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F.A.Q.

Admissions

When is the starting date for applying?
The 2022/2023 admission process will start on 3 January 2022.

When is the application deadline?
- Non-EU applicants: 8 June 2022
- Italian and EU applicants; Non-EU applicants who reside in Italy; Foreign applicants holding an Italian degree and a valid residence permit: 3 August 2022

Is there a limit on the number of students admitted?
No, the course is characterized by open access, but it is necessary to have adequate knowledge of economic theory and quantitative analysis.

May I apply if I have not completed my undergraduate degree? 
Yes, you may submit your application prior to the conferral of your degree. We will accept and evaluate your dossier.

How do I apply?
Applicants are required to complete the online form and upload the required documents.

What application material is required?
Applications must be submitted through the online application form with the following documents:
Compulsory documents:

  • Copy of valid Passport/ID
  • High School Diploma
  • Official Transcript of Exams of the Bachelor Degree
  • Curriculum Vitae

Non-compulsory documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Letter
  • English Proficiency Certificate
  • GRE or GMAT

Will I be notified of any missing application materials? 
No. You are responsible for ensuring that your application is submitted with all the required components. 

Is English language certificate required? 
No. However, applicants may choose to submit the certificate to supplement their application.

Is GRE or GMAT score required? 
No standardized test scores are compulsory. However, applicants may choose to submit GRE or GMAT scores to supplement their application.

Is this Program meant for students with undergraduate studies in Economics?
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (or be near completion of the degree, to be concluded before our enrollment deadline date) with a strong quantitative background such as Economics, Business, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Engineering. However other backgrounds will be also taken into consideration, with a particular focus on the background in Mathematics and/or Statistics and on the student’s motivation.

What advice do you have for writing the statement of purpose? 
The Statement of Purpose or Cover Letter should demonstrate your critical thinking skills, explain your personal objectives and clearly indicate why are you interested in attending our Program.

Are there requirements for who should write the reference letter?
The reference letter can be from one of your university professors, a current or previous employer or someone else who knows you well in an academic/professional capacity.

What weighting do you place on the various different selection criteria? 
The Admissions Board will look at your academic record, personal statement and motivation, references, your CV, GMAT/GRE test score as a whole and will make a careful, balanced judgment based on all these criteria.

Is there any application fee?
Yes, you will be required to pay a 30€ fee for the evaluation of your application.
The following categories of students are exempt from the application fee payment:
- students with disability equal to or greater than 66%
- students who have earned a bachelor degree at Tor Vergata University with a final grade of at least 100/110.

How do I pay the application fee through PagoPA?
1. Connect to http://utov.it/pagopa.
2. Select “Accesso anonimo” and fill in the required fields.
3. At the end of the procedure, you will receive an email from “PortaleDebitore” (check your spam folder), click on the link within 60 minutes from the time of receipt of the email.
4. Select “Pagamento con Avviso” and you will be redirected to the page where you must insert:

  • The Notification Number without blank spaces (it is on the bottom of the payment slip as Notice Code)
  • The Fiscal Code
  • Select “Cerca”

5. Select “PAY” and you will be redirected to PagoPA, click on the button “entry with email”, insert your email address.
6. Insert your payment details and select "Proceed with payment" to conclude the transaction.
7. You will receive the payment receipt by email.

How do I validate the payment and complete submission of my application?
1. Connect to Delphi within 48 hours in order to validate the payment and complete the application.
2. Select Box 2 "You have already filled out an application".
3. Insert your Fiscal Code and CTRL code, which are both on your application request.
4. Select "Request validation".
5. Click on CONFIRM PAGOPA.

When and how are applicants notified about admission decisions? 
Within 30 days after submission of a complete application package applicants will be informed by e-mail of the decision regarding admission.

Program Structure

Where can I find the Program curriculum?
The sample program curriculum is available here.

How long is the Program?
The MSc in Economics is a two-year full-time program (4 semesters).

At what times will classes be offered? 
Classes will be offered during the day and evening. See the Timetable.

