Sapienza University of Rome, B.Sc. in
Applied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Academic Year 2021-22

Dear Student, with this document we would like to provide you with some useful references, answers to frequently asked questions, and highlights on our programme. If you want to know more, please feel free to contact us at acsai@di.uniroma1.it.

Useful pointers

The website of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence is https://acsai.di.uniroma1.it/.

The call for applications with the admission procedure is available at https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/restricted-access-degree-programmes-tolc-i-and-selections – see “Call - Applied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (in English)” and the dropdown menus marked with “ACSAI” for instructions and guidelines.

The pre-selection process is open. For further information, please visit the following dedicated pages:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/international-admissions-0 and
https://www2.uniroma1.it/internazionale/incoming/.

If you are an international student, you may want to consult this page (with details on the acquisition of a study visa, enrolments for candidates from outside Europe, and more): https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/office-students-international-degrees.

For further information on the administrative procedures, such as the registration for selections, enrolments, transfers, and fees, we would recommend you to contact the Student Office of the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/information-engineering-computer-science-and-statistics-student-office.

If you are a recently enrolled or prospective student, please consider contacting the Hello Help Desk. The Hello Help Desk provides information to students who wish to study, conduct research or participate in internships at Sapienza University. Hello also helps students contact the right offices and people:
https://www.uniroma1.it/it/pagina/hello-welcome-office.

Also, the Service of Orientation and Tutorship (SOrT Office) provides information on access tests, the Faculty's educational offer and didactic activities. The service is run by students who have won special collaboration grants for orientation activities. To know more about the SOrT office and their activities, visit:
https://web.uniroma1.it/i3s/en/node/9335.

You can find further information on our services dedicated to physical disabilities and specific learning difficulties here:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/physical-disabilities-and-specific-learning-difficulties

To know more about tuition fees, please read through this page:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/tuition-fees-and-grants.
News about grants and student-collaboration scholarships is available at
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/scholarships-0.

The schedule of the lectures for a.y. 2021-22 is available at the following address: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2021/30786/programmazione
From that page, you can click on the subjects and get further information on the instructors, programmes, and teaching material.

In response to the global pandemic, classes in the a.y. 2020-21 are being held in a hybrid format: both in-class and via streaming. For further information on the hybrid format, how to book your seat in the classroom and physically access the buildings at Sapienza, please read the university guidelines:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/notizia/covid-19-phase-3-person-and-online-classes-exams-and-graduation-sessions.


FAQ

FAQ

Courses

When do the classes of the new academic year begin?

Are the lectures held online?

Requirements

Am I required to undertake the admission exam to enrol?

Are there resources available for me to prepare for the admission tests?

When and where are the SAT and TOLC-I tests going to be held?

For the schedule and location of the tests, we suggest you regularly check the websites of CISIA and College Board (the organisers of the TOLC-I and SAT tests, respectively). The schedule of the English TOLC-I tests is available at https://tolc.cisiaonline.it/calendario.php?tolc=ingegneria&lingua=inglese and the schedule of the SAT tests is available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

Where can I take the TOLC-I test? Is the TOLC@Home format accepted as an admission test for TOLC-I?

Can I take the TOLC-I or SAT test more than once?

What is the full list of documents that are needed for the application?

What language certificates and test scores are accepted to attest an adequate knowledge of English?

At this moment I am a 12th-grade student. I will receive a high school certificate only in June 2021. Can I apply for your program in this case?

Admission procedures

In short, what is the difference between preselection, selection, pre-enrolment and enrolment?

What is the selection process for non-EU international students?

Is the pre-selection process sufficient to enrol in the programme?

Can I change the data in my preselection application or add documents upon submission?

Once the application is closed and submitted, data will be saved in the system and made available to the evaluation committee for review. From that point till the decision of the committee, no further change is granted, so we recommend you make sure to carefully check every piece of information entered and every document attached before submitting them. We express our gratitude in advance for your collaboration and understanding!

I have submitted my pre-selection application. When can I expect to receive a notification?

The pre-acceptance letter reads: "Please note that once you accept your offer for the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, you will not be able to accept other admission offers or apply for other programme for the current academic year." Does that line mean I will not be able to accept an admission offer from a programme within the Sapienza University of Rome or that I will not be allowed to accept any other offer from any University for this academic session?

Is there a timeframe within which I should decide if I accept the pre-selection?

I have already taken the SAT. Can I submit my score?

I have taken the TOLC-I or SAT test. Should I send my results via email?

What is the difference between the ranking list and the ranking update?

Is there a higher chance for a student to apply to the first selection round over the second round?

Will the students accepted in a selection round compete with the students applying to the next selection round?

What is the deadline for me to complete and submit the necessary documents?

Are my credits transferable from my accredited university?

