Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students and Overseas Italians

This Italian Government Scholarship is offered by the government of Italy for both foreign citizens and Italian citizens who are resident abroad. The scholarship avails recipients the opportunity to study at academic institutions within Italy.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (masters, PhD) |Institution(s): Partner Institutions
|Location:  Italy |Field(s): All
|Target: All |Deadline(s): 10 May, 2017

The Italian Government Scholarship is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters, PhD ) university degree courses. Areas of focus include advanced vocational training, art and music, Research under academic supervision, Courses on Italian language and culture or courses for teachers of Italian as second language.

The scholarship awards can be of three, six or nine month duration. None are available for shorter periods of study except for courses for teachers of Italian language which has duration of 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.


To be eligible for the Italian Government Scholarship, students must have the following requirements:

  • Knowledge of the Italian language:Knowledge of the Italian language is indispensable. Applicants 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 competence issued by a local organization or language school (e.g. Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri Society branch etc.). Applicants for enrolment in advanced vocational training, art and music courses or University courses held entirely in English, must have at least an A2 level of competence.
  • Educational Qualification:Candidates must have the credentials requested for enrolment in the institution of their choice. All credentials and certificates of study must be submitted along with their Italian translation.
  • Age Limits:Applicants who are under age (younger than 18) or older than 35 on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications (see below) are not Their applications will not be considered.

EXCEPTION: This age limit does not apply to applicants who are Italian language teachers and actively engaged in teaching Italian. Teachers of Italian as second language are eligible until they are 45 y.o. (on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications).

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.

How to apply for the Italian Government Scholarships

Application for the Italian Government Scholarship is made online. All applicants must complete and submit the on-line application form by the stated deadline. Applicants for the scholarship are 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. Information provided will include: applicant requirements, application deadlines, bursary types, number, description and monetary amount of bursaries, AND selection procedures.

Before submitting your application, ensure that you contact the university or institution in Italy where you intend to study. Be as fully informed as possible about the institution and course of study. It will be helpful to carefully read the 2017/2018 Call for Application (pdf).

You can also visit the scholarship announcement page for further information regarding the Italian Government Scholarship.

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