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Luiss Guido Carli

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FAQs - Frequently asked questions

Admission / Enrollment

I am an international student and would like to study at Luiss Guido Carli. What should I do?

If your university has a bilateral agreement with Luiss Guido Carli (under the Erasmus+ Program or another exchange agreement), you can apply through the student exchange office at your institution. The first thing to do is to contact the coordinator at your home university.

If your university does not have an exchange agreement with Luiss:

You can enroll in individual courses (corsi singoli). In this case, you will have to pay a fee of € 1,300 for each course. 

In order to register, please read the information from the Student Office:

and contact the Student Office: segreteria@luiss.it or segreteriamagistrali@luiss.it

You can also enroll for a full degree program. In order to do so, please read the information available on the website:

and contact the Student Office: segreteria@luiss.it  or segreteriamagistrali@luiss.it

Erasmus and exchange students

I am an Erasmus / exchange student and have been selected to go to Luiss, what should I do?

What are the application procedures?

Please refer to the online applications, procedures and deadlines page.

When will I receive the acceptance letter?

Starting in the middle of June, as soon as application forms are processed, the Student Exchange Office will send the incoming students an acceptance letter and practical information via email.

Hard copies of the acceptance letters will be sent only to students that have to apply for a visa.

Will I have to pay tuition fees?

Erasmus students and students under a bilateral exchange agreement do not have to pay any kind of tuition fee. These students are admitted on a no-tuition-fee basis.

Departments and how the University is organized

What is the structure of the University?

University structure: three-year bachelor's degree + two-year master's degree - according to the Bologna system

  • Undergraduate studies (bachelor's) : three-year bachelor's degree programs (180 ECTS credits)
  • Graduate studies (master's): two-year master's degree programs (120 ECTS credits)
  • Department of Law (master's): five-year single-cycle graduate program (300 ECTS credits) 

What departments do you have?

Departments:

  • Department of Business and Management
  • Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Law
  • Department of Political Science

Courses in English can be found at this link: https://www.luiss.edu/international-programs/erasmus-and-exchange-students/courses-english-erasmus-and-exchange-students

Language of instruction 

I do not speak Italian. Do you offer courses in English?

At Luiss the main language of instruction area Italian and English. We offer more than 200 courses in English.

What are the language requirements for Luiss University?

Luiss student exchange agreements are based on mutual trust in selecting students and their level of language proficiency certified by each home institution.

Students selected for an exchange should be proficient in the language of instruction of the host university.
With most of our partners, we have agreed that language proficiency will be certified by each home university, which will confirm that the level is adequate. Students will not be required to submit the results of an official language test for the exchange program.

From our partner Universities with whom we have not agreed on a language certificate waiver we will require proof of language proficiency for English and or Italian language to study at Luiss. 

Non-native speakers of English and/or Italian should provide the following proof of proficiency.

For Italian:

  • Bachelor and Master's level
    A minimum of B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or equivalent

Italian language proficiency can be certified by the home university.

For English, one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS score: a minimum of 6
  • TOEFL IBT score: a minimum of 78/80
  • Cambridge – FCE Level - grade B 
  • Cambridge – CAE Level - grade C
    IELTS and TOEFL tests taken more than two years ago are no longer valid.

Courses in Italian

In order to attend courses in Italian, the student's level should at least be at an intermediate level.  

Italian language courses

Do you offer Italian language courses? Who can apply?

Each year Luiss offers Italian language courses in both semesters to Erasmus exchange students who have been admitted to Luiss Guido Carli University, under an exchange programme (Erasmus+ or Bilateral Agreement). The courses are at three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. 

The courses are only open to Erasmus and exchange students from partner universities and are free of charge. 

Students will gain 3 ECTS credits for each course. 

Will I receive a certificate at the end of the course?

At the end of the courses, students who have complied with requirements will receive a certificate for the work done (with grades and 3 ECTS credits).

