Italy boasts one of the world’s finest civilizations, a synthesis of the habits and traditions of its 20 regions.

Italy, located in the center of southern Europe, offers a diverse terrain, ranging from alpine pistes in the north to Mediterranean beaches in the south. You might easily believe that each time you reached a new location, you had crossed international borders.

Italy (together with China) has the most Unesco World Heritage sites of any country in the world. These attractions, together with Italy’s famed food and rich history, are just a few of the reasons it is one of the most visited nations in the world each year.

If you believe Italy might be an excellent place to study, keep reading to learn about the country’s top universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

1. University of Bologna

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is said to be the oldest university in the world.

This prestigious institution features campuses in Bologna, Cesena, Forli, Ravenna, and Rimini in Italy, as well as an international campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bologna offers a diverse nightlife with a plethora of live music venues, ranging from opera to contemporary DJs and bands.

The University of Bologna is also in charge of the Bologna Process, a set of agreements between European countries aimed at ensuring collaboration and comparability across Europe’s higher education institutions.

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, many popes, Nobel-winning scientist, and engineer Guglielmo Marconi, and Enzo Ferrari and Giorgio Armani, creators of their respective companies, are among the university’s many graduates.

2. Sapienza University of Rome

Pope Boniface VIII founded Rome’s Sapienza University in 1303; it is the city’s oldest university.

It is also Europe’s largest university, with over 115,000 students, including nearly 9,000 foreign students, and nearly 4,000 academic staff. It provides 280-degree programs and 200 specialty courses across 63 departments, as well as 50 libraries for student use (the most of any Italian university) and 18 museums.

3. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

The Pisa University system includes the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the University of Pisa, and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

The university was formed in 1810 as a part of the Paris-based École Normale Supérieure.

It still functions from its original location, Palazzo della Carovana, in Pisa’s historic center, and offers programs in both the humanities and sciences.

4. University of Padua

The University of Padua was established in 1222 as a law school. It is Italy’s second-oldest university and the world’s fifth oldest.

There are 32 departments and eight schools at the university. It also features a university hospital, a museum, and 14 resident halls.

The University of Padua is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of historical research universities that also includes Trinity College Dublin, Heidelberg University, KU Leuven, and the University of Salamanca.

5. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa is a public university that focuses on applied sciences.

The institution offers a demanding entrance exam, and students who pass with honors and exhibit competency in two languages are eligible to study for free. As a result, the institution has an extremely tiny student body, with less than 1,000 students enrolled.

Degrees are available at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in business sciences, economic sciences, legal sciences, political sciences, agricultural sciences, medical sciences, industrial engineering, and information engineering.

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