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The Sapienza University of Rome (Italian: Sapienza – Università di Roma), also called simply Sapienza or the University of Rome, is a collegiate research university that is located in Rome, Italy. Formally known as Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", it is one of the largest European universities by enrollments and one of the oldest in history, founded in 1303. The University is one of the most prestigious Italian universities and in the world, commonly ranking first in national rankings and in Southern Europe. In 2018 it ranked 1st in the world for Classics and Ancient history.
Sapienza currently offers over 280 degree programmes (Bachelor's and Master's) - among which over 35 are taught in English- 200 vocational master courses and almost 80 PhDs. The School of Advanced Studies provides a programme of excellence and free tuition for the best students. Students with an Italian high school score of 100 are exempted from enrolment fees and the bonus is extended if they keep up their good grades. Families who have more than one child enrolled at the university also enjoy a special brothers-sisters bonus.
Sapienza is organized into 11 faculties, one School for Advanced Studie, one post-degree School for Aerospacial Engineering, 58 departments, as well as numerous research and service centres. The central administration is organized into areas, offices and sectors. The rectorate is collegiate with a Rector, a Deputy Rector and a group of Assistant Deputy Rectors and delegates with specific competences, alongside committees and commissions for evaluation, strategic planning, quality and integration of activities, as well as for specific topics.
The world's leading university rankings place Sapienza at the top of Italian universities for quality of research, education and international dimension; moreover, Sapienza excels and leads as a benchmark in many subject areas.
Most of the Italian ruling class studied at Sapienza.Sapienza educated numerous notable alumni, including many Nobel laureates, Presidents of the European Parliament and European Commissioners, heads of several nations, notable religious figures, scientists and astronauts. In September 2018, it was included in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings Graduate Employability Ranking.
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Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 with the Papal bull In Supremae praeminentia Dignitatis, issued on 20 April 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, as a Studium for ecclesiastical studies more under his control than the universities of Bologna and Padua,making it the first pontifical university.
In 1431 Pope Eugene IV completely reorganized the studium with the bull In supremae, in which he granted masters and students alike the broadest possible privileges and decreed that the university should include the four schools of Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Theology. He introduced a new tax on wine to raise funds for the university; the money was used to buy a palace which later housed the Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza church. However, the University's days of splendour came to an end during the sack of Rome in 1527, when the studium was closed and the professors dispersed, and some were killed. Pope Paul III restored the university shortly after his ascension to the pontificate in 1534.
In the 1650s the university became known as Sapienza, meaning wisdom, a title it retains. In 1703, Pope Clement XIpurchased some land with his private funds on the Janiculum, where he made a botanical garden, which soon became the most celebrated in Europe through the labours of the Trionfetti brothers. The first complete history of the Sapienza University was written in 1803–1806 by Filippo Maria Renazzi. University students were newly animated during the 19th-century Italian revival. In 1870, La Sapienza stopped being the papal university and became the university of the capital of Italy. In 1935 the new university campus, planned by Marcello Piacentini, was completed. The patriotic spirit that imbued the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century incubated the germs of nationalism.
At the dawn of World War One, the campus witnessed clashes between interventionists and internationalists, anti-German rallies and forced the interventionist Rector Alberto Tonnelli to suspend lessons and close the university. The war would leave a profound scar on university life. Indeed, at the end of the conflict, all of Sapienza’s fallen students received a honorary degree.In the years following the war, social conflict drove Italy towards the Fascist dictatorship. In 1931, the Fascist Regime, which viewed the university and schools as a prime tool for propaganda, called all faculty to take an oath of allegiance to the Duce. Those who refused would lose their job. Only twelve Italian professors out of 1200 had the courage to stand up against the dictatorship. There were four Sapienza professors amongst them: Ernesto Buonaiuti, History of Christianity; Giorgio Levi della Vida, Oriental Studies; Vito Volterra, Mathematics and Physics; and Gaetano De Sanctis, Ancient History. A few other professors requested early retirement to avoid clashing with the Regime.
The environment in Italy was no longer conducive to scholarly studies and research. Professors began to emigrate. Enrico Fermi remained in Rome until 1938, but by the time he received the Nobel Prize for Physics, the regime already promulgated its infamous Racial Laws. After accepting the Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Enrico Fermi left for New York. Emilio Segrè, one of Fermi’s students, who had been a professor at Sapienza for over ten years, followed his mentor. The following year, a young Law graduate also left for the United States. Franco Modigliani was to receive the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1985.
