Key facts

Number of students:

We currently have around 80 students from Italy studying at the University each year, as well as strong links with over 20 universities in Italy for student exchange programmes.

Societies and clubs:

Alongside a wide range of interest based societies, there are several international student societies within Reading University Students' Union (RUSU), including an Italian Society. Click here to find out more about Student Societies at Reading.

We have a special Facebook Group for students from Europe who are currently studying with us, or who are interested in studying at Reading. Visit our Europe Facebook Group.


Read what some of our international students have to say about their experiences of living and studying at Reading.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

The level at which you can start your study at the University of Reading depends on what level of qualification you have completed currently.
Your highest qualification Likely entry level
Diploma di Esame di Stato (formerly Diploma di Maturita) with between 80% - 85% overall, depending on programme of study Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
British/International A Levels Undergraduate Degree (Bachelors Degree)
Diplome di Laurea with an overall mark of 105/110 within maximum 5 years of study Taught Postgraduate (Masters Degree)
Laurea Magistrale or Laurea Specialistica Research Postgraduate (PhD)

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) enables students that don't have qualifications equivalent to British A-levels to access undergraduate university degree courses. If your highest level of qualification is the Diploma di Esame di Stato then you should not need to complete this Programme before you can study for a degree. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start your undergraduate studies with knowledge and confidence and will prepare you for undergraduate study in three ways:
  • by providing academic training in three subjects
  • by developing your English language abilities
  • by enabling you to acquire the study and life skills which you will need on your degree programme. Please see the International Foundation Programme pages for more details.

English Language Requirements

The minimum English language levels for courses at the University of Reading are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL (paper) 570, TOEFL (internet) 88. Some courses require higher levels - you should always check with the department or faculty you are applying to. For more detailed information see the English Language requirement page. We offer courses that will help prepare you for study in the UK, including English language as well as study skills to help your prepare for our degree programmes.

Applications and funding

How to apply

All undergraduate applications must be made through th  UCAS website.  The UCAS code name and number for this University is READG R12. Find out more about applying through UCAS

UCAS now provides guidance in Italian for students interesting in applying to programmes in the UK. You can find this information on the UCAS website here: UCAS International Guides

Postgraduate applications should be made directly to the University. More information on applying for postgraduate courses is available here.


The University offers £4M worth of scholarships each year in addition to national programmes from both the British government and Italian government.
  • The following website address will take you directly to information on scholarship opportunities at the University of Reading: student funding search

The University of Reading in your region

Alumni Ambassadors

We have Alumni ambassadors all over Europe who are happy to talk to you about what it is like to study at Reading. To find out more, contact the International Office or get in touch via Facebook.

British Council

British Council Italy

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