Study plan

Students of the Master Programme in Computer Science can submit or update their study plans (“percorsi formativi”) once per year, from September 1 to December 31.

The online study plan submission system (reachable from within Infostud) prevents submission of most (but not all) study plans violating the rules.

Plans successfully submitted via the system are evaluated and approved either automatically (in real time) or manually by the study plan evaluation committee.

Automatically approved study plans

Study plans which satisfy all the rules, envision a proper balance of the number of exams to be cleared in the first and second year, and contain only courses offered within the Master Programme in Computer Science will be approved automatically by the system in real time.

Such automatically approved plans are valid from the academic year starting on October 1 of the year in which they have been submitted.
So, for example, study plans submitted from September 1 to December 31, 2017 and approved automatically and immediately will be valid from academic year 2017/2018 (which starts on October 1, 2017 and whose first exam session starts in January 2018).

Study plans needing intervention of the study plans evaluation committee

Study plans not approved automatically by the system need to be evaluated and (possibly) approved manually by the evaluation committee.
The most common case demanding manual evaluation is for plans which contain a too high number of exams to be cleared in a single year or which contain, in "Table D - Insegnamenti a scelta dello studente”, courses offered within the Bachelor Programme in Computer Science or by other Sapienza departments. For those plans, the committee needs to perform additional checks on the student curriculum to ensure their feasibility and to avoid abnormal situations (for example, we need avoid that a student includes in her plan a course too similar to a course that she already took during her B.Sc. programme or a course covering an area very different from computer science with poor motivation).
Evaluation of those plans will be processed each year, immediately after the submission deadline expires and within 10 days.

If approved, these plans are again valid from the academic year starting on October 1 of the year in which they have been submitted.
So, for example, study plans submitted from September 1 to December 31, 2017 and approved manually within 10 January 2018 will be valid from academic year 2017/2018 (which starts on October 1, 2017 and whose first exam session starts in January 2018).
In case of plan rejection, students will be immediately contacted by a member of the evaluation committee in order to give recommendations, fix the problems, and find an agreement on a new plan, which will be submitted by the committee and approved immediately.

Recommendations

The rules above imply that students cannot submit or change their study plan multiple times during the same year. Also, they cannot change a study plan still pending manual evaluation.
For this reason, we warmly recommend students to pay great attention when submitting their study plans and to do so only when they have clear ideas about which courses to follow in their first and second year. Failing to do so results in the impossibility of booking or taking exams, as the Infostud system forbids students to book an exam which is not included in their approved study plan for that year.

Exceptions

For students falling in the following categories a few exceptions apply:

Exception 1)
Students who have been awarded a B.Sc. in Computer Science at Sapienza during the December session have the right for late enrolment in the Master Programme. Such students may ask assistance to the study plans evaluation committee in order to submit their first study plan by the following March 31. The committee will evaluate and approve such plans within 15 days. Such plans will be immediately valid.

Exception 2)
Students enrolled in the Master Programme in Computer Science before academic year 2017/2018 (hence until a.y. 2016/2017) may ask assistance to the study plans evaluation committee in order to submit a study plan from September 1 to September 7 and make such a plan immediately valid. By doing so, such students might use the September exam session to clear an exam included in their newly approved study plan.
Note that, due to different regulations, this exception cannot be granted to students enrolled from academic year 2017/2018.

Exception 3)
Students who are spending one or more semesters abroad according to the Erasmus programme may ask assistance to the study plans evaluation committee for immediate changes their study plan, should they find serious administration problems at the hosting institution.