Number of enrolled students in Italy 2018-2019, by field of study

In the academic year 2018/2019, 45.9 thousand students in Italy enrolled in economics programs. Moreover, industrial engineering and computer engineering were the second most popular courses of studies in Italy among new university students, counting 38 thousand enrollments. Medical programs, including those in the socio-health sector, were chosen by 32.3 thousand students, while juridical studies by 20.7 thousand.

Leading universities

In the academic year 2017/2018, 100.9 thousand students were enrolled at La Sapienza University of Rome, making it the largest Italian university. The main universities of the cities of Bologna, in the North, and Naples, in the South, followed in the ranking. According to an Italian research institute, the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum was the best large public university in the country. The criteria adopted for the ranking were basis of services, scholarships and taxes, buildings, websites, internationalization, and employment.

Growing popularity of online courses

Among the largest Italian universities, an online university ranked 19th: in the academic year 2017/2018, almost 30 thousand students were enrolled at the Pegaso online University. In total, 67.7 thousand students chose e-learning for their bachelor studies, while 15.2 thousand individuals were enrolled in an online master course. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of students who graduated at an online university constantly increased. In the academic year 2013/2014, 3.9 thousand people graduated at an online university. After four years, the number of students more than doubled, reaching about 8.1 thousand graduates.

Number of students enrolled at university in Italy in the academic year 2018/2019, by field of study

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September 2019



Survey time period

2018 to 2019

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