Is the Program offered in an on-campus or distance format? 
The program is offered on-campus.

Is possible to attend the Program from the second semester?
No, it is not possible. All admitted students must attend the program starting from the First Semester (September).

Pre-enrollment and enrollment

I received the Acceptance Letter. What should I do now?
All admitted applicants, once they have received the Acceptance Letter, must send an email to the Admissions Office msc_economics@economia.uniroma2.it to communicate their decision to confirm (or forego) enrollment in our program.

I am Italian, I have been admitted but I do not have obtained yet the Bachelor degree (Laurea Triennale). What should I do now?
Admitted students who have not yet earned a Bachelor Degree (Laurea Triennale) are allowed to attend classes starting in September if they graduate by the autumn session; immediately following graduation, they must enroll in our program by the enrollment deadline (7 November 2022).

Can I defer my acceptance until next year or later?
No. It is not possible to defer the acceptance. If you wish to delay your studies for a year or more, you will need to resubmit the application again.

When can I enroll in the MSc in Economics?
Enrollment begins on 1 August 2022 and the deadline is 7 November 2022.

  • EU admitted students and all admitted students with an Italian degree must graduate by the enrollment deadline date (7 November).
  • Non-EU admitted students with a foreign degree must graduate by the pre-enrollment deadline (8 August 2022) that is established by the Italian Embassy in their country.

I am a first-year student; must I renew my enrollment for the second year?
Students must renew the enrollment through the online procedure on Delphi (you do not need to go to the Students Administrative Office). The procedure is available via Delphi if you are in compliance with the university fees of the previous academic year. In order to conclude the registration, you must validate the payment on Delphi.
If you are a non-EU student with a residence permit before proceeding with the enrollment in the second year you must first upload into Delphi a copy of a valid residence permit and then go to the Students Administrative Office by presenting the residence permit. Only after this step will you be able to validate the payment and access all the services for the new academic year.

During your academic career

When does the program start for 1st-year students?
The program usually starts at the beginning of September. In the first module of the first semester, students must follow the Mathematics, Statistics, and Coding for Economic Applications - Matlab courses.
Regarding statistics, students have a pre-course in Statistics during the first two weeks of the program.

Is the pre-course in Statistics mandatory?
No, but its attendance is highly recommended in order to review important concepts before beginning the course.

Which is the teaching method?
The program is offered on campus.

What is Delphi?
Delphi is the Tor Vergata student platform where students can register for online courses, access exam registrations and results, e-transcripts, tuition fees payments, and find information regarding other available services.

How do I access in-person lectures?
To attend lectures in person, students must reserve a place in the classroom through Delphi by midnight the day before every lecture.

How do I access online classes if I have obtained a bachelor’s degree?
Once you proceed with the official enrollment and student ID (matricola) you can access online services. You must activate the university email address, activate Office365, and then register for online classes through Delphi.

Where can I find the link to online lectures?
Once you have registered for the courses through Delphi, you will obtain the link to the online lectures. If the link is not available in Delphi, you can find it on the course web page in the section “Calendar” (or Program or Notice tabs) or you should ask your professor to provide access to the lectures.
In order to avoid problems, it is best to request access to online classes on Teams a few days before the beginning of lectures.

How do I access online classes if I have not yet earned my bachelor’s degree?
Since you cannot proceed with the official enrollment and access online services, you can request a temporary Microsoft Teams account.

How do I activate the university email address and Office365?
1. Access the Delphi page and enter your personal area.
2. Once logged-in select, under ‘Other Services’, ‘Activate Other Services’.
3. At this point you are directed to a page with the Services provided, where you can simply click on Microsoft Office 365 Activation.
4. In the new screen, select First Activation / Reset Password.
5. At this point, depending on whether you are a current student or an ex-student (alumni), select the first or second item, respectively.
6. Choose a password and click on Confirm data.

How do I activate Office365?
1. Connect to the Office 365 login page.
2. The Microsoft portal for Office 365 will appear; simply enter the e-mail address you just created.
3. You will automatically be directed to another login page, where you will have to repeat your e-mail address and password.
4. Once logged in, it will be possible to use the Office 365 Apps online directly via the web, or by clicking on the “Install Office 2016” button to install the version of the Office package on your PC.

