Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students and Italians Living Abroad


The Italian Government offers scholarships to both foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad (IRE) for study at academic institutions within Italy. Applications for the 2017/2018 academic session commence 15th March 2017.

The scholarships are available for University degree courses (Undergraduate and Postgraduate), Advanced vocational training, art and music courses, Masters Degree courses (Levels I or II), Ph.D. Courses, Specialisation Schools, Research under academic supervision, Courses on Italian language and culture or courses for teachers of Italian as second language.

All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications may be submitted by those who meet the following criteria on the expiry date of this call for applications.

To be eligible for study grants, students must have the following prerequisites:

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must have the credentials requested for enrollment in the institution of their choice. All credentials and certificates of study must be submitted along with their Italian translation.
  • 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.
  • 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 eligible. 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.

Method of Application
Applications are made online. All applicants must complete and submit the on-line application form by the stated deadline date.

Applicants for Italian government scholarships 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 their applications prospective applicants for Italian bursaries must contact the university or institution in Italy where they intend to study and are advised to be as fully informed as possible about the institution and course of study.

For the 2017/2018 call, applications commence 15th March 2017. All online applications must be submitted by midnight (Italian time) on 10th May 2017.


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