Italy (SISM) - Roma La Sapienza
Allergy and immunology, Anaesthesiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery, Dermatology-Venereology, Emergency medicine, Endocrinology, General Surgery, General Surgery - Gastrointestinal surgery, Infectious disease, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paediatric surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Rheumatology, Urology, Vascular surgery.
7 scope april, 10 scope october, 3 score september
1 Meal/day (from monday to friday included) at Hospital Canteen or pocket money (80 euros)
Residenza Giulia (Viale della Venezia Giulia 131, 00177 Roma) or private flat
Liability insurance required
Violeta Hernandez

There are several reasons if Rome used to be called “caput mundi”: just come and discover your own!

Legends say that Romolo and Remo brothers , born from Mars, the God of War, and Rhea Silvia, a vestal virgin and daughter of the local King, were rise by a wolf ... and we could keep on with amazing stories of magic, valorous fighter, Emperors, latin and Greek culture, the horror of the middle age and the splendor of the Renaissance .

It’s just impossible to present this city: just come, and we’ll discover together the scars of all the centuries on the stones and monuments of its streets and its seven hills (sette “colli”).

Capital of Italy, with more than five million inhabitants , fascinated and inspired lots of artists. It's impossible to list all the monuments, not only because of their number, but also as it would be meaningless: the history, the city of the Pope and the Vatican, its splendid quarters, the public squares, the Fountains’s the atmosphere you have to experience! And nearby places, such as the Roman Castles (Castelli Romani) and the sea, half an hour away, make the place even more interesting. However be prepared of problems of a busy, crowded and always alive big centre..but during august the main one will be the hot weather!

Ps: if you want to enter in the “mood” you could start with Venditti on youtube!


Sapienza is the oldest university in Rome, and among the oldest in Italy. It was founded in the fourteenth century as << Studium Urbis >> , "university town."

Nowadays it has more than 60 departments and a number of students that allows to place it in the top of the European ranking among the most popular universities, being the largest university in Europe.

“Sapienza” means wisdom: the Roman goddess of wisdom is Minerva, which is the symbol of the University (but the logo was replaced some years ago by the “Cherub”, illustrated by the artist Borromini). On the central square of the campus there is the statue of Minerva, which is also the goddess of war and a popular legend among students advises us not to challenge her look, if we value to complete our studies with a degree ;)
It's also the name of our LC mascotte, a tiny little Owl. 

The referral hospital is the “Policlinico Hospital Umberto I”. It 's the second largest public hospital in Italy, built in 1883 and operative since 1904. Its architecture aimed to correlate education, research and public health, evolving and functionally modifying over the time.

Basic research, clinical research and translational research allow  Sapienza  University and the Policlinico Umberto I to project itself in the international arena with success, placing the Faculty of Medicine in an excellent position, judging by scientific indicators such as the peer review and the impact factor .

In this regard, we recall some of the organizations that deserve to be mentioned because of the importance they have in the field of innovation: Center Oncogenomics "ROC" (Rome Oncogenomic Center), Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology and Medicine (BEMM), Regional Centre for PIDs (newly established) . Important results have been achieved nationally and internationally in various areas: cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, neuroscience, endocrine-metabolic diseases, diseases of the gastrointestinal and nutritional sciences, haematology and clinical immunology especially concerning stem cell research, infectious diseases, diseases of the mother-child and gynaecological imaging.

Briefly, the Faculty of Medicine in Sapienza University has deep roots in history and thanks to the education and research is launched in an international .


As you could read previously we have several lab activities, unfortunately some of them are closed during the month of august. However we always guarantee a couple of projects in semptember each year, that we constantly update.

By now you could attend:

"Study of the role of angiogenesis in the insurgence and development of Leydig cell hyperplasia and tumor" 


The residence in which you'll stay is fully equipped with kitchen so you can use to prepare your meals and your dinners. But since the food in Italy is one of the wonders to be discovered, we will share with you recipes and cooking experiences with workshops and others events.


You will be welcomed in our student house, in double or triple rooms. The residence, is 30 iminutes by metro from the Policlinico Umberto I (the University hospital).  There are supermarkets will allow you to catch anything you need, the laundry costs 3/4 euro. You can use the Wi-Fi of the dorm. 
There is a kitchen in the dorm, where you can prepare your meals.

We remember you that:
- For UE citizens: you will not have roaming charges when travelling to another EU country from 15 June 2017. Every existing or new contract that includes roaming services will change to "roam like at home" contract. New EU rules will cover data services, voice calls and SMS.
So you will not an Italian sim card to keep in touch with your family and friends from your country.