I have problems with my university e-mail address; who should I contact?
You can request support at office365@supporto.uniroma2.it.

I am 1st-yr. student, how can I access course web pages for the first time?
1. Open the MSc Economics website.
2. Click on LOGIN (on the top left of the webpage).
3. Select Create/Recover password.
4. Once logged in, students can sign up for their courses via each course's individual website.

How can I keep up to date on course activities?
Students must add each course that they will attend to “My Courses” in order to receive professors’ notices.

Where can I find each course’s teaching material?
Students can find the teaching material uploaded by each professor in the section “Teaching material” that is available on each course’s webpage. If the material is reserved, it is necessary to insert your student number and password.

When are the exam sessions?
At the end of each module, students have the first possibility to take the exam of the course that was just completed.
During the Winter Exam Session (January/February) there is one call for 1st-semester courses and two calls for 2nd-semester courses. For the Summer Exam Session (June/July) there are two calls for 1st-semester courses and one call for 2nd-semester courses. The Autumn Exam Session (September) includes one call for both 1st- and 2nd-semester courses.

Is it possible to sit exams on every date of the examination session?
In general, students can take exams during different sessions. In some courses students are allowed to sit the exam only for a certain number of attempts, so carefully read the exam rules of each course.

How do I book exams?
To take exams, students must book through Delphi:
1. Select Enter in the “Personal Page” section
2. Enter Matricola and Password
3. Once logged in, select, under Examinations, Examination Bookings
4. Choose the exam you wish to book
5. Fill out the course evaluation questionnaire
6. After booking you will receive a confirmation email
It is possible to do so from 30 days before the date of the exam to 4 days before.

Is it possible to cancel an exam booking?
Yes, it is possible to delete the booking up to four days before the exam in Delphi.

Is it possible to reject a grade?
Yes, the grade must be rejected in Delphi, during the four-day period before the grades are registered.

When can I take elective courses?
Electives can be chosen from all available courses, beginning from the second semester of the first year of study. Students must take three elective courses during their studies: we suggest you attend one elective course during the second semester of the first year and two during the second year, in order to be eligible for all prize opportunities.

If I need a certificate, where can I find it?
To request necessary certificates, access Delphi. The online service can provide the following certificates: Enrollment Certificate, Enrollment Certificate with exams, Historical Certificate. Otherwise, you can request the certificates from the Student Administrative Office.

International Opportunities

How may I participate in the Dual Degree Program?
First-year students have the opportunity to spend their second year at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) or at the University of Konstanz (Germany) if they have completed at least 60 CFU at Tor Vergata before they attend the courses at the host institution. The evaluation of the candidates is made based on the students’ academic performance. Funding does not accompany Dual Degree placement, so students are encouraged to apply for Erasmus+ funding if they intend to participate in the Dual Degree Program. The call for applications is usually published between February and March each year.

How to apply to the Erasmus+ Program?
Students must apply via the official online annual call that is published every year by the Erasmus+ Office of the School of Economics around February.
The Erasmus+ Office of the School of Economics guides students in the choice of destinations, supporting them in carrying out the necessary procedures.

How to apply for the Thesis Abroad?
Mobility can only take place in the second semester and students must apply via the official online annual call that is published every year at the link https://en.uniroma2.it/international-office/thesis-abroad/. For more information you send an email to students.exchange@international.uniroma2.it.

Dual Degree Programs

Which Dual Degree programs are available?
We offer a Dual Degree program with the University of Gothenburg and a Dual Degree program with the University of Konstanz.

How many places are available?
A maximum of two students will be selected each academic year by our program for each Dual Degree program.

Who can apply for the Dual Degree program?
First year students, regularly enrolled at our program.

When is the Dual Degree call for applications published?
Around February.

What are the admission requirements for the Dual Degree program?
Candidates must be officially enrolled in their first year of studies at MSc in Economics.

