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How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in Italy?

How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in Italy?

We haven't quite decided if it's the gelato, beautiful piazzas, or the romance of Italian that draws thousands of students to Italy each year, but here's some insight into the amount of money they're spending:

How much can you expect to spend on tuition for a semester in Italy?

For a semester in Italy, you could look at spending as little as $2,500 - $4,600 in tuition, but keep in mind that that's for direct enrollment in an Italian university, where all of your classes will be in Italian (with the exception of the slightly more expensive John Cabot University; which conducts courses in English). Most students in Italy will have a focus on language and are therefore likely to opt for a study abroad trip through a provider, which could run from $16,500 - $28,000 in tuition alone.

Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:

How much does it cost to live in Italy for a semester?

To cover your basic cost of living, budget around $2,700 - $3,000 for a semester in Italy. If accommodation isn't included, budget an extra $1,800 - $4,000 for a semester's worth of rent. To get a better idea of how much your rent will cost, browse rooms on UniPlaces. More details of common expenses below:

Expense Estimated Cost
Meals
  • $10 - inexpensive meal (pizza)
  • $56 - date at a mid-range restaurant
  • $50 - average weekly grocery bill
Monthly rent $450 - $1,200 for a room in an apartment.
Utilities $140 - $170 per month
Cell phone About $17 / month
Local transportation Monthly Pass: $43
Personal expenses
  • Pair of jeans: $92
  • Beer at a pub: $4.50 (hint: wine is cheaper)
  • Cappuccino: $1.50
  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Play: $35
Total Depending on how much you spend on travel and personal expenses, budget around $4,500 on the low end to up to $7,000 on the high end for a semester in Italy.
Source: Study Abroad Budget for Italy.

What's the average price of a flight to Italy?

Depending on where you fly from, flights could range from $600 - $1,000 roundtrip (number based on flights to Rome). Again, you can get a more exact estimate through StudentUniverse -- which will also let you know if there's a flight discount for travelers under the age of 26.

How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in Italy?

For students confident enough in Italian to enroll directly at a university, you could be paying as little as $7,700 for your semester abroad. However, most students are more likely to spend around $17,050 - $32,000 for a single semester (the wide range mostly being due to tuition / program fees).

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Jessie Beck

A Washington DC native, Jessie Beck studied in Dakar and Malta, taught in Costa Rica, and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar before ending up at Go Overseas as Editor / Content Marketing Director. Find her on her personal blog, Beat Nomad.