Study at SSAS

SSAS education programmes supplement Sapienza Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and single cycle Master Degree programmes. SSAS students are required to regularly follow their Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and single cycle Master Degree courses and activities, and, in addition, they have to attend the courses and activities offered by SSAS education programme. 

Further information can be found in section Regulations and documents 

The education programme offered by SSAS during each academic year includes the following four types of activities:

  • Interdisciplinary course (32 hours - 4 ECTS), common to all the Academic Classes, with a final oral presentation

  • Class seminars (24 hours - 3 ECTS), to get a more detailed insight into specific topics of each Academic Class; usually 2 seminars per academic year are offered, with a final oral/written exam

  • Beginners or advanced language courses (no ECTS)

  • Research project (4 ECTS), developed by each student to improve her/his level of knowledge of a specific topic, chosen in agreement with the project supervisor and the student tutor; the final exam requires a written report and an oral presentation on the project activity. In the last year of each degree, the written report is replaced by the Final degree thesis


SSAS education programmes, as well as the selection of the SSAS students, are organized in four Academic Classes:

  • Class of Social Sciences

  • Class of Life Sciences

  • Class of Science and Technology

  • Class of Humanities

Each Academic Class is related to a number of  Sapienza Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and single cycle Master Degree courses, as shown in the Annex of the Call for Admission. Each student is required to attend the above listed four types of SSAS activities pertinent to her/his Academic Class. 

SSAS educational programmes are further enriched by a number of additional events, including seminars, conferences and workshops jointly organised by Fellows and Students on the most pivotal and timeliness topics.

SSAS offers exchange programs and joint research programs with the École Normale Superieure (Rue d’Ulm) in Paris (France), the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy), and the EMBL. Moreover, SSAS boosts the Leopardi’s Laboratory, a national and international reference point for researchers and students.


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