How is the selection done?
Candidates will be selected on the basis of their GPA and number of exams completed at Tor Vergata during the first semester of the first year of studies.

When will I leave for the Dual Degree program?
You will spend the second year of studies at the partner university.

What are the requirements before to leave for the Dual Degree program?
Before leaving, students must have completed at least 60 ECTS at Tor Vergata.

Where do I pay tuition?
No tuition fee will be charged by the host university but students will be liable for all expenses including visa, travel, housing etc. Students will still have to pay all tuition fees at Tor Vergata.

Do students receive funding?
Selected students are advised to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship lasting 12months (i.e. apply for the Erasmus+ call for applications in February).

Which university rule will apply when I am abroad studying at the partner university?
Students will follow all the rules of the host institutions.

Where can I find more information?

Services and facilities

Is there a place at the University for individual or for group work?
Students can use the School of Economics study rooms, which are located on the first and second floor of Building A (open-air tables, equipped with Italian electrical outlets to charge laptops), or the School of Economics Library which is located on the ground floor of Building B.

When is the library open?
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. To be updated, visit the website
The consultation service (books, journals, Morningstar and Datastream datasets) is allowed by appointment only through the library app.
Access is allowed only with a green pass COVID-19; validity will be verified at the entrance, along with the I.D.

What services are provided by the library?
The library offers printed and electronic books, and online access to specialized journals and datasets (such as Datastream and Morningstar).
Moreover, it is possible to consult books in person or borrow them from the library.

Is it possible to access the electronic resources when I am not at the university?
Yes, students can access some (but not all) journals and datasets using the proxy server. More details are available here.

Is a Wi-Fi connection available at the university?
Yes, regularly enrolled students have access to the Wi-Fi connection “eduroam” by entering their student number and password. Furthermore, rooms are equipped with an Italian electrical outlet to charge laptops.

How can I install the Software offered by the MSc?
The software can be downloaded using your student university credentials.
Microsoft 365:
1. Activate the account provided by the university.
2. Access the Office 365 Portal.
3. Login using the email address provided by the university.
4. Set up your account.
5. You can install Office 365 or use the apps online.
Matlab Campus License: you can find the instruction here
Stata License: you can find the instruction here

Where can I buy lunch and other refreshments?
Two coffee shops with meals, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages are located at the School of Economics, one on the lower level of Building A (Didattica) and another on the ground floor of Building B (Ricerca). Moreover, the university also has a canteen (Via Cambridge, 115) where one can purchase food at an affordable price.

Tuition Fees, Scholarships and Financial aid

How much is the tuition for the MSc in Economics? 
Tuition fees can be based on the student’s family income and fee amounts vary depending on the ISEEU (or Scheda Raccolta Dati for international students) submitted at any CAF Office in Italy. Read more

I am an International student. How can I certify my family income? 
Please consult the website.

I am an Italian student. How can I certify my family income? 
Italian Students (or students whose family has their own income in Italy) must do the ISEEU at any CAF Office and authorize the Delphi system to acquire the ISEEU value within December.

How can I monitor my university fees?
The amount of the tuition fees and their deadlines can be checked on your personal Delphi page.

How can I pay university fees?
Tuition fees can be paid only through the PagoPA payment system. To pay online via credit card through PagoPA click here.

I didn’t pay the installment by the deadline; which is the penalty?
In case of late payment, a penalty will be automatically added to your next installment:

  • 50 euros for payments within one month after the deadline.
  • 100 euros for payments more than one month after the deadline.

Are scholarships available to cover study expenses?

Partial Exemptions of tuition fees: Tor Vergata University of Rome offers a partial exemption to students with an Italian Bachelor Degree with a final grade of at least 110/110 and to students residing in Italy outside the Lazio Region. You can find more information in the Student Guide.

LazioDisco Scholarships: international students, as well as Italian students, can apply for scholarships, accommodation, and fee reductions at the student welfare service - LazioDisco. Applications are open from May until July every year. You may apply for scholarships, accommodation, fee reductions, study abroad periods (if already enrolled), and reductions in public transport fees. The amount of the scholarship depends on several factors, including your economic situation. Approximately two months after the application deadline, LazioDisco will publish the names of successful candidates. You can find more information here.

