Though a medieval statement, how appropriate that all roads lead to Rome. This capital of Italy is where you just have a walk to see almost all nationalities of the world amidst its ancient architecture and monuments such as the Colosseum, Saint Peter’s Basilica and not forgetting the Vatican City. No wonder Rome is the second most popular tourist destination after Paris in Continental Europe.
Not usually comfortable using the word but the city is surely breathtaking and when I hear words like amazing, awesome and ‘like wow’, this one time I do think they are apt.
Although Italy has just above 8 percent of foreigners living there, the population of foreigners living in Rome is much higher. Add to that the tourists and you have a truly cosmopolitan city that has friendly and welcoming locals.
Depending upon the program you choose, you’ll be paying between 1000 to 1200 $ per year to study at a public university in Rome.
While the fees you pay is extremely modest it is well worth knowing that Rome is an expensive city and you must budget around US$ 1200 per month for living and shared accommodation, probably even a shared room. All of it well worth it. The cost of living index says 849 $ exclusive of accommodations.
You may even want to look for an Italian family that may welcome you to stay as a ‘paying guest’. There are many families in Rome who are open to such an arrangement.
Here are the websites of the public universities you would like to visit to choose the program most suited to your aspirations.
Sapienza Universita di Roma
Universita di Roma Tor Vergata
Roma Tre Universita
Foro Italico University of Rome
Higher Institute for Artistic Industries
For those looking to work and study, as previously mentioned about Italy in our article related to Milan, as a student you will be allowed to work 4 hours per day subject to a maximum of 20 hours a week. It is also worth mentioning again that the Italian economy is not what it used to be before the financial crisis of 2008/9 and work may be difficult to find unless you are a good tourist guide or possess some specialized skills. Other options may be teaching English or another popular language, being an Au Pair or doing the night shift at one of the many hotels.
A useful site to visit is to look for a possibility of a full or a partial scholarship.