International opportunities for students


17 - 28 January, with students present in Trento.
This is subject to change depending on the future evolution of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that if cancelled an on-line version will not be offered.


Department of Economics, Via Inama 5, Trento

Admissions and covid related measures

Various measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of all participants, including but not limited to mandatory face-masks, distanced seating and mandatory Green Pass certification proving COVID-free status.
Sudden travel restrictions and more severe COVID containment policies such as required quarantine may be implemented without prior warning. Therefore, arrival to Trento from many countries in the world could become quite complicated or even impossible. The organization of the quarantine period, if any, is completely up to the students. 
Please carefully read the most updated information on measures implemented at the national and international level via the websites in the Useful Links section and the Green Pass Guide in the download, especially meant for students living from non-EU countries. 


This Winter School will offer students in several disciplines both methods and tools to design and conduct sample surveys in many fields, such as socio-economics, web analytics and environmental studies, among others. The approach to the topic will combine methodological issues with all aspects related to practical applications.
In particular, the first week of the School will be devoted to deepening methodological aspects necessary to the comprehension of sampling theory.
The second week will be dedicated to further explore particular aspects, both theoretical and practical, typical of real surveys, such as, among others, treatment of nonresponse, sampling for spatial data, panel surveys.
The study of all treated arguments will be joined by their implementation on real data-sets by using the open-source software R, both in classrooms and in afternoon workgroups sessions.
At the end of each week, two workshops are planned:

  • the first will concern the traditional dualism among census and sampling surveys;
  • the second will address a recent practical problem, such as how to make inference when big data are available and used.

Workload and Credits

The School, taught entirely in the English language, consists of 7 hours per day of organized activities (lectures, workshops, seminars, visits to local companies, excursions).At the end of the School external participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 6 ECTS (+ 2 possible additional credits for optional extra work to be arranged with the academic coordinator). Please refer to the Assessment Task document in the Download Box. UniTrento participants will receive an Attendance Certificate and can enquire to the students' support desk if the extracurricular activity can be recognized in terms of credits or thesis points or extra credits, according to the rules of their study course.

Participant Background

Admission reserved for up to 15 senior undergraduate and graduate international students (upper-level Bachelor's and all Master's students). The Winter School adopts a cross-disciplinary approach. For this reason, we welcome participants who are eager to enhance their inter-disciplinary competencies.
The course is addressed (but not limited) to students in Economics, Sociology, International Studies, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences.
Necessary prerequisites are basic knowledge of probability and inferential statistics, as obtainable from traditional basic courses of statistics and data analysis.
A good level of English is needed (minimum level B2).

Application process

Students coming from partner universities must be pre-selected and nominated by partner universities. UniTrento will carry out a final screening of the applications.
External students from non-partner universities are selected by UniTrento only. 
All students are required to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter when applying online.


All students are asked to finalize their on-line application by 8 November (extended!) and to upload their CV, ToR (Transcript of Records) and a motivation letter by using the application tool in the Useful Links section.
Payment is due by 18 November 2021.
The School will be activated with a minimum number of 10 international participants.

Participation Fees

Students from UniTrento partners universities: 400 Euros 
External students (from non-partner universities): 1.000 Euros
A maximum of 2 ECIU students are free of charge (selected among other ECIU students, on the basis of merit, academic profile and motivation letter). All other admitted ECIU students pay the university partner fee.
A maximum of 2 UniTrento students can apply starting from 1 November, if there are still available places. The participation cost is of 100 Euros.
Payment details will be sent to admitted participants. 
The participation cost includes: lunch and dinners in the university canteen from Monday to Friday and a socio-cultural program consisting of: a guided visit of the town, a welcome drink and a farewell buffet, a one-day excursion and a half-day excursion, visit to a museum or other attraction.
Excluded are: accommodation, breakfasts and weekend meals, insurance, and travel costs.
No scholarships awarded.
Cancellation: Participation fees will be reimbursed 100% in case of cancellation due to serious illness or a positive COVID swab test within the 48 hours prior to departure for Italy. No fees will be reimbursed if cancellation is for any other reason. 


All participants are responsible for planning and paying for their own lodging in Trento.
Details and possible housing solutions providing the Trentino Guest Card are available in the downloads.

Academic Coordinator

Prof. Maria Michela Dickson


International Relations Division 
international [at]
Tel + 39 0461 282980 - 3224