Where Do You Find Italian Entry Requirements For Americans?

I am struggling to find information on how to apply to the Sapienza University of Rome, along with many other Italian universities. Their websites seem really clustered and disorganized, and it is hard to find information on how American students are evaluated, and what the entry requirements are. Does anyone have more info about this, or where I could even find this information?

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Did you find the International Admissions page? International Admissions | Sapienza UniversitĂ  di Roma

Here is the list of courses available for pre-selection (which realistically are your only options): Online Preselection Application – Sapienza University of Rome (you don’t have to login to read the page; be careful b/c the page is a mix of Bachelors & Masters courses).

Be aware that

  1. complicated and disorganized will apply to every part of the process- from initial inquiries to being an enrolled student. It’s their system and they will expect you to navigate it on your own

  2. Sapienza is massively over-enrolled Lectures are huge and personal interactions with profs non-existent (esp in the early years)

  3. same as the UK you are admitted to study a specific subject. There is an entrance exam for most courses. There is also a Foundation Year to help international students prepare for it. Pretty sure that is the only rational way for you to proceed with Sapienza.


OP, where do you want to go and what do you want to do? You are aware that universities in the UK and Italy are like night and day, and the US is, in comparison, another planet?

You should go to Italy because you want to got to Italy, because it’s going to be hard, and complicated, and very very Italian, and very very different from the US. It’s not college as you know it in more picturesque surroundings and more authentic food. It’s extremely different and you have to WANT that. If you’re just going because you think it’s faster, cheaper and you don’t have to bother with gen eds, you are going to set yourself up for massive failure.

First of all: in Europe, you don’t just go to school to keep going to school. That’s over with high school. You go to university to learn a subject or to be trained in a profession. That’s the point about not having any gen eds. (And that’s the one thing all European universities have in common).

If you cannot tell us what you want to do for the next 3 of 4 years, and what’s it supposed to prepare you for, there is no point trying to evaluate “European” (there is is really no such thing) universities.


Disorganized is culturally normal. If you cannot find the information you need on a website in English, how do you think you’ll manage in Italian?