I have obtained a diploma at an English High School / College / English is my mother tongue. Do I need to take the English TOLC-I or SAT test?

Can I transfer my enrolment from another Bachelor programme?

Scholarships and housing

Are there scholarship programmes available?

Does Sapienza provide student housing?

Courses

When do the classes of the new academic year begin?

The exact starting date of the a.y. 2021-22 will be communicated soon. Typically, the beginning of classes is scheduled for the last week of September. In 2020-21, though, lectures started on October the 5th.

Are the lectures held online?

In response to the global pandemic, classes in the a.y. 2020-21 are being held in a hybrid format: both in-class and via streaming. For further information on the hybrid format, how to book your seat in the classroom and physically access the buildings at Sapienza, please read the university guidelines:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/notizia/covid-19-phase-3-person-and-online-classes-exams-and-graduation-sessions.

Requirements

Am I required to undertake the admission exam to enrol?

Yes, an admission test is required as the score determines the ranking of the list of applicants. We accept TOLC-I and SAT tests to this end. Scores obtained from January 2020 are suitable for the a.y. 2021-22. The minimum score to be included in the ranking are 18 and 960 for TOLC-I and SAT, respectively. For further information on the ranking method, minimum scores, and other requirements, please read the call for applications.

You may want to consider the pre-selection process as a preliminary step before the application for enrolment in the programme, especially if you are a non-EU student residing outside Italy. For further information, please consult the following web pages:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/international-admissions-0
and
https://www2.uniroma1.it/internazionale/incoming/.

Are there resources available for me to prepare for the admission tests?

Exemplary tests and other useful information are published on the websites of CISIA and College Board (the organisers of the TOLC-I and SAT tests, respectively):

When and where are the SAT and TOLC-I tests going to be held?

For the schedule and location of the tests, we suggest you regularly check the websites of CISIA and College Board (the organisers of the TOLC-I and SAT tests, respectively). The schedule of the English TOLC-I tests is available at https://tolc.cisiaonline.it/calendario.php?tolc=ingegneria&lingua=inglese and the schedule of the SAT tests is available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines 

Where can I take the TOLC-I test? Is the TOLC@Home format accepted as an admission test for TOLC-I?

All the TOLC-I university centres guarantee the same procedures. Therefore, the result  of the TOLC-I test is valid to us regardless of where it physically took place: https://www.cisiaonline.it/en/area-tematica-tolc-cisia/regolamento-tolccasa/

Also the TOLC@Home format is accepted as a suitable admission test for TOLC-I. Scores obtained from January 2020 are suitable for the a.y. 2021-22.

Can I take the TOLC-I or SAT test more than once?

You can take the TOLC-I and SAT tests multiple times. The best score among those you communicate to us will be considered. To know more about the frequency with which tests can be repeated, please visit the websites of CISIA and College Board (the organisers of the TOLC-I and SAT tests, respectively).

What is the complete list of documents that are needed for the application?

The complete list of documents required is listed in the call for applications. Please consider that the pre-selection process is open until the end of May 2021 for non-EU students and September 2021 for EU students. For further information, please consult the following web pages:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/international-admissions-0
and
https://www2.uniroma1.it/internazionale/incoming/.

What language certificates and test scores are accepted to attest an adequate knowledge of English?

We consider the following certificates and test scores to testify the knowledge of English required to attend our courses:

Candidates are exempted from the submission of certificates attesting an Upper-intermediate (CEFR Level B2) knowledge of English if they provide one of the following documents: an International Baccalaureate (IB) in English, a High School Diploma in English, or a General Certificate of Education (GCE) in English.

For the pre-selection, providing one of the above attestations is mandatory. In the selection rounds, achieving a sufficient SAT or English TOLC-I score will suffice. Notice, however, that an accepted pre-selection letter is required for non-EU students residing abroad to participate in the selection rounds, as per the call for applications.

At this moment I am a 12th-grade student. I will receive a high school certificate only in June 2021. Can I apply for your program in this case?

Yes, of course. The full calendar with deadlines and selection dates is available in the call for applications (see Article 2).

Admission procedures

In short, what is the difference between preselection, selection, pre-enrolment and enrolment?

Preselection is required to start the visa process and is a requirement for non-EU students residing abroad to participate in the selection rounds. The preselection process is explained at the following address in details: https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/international-admissions-0
and
https://www2.uniroma1.it/internazionale/incoming/. The selection procedure are described in the programme’s call for applications.

Pre-enrolment refers to the mechanism with which successful students in the first and second selection round can secure their place in advance, as the final enrolment takes place in September (see Articles 3 and 4 in the call for applications).

What is the selection process for non-EU international students?

You may want to consider the pre-selection process for non-EU students (open till May 2021). For further information, please consult the following web pages:
https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/international-admissions-0
and
 https://www2.uniroma1.it/internazionale/incoming/.

