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Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma (UNIVERSITY OF ROME SAPIENZA) reviews

221 reviews
3.98 / 5 based on 221 reviews
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I always wanted to learn Italian. Its quite an easy language to learn compared to others. Italy is the perfect place to learn the local language -because you have to! The Italians really only speak Italian, and not English... The only opportunity to have a good social life is to learn the language asap
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> An ERASMUS grant<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
The prices in Italy is far lower than in Denmark. Of course I was often given a higher prize because of being a foreigner which really pissed me off. Overall I spent more money in Italy, because there's so many things to see and do...
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Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Have a backup credit card... Dont learn this the hard way as I did;)
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Talk with other students... Take a lot of courses in the beginning, and skip them you dont like... It seemt real easy just to pick a new course during the first month or so... There's so little control and few teachers controls who shows up when. At some courses in auditoriums there's like 100 students, so in theory you can just sign up for the exam in the end of the course and take the exam without studying. At others the professor really controls who goes, and this matters when he give the grade at the end of semester... Talk with the professors in the beginning of the course so that he knows that you are interested in it. The small courses are often much better than those for the crowds. Write notes... Dont buy the books, borrow them at the department libary and copi them... You dont want to use them after your study abroad anyway...
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I guess I had a bit of a culture shock, going from the northern europe to Italy... Also more language skills would have eased my socializing.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is really welknowned, guess because its so huge... But its not fantastic... Oh, the Mensa/food was really great!!! Cheap, plenty and tasty! I was really impressed that there's a guy at the mensa at the faculty of economics that actually makes to pizza...
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Dont go for the academics! Go for the cultural experince. Find a place close to center, learn the language fast, join the ESN, socialize and live the crazy lazy fantastic life...
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The ESN organization at La Sapienza is really good to organize events... Every week there was new party in a new discoteque... Else Rome is amazing, but frankly the discoteques aren't all that great... Drinks can be very expensive, and people can be quit weird. It all comes down to the fact that Italian guys tries with the girls so bad, all the time with no self awareness what so ever... This freaks most girls out, and irritated me as well...
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Christian
Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Political Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Sapienza UniversitÓ di Roma
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I think its the only possibility. The university doesn't help you to find a place to stay.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I lived at Via Casalina, which was pretty far out of the city. Public transportation in Rome, is really crappy. So I strongly recommend a house in the city center i.e. San Giovanni, near Termini or near the main attractions Coloseum, Piazza Navona etc...
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