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Education in Italy

Here, we are going to talk about how the education in Italy is. First, we present some advices about the importance of education.

Education was very important before, but nowadays it is impossible to live without it. As the world has changed tremendously, people have the obligation to study more and more or, otherwise, suffer the consequences of living in prehistory by the speed as world is moving. 

Knowledge makes the world spin around, things change and get better, if man stopped studying, things would be stagnant, and if the man stopped using his brain, it would cause the man to lose his human capacity of reasoning. Education is for training the human mind; it is for maintaining the mind active, for making the man a thinker. Education puts one's potentials to the maximum.

One studies in order to receive information and understand the stimulations from the external world. If the man had not studied in the past, things would have been as equal as in the beginning. 

So, education is undoubtedly really important in people’s life.

Education system in Italy

Education in Italy Education in Italy is compulsory for nine years (primary and secondary school). It is given through public and private education systems and is divided into 5 stages:
  • Kindergarten (Scuola materna). It is free except in private kindergartens. It is optional, but most parents decide their children (ages 3-5) enroll in preschool.
  • Primary school, it starts at the age of 6 (according to recent legislation children can start from 5 and a half ages). After concluding this stage, students get the Diploma di Licenza della Scuola Elementare. Along the primary school, children learn about subjects such as Mathematics, English, Geography, Arts, among others topics.
  • Secondary (Scuola media): Lower secondary school. It corresponds to middle school grades for students between 11 and 14 ages. The taught subjects are foreign languages, computing, sports, music, etc. At the end of this stage, it is necessary to pass an exam about Mathematics, a foreign language and science. Also an oral exam is required. Being successful in those exams allow students to move to upper secondary school and get the Diploma di licenza media.
  • Secondary: Upper secondary school. It includes three to five years of attendance. The first two years are about general studies. The other three years are about specialized education and they are optional. Upper secondary includes two categories: the liceo that is more academic and a vocational school.
  • University.
    Universities offer bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in many different subjects such as , Economics, Law, Engineering, Biomedicine, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Mathematics just to mention a few. After completing 5 years of secondary school, students can enroll to a university.

Universities in Italy

Italy, as a cultural centre, offers great opportunities to continue your studies in college. It is important to consider that once you have decided the field of study you must look for related university courses in accredited universities. You must also check if the university you are going to attend is far away from home or not, and if it counts with accommodation for students to make more pleasant your stay. Here we list just some of them, which appear in the list of the most recognized ones in Europe.
  • University of Bologna. It is located in Bologna. It was founded in 1088 and today has about 100 000 students. It counts with 23 schools or faculties such as Agriculture, Architecture Economics, Education Sciences, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Political Sciences, among others faculties.
    Address: Via Zamboni, 25 - 40126 Bologna – Italy
    Phone: +39 051 2099507 fax +39 051 2099516
  • University of Milan, This is a public and research institution that offer to students well-structured programmes for specific sectors in its 9 faculties. Some of them are: Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Law, Physical and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Social and Political Sciences,etc
    Address: Via Festa del Perdono 7 - 20122 Milano
    Phone: ++39 02503 111
  • University of Milan-Bicocca. It was established in 1998. With around 30 000 students, it offers 8 faculties such as: Economics, Science of education, Law,Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences,Medicine, Psychology,Sociology,Statistical Sciences
    Address: Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1, 20126 Milano, Italia
    Phone: +39 02 644 81?
  • University of Padua. This university was founded in 1222, it is the second oldest in Italy. With about 65 000 students, it offers 13 faculties some of them are: Economics, Education, Engineering, law, Medicine, among others faculties.
    Address: via 8 Febbraio, 2 - 35122 Padova
    Phone: +39 049 827 5111
  • University of Trieste. It was established in 1924. With around 23 000 students. It offers 12 faculties such as Architecture, Economics, Education, Engineering, law, Medicine, among others faculties
    Address: Piazzale Europa,1 34127 Trieste, Italia
    Phone: +39 040.558.7111  
  • University of Trento. It was established in 1962. With around 15 165 students, it offers 7 faculties such as Economics,  Law, Engineering, Arts and Humanities,   Physical and Natural Sciences, Sociology, etc.
    Address: Via Belenzani, 12 - 38122 Trento
    Phone: +39 0461 281111 
So, these are just few of the universities in Italy, so in order to choose the right one, you must be sure that such institution offers the university courses you are looking for, to be well-prepared in the career you have chosen.

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