Education and schooling

In the Italian education system schooling is compulsory  up to the age of 16 and it is divided into four  stages:

  • Primary School (scuola primaria) compulsory (6 to 10 years old)
  • First Level Secondary School or Lower Secondary School (scuola secondaria di primo grado o scuola media) compulsory (11 to 14 years old)
  • High School or Upper Secondary School (scuola secondaria di secondo grado o scuola superiore) compulsory up to 16 (14 onwards)
  • University (università)

Infant School or Nursery School (scuola per l'infanzia) is not compulsory (3 to 5 years old).

How to enroll pupils  with?

Enrollment with public crèche, infant school and primary and First Level Secondary School can be done at any moment of the school year of the arrival of juniors.

The application is managed by Education and schooling office of the municipality you reside for public creche and infant school while from primary school on the application is done online. Parents may freely choose the school upon availability of vacant places. 

A monthly fee may be required for meals, school transport when provided. A discounted fees may be obtained by presenting ISEE certificate,  a document attesting personal and household condition. 
For an overview about schooling system in Friuli Venezia Giulia, please contact Sportello orientamento regionale located in Trieste, Udine, Gorizia and Pordenone. 

For more information contact well in advance your host organisation or Welcome Office FVG.

Things to know

School year runs in general from mid-September to mid-June. Check the online calendar. 


Trieste and Udine host international schools. In Trieste there are also schools of every level where classes are taught in Slovenian as main language.


Enrollment should be done well in advance, usually in January  for public crèche and infant school and in February for primary and First Level Secondary School.