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Will I have the chance to attend extra-curricular activities in my free time?

LUISS offers a series of extra-curricular options for all those students who would like to live the campus to its fullest: volunteering activities, community gardening, courses on coding, videomaking, Internet of Things, the university Radio and more. There are a lot of spaces inside the universities dedicated to students who would like to suggest new activities as well.

Are there computer rooms at the campus?

Computer rooms are available in every campus and can be used by students to study, exercise or print out materials they need for their courses.

Do I have the chance to practice sports at LUISS?

The LUISS Sports Association offers to all LUISS students the chance to practice a broad range of Sports and join one of the teams – including football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, cycling, swimming, rowing, skiing and much more – and or registering for dance courses, personal training sessions our outdoor training.

Is there a canteen at the campus?

There are two canteens, one in viale Romania and another one in viale Pola (5 minutes walking from via Parenzo). Both canteens are open for lunch and for dinner, and during weekends as well. Special courses are available for students with food intolerances.

How can I move among campuses?

A shuttle bus connects the two main campuses of viale Romania and via Parenzo, leaving every 10/15 minutes. All the other campuses are in the nearby area, at a walking distance of 5 minutes.

Will I receive info on the academic system, exam sessions and teaching method in general?

A first set of information on the Italian Academic System and on how classes and exams are organized in LUISS is given to students during a specific orientation session at the beginning of the Welcome Weeks. Afterwards, students can always refer to their tutor or the Department’s office for any doubt on courses, study plan and exams. Sessions and seminars dedicated to study related topics (such as how to write a paper, how to write a thesis) are offered by tutors during the semesters.

Are there any social activities planned for students?

LUISS University organizes a wide range of social, cultural and leisure activities throughout the academic year, along with those managed by the students’ associations. Freshmen can have the chance to get a glimpse of these activities during the Welcome Weeks, by participating to social events with home students, and joining our tours around Rome to discover the city and its beauties. Such kind of tours and social gatherings happen regularly during the year and all students can get involved by signing up via email – specific email are sent to inform them of the latest news.


How can I get to LUISS University from the airport?

If you are landing in Roma Fiumicino Airport
A shuttle train called Leonardo Express, leaving every half hour, links Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini Station. The price of the ticket is € 14,00.
For further information, visit the website http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage_en.html
A bus service called Terravision leaves every half hour from Fiumicino Airport for Roma Termini Station. The price of the ticket is € 4,00.
For further information, visit the website http://www.terravision.eu/
By taxi, the average fare from the Airport is about € 60,00.

If you are landing in Roma Ciampino Airport
A bus service called Terravision leaves every half hour from Ciampino Airport for Roma Termini Station. The price of the ticket is € 4,00.
For further information, visit the website http://www.terravision.eu/
By taxi, the average fare from the Airport is about € 40,00.
Other possibilities can be found on: http://www.adr.it and www.atral-lazio.com.

From Roma Termini Station to LUISS University – viale Romania Campus
Take bus n° 360 and get off at the stop on viale Romania 32, just in front of the LUISS main entrance. The price of the ticket is € 1,50.
By taxi, the average fare from the Roma Termini Station is € 15.

Will I have the chance to meet the staff and understand who I have to refer to?

Yes, a specific session is organized during the Welcome Weeks called Coffee with the Officer, to let freshmen know all the colleagues they might need to refer to, for many reasons, during their academic path. All LUISS offices and colleagues are always available throughout the year to help students and give them the information they need.

Will I have the chance to ask for advice to home students?

Yes, international students can register for the buddy program, managed by the ESN Roma LUISS Association, in order to be matched with a home student who will help them in both university-related matters and daily-life issues, coping with the possible complexities of adapting to a new city and a new culture.

Which activities are planned for freshmen?

All freshmen are involved in a 2-weeks event, at the beginning of the academic year, to welcome them in their new University and to provide them with all the information they need on the services and opportunities offered by the University, administrative requirements, academic system, life in Rome. During the 2-weeks event all students have the chance to meet their peers, get to know LUISS staff and professors and join a series of social and cultural events.

When am I expected to arrive?

