 1% of International business training programs in the world; only awarded to 150 schools out of 15,000 surveyed. At LUISS they offer a plethora of Master degree programs relating to business, management, and finance.
BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN PISA
Ahhh, if you’re someone like me, who likes some peace and quiet (or should I say? “Pisa and quiet”). Pisa has a lot to offer! Aside from the typical ‘leaning tower pose’ (you know, where you pretend to hold up the Leaning Tower). You are close to everything, Milan, Florence, Genoa, Tuscany, and the beautiful Cinque Terre. This quiet destination and maybe your next home; is perfect if you’re not a fan of nightclubs and big metropolitan areas.
Popular Sites: Tower of Pisa, Pisa Cathedral, Knight’s Square, Arno River.
- Università di Pisa
BUSINESS SCHOOLS IN BOLOGNA
Though, not well known amongst foreigners; this small, historic town is very popular among the Italian population for its many rich cuisines. The 7th most populous city in Italy has its fair share of churches, towers, and long, beautiful porticos. Bologna was awarded 1st place out of 107 Italian cities for its quality of life by II Sole 24 ore (Italian Newspaper) back in 2011. This town is covered in shades of red, burnt orange, and vibrant yellows; and for that, it has received a special nickname: ‘Bologna la Rossa’ (Bologna the Red).
Popular Sites: Piazza Maggiore, Fountain of Neptune, San Petronio Basilica, Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.
- University of Bologna
- Founded 1088
- Bologna Business School offers many Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. programs for business students in English. From Finance, Management, and Economics, to Marketing and Communications.
- The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center
- Founded 1955
- JHU is a widely respected, well-known school around the globe for its research and education. This Bologna Center is the perfect choice for you to advance your knowledge and career; and will truly separate you from the crowd if you decide to pursue your post-graduates here.
- P.S. If you do decide to study in Bologna. Don’t forget to take some classes at their Gelato University where you can learn how to make authentic Italian ice-cream.
Here were some of the universities in the most prominent parts of Italy. It’s up to you to find the university that matches your personality and academic-outlook. Don’t forget to look at other popular destination like Florence, Genoa, and Venice.
What else should you know before applying?
Entry and Visa regulations to study in Italy matters on your nationality (EU Citizen or Non-EU Citizen).
EU Citizens: You do not require a visa. A valid ID/Passport will do.
Non-EU Citizens: You require a student visa which can be obtained from the Italian Embassy in your home country. (Apply 3-5 months before arrival to allow ample processing time)
EU and Non-EU Citizen: Both require a residence permit which can be obtained at the police-station/post office upon arrival. EU students have to apply within 3 months of arrival. Non-EU students have to apply within 8 days.
Other requirements for a visa:
- Visa Application and Application Fee
- Passport-sized photo (recent)
- Valid travel documentation
- Proof of accommodation (Very important, I suggest looking for accommodation right after receiving an acceptance letter)
- Universities Acceptance Letter
- Financial means (proof that you are financially stable)
- Health Insurance
Italy Business schools may have their own requirements for international students. So it is always good to check with the school on what they would like before going through government channels applying for a visa and resident permits. Check the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair for up to date information on the visa applications.
- You can’t ever have been refused entry into Italy or have a criminal record
- Valid Passport with a few blank pages
There you have it! Everything to help you transition into your new life, here in Italy. I wish you the best of luck on your journey, academics, and career. And don’t forget to relax and explore the rest of Europe over break. Europe is a magical place, especially during the winter months, when all those pesky-tourist are back home.