Study in Rome, Italy
Rome is an extremely popular destination with international students, mixing history, heat and human achievement to produce one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Rome’s history is legendary. The city, once known as the caput mundi (capital of the world) was the centrepiece of the vast Roman Empire and seat of the Papal Empire. It’s home to tourist sites like the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo, so join the travelling hordes and get to know this awe-inspiring Italian gem.
Rome is a centre of education in Italy, with many academies, colleges and universities operating within the city. Indeed, the city is a historical centre of educational excellence, with Ancient Romans studying in the city.
Modern day Rome is home to the largest university in Europe in La Sapienza, which is home to more than 140,000 students and several religious institutions.
You could study a graduate program in Rome at some of the following institutions:
- La Sapienza
- LUISS School of Government
- Istituto Europeo di Design
- John Cabot University
- The American University of Rome
- LUISS Business School
Both taught and research programs in Rome will generally take two years to complete, while a PhD will take between 3-5 years to finish. It’s important that your Italian language skills are up to scratch, as most programs will be taught in a combination of Italian and English. Check with your chosen institution before applying.
Immigration and visas
EU students are able to come and study in the Italy providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- You have sufficient funds to support yourself
- You have comprehensive health insurance cover
Life in Rome
Want to get into the Roman lifestyle? Start with eating and drinking well. Food and wine are central to Roman social life, with locals spending their evenings in one of the dozens of pizzerias, trattorias and restaurants that dot the city.
With the Vatican City at the heart of Rome, religion plays a strong part in life here. St Peter’s Basilica dominates the skyline, and Sunday mornings are reserved for church. Come Sunday evening, however, everyone will be out in their finest clothes taking a stroll through the piazzas. This the perfect time to get to know your neighbours and stop being an international student and become a Roman local.
Working in Rome
Rome is Italy’s capital city and one of its economic hubs. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in all of Europe, with residents typically working in the service sector, high-technology companies, research and construction.
Tourism is also a major player in Rome’s economy, with Rome’s Fiumicino international airport being the largest in Italy.
Most international students coming to study in Rome will choose to live in postgraduate halls of accommodation provided by universities. This allows them to settle into student life easily by meeting fellow students and also by getting support from the university.
However, if you do decide to live privately, some of the most popular neighbourhoods for students to live in include Quartiere San Lorenzo and Campo dei Fiori.
Weather and climate
Rome has a typically Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. Winter is at its coldest between December and February, when temperatures can drop to around 3C, while summer is at its hottest between June and August.
Rome is a humid city, with 75% humidity as an average throughout the year.