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Education and schooling


Schooling is compulsory up to the age of 16 and it comprises both public or state-run schools (scuole pubbliche / statali), private schools (scuole private paritarie, non paritarie, scuole straniere) and international schools awarding IB Diplomas (International Baccalaureate).


The Italian Education system includes:

Scuola superiore – compulsory up to the age of 16. The secondary high school system is subdivided by subject matter and curricula vary according to the course of study chosen (i.e. Technical, Fine Arts, Scientific, Classical, etc.). Students must pass a final examination in order to receive their Esame di Stato (the so-called maturità). This qualification entitles to university or AFAM institutions enrolment (Alta Formazione Artistica, Musicale e Coreutica). For more information visit


Useful information

  • School year runs from mid-September until mid-June
  • School holidays are set during Christmas time (from December 24th to January 6th), Easter and in summertime (from mid-June to mid-September)
  • Enrolment at compulsory schools can be done at any moment during the year.
  • Online application forms for the yearly enrolment are managed by the Ministry of Education (
  • Enrolment fees are NOT required by public schools except for a contribution for meals and school transport, when provided.

Information about education services and schools should be addressed to the Education and Social work services of the municipality (Comune) where you live.