Freshmen are expected to arrive for the beginning of the Welcome Weeks (beginning of September). All students will receive detailed information in advance.


Who can I refer to for any doubt on my academic path?

Every student can always refer to the University tutor, a point of reference to help students organizing their study path, plan their study, enriching their educations with training opportunities, solving administrative problems and, in general, coping with the possible complexities of academic activities. A University tutor is always available on campus for all those students who might need a help.

Can I attend Italian language classes?

Yes, free Italian language courses are offered every semester, for both students and professors, covering a wide range of levels, depending on the students’ requests.

Where can I study between a lesson and another?

All campuses have reading rooms where students can go for studying or teamworking. Students can also study at the LUISS Library, located near via Parenzo campus, and specialized in Social Sciences. The Library also offers a series of services, such as online catalogues, bibliographical information and access to a wide range of specialized databases.

How can I contact professors?

All professors have their own webpage on LUISS website, with all the information to contact them and details on their office hours.

Where do I check courses information?

Every course has its own syllabus, available online on LUISS main website, where the lecturers points out all course’s main features – number of credits, total workload, course contents, reference books, etc.

Where do I check my timetable?

Students can access their timetable through an interactive platform, available in every Department’s webpage.

Do I have to attend every lesson?

Attendance in LUISS is mandatory, therefore students are expected to attend at least 75% of their lessons.


Where are the accommodations located?

As for residences and dormitories, they are all in the nearby area – some of them are just a few minutes walking from the campuses. For what concerns private accommodations, CasaLUISS offers several choices both in the neighboring area and in other districts on the city, depending on the student’s requests.

How do I apply for housing?

Students can apply for LUISS Residences and approved dormitories through a dedicated call for application, published every year on LUISS website, at the University Union’s page. In order to apply for a private accommodation, students can contact CasaLUISS, a dedicated Real Estate Agency, by writing at casaluiss@luiss.it.

Which are the housing options I can apply for?

Students have the opportunity to apply for several types of housing solutions, going from our Residences, to approved dormitories, to private accommodations.


Are there any other documents I will need to obtain for my stay in Italy?

Based on their nationality and the reason of their stay, students might need to get a tax code number, a health insurance policy, an Italian bank account, an Italian phone number and a registration to the municipality of Rome they live in. All the information on such documentation, procedures and so forth are given by the LUISS Welcome Desk during the Welcome Weeks.

Will the University help me with the Residence Permit application?

Yes, the LUISS Welcome Desk organizes specific sessions during the Welcome Weeks to help students completing their applications, step by step. LUISS also provides students with the Yellow Kit, i.e. the official form needed to apply for a Residence Permit. The LUISS Welcome Desk is always available during the application process to help students checking the status of their application with the authorities in charge.

In administrative terms, what kind of steps do I have to do after my arrival in Rome?

Once arrived in Rome/ in Italy, all foreign students need to get a series of documents in order to regulate their stay: tax code number, health insurance policy, Italian phone number. In addition, non-EU students have to apply for the Residence Permit within 8 working days since their arrival.
All the information on such documentation, procedures and so forth are given by the LUISS Welcome Desk during the Welcome Weeks.

Will the University help me in applying for a VISA?

LUISS University provides all students who need to apply for a VISA with an official invitation letter, as a fundamental requirement in order to obtain a Study VISA. Students can ask for the letter right after the completion of their enrollment procedure.

How do I find out if I need a VISA?

In order to discover if you need a VISA and how to apply for it, you can check the dedicated page at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s website (http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en) and follow the given instructions.


Do I have to attend the DD selection interview personally?

No, if you are abroad at the moment of the selection interview for one or more DD Programs, we can arrange a Skype call.

What are the pre-requirements to apply for a Double Degree Program?

Each Double Degree Program has its own requirements, but they generally require minimum levels of weighted average grade, registered credits and English language proficiency. Depending on the program, additional requirements such as knowledge of other languages, professional experience, final grade of the Bachelor’s Degree and specific English language certificates can be requested.

If I am not selected for a Double Degree Program before enrolling in the Master’s Degree, can I apply to the same program during the first year of the Master’s Degree?

