Immerse yourself in a city that seamlessly blends its ancient history with a vibrant modern culture. From renowned universities to world-class research facilities, Italy's capital offers a wide range of personal, professional and academic opportunities.
As an international student in Rome, you will have the chance to engage with a diverse international community and forge lifelong connections while being surrounded by awe-inspiring historical landmarks, art, and architecture.
The city's welcoming spirit, academic excellence, and lively atmosphere make studying in La Città Eterna an extraordinary adventure that will broaden your horizons and shape your future.
Despite having a very precise founding day – the 21st of April 753 BC, celebrated every year as Il Natale di Roma – the city is so old that the story of its foundation is an actual legend. You may have heard of it: it involves twins and a tame she-wolf. The city’s past is everywhere to be enjoyed, and forms part of the attractions that make Rome a world-famous tourist magnet.
Lovers of all types of arts will also revel – from ancient Roman remains to the Sistine Chapel, and from its famous museums to hidden gems tucked away in narrow cobblestone streets, there is literally something for everyone.
But Rome is not only its past or its tourist attractions– it is a cosmopolitan capital, with over 2 million inhabitants, several international institutions, and some of the best universities in Italy. The city's bustling neighbourhoods are lined with vibrant markets, trendy boutiques, and cozy cafes where you will enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine and experience the renowned dolce vita lifestyle.
Rome has several state and private universities. Fees at state universities in Italy are quite affordable compared to those in other European capitals. Here's an overview with some of the most-known ones:
While EU/EEA students don’t need a work permit to be employed while studying in Italy (a maximum of 20 h/week), non-EU students have to get a student work permit to work the same amount of hours. Non-EU students must also apply for a residence permit after graduation, which grants them the right to stay in the country for a period of 6 to 12 months. Keep in mind that to get a stay back permit in Italy you need to have a master’s course or Ph.D. degree (or pursuing it).
A number of Italian companies are headquartered in Rome, and there are also several national and international institutions. Rome is home not only to the Italian government, but to international agencies such as the UN Food and Culture Organisation, or the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Tourism is clearly a strong industry in Rome, but it is not the only sector that will offer jobs. For example, professionals in marketing and communications, business, finance, but also research, tech, publishing and arts, are all likely to find something of interest in the city. However, for many jobs, it will be imperative to master Italian.
Did we mention that all roads lead to Rome? Just kidding – nowadays, it is much easier to reach the Città Eterna on a plane: Fiumicino (FCO) is the busiest airport in Italy and has direct connections with many countries in the world.
If you happen to be in Italy already, a good alternative to reach Rome is by train or bus – which are comparatively cheaper than in other countries. Roma Termini is the biggest train station in the city, with daily connections to all major italian cities and even to daydream locations such as the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.