Università di Roma "La Sapienza"


 The students are integrated in the research groups to which they belong for their thesis and get personal support from the secretary of the local coordinator. Moreover, they have the standard support offered to Italian students and, being Erasmus students, they benefit from reduced prices on meals at the university restaurant. Furthermore, the Physics Department Library provides facilities for e-mail and Internet access. During their free time, the students can take advantage of the many activities organized by the University Sport Center (CUS) or enjoy classical music through the University Concert Institution (IUC) program at a very low cost.

Administrative procedures

La Sapienza offers helps in finding suitable housing for their international students.

All further information and support are organized at the level of the Physics Department, where a secretary (fluent in English and French) provides assistance and information concerning travel arrangements, social security, residence  permit, enrollment at the University, and so on. 

A short history of La Sapienza

Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, it is the first University in Rome and the largest University in Europe: a city within a city, with over 700 years of history, 145,000 students, over 4,500 professors and  almost 5,000 people are administrative and technical staff.
Sapienza’s Governance is composed of an internal body: a Vice Rector and a group of Deputy Rectors, charged of specific activities, support the Rector in the management of the University, thanks also the cooperation of ad hoc committees.

Sapienza has a wide academic offer which includes over 250 degree programmes and 200 one or two year professional courses. Sapienza has 59 libraries and 21 museums as well as efficient student services such as Ciao (Information, welcoming and counselling centre), SoRT (Counselling and tutorship services) and assistance for disabled students.
Concerning with students’ origin, over 30,000 of them come from all parts of Italy; over 7,000 people come from abroad. Incoming and outgoing Erasmus students are about 1,000 people per year. Sapienza is implementing ICT services for students, such as online enrolment, University e-mail address and wireless hotspots around Campus.

Sapienza plans and carries out important scientific investigations in almost all disciplines, achieving high-standard results both on a national and on an international level, thanks of the work of its 11 faculties, 66 departments and several centres devoted to scientific research. There are also more than 100 PhD programmes which include almost all major fields of knowledge.
The first University in Rome is proud to have had many famous scholars among his students, such as the poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, and to be considered an institution of capital importance in the field of archaeological excavations, having achieved significant results in Libya, Syria, Turkey and on the Palatin Hill in Rome. Dealing with the field of Physics’students, members of the so called ‘Via Panisperna’ group – including the scientists Enrico Fermi, Edoardo Amaldi and Emilio Segrè – gave a crucial contribute to Physics and left an important heritage in subjects like Quantum Physics, Physics of Disordered Systems and Astrophysics.

Sapienza enhances research by offering opportunities also to international human resources. Thanks to a special programme for visiting professors, many foreign researchers and professors periodically come to Sapienza, consolidating the quality of its education and research programmes.
Professor Luigi Frati has been the Rector of Sapienza University since November 2008. He has started a great innovation process which envisages full tax exemption as a prize for outstanding students, elimination of useless structures and reorganisation of faculties.
Sapienza University of Rome is a public, autonomous and free university, involved in the development of society through research, higher level of education and international cooperation.