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Best International Medical Schools in Italy for 2022 – Full Comparison

What are the best international medical school in Italy that teach medicine in englsih?

Let’s summarise what we’ve learned in the updated Ultimate IMAT guide;

If you’ve fallen in love with all that Italy offers you and strive to study Medicine in Italy, in English, you must sit the IMAT and generate a competitive score that will be the sole basis of your admission to the program. IMAT stands for the “International Medical Admission Test”, and it is the entrance exam for Italian Public Medical schools.

The ranking system for these scores varies among Non-EU and EU candidates and is the second determining factor of your admission.

For non-EU, only those with the highest score will get admitted to the Universities based on the number of seats allotted to international students. The non-EU wouldn’t choose a different university if they didn’t score high enough to get a seat in their first (and only) choice university. For example, the University of Pavia usually has 40 seats available for international students, so they admit the 40 people who score the highest to the university. The level of the university usually goes hand in hand with the minimum IMAT score required each year.

For the EU, it’s an entirely different story. The European IMAT candidates have a process called “Rounds” or “Scrolling” – assuming they didn’t get a seat in the first round. They will choose a different university based on the availability of spots in various universities. As an EU candidate, if your score was too low to get a seat in your first choice university, you will choose another university within five days. Then, every five days, some of the top students of each round will admit to the university they chose. The rounds continue until all seats are filled.

Please note that mentioned Minimum Entry Scores and seats available are simply mentioned for comparison and guidance, and they may be subject to change.

So why do I need to settle on one choice, not 2 or 3?

Well, as Non-EUs, we know that Visa procedures might take vast processing time. Therefore, pre-enrollment, a procedure in place to ensure the Visa process goes smoothly as the Academic year begins later on in October/November, was introduced in 2019. By setting this session, they ensure all Non-EU applicants have their documents legalized and prepared. This way, if all things go according to plan, your application would have been prepared and reviewed in your country’s relevant Italian Embassy from your University Choice by the time you (hopefully) receive your admissions letter.

Between the beginning of April and the end of July, Italian Embassies in Non-EU countries accept requests for “Pre-enrollment” in which the candidate must submit their Visa application to their relevant country’s Embassy while indicating the first and only choice University. (This process needs several official legal papers and forms all listed here.)

This year Pre-enrollment opened on March 24th– considerably early compared to the past years. This is perhaps because of the drastic increase in Internationalization In Italy. As of 2022, thousands of people have now been introduced to these study opportunities from all parts of the world, so though it is a shock to see these conducts open early on, it is explanatory. The deadlines for this academic year of 2022-2023 end in November 2022, so while you still have time to decide, it is advised to navigate your way through the options, settle on a rational choice and prepare your documents in the meantime.

An in-depth guide for the Pre-enrollment and IMAT procedure can be read here.

How do I choose the Best University for me?

Today, over 13 Public Universities all over Italy offer Single Cycle Master’s Degrees for Medicine and Surgery in English. Since there are such countless elements to consider, Non-EU prospective medical students might find it hard to limit their decisions to only one University.

In this exhaustive aide, we’ll take an extensive look at each area in Italy that offers an English clinical program, the typical cost for many everyday items and fixed expenses, the all-year climate, English Language Certificate requirements, contact information and which colleges are accessible there. While there are 21 Universities across only 10  cities, we will investigate them top to bottom, individually, in the accompanying rundown.  

Now, we recommend that using this guide- you settle on 3 initial Universities. After you’ve appointed them, try to find further details on the respective courses, from their websites or using broad searches on google. If you can’t seem to settle on anything or still need help to narrow it down, we can offer you a 60-minute consultation with Ari, the founder of Entermedschool and a third-year Medical Student at the University of Pavia.

We would also like to remind you to always keep your decisions rational, especially with seats for Non-EU each year. Ensure that whichever University you pick, you are certain you’ll be able to score appropriately as well as rank decently, in particular with the smaller Universities.

