Founded by Pope Boniface VIII in 1303, Rome’s Sapienza University is one of the oldest in the world. Its rich history has earned it the motto Il futuro è passato qui (the future has passed here). One of Italy’s main higher education institutions, Sapienza is unrivalled in size – more students enroll here than at any other university in Europe. The university has several campuses, most of which are situated to the east of central Rome, near Termini train station. Sapienza is Italian for wisdom, and the university certainly lives up to its name – according to Mastersportal, it is the 7th best higher education institution in Italy.
The proximity to San Lorenzo, the home of Rome’s vibrant student scene and the best place to enjoy an aperitivo after class; independent, local libraries like the Giufà Library Café; cultural hubs like the Nuovo Cinema Palazzo; local pizzerias; Baffo della Gioconda nightclub; the proximity to Termini Rail Station; and an affordable canteen.
Teachers don’t really control whether people show up to the lessons or not, books for your course are expensive.