Every year, thousands of French students choose to study in Italy as part of the Erasmus Plus program.

How to explain this enthusiasm for Italy? In this article, we offer a glimpse into the main reasons why an increasing number of Erasmus students are taking the plunge.


Why has Italy become a popular destination for Erasmus students?

French students have the advantage of being able to choose between several European destinations to study or do an internship in a foreign company. Between Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain or Portugal, there is no shortage of attractive places at France’s doorstep.


Italy has a very rich environment with its beautiful regions, beaches, mountainous areas, historical sites and large, dynamic cities.


Going to Italy as part of the Erasmus Plus program means enjoying the many universities of European renown, and having the opportunity to learn a new foreign language.


What are the leading universities?

Italy has an extensive and highly competitive university network. Italian universities are renowned for their level of excellence, but also for the dense multicultural atmosphere.


There are many universities in Italy, here is a non-exhaustive list of the most popular places of higher education popular with students:

  • Politecnico Di Milano
  • European School of Economics
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Macerata
  • Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Before choosing an Erasmus Plus destination, students must first contact the mobility service of their university. Indeed, it is advisable to check the existence of inter-university agreements as well as possible partnerships that could facilitate the stay abroad.


French students who wish to study in an Italian university can count on the diversity of courses offered: chemistry, economics, ecology, computer science, teaching, physics, humanities, medical sciences, earth sciences, engineering, art, etc.


A very affordable cost of living


Another advantage of doing a year of study or an internship in Italy is the low cost of living which allows French students to live in better conditions during their stay.