For Non-EU citizens: you'll need an Italian sim card in order to have best prices for extra UE calls, texts and data.
We'll help you with that. 

The dorm provides pillows and sheets delivered on arrival. 


Viale della Venezia Giulia, 131, 00177 Roma RM


A proverb says "all the streets lead to Rome" .. but inside the city you could lose your way! It’s definitely chaotic , but with a map, the 35euro monthly ticket for buses and metro and a smile you’ll always get it.

You could have a tough time getting along with Public transportation in Rome, but with a few tips it will result really easy! First of all it is usually a good idea to buy a montly ticket ("abbonamento") for 35 euros, which entitles you to use buses, trams and Rome's two underground lines. It is purchasable at the beginning of the month and should have your name and date of the birth written on it. This is generally a cheaper option than buying single tickets (BIT) which last 100 minutes but just once in the underground (1,5 euro each). Be sure to have a ticket whenever you travel as inspectors do random checks which could mean a nasty fine if you are caught without a ticket!

Regular buses run from 5.30 a.m. to midnight while the tube closes at 11.30 p.m, 1.30am on Friday and Saturday. Taxi are quite expensive, but the worse part of waiting a night bus could just be falling asleep! Last but certainly not least, beware of pickpockets!!

  • Airport

There are two international airports: Rome Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO) and Rome Ciampino "Pastine" (CIA). Find the best flight and then you'll can easily reach the city center finding a bus or a train on the official website, there are shuttle bus (4 euro) that will lead you to Termini train station where we will pick you up.

The main bus companies that lead you from Fiumicino or Ciampino airport are Terravision and Bus Shuttle. You can do your reservations at these links: from FIUMICINO to TERMINI STATION from CIAMPINO to TERMINI STATION 

  • Train

Roma Termini is the heart of public transport, and some nice shop and bar help you waiting for the bus or the train ( We have other smaller train station, Tiburtina is one of the main and the nearest metro to your residence.

To find your ticket and to travel around Italy check or

  • Cars - Very, very few students own cars which are expensive to buy and keep. Moreover, parking is a huge problem, especially around the university.

If you really need it there is a car sharing service ( “Enjoy”; “Car to Go”) in town, while unfortunately we miss the lovely bike sharing.


It’s the capital, really quiet during the month of august, but still offering a lot of opportunities!
So in August and September we don't provide a full social program but we'll try to organize something, especially during the weekends. 
During October we'll provide a full social program, for example: 


We will propose you some famous city tour, some trip to Ostia beach and parties, some ride in Appia Antica, we’ll suggest free or cheap expositions.

“CULINARY”, as you’ll be in Italy and food is a must:

We provide International Food and Drink in wich you can prepare your favourite food of you country and you can try typical Roman food. 

If you want to try the real Carbonara or Amatriciana, we can suggest you the best restaurants in Rome! 

“FUN” , the website that will suggest us all the best parties of the capital, when we will not be parting on Ostia beach or experiencing the INTERNATIONAL NIGHT (You should bring a typical drink and something to eat from your country, in order to share our traditions)
or MUSEMENT app, that shows you the main activities you can do in your free time.


You shouldn't miss nice places around Rome, such as Tivoli and Bracciano, Castel Gandolfo, Cinecittà World amusement park (!!) , “Castels” –Albano, Marino , Tarquinia, Ostia Antica…


We would love to organize intercity trips, but mostly we would be able just to give some advice about places and transportations. Our suggestions:

The cheapest and nearest but amazing: Napoli – Pompei – Costiera Amalfitana or Capri

Tuscany: Firenze – Siena- Pisa

The north: Verona –Venezia – Perugia


too many things!!

You'll never know it properly, Rome will always amaze you! However, as an incoming, you "must" loose yourself in the city center:


RIONE MONTI, nice for a drink

OTTAVIANO area, where's St Peter and Musei Vaticani (free on the last sunday of the month )

TRASTEVERE for a typical dinner

COPPEDE’, un unknown pearl

COLLE AVENTINO for its elegance and keyhole "surprise"  

CAMPO DEI FIORI and PIAZZA NAVONA, PANTHEON , Palazzo delle Esposizioni (free on the first wednesday of the month)

VILLA BORGHESE (and Galleria Borghese, you need to reserve), PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

SAN LORENZO and PIGNETO, students area, by night


In August the exchange will start from the 26th of July to the 23th of August !! 

For any doubt , request or whatever write to the Leo or Lore!! Before your arrival we will create a Facebook Group to easily organize all the activities and keep in touch

Agnese Sordi 
Davide Maccarrone