Università degli Studi di Roma

Address: Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Roma, Italy

Websites: www.uniroma4.it/

The University of Rome "Foro Italico" is the only Italian and one of the few European vocational universities entirely devoted to sports and exercise sciences. The University is the direct heir of the Italian Sport Academy, established in 1928, and it is located in the monumental area of Foro Italico in Rome. It was created in 1998 as Istituto Universitario di Scienze Motorie IUSM, when it replaced Rome’s Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica (ISEF), whose activity had been focused on higher education for Ph.E. teachers. IUSM, now “Foro Italico University” extended the ISEF’s scope, to cover all the fields of interest related to human physical activity: scientific research, coaching for recreational sports and for high level competitive sports, teaching, fitness, reeducation and rehabilitation, organization of sport events, management of sports facilities, etc.

The University is currently structured into 3 research-based departments: Human Movement and Sport Sciences; Health Sciences and Educational Sciences. Teaching offerings within the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Sciences include 1st and 2nd cycle programs and research-oriented doctoral programs. Teaching methods include lectures and practical work, as well as seminars and tutorials, where students play an active role. Lectures provide the basic framework of the course: students are expected to organize their own homework in view of the examination. Tutors are always ready to help.

The so-called “Gruppi Sportivi d’Ateneo” are sport teams, which represent “Foro Italico University” in all sports events among different Universities, sport federations and sports authorities. Sports teams include football, gymnastics (including rhythmic), basketball, volleyball, teamgym, tennis, rugby, fencing and an experimental group called “Argonauti”. All sport teams are quite successful both on a national and international level. In order to have access to one of the sport teams, students are required to practise the discipline at an agonistic level and stay at “Foro Italico” University for the whole academic year.

More than 150 public and private companies have drawn up agreements with “Foro Italico University” in order to give our students the opportunity to carry out a training experience (tirocinio) in a real working environment. The activities available vary greatly, ranging from teaching in primary school, to working in sport centres (both teaching and managingadministrative positions), to stages in sport equipment producers, etc.

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