No, at least generally. Selections are held only once for each program. However, should a selected student withdraw from the program, the available slot could be open to students enrolled in the first year of the Master’s Degree. This is of course not applicable to Programs whose international mobility is during the first year of the Master’s Degree.

If I am selected for a Double Degree Program, am I automatically selected for the Master’s Degree?

No, both admissions procedures are separate. Applicants for Double Degree Programs are expected to have secured their admission to the Master’s Degree of choice before being selected for the Double Degree.

How does the Double Degree work in terms of mobility?

Usually you will spend the first year at LUISS and the second year at the partner university – this may change depending on the specific program (for more information, please refer to the page of each program).

What kind of Degree title will I obtain at the end of the program?

You will receive a Master’s Degree issued by the partner university, on top of the Master’s Degree issued by LUISS University. For more details about the degree issued for each program, please visit the programs webpages.

Is there an extra-fee to participate in a Double Degree program?

For most programs, students are exempted from paying tuition fees at the partner university. Students will continue to pay standard tuition fees at LUISS University. For a limited number of programs, students are required to pay tuition fees at both universities (for more information, please refer to the page of each program).

How can I apply to a Double Degree Program?

Students can apply to Double Degree Programs through the call for applications, which outline the timeline, the selection procedure, the pre-requirements and the rules for participation.

When can I apply to a Double Degree Program?

Selections for Double Degree programs are held either prior to beginning the Master’s Degree or during the first year of the Master’s Degree.
Call for applications for Double Degrees open to students not yet enrolled in the Master’s Degree are usually published in early March and selections are published by mid to late May.
Calls for application for Double Degrees open to students already enrolled in the first year of a Master’s Degree are usually published in mid-December.

What is the difference between Double Degrees and Exchange Programs?

With a Double Degree Program, students receive two titles, a Master’s Degree from LUISS and a Master’s Degree from the partner university, valid in both countries. On the other hand, Exchange Programs provides students with the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad and take exams at the partner university, that will be recognized in their LUISS study plan.
Moreover, Double Degree Programs generally require students to spend at least one year at a Partner university and write a joint thesis.


What are the pre-requirements to apply for QTEM?

Requirements for QTEM are:

  • C1 English language level certificate
  • GMAT of minimum 600, or equivalent GRE

If I am not selected for QTEM before enrolling in the Master’s Degree, can I apply again during the first year of the Master’s Degree?

Yes – selections are held once a year both for candidates applying prior to the beginning the Master’s Degree or during the first year of the Master’s Degree Programs available for QTEM.

If I am selected for QTEM, am I automatically selected for the Master’s Degree?

No, both admissions procedures are separate. Students will be admitted to the QTEM program only if both selections are positive and, therefore, students are successfully enrolled in one of the Master’s Degree Programs available for QTEM.

How does the QTEM work in terms of mobility?

Students will the opportunity to spend up to two semesters abroad in two different partner universities, as well as carry out a compulsory internship.

When can I apply to the QTEM?

You may apply to QTEM either prior to beginning of the Master’s Degree or during the first year of the Master’s Degree Programs available for QTEM.
The call for application for QTEM is usually published in mid-December.

What academic paths can I choose in order to apply the QTEM?

There are 4 academic paths that you may choose in order LUISS Master’s Degree Programs:

  • Economics (except for RoME)
  • Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Banche e Intermediari Finanziari (in Italian)

Can I apply to QTEM and other international opportunities?

Yes, students may apply both to QTEM and other international opportunities available for the chosen Master’s program, though selection processes and timings differ.

Is there an extra fee to participate in QTEM?

Access to QTEM requires no additional fees than the standard LUISS fees for the Master’s programs.

What kind of certificate do I gain with QTEM?

After completing the program, students will receive the QTEM degree – a Master’s supra-national certificate issued by the whole QTEM network – on top of the Master’s degree issued by LUISS University.

What makes QTEM a unique program?

QTEM will give you the chance to enter an exclusive network, through excellent Academic Partners – where students will spend up to 2 exchanges abroad – multinational Corporate Partners and a Global alumni network.

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