Student Life in Italy

Team JagVimal 08 Feb 2023 3012 views

Italy is a country that is not only famous for its great academic prospects, however, people also get attracted towards the wonderful cultural and traditional appeal. When students move to Italy, they not only learn about the course that they are enrolled in, students also get to learn about the rich history of the country, a new language and get acquainted with the locals. The glorious historical artefacts, architecture and amazing Italian food with great flavours are the major reasons why Italy attracts a large number of visitors every month. Every now and then the students get to interact with locals, they realise the welcoming and warm-nature of the people. It is very easy for the students to adapt to this exciting country.

International students moving to Italy can be assured of their expenses, since the country is one of the most affordable countries in the whole of Europe. This makes it very easy for the students to manage their finances and travel alongside. This comes like a wonderful opportunity to travel and explore the diverse culture of the country. Italy is a country which allows students to travel at very minimal costs, be it trains, flight or buses, students can board any of them for just a few Euros. Generally during the summers, locals head towards the sea and every year numerous cultural events are held, which only adds to the charm of the country. Students get to experience an amazing night life which can only be done in Italy, since this is a country where life starts and ends late in the evening.

Italians are known to be warm-hearted and welcoming, which is why students can make local friends with ease. Locals in Italy are very open minded, students get to learn a lot from them, it can either be enjoying high-life or living a healthy lifestyle. To be properly acquainted with locals, the best way is to learn Italian, since outside the educational facilities, English is hardly spoken by the native Italians.

Student life in Italy is no play, however, it is not that difficult either. Here, many Universities and schools organise field trips for the students, which is why travelling and food are a major part of the student life in Italy. When we look deep inside Italy, we also realise that not only the education, culture, food or travel makes it interesting. Students also get the privilege to live nearest to numerous UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites, such as, Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, canals of Venice, Vatican City and famous Mount Vesuvius along with Pompeii. Particularly students who chose Italy to study a degree in fields like art, architecture or fashion will never regret their decision. Even if you are there in Italy for other studying purposes, you can still appreciate these fascinating features of Italian culture. Italy being the birthplace of Renaissance art, therefore, everywhere in Italy you will see nothing but the great art of the previous generations.

Compared to the other countries in Europe, life in Italy is all about nightlife. At night, the streets are full of life and this is when life starts here. If you are studying at an Italian University, you can easily get food even after the closing time, since shops and restaurants are always open for students over the clock. In Italy you are always surrounded by people and you can have real good company with locals.

Part-time Jobs for International Students in Italy:

As an international student in Italy, one may feel the need to work in order to fund for their education and to cover for their expenses during their stay in Italy. As European students, one does not really need to get a work permit in order to work a job, however, when it is about the non-European students, students need to acquire a work permit. According to the laws in Italy, the students are only allowed to work part-time jobs and the time limit for the part-time jobs is fixed to 4 hours/day, which means 20 hours/week, however the time limit is increased during the vacation period, it can be 40 hours/week, which means 8 hours/day.

The concept of the part-time jobs is not unfamiliar to the Italians, hence there are a lot many jobs for the students. Students who understand at least the basics of the language can opt for part-time jobs in Italy. There are many benefits of working a part-time job as an international student in Italy.

One of them is obviously a steady-income which helps you with increased cash flow. It not only helps you with all your bills, however, in times of unexpected expenses, this proves to be quite fruitful. While working students get in touch with professionals and make different networks. In Italy, such networks are very helpful when you try to find jobs after your graduation and helps you to acquire the skills which might be helpful for your future professions.

Finding part-time jobs is one of the best decisions that one can make. While working you not only earn for your daily expenses, however, you also gain experience on a foreign land which proves to be helpful in future and helps to boost your career. Below are some part-time jobs that students can find in Italy:

1. Students can pass the TEFL test (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) which can make you a qualified teacher or a tutor for teaching English language to the Italian speaking students. This is one of the best part-time jobs due to the good remuneration chances. Italy has a high demand for English teachers. It's common for parents to hire students with English language skills as tutors.English tutors can earn up to €30 per hour.

2. Working as freelance writers and content creators can help you with earnings.

3. If the students know the basics of the Italian language they can work as Customer service specialists, part-time tourist guides , at restaurants, bars and even supermarkets.

4. Italy is one of those places that attract tourists from all over the world throughout the year, therefore, the hotels are always in great demand. Here, students can work easily due to the flexible working timings and the high wages that are offered are always a bonus.

