MESCI-Development Economics and International Cooperation

Master in
Development Economics and
International Cooperation

Students' Tips

WHILE STILL AT HOME...

1. VISA

Apply as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance, it might save you time later on. Find bellow the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, from there you can find the contacts of Italian embassy in your country and consulates, to check at which office you should file your application:

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/IT

Make sure you understand what the requirements are in YOUR country (because they vary!)!


2. DICHIARAZIONE DI VALORE IN LOCO

Apply or gather information and documentation as soon as you apply for the visa, while still in your country. The length of the process varies a lot among countries, and it might create some constraints later on.

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/IT


3. WHERE TO STAY

Please find here a useful list of hotels, B&B, religious institutes, etc. and info related to apartments near Tor Vergata University.
You can olso stay at Tor Vergata University campus that offers short and long term accommodations. Visit the web site to get more information: www.campusxroma.it
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. There are a lot of websites where you can book a hostel, here is one:

List of Accommodations

http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/italy/rome/


4. HEALTH INSURANCE

The best price found for 2017/ 2018 year was about €150,00 euros/ year (EuropeAssistance). Check the possibilities in your own country for international coverage. The Italian consulate in your country may have information about any public health agreement, if existent, so check it out!


ONCE HERE

1. MOVING AROUND...

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

Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino

Train: http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html

Private bus: http://www.terravision.eu/rome_ciampino.html

Regular bus: http://www.atac.roma.it/

Ciampino

Private bus: http://www.terravision.eu/rome_ciampino.html

Regular bus: http://www.atac.roma.it/

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!

1.1. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

http://www.atac.roma.it/

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...


2. CODICE FISCALE

In Italy , everyone needs a fiscal code to do most things, like open a bank account, sign a housing contract, etc. Without one, you can't even register a prepay mobile. Check this homepage or ask the tutor as soon as you get here to help you:

http://www.agenziaentrate.it/.../Nsi/Servizi/Codice+fiscale...


3. PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO

In case you are a non EU citizen within 8 working days that you are in Italy you have to submit your documents to apply for your “Permesso di Soggiorno”. Check the homepages below (in this order, and choose which method you are going to use to apply for it):

http://www.poliziadistato.it/.../immigrazione/soggiorno.htm

http://www.poliziadistato.it/.../immigrazione/come_dove.htm

Usally students apply through the post office, which is the one suggested by the university. It takes almost 3 months to receive an answer from the Questura to schedule appointments for the formal application procedure for the Permesso. In general after around 8 months from the beginning of the process, students receive a formal documentation. It is a slow process.

3.1. POST OFFICE

If you chose the post office (the kit), here is a summary of the documents you will be asked. The process might take a while and you’ll be given a “ricevuta” (receipt) saying that your documents have been submitted, which will be your official document within the country. In the case that you do not speak Italian, make sure that you have someone who can read and explain you exactly what is required for a student. To apply for the permesso will cost you somewhere around 100 Euro.

http://www.poste.it/


4. ACCOMMODATION

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.) 

4.1 TOR VERGATA "CAMPUS X"

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

4.2 ROOMS TO RENT

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.

http://www.wantedinrome.com/

http://www.portaportese.it/


5. INTERNET - CELL PHONES
 

5.1 INTERNET

Once you have your house, this is the cheapest option available this year. You might need some support of some Italian speaker.

http://www.fastweb.it/offerta/famiglia/...

5.2. CELL PHONES

We are listing the main companies including the new one launched by the post office.


6. OTHERS
 

6.1. STUDYING ITALIAN (AND/OR OTHER LANGUAGES)

The school offers a course for free, which starts in early September with the Erasmus students, the earliest you get the information the better. 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!

6.2. GETTING A DATE

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

6.3. FINDING A JOB

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:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/

http://www.portaportese.it/

6.4. TRAVELLING AROUND

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

http://www.ryanair.com/site/IT/

http://www.easyjet.com/en/book/index.asp

6.5. ACADEMIC TIPS

  • 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.