After World War Two, Italy began a painstaking process of national reconstruction. The professors who had been forced to resign were reintegrated and democratic processes were reinstated for the free election of the rector and other university charges. The 1960s heralded the beginning of a new era. Italy was enjoying an unprecedented economic boom and the country was quickly modernising. The first Italian centre-left government introduced a wide-ranging series of reforms, while the Second Vatican Council veered the Catholic Church towards a greater respect of the contribution of science to the progress of humanity. When Hungary was invaded, the Italian Communist Party broke all direct links with the Soviet Union.
It was a period of great hopes and communal participation. The social sciences, which had been constrained by the ideas of Giovanni Gentile, were free welcome new ideas. In the 1970s, the university introduced two new degree programmes in Psychology and Sociology, although these two disciplines would have to wait until 1991 to be organised as true faculties. The rest is recent history: the tumult of 1977 and the fallout between the student movement and the trade unions that drew students away from politics, until the Panther Movement of the 1990s rekindled a new form activism amongst students. During the so-called Anni di Piombo, the university was twice hit by the assassination of illustrious professors: Vittorio Bachelet in 1980 and Ezio Tarantelli in 1985.
Rector Antonio Ruberti, who directed the university from 1976 to 1987, brought Sapienza to the forefront. The university was to play a key role in the development of new university policy in Italy. Ruberti was also responsible for revamping the University’s original name. Antonio Ruberti later became Italy’s first Minister for University and Scientific Research. Meanwhile, the alarming growth rate of the Sapienza student body lead to the creation of two new universities in Rome: Tor Vergata and Roma Tre.
To cope with the large demand for admission to the university courses, some faculties hold a series of entrance examinations. The entrance test often decides which candidates will have access to the undergraduate course. For some faculties, the entrance test is only a mean through which the administration acknowledges the students' level of preparation. Students that do not pass the test can still enroll in their chosen degree courses but have to pass an additional exam during their first year.
Online pre-selection for programmes
Running from November - April (for Non-EU students) or September (for EU students)
- The online pre-selection is available for a select number of degree Sapienza programmes, including most of our English-taught programmes and a small number of programmes in Italian. If your chosen programme requires a national admission test (e.g. Medicine and Surgery).
- You can apply for a maximum of two programmes on our platform; multiple applications, by using different email addresses, are strictly prohibited. If you are admitted to both of them, you will be asked to confirm the pre-acceptance to only one programme. The selected programme will be the one issuing your pre-acceptance letter, which will allow you to complete all remaining procedures for your enrollment. Please take care of all your personal information when applying as all relevant fields (name, family name, passport number etc…) will be indicated on your pre-acceptance letter automatically.
- Important: Sapienza does not require any fee for the application on our platform or for applying to scholarships. Only once you are pre-selected, you will be asked to pay mandatory administrative fees, as explained in your on your pre-acceptance letter.
Additionally, pre-selected non-EU students residing abroad must personally get in touch with the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence within the “pre-enrollment window”, which normally falls between February and July, each year.
- To be eligible for Italian higher education at the Bachelors level, it is mandatory to have a High School diploma earned after no less than 12 years of studies. If you do not possess this requirement, please visit our Foundation Year webpage.
- To be eligible for Italian higher education at the Masters level, it is mandatory to have a High School diploma and a Bachelors degree earned after no less than 15 years of studies (of which at least 3 must be at university level).
First, please determine which of the following categories you fall into:
- Citizens from an EU country;
- Citizens from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland or the Republic of San Marino;
- Foreigners who already reside legally in Italy (including refugees and individuals with subsidiary protection);
- Staff on duty in foreign diplomatic delegations or international organizations established in Italy and that are accredited by Italy or the Holy See, and their children.
- Non-EU citizens who have been legal residents in Italy for no less than one year as of their test registration date and who have obtained an Italian university degree;
- Non-EU citizens holding a high school diploma from an Italian school abroad or a foreign or international school (either in Italy or abroad) legally recognized via governmental bilateral agreements or special legislation;
- Non-EU citizens with a valid residence permit for studies as currently enrolled at an Italian University, only from the year after their first residence permit was issued.
Non-EU Citizens residing in Italy and Non-EU citizens residing abroad :
- student registration code (MATRICOLA) - you will receive this after registering your personal and academic data on Infostud, the University’s internal student information portal.
- the original and a copy of your High School Diploma (obtained after at least 12 years of studies) translated into Italian, legalized or with Apostille and accompanied by the Declaration of Equal Value (DoV) issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic authorities (Embassy or Consulate) of the country where you obtained your Diploma and in charge of the High school qualification system;
- the original and a copy of your University-level qualification (achieved after at least 15 years of studies), translated into Italian, legalized or with Apostille and accompanied by the Declaration of Equal Value (DoV) issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassy or Consulate) of the country where you obtained your Degree and in charge of the University qualification system;
- the original and a copy of your academic transcript issued by the University, including all examinations taken, translated into Italian and legalized or with Apostille by the competent Italian diplomatic authority.