Italy is a European country, where you can see a shortage of skills in many occupational areas. Students can easily find jobs with good compensation in areas such as construction, health facilities, tourism and marketing. On the average, part-time workers can earn up to 8 Euros/hour, which can help you earn 160 Euros/week and 640 Euros/month. However, if you are tutoring English as a foreign language, you can earn pretty good, which can be as high as 30 Euros/hour.

Internships in Italy for International Students:

Working Internships in Italy is always the best choice that can be made by the students. These internships not only help with the academics, however, these prove to be a great decision for your future aspirations and internship experiences are fruitful for landing a job. When hiring, always an experienced individual is given more importance than the freshers. When you work internships, you get to encounter situations which cannot be done sitting in the classrooms. Through internships you get the chance to gain practical knowledge of the profession. Since Italy is the birthplace of Renaissance, all over the year the country is flocked by visitors from all over the world to experience the magnificent cuisine, lively culture, art and architecture. Due to this, you can get to interact with foreigners from all around the world everyday and learn about different situations and cultures. Not only this, during the internships you get to explore the country's historical wealth that has been passed on to it by its ancestors.

In Italy, finding an internship is not that big of a task if you have connections. Sometimes the positions for internships are filled through the personal recommendations. This is where it is important to have a good network in the country. Not only with internships, through personal recommendations it is even easier to find full-time jobs in Italy. Having good connections and network helps a lot, if you wish to stay in Italy for a long time.

There are 2 types of internships that can be done by the students, you can them below:

1. Curricular internship:

This is specifically for the students who are enrolled at a University for educational courses or are taking some kind of training course. This type of internship program equips students with the working experience and generally, these last for 6 months approx. At the end of the internship, the students are provided a recognition for completing the internship and are given credits for all the work done by them. However, they are not bound to receive any kind of monetary compensation for their work.

2. Extracurricular Internship:

This type of internship is generally pursued after the completion of a graduation degree and is definitely not a part of the educational course. These do not have any kind of effect on the final grade of degree. This can only be done by those who have only graduated from an Italian University less than 6-12 months ago, and for unemployed individuals. They are bound to receive monthly compensation, according to Italian law. For such Internship purposes, European students do not require any kind of work permit, however non-European individuals require a work permit before applying for the internships in Italy. Also they are required to show their Visas before starting the internships.

How to Apply in Italian University With Low Percentage:

Studying abroad is a dream for many students, however, low percentage and academic grades become a hurdle. Still there is no need for the students to feel hopeless, they can still secure their position in Italy, if a proper procedure is followed. Below are some tips that one can follow:

1. In case you have a low percentage on your previous academic qualification, students can create an impressive Statement of Purpose (SOP) which is a document of extreme importance. Sometimes students need to pay more attention to it. This helps with convincing the admission committee administration despite the low percentage. SOP highlights the creativity and intellect of the student. You need to emphasise experience in the case of a master's and extracurricular in the case of a bachelor's.

2. Prepare an excellent and flawless resume along with an attractive cover letter.

3. Make sure to submit well-written letters of recommendation highlighting students strengths and characteristics.This shall be coming from your previous academic institution.

4. The student must submit certificates to show your hobbies and talents.

Universities Accepting Low Ielts Scores:

There is only one way students can be exempted from the IELTS score, which will be to try to get admission in a University that does not require an IELTS certificate. Also No language proficiency like TOEFL, IELTS is required if the education has been taught in English Medium. Students who have completed their previous education from an English language speaking high school or higher education institution can fulfil the requirements of studying without IELTS. The student needs to provide an official declaration or certificate printed on headed and stamped paper as evidence that the previous education was in English medium. Some Universities might take an online test or video interview. Once a student's application is selected, students will have to appear for an interview as scheduled by the university. It is taken to know a student's eagerness to get accepted at the Universities and to evaluate your English Language abilities. To secure a seat in an Italian university without IELTS, students have to crack this interview in the best possible manner.

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Is Italy good for international students?

Italy is an amazing destination for studying as an international student. Not only in terms of the rich history, art, and food, however, people here are quite warm and welcoming. It is very easy to mingle with the locals in Italy. Also, Italy offers excellent higher education at reasonable prices.

There are very few internships in Italy that are paid. Only extracurricular internships are paid by law in Italy.  Be sure to ask your internship provider if there is paid compensation and budget accordingly.

As an international student in Italy, you are free to take a part-time job in order to help cover your costs. The concept of part-time jobs is not unfamiliar to Italians, hence there are a lot many jobs for students. According to the laws in Italy, students are only allowed to work part-time jobs, and the time limit for part-time jobs is fixed at 4 hours/day, which means 20 hours/week, however, the time limit is increased during the vacation period, it can be 40 hours/week, which means 8 hours/day. 

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