The University of Rome Tor Vergata Guide

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Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata is a public research university located in Rome, Italy. It was established in 1982 with the goal of providing high-quality education for students preparing to meet the ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st-century workforce. Despite its young age, Tor Vergata has already reached high quality standards in Italy and Europe. It is located in the south-eastern suburb just outside of Rome. – Wikipedia

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The typical academic year follows this structure:

  • November: First year commenses
  • February: Exam session
  • April: Some professors might hole an extraordinary exam session for students that didn’t take them in February
  • June-July: Exam session
  • August: Holidays
  • September: Additional exam session
  • December: Christmas break and also exams

April, September, and December exams are known as extraordinary exam sessions, whereas February, June and July are the official exam sessions.

Q: First year subjects

  • CHEMISTRY & INTRO BIOCHEMISTRY
  • PHYSICS & STATISTICS
  • BIOLOGY & GENETICS
  • HISTOLOGY & EMBRYOLOGY
  • HUMAN ANATOMY I
  • SCIENTIFIC WRITING & RESEARCH COMMUNICATION

Q: What are the tuition fees and living cost

The living expenses for Tor Vergata is considered lower than in central Rome, however I recommend for new students to stay in Campus X for at least the first month while trying to find an apartment. It’s pretty hard for me to tell you how much it would cost to rent an apartment because I still live in Campus X.
The cost of rent in Campus X depends upon which room you want to rent; it can be anything from €390 euros to €700 euros depending on the type of room you choose and the contract you sign.

*Another source has confirmed that a private room 15 minutes away from the university by bus is around €250 euro a month*

Q: Are the professors fluent in English? Can I easily understand
Of course, most of the professors have an accent, but we can understand them. Personally, I have some professors that I love to have classes with, and others that I don’t (I think most likely because of the subjects involved and my personal interest in them) But in a matter of the fluency the professors mostly have great English or average mainly because of the accent.

Q: What about exams? What are they like?
Most of the exams in Tor Vergata are oral. Some others are written like the physics exam and statistics.

Q: I heard some universities offer free Italian language courses. Is it the same in Tor Vergata?
Yes, they offer free Italian language courses for university students at every level.

Q: Do we study in the morning or afternoon? How are the classes organized?
It depends on which semester you are, but usually classes start at 8 am and can end between 3-5pm. Depending on which year you are, you can end up with days off having no class. It pretty much depends on the semester you are in.

Q: What are the clinical years like in Tor Vergata?
We start our clinical years in the first year of the course during second semester. In the beginning there are not that many things we can do because we actually don’t know nothing yet. But we do spend some time in each sector of the poliniclinico to learn how the hospital works; as well as learning how to collect blood. In the following years, we start doing more things.

Q: Do we get paid for practical lessons?
Nope… that’s a weird question.

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