MSc Economics Prizes: every year the Program activates student prizes based on available funding. You can find more information here.

Who can apply for LazioDisco scholarships? 
International students, as well as Italian students, can apply for scholarships and accommodation at the student welfare service ‐ LazioDisco. The amount of the scholarship depends on several factors including your economic situation. Approximately two months after the application deadline LazioDisco will publish the names of successful candidates.

When can I apply for LazioDisco scholarship?
Online applications are open from May until July every year. 

Costs of living in Rome

The cost of living in Italy varies according to location, and the cost of living in the Capital is usually higher than in other cities or smaller towns. Other factors affecting the costs include: neighborhood, quality of the facilities, local amenities (close to the underground, markets, supermarkets, mall, etc.). For example, an average student’s apartment in Rome would cost around € 300-500 per room per month (excluding utilities and other bills) depending on the location, facilities, recent renovations, etc. At CampusX a single room in a double room apartment costs about € 550 per month fees included.

The spending budget of a student is composed of five main elements: Rent & bills, Food, Study material/books, University fees and Nights out/travel. Therefore, what you should expect to spend in Rome in those sectors is:

  • Rent: € 300-500 for a room in an apartment for 3 people
  • Bills (like water, electricity, heating): approx. € 30-70 per month/student
  • Food: if you cook at home, you save money by purchasing groceries at the supermarket € 40-50 euro per week
  • University fees: will be dealt with separately here: about € 200-400 per month (paid in two/three installments each year)
  • Nights out: is something that varies from person to person, but Friday and Saturday are generally nights out and an alcoholic cocktail costs around € 5-10, a pint of beer costs around € 5-7, a bottle of wine in a pub/bar (to share with friends) € 15-20.

Therefore, we can conclude that your spending will be between € 600-900 per month, which is what the students actually spend here, according their lifestyle.

When you plan your stay, take into account that during the first months you will be spending X 2-3 times more because you’ll need to leave a security deposit for the apartment (which is usually 2-3 months’ rent), to buy some basic things for your apartment (which is usually 2-3 months’ rent), you might need to buy some basic things for the apartment (especially if you choose one without any furniture) and you will experience “newcomer expenses” because it will take you some time to find the less expensive supermarkets, etc.

Be sure that you have money for around 12-18 months when you come to Rome, even if you plan to work or get a scholarship, in order to have some economic security.

Useful contacts

Whom do I contact to have information regarding Admissions and the Program in general (academic calendar, courses, lectures timetable, extra activities, international opportunities, students’ prizes, etc.)?
You may contact the MSc Economics Admissions and Program Office.
Email: msc_economics@economia.uniroma2.it
Phone: +39 06 72595645 / +39 06 72595744
Address: Building B (Ricerca), first floor, rooms 1A.7 and 1A.8

Who is the Coordinator of the MSc in Economics?
The Coordinator is Professor Francesco Sobbrio.
Email:  francesco.sobbrio@uniroma2.it

Who is the Student Representative i.e., the student who represents the study body and attends Academic Council meetings and Quality Review meetings?
The Student Representative is Vittoria Elifani | MSc in Economics Class of 2021/2022
Email: vittoria.elifani@gmail.com

I am an Erasmus scholarship winner; who should I contact to have information regarding the Exam Approval Form?
You may contact the MSc Economics Program Office msc_economics@economia.uniroma2.it

Whom should I contact to solve administrative issues such as taxes and contributions, enrolment procedures, registration in academic years following the first year, etc.?
The Students Administrative Office of the School of Economics is responsible for students’ administrative issues.
Email: segreteria-studenti@economia.uniroma2.it
Address: Via Columbia, 2 - Building B, Ground Floor
Office hours: Mon and Fri 9 am-12 pm, Wed 9 am-12 pm and 2-4 pm
For urgent matters, you may contact the MSc Economics Program Office.