- the original and a copy of your ID (Identity Card) or Passport;
- the original and a copy of your residence permit card (only for Non-EU citizens regularly living in Italy). If you are renewing your residence permit card, you will need a copy of your expired permit together with the post office receipt of your renewal application;
- the original and a copy of your study visa for “university enrollment" (only for non-EU citizens regularly living abroad), together with the original form A, filled out at the Italian embassy in the country where you started the pre-enrollment procedure.
International students asking for an evaluation of their previous University Career (e.g. students who have already obtained a degree, who have earned credits without finishing their studies or who have taken exams abroad), in order to obtain a shortening of their degree program, have to also submit a copy of the detailed University study plan for each learning activity, together with the total number of study hours, for theory and training, completed to obtain their Degree. This document has to be signed in original by the University and has to be translated into Italian. This syllabus does not need a certified translation.
- Make sure your Declaration of Value (DoV) issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic authority states that your degree is suitable for admission to the academic education level in the country/education system where it was issued and that it also states the number of school years prior to university enrolment.
- It is mandatory to present a DoV for both your High School Diploma and University degree. In case you achieved High School Diploma and University Degree in the same country, referring to the same state educational system, you can also submit a single DOV referring to both qualifications (High School and University).
- If you are enrolling in a programme entirely taught in English and your High School Diploma or University Degree were also issued in English, Italian translations are not necessary, while legalization by the competent Italian Embassy or Consulate remains compulsory.
- The Diploma Supplement can replace the Declaration of Equal Value (DoV) related to the University degree. Translation into Italian languagis not necessary, but it is mandatory its legalization by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassy or Consulate) of the country where the student obtained the title or Apostille;
- In serious or peculiar situation, the Declaration of Equal Value (DoV) related to the High school title or the University degree can be replaced by the declaration issued by the CIMEA - NARIC Italia (Associazione CIMEA) Italian ENIC/NARIC. This declaration must report all the necessary information to evaluate the foreign titles, usually contained in the DoV;
- The Declaration of Equal Value (DoV) of the diploma or University title is issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic authority (Embassy or Consulate) in the country where the student achieved the Diploma/Degree and in charge of the High school/University education qualification system. I.e.: if you achieved a British High School Diploma in India, the DoV must be issued by an Italian Embassy or Consulate in the UK.
- non-EU citizens with a study visa applying for an English-taught masters programme, must also submit their pre-acceptance letter, if previously obtained;
- In case of non-EU citizens with a study visa, it is mandatory to present the original A form, filled out at the Italian Diplomatic authority in the country where the student started the pre-enrollment procedure.
Whether you have obtained a pre-acceptance letter from our online platform or you wish to apply to a programme not listed there, which is actually the majority of programmes offered by Sapienza, please read carefully the procedures to complete your enrollment, approximately from May to July, each year.
EU citizens and Non-EU Citizens with a Foreign Degree and Residing in Italy. Applicants falling into one of these categories must follow the instructions and deadlines provided in specific calls and:
- Register on the INFOSTUD System and provide: Personal details and citizenship (Select Titolo straniero if you have a non-Italian degree). After registering, you will receive a student number (matricola);
- Create a payment slip (bollettino) for the undergraduate or graduate programme that you are applying to and make the payment by the deadline indicated on the specific call;
- Prepare all necessary documents as indicated by Articles 16-17 of the Manifesto degli Studi.
Non-EU Citizens Residing Abroad must have presented a pre-enrolment application at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence by:
- Dates (to be confirmed by the Ministry of Higher Education) – normally from February to July
- Register on the INFOSTUD System and provide: Personal details and citizenship (Select Extra-EU senza soggiorno (Non-EU citizen residing abroad) and Titolo straniero (non-Italian degree). After registering, you will receive a student number (matricola);
- Create a payment slip (bollettino) for the undergraduate or graduate programme that you are applying to and make the payment by the deadline indicated on the specific call;
Italian Language Exam for Non-EU Citizens Living Abroad
For admission to Bachelors and Masters programmes held in Italian, you will also have to take the Italian Language Exam. The date (normally at the beginning of September) for the Italian Language Exam is determined nationally by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Students who do not pass this exam will not be able to enroll at Sapienza for a given academic year. The minimum accepted language levels are: B2, C1, C2.
