Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"

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Year of foundation: 1303
Approx. number of students: 147,000
Period of study: Mid September-End February; Early March-Mid July
MCI partner since: 2006

The City

Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated municipality, with over 2.7 million residents. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber river. The city has been one of history's most powerful and important centers, being the home of the emperor during the Roman Empire and the Italian government. The city also has a significant place in Christianity and is the present day home of the Roman Catholic Church and the site of the Vatican City, an independent city-state run by the Catholic Church. Due to this, the city has often been nicknamed "Caput Mundi" (Latin for "Capital of the World") and "The Eternal City". Also, Rome is widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities.

The University

Università di Roma "La Sapienza", is a co-educational, autonomous state university. It is the largest European university and the oldest of Rome's three state-funded universities; Sapienza was founded in 1303, more than six centuries before Tor Vergata and Roma Tre. In Italian, sapienza means "wisdom" or "knowledge". According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sapienza University of Rome ranks among the top 30 European universities.

Today, Sapienza is by far the largest university in Rome. In order to cope with the ever-increasing number of applicants, the Rector has signed off on a new plan to expand the Città Universitaria, reallocate offices and enlarge faculties, as well as create new campuses for hosting local and foreign students, in collaboration with the city of Rome. The university has improved its research programs in the fields of engineering, biomedical sciences and humanities, through the "Sapienza Innovation" program. Recent cooperation with major British and American universities has resulted in scholarships for Sapienza students through large multicultural exchange programs, for many faculties.