Deadlines and arrival dates

When should I apply for Luiss?

The application deadline is May 15 for both I (Fall) and II (Spring) semester.

Find out when and where you have to apply at your home university.

Students will not be accepted by Luiss after the May 15 deadline.

When should I come to Luiss?

There are set arrival dates for each academic year. These dates are mandatory.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the mandatory arrival dates are:

  • First semester: September 10, 2020
  • Second semester: February 4, 2021

The mandatory dates will be sent to the students with the acceptance letters. They are also indicated in the academic calendar and on the web site.

On the arrival dates, the students should go to the Student Exchange Office at 10:00 am or 2:30 pm

Orientation sessions will be held on the arrival dates and students will receive an information package.

Course enrollment

Which courses can I take?

Exchange students will be given access to all courses at the bachelor's and/or master's degree level, as long as they have the necessary prerequisites and do not have any scheduling conflicts.

Master's degree courses are at an advanced level and students should have the required background and advanced language skills.

The first three years of study are equivalent to the bachelor's level. The fourth and fifth years of study are equivalent to the master's level. Law students will be allowed to take fourth or fifth year courses if they are proficient in Italian and have the required prerequisites.

Optional courses

Optional courses will be offered only if a sufficient number of students register for the courses. Because not all courses will be offered, it is recommended that you enrol in more than one.

Do you allow cross-department and/or cross-program enrollment?

Incoming exchange students will be given access to all courses in the Luiss Departments of Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Political Science and Law, at the bachelor's and/or master's level.

Students must have completed the prerequisites and not have any scheduling conflicts.

Is course attendance mandatory?

Yes, full-time course attendance is mandatory. 

Are there any restricted courses?

Courses in the following programs are not open to Erasmus and exchange students:

  • School of Government programs
  • School of European Political Economy programs
  • All one year master's programs
  • School of Journalism programs
  • Post-graduate and PhD courses
  • Luiss Business School and MBA programs 
  • School of Law programs
  • Language courses other than Italian
  • Workshops and Seminars

How many courses should I take?

Workload

The average workload for Luiss students is about 30 ECTS credits per semester, including language courses.

Incoming students are advised not to take more than 24 credits if they do not stay for the full examination period and leave in December.

Three/four courses per semester are the average workload for full-time study, depending on the year of study and level.

Study programs and ECTS brochures in English are available on our website at:

Course descriptions in Italian can be found  at Cattedre Online.

To search Cattedre Online, type in the name of the professor or the subject and click to search.

What are the minimum requirements?

Minimum requirements
While this falls under the responsibility of the home institution, exchange students should take at least one course.

Learning Agreements

When should I prepare the final learning agreement?

All Erasmus-Exchange students must send a learning agreement approved by the coordinator of the home university before arrival. It is included in the online web application system. It can be changed after arrival.

From the beginning of classes, students will have one week to select courses and make their final choice. Students must register online on the Luiss Web Self-Service system by the given deadline.

After the deadline, it is not possible to change or add courses. Students will only be allowed to drop courses.

The final learning agreement can be decided upon after arrival, as soon as the course enrollment procedures have been completed.

Exams and the Italian examination system

When can I take exams? Examination periods and assessment

For each course, Luiss offers two or three examination dates (appelli) during a long examination period.

The official examination dates will be posted online at the end of each semester. You can search the dates online as follows:

  • Go to the Departments section and select the department you are interested in
  • Then click on date esami (examination dates)

Exams can be taken only on the official dates.
Exchange students will take their exams under the same conditions as regular students.
Exchange students are NOT authorized to schedule their exams individually with their professors.
Students should make their traveling arrangements in accordance with examination periods.

How do I register to take an exam?

Guest students must register online for all the examination dates (appelli), as soon as the exam dates are published on our website (from around the middle of November for the Fall semester and the beginning of May for the Spring semester).

For each course, Luiss offers two or three examination dates (appelli) during a long examination period. Guest students will have to register online for the examination dates (appelli) of the courses they have chosen and indicated in the web course enrolment system.

