The University of Rome II also known as University of Rome Tor Vergata is a public research university located in Rome, Italy, on of the most historical and beautiful cities of the western civilization. It was established in 1981 with the goal of providing high quality education for students preparing to meet the ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st century workforce. Despite its young age, Tor Vergata has already reached high quality standards in Italy and Europe. The university occupies a 6.0-square-kilometres (1,483-acre) area outside the Grande Raccordo Anulare highway connection, in the eastern sector of the city. One of the most modern University Hospitals in Italy (Tor Vergata Polyclinic), with state-of-the-art medical equipments in located on campus. The university hospital is well-equipped with diagnostic and therapeutic vanguard structures and is considered a flagship hospital at national and international levels. The new residence building called Campus X, considered the largest in Italy was inaugurated on March 2011 providing 1500 new bed spaces to students.
I’m Vasileios, second year student of Medicine in Tor Vergata, from Greece. In my opinion the most positive things are the university structures/buildings, the university Campus, the university hospital which are brand new and advanced technologically. Also the city of Rome, being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is offering you the complete package for a student life. In addition, the university gives you perfect possibilities to obtain a scholarship (60% of applicants), in contrast with the average of the Italian universities (24%), and in the world (34%). On the negative side, the university is far away from the city center and sometimes Rome can be quite expensive.
Q: How much does it cost for a student to live in Rome?
A: Monthly average 800 Euro. From which, 400 Euro rent, 300 Food expenses, 100 extra costs. Mensa meal cost depending on students income. (From 1.40 Euros to 6.40 Euros including 3 plates). University average costs 3.000 Euros/Year depending on students income again. Transportation, 40 Euros/month all included. (Metro, Bus, Tram).Alcohol cost depending on Area.
Q: How difficult is it to get in?
A: As all IMAT tests, proper preparation is needed. Lowest score changing every year, but in general score is 4th highest, after Milan, Pavia and Rome-Sapienza.
Q: How international is your class?
A: We are 17 Italians (but some of us have one parent from a different country) 2 english guys and one greek.
Q: How is the level of English of the course?
A: The level of english depends on the professors, some are really good, others less. We get all the material in English and we use power point slides. Most of them give us the slides as well.
Q: Do you solve clinical cases?
A: yes and professors are always available after lessons for questions. They spend a lot of time for us, both after lessons and also by emails.
Q: Do you have enough study places like libraries?
A: yes we have a big and new library. There is wi-fi access (only if you are a member of the uni, so people who are not part of it cannot use the wi-fi) and yes we have loads of magazines in English.
Q: How far is the University Lecture halls and clinics?
A: Most students live at the uni campus and it’s about 2-3 minutes from the university lecture halls and clinics (by car) and they usually get there by bus (free for those who live there)
Q: What types of exams do you usually have?
A: We usually have oral exams, even if someones are multiple choice in the 1st year (no open questions) we have about 5 retake dates in a year.
Q: How easy is it to find work? Does the Uni offer any jobs?
A: Jobs are offered mainly to students with scholarships. Scholarship includes free food + 5.000 Euros/year + exemption of tuition fees.
Q: How does the social life looks like?
A: Rome, being one of the largest capitals in Europe, offers all kind of places to go out to. Social life very active, with many Erasmus students.
Q: Do you have any Italian classes offered to the foreign students by the Uni?
A: Yes. But the are activated only if a certain minimum of applicants has applied. It’s free of charge. In case of no activation, Italian classes are offered in the price of 300 euros/semester.
Q: In the clinics how often do you get practical lessons in the clinical years?
A: Program is active only for two years, so practical clinical lesson’s information is limited.