Please remember that whichever University you choose may have its advantages and disadvantages. However, we urge you not to look into rankings as there is no such thing as “the best”. Instead, it is crucial to focus on aspects such as city life– you will study in the city for 6 consecutive years, so you better make sure whichever University you choose is in a city where you see yourself thriving and enjoying. After talking with dozens of students all over Italy, here are the Most Important things to do and consider when choosing your University:

  • City life: Is it a big, crowded city like Milan, or a smaller, quaint city like Pavia? You will live there for the next six years, and you should ask yourself which kind of environment you prefer.
  • Budget: The expenses vary tremendously in every city! You might pay 800 euros every month for everything, including rent, tuition fees, transportation and food and leisure in Pavia, but in Milan, you could pay 1300-1500 euros for the same things! Usually, the bigger the city, the more expensive it is, and Northern cities are more expensive than Southern cities.
  • Friends: If you have people from your country who want to study at a specific university or a sizeable community of people from your country within a particular city, it might be something to consider. This aspect is usually forgotten but is so essential!
  • Minimum score: The minimum IMAT score differs among different universities in Italy. Some require 35 points, and some require 55 in the first round. The median score is usually around 35, but only 5% or less of the students get 55 and above.
  • Social Life: As mentioned earlier, the size of the city determines the environment, as well as the number of clubs, bars, and restaurants each city has. In Pavia, for instance, it is pretty limited to going out and doing something. You will usually go to the same place and the same club/bar, and if you want to do something special, you can take the train to Milan. Don’t let it discourage you. As a medical student, you won’t have much time anyway (and you really shouldn’t) to go out too often. If you are someone who believes social life is essential to their growth, consider choosing cities such as Rome, Milan, and Napoli (and similar cities).
  • Practical Experience: To be fair, we must clear the propaganda surrounding most Italian Universities’ Practical Experience. From what we have concluded, Italy has an extremely self proactive view of practical experience. What you’ll find is that in most of these Universities, there will be scheduled labs and practical work but always to a certain extent. It is your responsibility to configure how exposed you’d like to be to clinical rotations, wards, or research. No one will hand you what you need, and that is why you must practice self-control and regime constantly. So remember, opportunities will be easily available only once you ask for them. In most cases, a simple email request to your respective professors will get you the experience you want, so keep a motivated and open attitude towards so.
  • Class sizes: Comparatively smaller class sizes usually allow for more personal relationships with professors; this will help with future shadowing opportunities and focus in class. Bigger classes enable social connections, and more available grouping opportunities and projects. With the proactivity we’ve mentioned earlier, Professor relations should never be a huge issue. So, depending on which scenarios you thrive within, elect a suitable University.

These are only some factors we will bring into consideration in this extensive guide.

Let’s start with a map and a rundown of our last article:

Medical Universities in Italy in English

The full list of Universities Include:


Milan

Weather: 

The climate of Milan is comparable to that of much of Northern Italy’s interior plains, with warm, toasty, humid summers and frigid and gloomy winters. Milan’s proximity to the Alps encourages students to easily enjoy winter sports, but it also means that the winters are much more severe than in southern or central Italy since it is in Lombardy (The northern side).

Social life:

Milan is a progressive metropolitan city, with multi-cultural and diverse scenes and characters. This means dining out is incredibly satisfying, as there are plentiful varieties of cultural dishes and restaurants you could visit. Nightlife is bustling and alive in this high fashion city and entertainment seems to lurk in every corner, especially in the performing arts! People always seem incredibly confident and focused, friendly, with a hint of private mystery to every stranger you might pass by. If you enjoy that social and luxury yet secure lifestyle, Milan is calling your name.

 

Cost of Living: 

Unsurprisingly, Milan is ranked 44th on Europe’s Cost of Index. It is worthy to note though- that this is a pleasant yearly decrease from its past 2021 ranking where it stood 31st overall. In honest words, it is Italy’s most expensive city according to the relevant index. This is explanatory looking at the approximate city’s population of 1,350,000 individuals. Let’s look at some pricing costs- (All listed numbers are approximations or estimates.)

Accommodation

(€/Month)

1-Person Apartment in City Centre: €1,199.33

1-Person Apartment in Outskirts: €825.70

Utilities 

(€/Month)

Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €193.67

Internet: €28.85

Transportation

(Buses, Trains, Trams)

One-way ticket: €2.00

Monthly Pass: €39.00

Markets 

(Grocery trips, etc..)

Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €60-100

 

  • University of Milan Statale: (Public) 

As of 2021, there were 45 EU and 25 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score was 51.5 for Non-EU and 43.3 for EUs.

Campus Tour:

Credit: AcadIMAT on Youtube.

Language Requirements:

– Candidate students should know even though knowledge of the Italian language is not a prerequisite for matriculation to IMS, a good level of knowledge of Italian is required to access the clinical activities in the third year of the programme. To this aim, they will organise Italian courses for non-Italian-speaking IMS students. (This is the case for most, if not all of the other Universities.)