Is the pre-selection process sufficient to enrol in the programme?

The pre-selection process does not suffice for admission. To complete your enrolment, you should follow the instructions contained in the programme’s call for applications. Please notice that an admission test will be required as the score determines the ranking of the list of applicants. We accept TOLC-I and SAT tests to this end.

Can I change the data in my preselection application or add documents upon submission?

Once the application is closed and submitted, data will be saved in the system and made available to the evaluation committee for review. From that point till the decision of the committee, no further change is granted, so we recommend you make sure to carefully check every piece of information entered and every document attached before submitting them. We express our gratitude in advance for your collaboration and understanding!

I have submitted my pre-selection application. When can I expect to receive a notification?

Thank you for applying! The university staff is working full-time to analyse the input and cross-check the applications. We are happy to confirm we are receiving a very high amount of requests. They will be back to you as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

The pre-acceptance letter reads: "Please note that once you accept your offer for the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, you will not be able to accept other admission offers or apply for other programme for the current academic year." Does that line mean I will not be able to accept an admission offer from a programme within the Sapienza University of Rome or that I will not be allowed to accept any other offer from any University for this academic session?

First things first: if you read that line, it means you have been pre-selected, so congratulations! Now, your choice about the acceptance would be binding in the sole context of Sapienza offers – namely, you should only accept one offer if you applied for a pre-selection in multiple Bachelor programmes. Notice, however, that the Universitaly portal will require you to indicate one specific university programme. For the rest of the world, no constraint is meant to, or even can, be exerted. Please take your time to decide what destination suits best your plans!

Is there a timeframe within which I should decide if I accept the pre-selection?

As said above: congratulations, first of all! As ACSAI is a restricted-access degree programme with a limited number of seats available, we would kindly ask you to decide whether you wanted to accept the pre-selection within 45 days after the notification. Thank you very much for your understanding!

I have already taken the SAT. Can I submit my score?

Of course: Please do submit your SAT Score via the College Board portal using the Higher Ed. Institution Code of the Sapienza University of Rome: 9038. If you are applying for the pre-selection phase, we recommend you attach the PDF to your Transcript of Records too.

I have taken the TOLC-I or SAT test. Should I send my results via email?

Fingers crossed for you! We require that you submit the score via College Board portal as described above. TOLC-I test results are immediately accessible by Sapienza as soon as the test is graded. So, no, you do not need to send any score via email. If you are applying for the pre-selection phase, we recommend you attach the PDF to your Transcript of Records.

What is the difference between the ranking list and the ranking update?

The ranking update occurs if selected candidates renounce or do not proceed with their enrolment: say, e.g., two candidates do not enrol in the programme though they got no. 32 and 42 in the ranking list (thus within the 50 places available); the candidates who initially got position no. 51 and 52 enter the top 50 upon the following ranking update.

Is there a higher chance for a student to apply to the first selection round over the second round?

Based on our experience, we’d say that the sooner the students apply, the better it is for all counterparts: The students can secure their places earlier (see the FAQ below) and the university can distribute the resources in the management of the process more efficiently.

Will the students accepted in a selection round compete with the students applying to the next selection round?

Those students who are successful during their round can proceed with pre-enrolment and enrolment, independently of the performance of other applicants in the following rounds. The place is secured unless the applicants themselves do not deem otherwise — another reason why it might be better to apply sooner than later (see the FAQ above).

What is the deadline for me to complete and submit the necessary documents?

The full calendar is available in the call for applications (see Article 2).

Are my credits transferable from my accredited university?

The transfer of credits is subject to a screening of the university courses you completed and their contents. The screening follows the enrolment. Notice that, to enrol in this Bachelor’s programme, the admission test is required anyway.

I have obtained a diploma at an English High School / College / English is my mother tongue. Do I need to take the English TOLC-I or SAT test?

The English TOLC-I and SAT tests are not only required to ascertain that the candidate can write, speak and understand concepts in English, but especially to have a unified score with which applicants can enter a ranking out of which the top N (where N depends on the selection round) are admitted. Therefore, even for native English speakers, an admission test is required.

Can I transfer my enrolment from another Bachelor programme?

The call for applications regulates both new matriculation processes and transfers from other courses. Notice that transfers are planned only for the a.y. 2021/22 and that they are subject to a preliminary selection via an admission test.

Scholarships and housing

Are there scholarship programmes available?

The Sapienza University of Rome regularly updates a dedicated page on the university portal: we kindly invite you to check https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/scholarships-0. To know more about tuition fees and scholarship opportunities, please read through this page: https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/tuition-fees-and-grants.

Does Sapienza provide student housing?

You can find further information on students housing at the following address: https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/student-housing.