LUMSA University

LUMSA (Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta)  is a public non-state Italian university formed on Catholic principles. It is the second oldest university in Rome, and it was founded by Luigia Tincani in 1939. LUMSA is accountable to the state university system and awards qualifications equivalent to those issued by state universities.

Top reasons to study here

  • LUMSA is committed to: providing young people with skills which will help them in their future professions and in fulfilling their wider social responsibilities
  • LUMSA is committed to: ensuring gender equality and equal opportunities between men and women.
  • LUMSA is committed to: providing financial support towards the cost of tuition fees and research grants for students depending on the particular circumstances

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The University was established on 26 October 1939, the date it received both its canonical erection and civil recognition by the Italian State. Unusually for that time, it was established by a woman, Luigia Tincani, together with Cardinal Giuseppe Pizzardo, and has enjoyed the protection and support of the Holy See from the very start.


University teaching is distributed across four departments: Law - Rome campus; Law - Palermo campus; Social Sciences - Communication, Education and Psychology; Economic and Political Science and Modern Languages. With around 300 internationally recognised tutors, the University provides both qualified education for young people and professional development programs for mature students.


The University Centre for Research and Internationalisation is responsible for the promotion and support of research activities, academic collaboration and the internationalization of the University, including teaching staff and students working abroad. LUMSA promotes and supports basic and interdisciplinary research through the University Centre for Research and Internationalisation (Centro di Ateneo per la ricerca e l’internazionalizzazione - CARI) and the Ethics Committee for Scientific Research (Comitato Etico per la Ricerca Scientifica - ESRB) whose remit is to evaluate and advise on research proposals submitted by scholars working at LUMSA. 


Over the years the University has developed an impressive track record in helping students to find employment. At the end of their programs, students have the opportunity to embark on work placements or internships with leading public or private organisations with which the University has developed mutual relationships.


Student services

The International Relations Office is in charge of handling the University’s external relations as well as projecting and promoting this type of activity in coordination with distinct faculty of the University and with other entities and institutions.


  • Develop and strengthen the University’s international relations.
  • Further students training.
  • Effectively consolidate the existing relations and exchanges by forging collaboration with national and international organizations in the spheres of culture, science, training and development.
  • Contribute to the academic, social and cultural projection of the University and its social and geographical surroundings at the local, national and international level.

Housing services

LUMSA has a new counter service: the LUMSA Accommodation Service, a new service to help students who do not live in Rome to find appropriate accommodation. The advice given covers everything from the type of accommodation available to legal meaning of the tenancy agreement.The LUMSA Accommodation Service is completely FREE.

Library services

The University Library System: includes the libraries in the different LUMSA buildings and it allows the consultation and the borrowing of books for study reasons. Connected to the network URBS, the system allows the consultation of the databases of the academies and foreign research centres present in Rome.

ICT services

Faculty computer-science classrooms: Every faculty has a computer-science classroom, freely open to the students on established weekly hours. There is an internet connection to surf the web and to manage one's mail-box.

WI-FI Wireless Area: The LUMSA offers its students a wireless internet connection. The service is free and is available in certain covered areas by using hot spot.

Medical services

Counselling: It is a free service offered by the Specialization School in Psychotherapy “Humanitas”. It aims at providing LUMSA students with professional psychological assistance in order to overcome difficult situations which otherwise produce negative effects in terms of personal wellness, adaptation to the university environment and progress in one's studies.

Student Life

Campus life

It is enjoyable and intellectually stimulating to attend a university in the heart of Rome, a town with one of the richest historical and cultural heritages in the world. There are four University buildings, a few minutes’ walk from each other and easily accessible by public transport. LUMSA has also campuses in the towns of Palermo and Taranto.


LUMSA’s Rome and Palermo campuses are both accredited test centres for major international qualifications in business, IT, languages and the professions. These qualifications include TOEFL Test Of English as a Foreign Language, CELI Certificazione Ufficiale della conoscenza della Lingua Italiana (recognised certificate of competence in Italian language).