Studying in Turin represents an opportunity for growth in the most prestigious academic centres at the national and international level: the University of Turin, with over 600 years of history, is among the 5 best universities in Italy and has an excellent international ranking along with the Polytechnic of Turin.
In 2008, Turin was World Design Capital and established as the IAAD and the IED testify to its excellence in the fields of fashion, communication, graphics and product design, not to mention the city’s tradition linked to automotive.
Thanks to the courses of the Accademia Albertina and the Giuseppe Verdi Academy of Music you can reach among the highest levels of education in the field of music and figurative arts and there is also one of the six locations of ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in the world.
In addition, in Turin there is another important academic reality that belongs to the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome: it is the Salesian University Institute Torino Rebaudengo (IUSTO), with a Department of Psychology and a Department of Education Sciences.
Last but not least, the University of Taste of Slow Food, located in Pollenzo, in the heart of the Piedmontese Langhe, is the first university in the world entirely dedicated to the culture of food.
Turin is a less large and chaotic city than Milan or Rome. According to the European Green Capital 2022, it ranks among the 4 greenest cities in Europe, thanks to its many parks and green areas. After hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin was also the European Capital of Sport in 2015.
The approach to culture is extremely attractive thanks to the modern and interactive settings of the city’s museums. In its streets you can breathe history: among its monuments, you can find important evidence of the Italian Risorgimento. In addition, if you want to go shopping in the centre and in shopping centres, you can find many international chains and boutiques of local designers. Services are efficient, people open and available.
In general, Turin is a modern city and eager to get involved. We are close to the hills of the Langhe, the mountains of the Alps and the sea of Liguria: the favourable location makes it a strategic city to live in!
Finally, Turin is a city that also takes into account the needs of young people: clubs, discos, recreation centres populate every neighbourhood. During the year the city hosts international events and festivals related to the world of reading, cinema, art and music. This year will also host for the first time the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Comparing it with other Italian cities on topics such as rents, living costs and access to services, Turin proves to be not only a functional and pleasant city to live but also a convenient choice from an economic point of view. Accommodation can cost even half as much as Milan, Rome and Bologna, the housing solutions are well organized and accessible to all. Shopping, whether you choose the neighbourhood store or opt for large retailers, is generally cheaper than in other large cities. Let’s not forget that in Turin there is Porta Palazzo, the largest food market in Europe, with local and foreign quality food at affordable prices. If you go out for dinner you can find different solutions, from aperitif with a rich buffet to dinner in the typical Piedmontese “piola” at affordable prices. Transportation links the city and all areas are well served. With a student subscription, you can take advantage of metro, tram and bus at all hours spending just under 1 euro per day.
University students can take advantage of special facilities and services specifically dedicated to them, such as scholarships, book loans, tax reductions for income reasons, medical services.
Thanks to the commitment of the various bodies, Turin allocates numerous scholarships, tax exemptions, housing and canteen facilities to ensure access to study for all and to continue studies even to those with a disadvantaged economic condition. In addition to the various scholarships for international students and the study awards announced by the Universities or by external organizations and companies, you can also request part-time collaborations, paid collaboration activities at university facilities.
In addition, the Regional Institute for the Right to University Study (EDISU) of Piedmont publishes every year calls for access to and continuation of university studies for deserving students, but with a reduced financial availability: in addition to scholarships, housing services, international mobility grants, special contributions and other services.
Fees and fees for university enrolment vary depending on the university, the degree programme and the type of enrolment – full or part-time. Scientific courses are generally more expensive due to the use of laboratories.
To understand if you are entitled to exemptions or reductions on the cost of registration must refer to the ministerial decree that provides:
- total exemption from payment for those who have an ISEE, Indicator of Economic Situation Equivalent, less than or equal to 22,000 Euro
- the tax reduction for those who have an ISEE between 22,000 and 30,000 Euros.
For first-year enrolment the economic requirement is sufficient. From the second year, some merit criteria must also be met, such as being in progress and having reached a certain number of credits. For more information see the page Fees of the University of Turin, the page Fees and reductions of the Polytechnic of Turin and the page of TorinoGiovani and StudyinTorino. On the EDISU Piemonte website, you can find the list of CAF, Tax Assistance Center, which you can contact to complete the ISEE.