Exams can only be taken on the official dates. Therefore, students should make their travel arrangements in accordance with examination periods.

How do I register an exam?

Each type of examination has its own procedure.

  • Oral exam: you will receive an email confirming the grade obtained that will appear on your webpage
  • Written exam: you will have three days from the publication of the result to view it on your webpage and, if you so wish, decline the grade
  • Written final exam + oral exam: you will receive an email inviting you to check the result of the written exam on your webpage and afterwards you will duly sit the oral exam on the scheduled exam date

Are all exams oral?

The Italian university system is based on oral exams, although some courses may require written work during the semester or written exams before the final oral examination.

Can you describe the grading system?

Luiss Guido Carli's grading system

Individual courses are graded on a scale of 18/30. Exceptional students may be awarded 30 cum laude (30 with honors).

The minimum passing grade is 18/30. Grades below 18 are considered to be failing grades and are not registered.

When can I retake an exam if I fail?

Luiss students stand out for their academic excellence, as admission to the university is merit-based, competitive and highly selective. Admission is based on a test and on their high school grades. Therefore, very good grades are more common than in other universities.

Will failing grades be registered?

In the Italian university system the minimum passing grade is 18/30. Grades below 18 are considered failing grades and cannot be registered.

If students do not pass an examination they can retake the exam. If students fail an exam on the first examination date, they can usually retake it on the last examination date, depending on the professor.

If the student would like to refuse a grade between 18 and 30, he/she must not sign the "verbale".

Transcripts of record

When will I receive my transcript?

Two original transcripts of record will be sent to the partner universities after the end of each examination session.

Students who come to Luiss for the whole academic year or for the second semester will receive the transcripts by the end of July.

Accommodation

How can I find a room in Rome?

Students who wish to be supported in their search for accommodation must fill out the housing application form at the link included in the on-line application to Luiss University by 15th May.

After the deadline, as soon as the applications are processed applicants will receive e-mails with customized proposals in accordance with the preferences expressed in the housing application form.

Students that do not wish to apply for housing can look for a room themselves. In this case, we advise coming to Rome at least one week before the beginning of each semester.

Cost of living

How much will I spend in Rome?

Housing: the average cost is about €350/400 a month (for a place in a double room) and about € 500/600 a month (for a single room) plus extras (telephone, electricity, heating, etc.)
Meals: from €5 to €8 per meal at the University cafeteria. From 5 to 25€ in take-away pizza shops, bars, pizzerias, trattorias.
Public transport: the price of a monthly card (tessera intera rete) for all public transport is €35.
Single ticket (buses/underground): € 1.50
Books: about €200-€250 per semester.
Cinema: a ticket costs about €8 
Theaters and concerts: the average ticket cost is between €15 and €30, but many associations give students reduced prices.

Student facilities at Luiss

What facilities are offered to exchange students?

Exchange students have access to the same facilities as Italian students: Italian language courses, a Luiss email account, access to the wireless network, computer and printing facilities, orienation services and tutoring, digital resources, the university cafeterias and cafés, free medical care and emergency services, cultural activities, sports, the university bookstore, shuttle bus and the Luiss Language Café.

How is campus security maintained?

There is security staff at every entrance of each of the Luiss campuses. Access to the premises is only allowed to identified persons.

Luiss is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and security is maintained at all times. It is also worth noting that the viale Romania campus is located opposite the Comando Generale (General Headquarters) of the Carabinieri, the Italian military police force with both military and civic duties.

The Student Exchange Office for study abroad

When can I contact the office?

Office hours:

Morning: Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Office is closed on Friday afternoons in the summer, from mid-June to mid-September.

Where is the office?

The Office is located on the main campus of Viale Romania.

Luiss Guido Carli University
Viale Romania 32 
00197 Rome 
Italy

relint@luiss.it
T +39 06 85225642