Sapienza – Università di Roma was founded in 1303.
Sapienza is present in all major international university rankings and among the best Italian universities.
We are around 40 students in class. (officially, there are 43 places: while 33 are for Europeans and 10 places for non-europeans). 2011 was the first year of the program and we have now students in the 3rd year.
Offer Appelboim, 2nd year, Israel
I like living in Rome for having always new places to discover every time we are going out for a drink, Taking a Metro or a bus to watch Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen concert. It is great to have the opportunity to host many friends from Israel that come over to Rome and to have the experience of living in a big European city.
Although, Sometimes it feels like it is just too crazy city when you are trying to cross over the street safely. If you like living in a big city, with all the advantages and disadvantages, this is the place for you.
Q: How much does it cost for a student to live in Rome?
A: An average room in a shared apartment in a neighborhood nearby (around 20 min walk..) the university will cost around 450 Euro just for the room.(not included Condominio, Electricity, Internet, Gas Etc.)
Another 20-70 Euro for the Condominio (which I believe pay for the water we use, some taxes for the city hall of Rome, and for the building issues- cleaning and other stuff.)
*The presence of a doorman can really jump-up the fee…
Of course, with a hard work you can always find some place cheaper or make a request for an accommodation in the dormitories (that might be located a little bit far away from the Uni.)
Electricity, Gas and Internet will be around another 30 Euro for a month.
Food – I don’t know exactly..
Mensa- kind of the public dining place of the students. It costs, depend on your ISEE. The lower price is 2 Euro and 15 cent for a meal. There are two main Mensa places close by to the La-Sapienza and you can eat at the mensa twice a day.
Transportation- It cost 250 Euro for the annual- transportation card which allows you to use the Metro, trams, buses and trains inside GRA during the year.
Gym- the University Gym costs 100 Euro for a year.
University cost- varies depending on your ISEE.
Beer- Near the University in San Lorenzo neighborhood or on viale Ippocrate, (places with a lot of students) – a 0.5 beer will cost around 2.5 – 3 Euro. In the centre town it will rise up to 5 and 6..
Q: How difficult is it to get in?
A: Until my Year (I’m now in the second year.) for non-European there wasn’t a real fight for the places. You just needed to pass the 20 points.
Q: How international is your class?
A: Our class is pretty international. We have a student from Germany, Finland, Vietnam, Israel ,England, Greece, Cyprus, United-states, Portugal and of course Italy.
The most represented country is of course Italy with 30 students. 3 students from Israel, 2 from Portugal and 1 from each of the other countries.
Q: How is the level of English of the course?
A: Generally speaking, I would say that most of our professors speak quite well. Some have difficulties with pronunciation of a few words naturally. The material is in English and almost always by Powerpoint slides.
Q: Do you solve clinical cases?
A: We didn’t solve clinical questions until now. There is always time from questions.
Q: Do you have enough study places like libraries?
A: In every building of the University there is a study room. Most of them are not connected to a WiFi access and close by 19:30.
In the libraries there are books and magazines in english as well.
Q: How far is the University Lecture halls and clinics?
A: Students in room live in many neighborhoods throughout the city. Of course, the neighborhoods close to the University are characterised by having many students living in them. San-Lorenzo and Piazza Bologna for example. San-Lorenzo is about 10-15 min walking from La-Sapienza and from the close by hospital “Policlinico”. Piazza Bologna area is about 25-35 min walking from the University.
As I said, many students live all over the city and use the Metro A and B, Buses and the Tram.
Q: What types of exams do you usually have?
A: Most of our exams are oral. We usually have an exam period at around February for the first Semester with 2 dates for each subject (but does not guarantee that you will be able be allowed to take the same test twice in the same period.)
Around June-July we have the second exam period, in which you can try to make up for exams that you didn’t pass in February.
In September we have the third exam period for students who didn’t take didn’t pass the exams during the academic year.
there is also an examination period in Dicembre of the next academic year, by which a student can be tested for exams that heshe didn’t take yet..
Q: How easy is it to find work? Does the Uni offer any jobs?
A: It’s possible to get a job in the HELLO office, but I guess it means that you need to know italian as well. The University also offer some students jobs in the libraries.
If a student win the scholarship shehe gets around 5000 Euro.
Q: How does the social life look like?
A: Usually at the weekends, students go out to get a beer in San-Lorenzo or in the old city. Because the English course is very small, it allows the students to really get to know each other. Many students in the class live with each other and make some house parties and meals. We are very good friends in class, celebrate and having good time together.
Q: Do you have any Italian classes offered to the foreign students by the Uni?
A: There is an Italian course that cost 220 Euro for a semester. In order to sign up for it, you must look for it yourself and Email the Professor.
Q: In the clinics how often do you get practical lessons in the clinical years?
A: The program is still quite young so we don’t have until now any student in clinical year.