Sapienza University of Rome

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Roma, Italy

No. Students: 105,000 (8,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,700
Funding type: Public
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Choosing a university isn't easy. You want a place that can make your dreams come true, educate you and provide you with the knowledge, life skills and resources that will give you an edge in the world. Sapienza University of Rome is just that place. We have been nurturing students for centuries. Merging centuries of tradition with cutting-edge didactic activities, research and innovation, Sapienza provides top quality education and research opportunities. Indeed, it ranks amongst the top Italian universities and shows a strong performance worldwide, too.And it all takes place in one of the most breath-taking cities in the world: Rome.If this is what you're looking for come to our next Open Day or register for a visit with the Hello Office and experience a day at Sapienza!


Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings.

Since its founding over 700 years ago, Sapienza has played an important role in Italian history and has been directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. It has contributed to the development of Italian and European science and culture in all areas of knowledge.

The future of Sapienza starts today thanks to its rich past and the contribution of the entire University community, whose main objectives are research, teaching and education. Faculty, students, technical and administrative staff are part of this community and thanks to their respective skills and responsibilities, they all contribute to its reputation and growth.

The main campus, designed by Marcello Piacentini, was opened in 1935. It is situated close to the city centre, and is the largest in Europe - a real city within a city where teaching activities are integrated with libraries, museums as well as comprehensive student services. Faculties and Departments also carry out their activities in decentralized locations in different parts of the city. There are two other university campuses elsewhere in Lazio.

Sapienza offers a vast array of courses including degree programmes, PhD courses, one to two year professional courses and Specialization Schools in many disciplines, run by 63 Departments and 11 Faculties. With the 2011-2012 academic year, the University inaugurated the School for Advanced Studies and evaluates candidates on the basis of educational merit, that provides students with courses and activities aimed at encouraging and developing their capabilities through scientific, cultural and interdisciplinary enrichment.

It is in every regard a research and teaching university: Sapienza carries out outstanding scientific research in most disciplines, achieving impressive results both on a national and international level.

Sapienza also enhances research by offering opportunities to academia on a global scale. Thanks to a special programme for visiting professors, many foreign researchers and lecturers periodically visit the University and contribute greatly to the quality of education and research programmes.

Some 8,000 foreign students are regularly enrolled at Sapienza. In addition to this, Sapienza encourages international exchange: there are over 1,100 incoming and outgoing exchange students per year, thanks to several mobility programmes.

Sapienza University is organised into 11 faculties each of which oversees multiple departments:

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Industrial Engineering
  • Economics
  • Information Engineering, Informatics, and Statistics
  • Law
  • Mathematics, Physics, and Natural Sciences
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Medicine and Psychology
  • Pharmacy and Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Political Science, Sociology, and Communication Science


Sapienza University of Rome is a public Italian university accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).


Sapienza has an extremely rich and diverse library service provided by 116libraries. Some of them boast an over one hundred-year-old tradition. Practical information is available on each of the libraries that form the Sapienza system. Ad hoc Sapienza archives put electronic publications of its researchers and doctors degrees of its students online. The Vrd Virtual Reference Desk is an important research tool for students, staff and researchers

The 21 museums of Sapienza University of Rome are both an evidence of the history of science and technics of the last century and a showcase of Sapienza latest scientific and cultural innovations. The museums are an important tribute to the understanding of the history of society through its cultural, scientific and technological evolution.

The International Relations Office was set up in 2001 to coordinate and support the universitys international activities. Headed by Mrs Antonella Cammisa, a member of the Bologna Experts team in Italy, the Office currently has an organisational structure consisting of experienced staff with permanent employees and a qualified team of external collaborators and trainees.

Student life

Sapienza students not only study in a world class university, they also study in a world class city. Rome is the ideal environment to learn and packs an infinite amount of history, art and culture. It is a city full of surprises that never fails to delight the senses. Living here is an integral part of the university experience and will greatly enrich your stay at Sapienza.

Master's Programmes at Sapienza University of Rome

Faculty of Political Science, Sociology and Communication

Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine

Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Faculty of Architecture

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