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Educational attainment, Italy

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EDUCIT indicates the person's educational attainment in Italy in terms of the degree obtained.

Comparability — General

The education system in Italy is composed of 5 years of primary, 3 years of lower secondary, and up to 5 years of upper secondary. Lyceums, technical schools, and vocational schools under the Ministry of Education offer 5-years programs of upper secondary education, while vocational education and training courses managed by the regions last 3 years.

Higher education follows the structure of the Bologna process. Bachelor's degrees have varying duration, between 3 to 6 years, depending on the field. The data identify university diplomas (2-3 years) and undergraduate degrees (4-6 years). Graduate studies include: master's degree programs that usually last 2 years, specializations that take 2 to 6 years, and doctorate studies that last 3 to 4 years.

The census provides information about the educational level completed, but not the years finished. In 2011, the category "primary school or less" includes illiterate persons as well as persons who completed primary school at most.

The 2011 to 2013 labor force surveys do not identify post-secondary non-university programs, which are grouped with university diplomas (2-3 years).


  • Italy 2001: Persons age 6+
  • Italy 2011: Persons age 6+
  • Italy 2011Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2012Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2013Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2014Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2015Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2016Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2017Q1: Persons age 15+
  • Italy 2018Q1: Persons age 15+


  • Italy: 2001, 2011, 2011Q1, 2012Q1, 2013Q1, 2014Q1, 2015Q1, 2016Q1, 2017Q1, 2018Q1