La Sapienza - Università di Roma

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About Us

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With over 700 years of history, 111,000 students, 4000 teachers and 2000 employees, technicians and librarians, in addition to 2000 administrative staff in university hospitals, Sapienza is the first university in Europe. Our mission is to contribute to the development of a knowledge society through research, excellence, quality education and international cooperation.

Also see: Sapienza at a Glance - Facts and Figures


The world's leading university rankings place Sapienza at the forefront among Italian universities, for quality of research and teaching and for its international dimension. In the sectoral charts, the University excels and qualifies as a benchmark for many disciplines.


Sapienza currently offers over 250 programmes and over 200 vocational master courses. The School of Advanced Studies provides an programme of excellence and free tuition for the best students. Students with a high school score of 100 are exempt from enrolment fees, and the bonus is extended if they keep up their good grades. Families who have more than one child enrolled at the university also enjoy a special brothers-sisters bonus.

University services include 55 libraries (two with 24H reading rooms), 18 museums, Ciao and Hello orientation desks, a Sort – Orientation and Tutoring Office in each faculty, a Disabled Students Office, the Job Soul Placement Office, and a Public Relations Office.

Sapienza University promotes a vast range of cultural, social and sports activities and has various facilities (over 100,000 square meters) for sports, music, theatre and a web radio. 

Over 30,000 students come from other Italian cities, nearly 8000 are foreign and over 3300 students a year come to Sapienza as part of international mobility programmes.

Thanks to a wide network of collaborations with universities around the world, Sapienza also provides its students many international opportunities, including double degrees, scholarships abroad, internships in different European and non-European countries, international doctorates.


Scientific research activity at Sapienza covers an extremely broad spectrum of disciplines, reaching levels of excellence in many areas, including archaeology, physics and astrophysics, humanities and cultural heritage, the environment, nanotechnologies, cell and gene therapy, design, aerospace, social and economic sciences. 

Nobel Prize winners and internationally renowned scientists have taught or studied at Sapienza.


Sapienza is organized into 11 faculties and 63 departments, as well as numerous research and service centres. Management operates in a central administration organized by areas, offices and sectors.

The rectorate is collegiate; beside the Rector, there is a Deputy Rector and a group of Assistant Deputy Rectors and delegates with specific competences, alongside committees and commissions for evaluation, strategic planning, quality and integration of activities.


The symbol of Sapienza University is the Cherub, which, in association with the name "Sapienza University of Rome" constitutes the registered trademark and logo.

Sapienza annually publishes a Social Report which presents the activities and services provided to the community, details and analyses of the university's structure, internal organization, and resources.

The Transparent Administration section outlines all the information required by law and various policy documents on integrity and strategic planning policies.