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MESCI pre-enrollment procedure for the 2024/2025 a.y. will take place on the Universitaly portal. Please note that if you have received your pre-acceptance letter and you don't have a VISA, you can start the pre-enrolment procedure on Universitaly even without the Declaration of Value or the Statement of Comparability (however you need to have one of these documents at the moment of the enrolment (in November 2024). 

Once the pre-enrollment procedure has been elaborated by Universitaly you will be able to ask for an appointment at the Italian Diplomatic Authority to apply for a visa and for an Italian fiscal code (codice fiscale), necessary to conclude the enrollment procedure. Please remember that both documents (Italian study visa and fiscal code must be available before the beginning of the lectures in 20th of November 2024.


After you have received the letter of pre-acceptance, you will have to immediately contact the nearest Italian Diplomatic Authority and begin the process of obtaining a Declaration of Value (a certificate issued by an Italian diplomatic authority located in the country where the qualification was awarded) of your degrees. Each diplomatic authority follows different procedures, in any case the declaration MUST indicate the years of schooling, the official translation of the qualification into Italian and the legalization of the Embassy / Consulate of Italy in the country in which it has been awarded. We encourage you to contact the relevant Italian diplomatic authority for detailed instructions regarding the procedure to follow.

As an alternative, you can ask for the Statement of Comparability through the CIMEA website. This process requires the translation into Italian of your university transcripts and can take several weeks, therefore you are advised to proceed as soon as possible. Students will be admitted for enrolment only if their DV/SoC will be submitted before the beginning of classes. Students who have earned their degree in an Italian university are exempt from this procedure.


Please find here a useful list of hotels, B&B, religious institutes, etc. and info related to apartments near Tor Vergata University.
You can also stay at Tor Vergata University campus that offers short and long term accommodations. Visit the web site to get more information:
Whether in a hostel, campus or with friends, guarantee an address before coming. You might need it for the Visa and surely for arranging your documents once you get here. You will get here by the end of summer, the city will be crowded, and so make sure you guarantee your place. Other accomodations possibilities can be found at:

There are a lot of websites where you can book a hostel, here is one:

Discounts for Tor Vergata Students are offered from Agevola



Having a valid health insurance in Italy is essential to request a residency permit.

If the student has already stipulated an insurance policy in the country of origin and it has been validated by the Italian representation before she/he left, the student can use it for the first issue of her/his residency permit.

Otherwise once in Italy the student will have two opportunities: either registering with the National Health Service (SSN) or stipulating a private policy.

National Health Service

The registration to the National Health Service (SSN), will give the student complete health assistance and she/he will be assigned (or she/he can choose) to a doctor.

Registration is valid for one solar year (from January to December)

How to register:

 Go to the closest ASL office (Local Health Authority). The closest one to the University is in ‘Via di Torrenova’ (other addresses can be found at the and ask how to proceed with the payment (700,00€ per year for students).



How to get to the city…(from the airports)

Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino


Private bus:

Regular bus:


Private bus:

Regular bus:

Taxi from (both) airports to town shouldn’t be more than €50,00. So make sure you talk to the driver before you get in! First Italian exercise!


Annual Pass €250,00

Lasts 365 days, from the day you first use it. You can have it done at the metro stations (such as Anagnina, Lepanto, Ottaviano and EUR Fermi - biglietterie Atac) and all you need is a photo and you’ll have to fill in a form.

Monthly Pass €35,00

This one can be bought in some “Tabaccherie” , where the regular ticket is also sold. The discount for those who use public transportation every day is about 19%.

Student Pass 

The monthly/ yearly student passes cost half the price of the ordinary ones we listed above, BUT masters’ students are not eligible! If you get caught, you will be asked to pay a fine...


The Italian law establishes that non-EU citizens who wish to stay in Italy for more than three months must apply for the residency permit within 8 days from their arrival in Italy.

Firstly, the student has to take thekit for theresidency permit request (available at post offices or at the University Welcome Office, where the student can also receive assistance to fill it in.

Once the request form is correctly completed, the student has to deliver it to any post offices with the logo Sportello Amicotogether with:

- a copy of each passport’s page

- a copy of the health insurance

- a copy of the Acceptance Letter received by the University

- a copy of the Fiscal Code

- 1 Revenue Stamp (Marca da Bollo) € 16. You can buy it in the tobacco stores.

Costs of the Residency permit:

The cost of the slip is € 70,46

The cost of the residency permit kit is € 30,00

The closest Post Office to the Tor Vergata University is in via Terzilio Cardinali 11.


Home sweet Rome…

Universitá Tor Vergata is really far from downtown, so your options will be living closer to school and paying a bit less for rent, or living in town but paying a bit more to be closer to everything else… In any case, we would suggest you to leave along metro line A, preferably between Termini and Anagnina. (To give you an idea, if you live near Termini, it will probably take you maybe an hour or an hour and 15 minutes to arrive at university.) 

3.1 TOR VERGATA "CX Rome Student Place"

The new campus offers short and long term accommodations. Visit the web site to get more information:


Rent varies from €400 for a shared room to € 550 for a private one in the San Giovanni area. You may find a private room for €400 around the University area, for example. PS: In both cases you will be asked for a “caparra”, which is a deposit, that amounts from 1-3 months of rental paid in advance that they give you back when you leave if the apartment is in order.





The school is planning to offer a course of italian for free for MESCI Master students (still to be determined the start date). There are also many courses available in town, many different prices as well. You can get around quite well in Rome without speaking Italian, but it is certainly a “plus” that you know it, increasing your internship opportunities. And, thinking about the internship, you might want to use this year to learn another language (Spanish, French or Portuguese) that are many times required in order to get an internship abroad. They have a language centre at the university, and official courses linked to embassies in the city!


Just kidding! Take it as a reminder of the “romantic Latin air” you will see in Rome.


Many people are allowed to find part time jobs while studying a Master programme, so check it in your consulate in your home country first. So, if you’re willing to find a job there are many jobs you can apply for, if you don’t speak any Italian you may go to pubs, restaurants or bars in the touristy neighborhoods. You may also apply for teaching English or other languages, if you would rather. The regular minimum wage is €6,00/ hour, if you find something on you own graduation field or for example private classes of your mother tongue, the wage can get to € 25-30,00/ hour!

Some opportunities can be found at:

UN jobs


You may find many different opportunities throughout the year to travel, so keep checking the low costs for the best trips!


  • Pre-courses: if you don’t have an economics background make sure that you study a lot in the beginning, specially Statistics and Econometrics that will be widely used throughout the course;
  • Internet: there are computer rooms that you can freely use in the University, some of the have printers that you can also use (but you have to supply the paper);
  • Exams: the exams follow the Italian system of education and examination, containing all the subjects dealt in class by the end of each semester. It might be worthy for you to know, that given the volume of reading and disciplines, you should try to study while having the class or at least in further advance.