You can be exempted from the Italian Language Exam by providing one of the following accepted language certificates:
- Italian language certificates with grades corresponding to European Council levels C1 and C2 (issued within the CLIQ framework);
- Students with a secondary school diploma (4-5 year) that has been issues by a recognised public or private Italian school abroad;
- Students with a complementary grade school certificate obtained in Argentina (years 6-8) certifying that at least five years were conducted in Italian.
Please note: students applying to degree programmes held entirely in English are not required to take the Italian Language Exam.
Sapienza University of Rome is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Roma, Lazio. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Sapienza Università di Roma (UNIROMA1) is a very large coeducational higher education institution. Sapienza Università di Roma (UNIROMA1) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.
The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.
The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
As of the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Sapienza is positioned within the 151–200 group of universities and among the top 3% of universities in the world.In 2018, the subject Classics and Ancient history of Sapienza is ranked the 1st in the world by QS World University Rankings by subject.As the same ranking, the subject Archaeology ranks the 9th. According to the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020, Sapienza places first amongst Italian universities for the indicator on Alumni Outcomes thanks to the number of university graduates employed in large companies and in managerial positions. The QS Ranking by Subject 2019, published on February 27, 2019, has confirmed Sapienza University as the top university in “Classics & Ancient History”. Sapienza is the only Italian university to gain the first position in the QS Rankings by Subject. The university also ranked 11th for Archaeology, 34th for Physics & Astronomy and 43rd for Library & Information Management.
The DiSCo LAZIO University Canteens in Rome are located near to university facilities. The cost of a meal varies based on your income declaration upon university enrolment. The Rita Service, located in the Marco Polo Building includes a coffee shop, a pizza parlour and a food service in a comfortable and contemporary environment. The Literary Café in Piazza Borghese is a multi-service facility for Sapienza students and professors, a place to meet over a coffee, celebrate graduation, read a book or hold a cultural initiative.
Sapienza periodically issues a new call to identify housing opportunities for university students through agreements with public and private rental agencies. Housing available through special agreements is reserved for: Students enrolled at Sapienza University; Students who have to take a Sapienza admission exam; Foreign students participating in academic, didactic and cultural exchanges with Sapienza University.
Mental Health Counselling Service
Good health is about physical, mental and social well-being. Studying at a university is a delicate phase in any young person's life. It often involves a completely new environment and profoundly different studying requirements than what many students experienced in high school. Students have different relations with professors and their peers. And all of this often leads to new hardships and often innocuous habits can turn into dangerous psychological and physical habits. The aim of this section is to provide students with the tools that can help them recognise the onset of issues and take advantage of the necessary support to avoid developing dangerous habits.
The Infostud Platform helps students enrol in courses and programmes, print tutition fee payment slips, book exams, print certificates and check their academic careers.If you are already enrolled in a degree programme and wish to enrol again in a different one, you will have to login into the platform again with your student number and password. If you don’t have them, you must first register on the platform.
24-hour reading rooms
Sapienza has three 24-hour reading rooms that can be accessed around the clock, any day of the week, including holidays. Access is reserved to regularly enrolled Sapienza students. The reading rooms can be accessed via the student card that can be requested on the Infostud Platform.
The student-collaboration scholarships are for students enrolled to years following the first. Selected students will collaborate with university structures such as libraries, laboratories, interactive rooms, reception and information centres for students, stages and promoting activities.
All students of Sapienza are invited to enjoy the concert season at less than € 2 per concert by registering for a Uni-IUC card. Discounts are available for other principal universities and conservatories of Rome and the Lazio region for anyone under 30. Agis Lazio is a ticket office situated on the main campus where students can purchase tickets to shows in more than 40 associated theatres at prices reduced by up to 50%. Some discounts are also available to university academic and administrative staff. Sapienza students are entitled to discounted tickets at Cinema di Roma theatres.
The distribution service for the software for didactics and research (Dsrd) is aiment to a cut of the expenses and facilitation of the acquisition of a didactic software for Sapienza University.
Sapienza Library System
The Sapienza Library System preserves, develops, and manages the bibliographic collections owned by the libraries and guarantees the access to the electronic resources, in order to support research, teaching and administrative functions and needs. The Library System aims to ensure high standards of efficiency and efficacy in planning and managing the services offered by the library network, even periodically monitoring the stakeholders’ satisfaction. Through a portal, the Library System offers a tool for searching both the Catalogo Sapienza and the Discovery Sapienza. You may also download the BiblioSapienza app to search the catalogue and borrow books.