– For medicine and surgery, the degree course organised the English proficiency test itself. Students can prove their English proficiency level by submitting a language certificate (Students who own a language certificate must attach it to their application during the enrolment procedure) among those accepted by the University or by taking a Placement test. Students without a valid language certificate must sit the Placement Test in their first year, between October and December/January.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] 

-If inquiries are more intensive, ask for more information or set an appointment by registering on the University website, then accessing “informastudenti“.

Tuition (€/year)

Non-EU: €156-1456 per year.

EU: €156-3735 per year.

Class Size

Around 50-60 Students per class.

Examinations

Pre-clinical and clinical years follow both Oral and written examination styles. Following the typical Italian system of needing to pass the written section (prerequisite) to be allowed into the Oral section. A pass is usually 18/30 across most Universities.

Re-takes

Pre-apello is a bonus session in which exams are retaken. Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams, or at least 7 sessions or attempts.

Attendance

Mandatory, at least 66%.

Typical Schedule

Preclinical: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 3-4 PM.

Clinical: A day’s schedule can differ, but some days go on till 5-6 PM.

Cadavers

According to sources, the possibilities are a didactical post-mortem in Year 1, and an autopsy observation in the 2nd and 6th Years.

Clinical Rotation Experience

Begins in the 3rd year and can be 2-4 weeks at the end of each semester.

Shifts go from 8 AM to lunchtime.

Clinical Rotation Hospitals

There are around 9 hospitals used for Clinical Rotations, however, it is primarily held at Policlinico of Milan.

Scholarships

There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

The Duomo of Milan, Next to the University of Milano (IMS), Italy.
About Us | English | Policlinico di Milano
Policlinico di Milano.

  • University of Milan-Bicocca: (Public)

As of 2021, there were 25 EU and 13 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score was 51.7 for Non-EU and 42.3 for EUs.

Campus Tour:

Credit: AcadIMAT on YouTube.

Language Requirements:

-Certificate of proficiency in English corresponding to min. B2 level, issued by recognized institutions.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year)

Non-EU: €156-756 per year.

EU: €156-3520 per year.

Class Size

15-30 Students per class.

Examinations

One of 3 style possibilities depending on the professor, though primarily written and some orals. They could be multiple choice, essay style, or oral.

Re-takes

Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams.

Attendance

Mandatory, at least 70%.

Typical Schedule

Preclinical: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 1 PM.

Clinical: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM.

Cadavers

None.

Clinical Rotation Experience

Begins in the 2nd year working in smaller groups, and closer ratios to doctors and professors.

Clinical Rotation Hospitals

Clinica San Francesco and Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII.

Scholarships

There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

 

Clinica San Francesco Galatina
Clinica San Francesco.
Collaborazione ASST Spedali Civili e ASST Papa Giovanni XXIII al Presidio Medico Avanzato di Bergamo - Montagne & Paesi
Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII.

 


Rome

Weather: 

Even as Rome offers considerably warmer winters with increased mean temperature and daylight, the summers are virtually miserable, with heatwaves spiking in July and August. Its autumns and springtime are enjoyable, with shorter but powerful rains and thunderstorms. Being in Central Italy, in the Lazio region, Rome is perfect for those who prefer warm, bustling city life.

Social Life:

Rome is a very proud capital city, with an incredible religious and historical sentiment in Western Europe. Many people reportedly describe Rome as “a living museum”, so it is clear their Art is truly everywhere. This city has its own charm. Though bustling with people similarly to Milan, there is a certain charming and noisy chaos that accompanies the city’s emotional and cultural setting. Though it is an incredibly fast-paced city, people here have truly genuine and warm personalities, only led by their hearts.

Cost of Living: 

They rank Rome 84th on Europe’s Cost of Index. Another pleasant yearly decrease from its past ranking where it stood 57th overall as of 2021. In honest words, it is Italy’s 7th most expensive city according to the relevant Index with a population of 2,850,000 individuals. Let’s look at some pricing costs-

Accommodation  

(€/ Month)

1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €1,012.50

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €679.41

Utilities

(€/Month)

Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €188.90

Internet: €29.24

Transportation

(Metros, Buses, etc..) 

One-way ticket: €1.50

Monthly Pass: €35.00

Markets

(Grocery trips, etc..)

Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: 70-€100

 

  • Sapienza University of Rome

As of 2021, there were 38 EU and 10 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score was 53.1 for Non-EU and 40.4 for EUs.

Virtual Campus tour: http://virtualtour.uniroma1.it/

Campus Tour: 

Language Requirements:

-Certificate of proficiency in English corresponding to min. B2 level, issued by recognized institutions.

Contact Information:

– For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] 

Tuition (€/year)

Non-EU: €400-1156.

EU: €400-2925.

Class Size

45-50 Students per class.

Examinations

Almost all exams are Oral, with only a few instances where written exams are the prerequisite needed to be passed to take the oral.

Re-takes

Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 66%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 2 PM.

Clinical, 2nd year onwards: Monday through Friday 2 PM to 7 PM.

Cadavers Some demonstrations along the anatomy course, such as the chance to observe an Anatomy dissection by professors around the end of 2nd year. In the 4th year, there may be an autopsy experience and dissections during clinicals.
Clinical Rotation Experience 2nd-3rd year clinicals are few but present (Once or twice a semester), 4th year and onwards they expect to complete full days gaining practical skills.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Some rotations at St. Andrea but mostly based at Umberto I.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

 

Medical Oncology Unit, Sant'Andrea Hospital of Rome
St.Andrea Hospital.
Hospital Umberto Primo - 08/10/2012 - Cotidiano - Fotografia - Folha de S.Paulo
Hospital Umberto Primo.

 

  • Tor Vergata University of Rome

As of 2021, there are 25 EU and 10 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 47.7 for Non-EU and 37.7 for EUs.

Campus Tour:

Credit: AcadIMAT on Youtube.

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €156-5250.

EU: €156-5250.

Class Size 30-35 Students per class.

Over the years, class sizes reportedly decrease, which encourages intimacy and communication between classmates and professors.

Examinations 99% Oral, very rare to have written exams.
Re-takes Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 66%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical: Monday through Friday 8 AM to 2 PM.

Clinical begins early on: Monday through Friday, falling later in the day.

Cadavers None within the Academic Program.
Clinical Rotation Experience Starts in the first year, and gradually increases in practical work as the years go by.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico of Tor Vergata, Bambin Gesù hospital, and some other hospitals.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
Policlinico "Tor Vergata"
Policlinico of Tor Vergata.

 

Rome's Bambino Gesu Hospital reaches out to Syrian children - Vatican News
Bambin Gesù Pediactric Hospital.

 


Napoli

Weather: 

Napoli has a subtropical climate, meaning it has hot, damp winters and scorching, sunlit summers. Rainfall is plentiful, with autumn being the wettest season. Summer rains are uncommon and take the form of rainstorms or heavy downpours in the Campania region.

Cost of Living: 

They rank Naples 129th on Europe’s Cost of Index. It is obviously significantly cheaper than many regions of Italy, however; it experienced a slight increase in costs since 2021, where it stood 133rd overall. The city has a population of 960,000 and is one of Italy’s cheapest. Let’s look at some pricing costs-

Accommodation

(€/Month)

1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €655.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €370.00

Utilities

(€/Month)

Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €155.56

Internet: €28.87

Transportation

(Metros, Buses, etc..) 

One-way ticket: €1.30

Monthly Pass: €36.00

Markets

(Grocery trips, etc..)

Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €60-€100

 

  • University of Napoli Vanvitelli

As of 2021, there are 50 EU and 40 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 33.1 for Non-EU and 33.88 for EU.

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected] 

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €137-2710.

EU: €137-2710.

Class Size 60-80 Students per class.
Examinations Almost all exams are Oral, with only a few instances where written exams are the prerequisite needed to be passed in order to take the oral.
Re-takes Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 70%.
Typical Schedule Usually, the workweek is Mondays through Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Cadavers None.
Clinical Rotation Experience 3rd-year clinicals are few but present (Once or twice a semester), 4th year and onwards they are expected to complete full days gaining practical skills.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico Vecchio and Caserta Civil Hospital.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
Caserta Civil Hospital
Policlinico Vecchio Napoli
Policlinico Vecchio Napoli
  • University of Naples Federico II :(Public)

As of 2021, there are 15 EU and 35 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 41.4 for Non-EU’s and 34.6 for EU’s.

Policlinico Tour:

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €200-356 max.

EU: €510-2600.

Class Size 30-40 Students per class.
Examinations A mixture of written and oral examinations, where multiple-choice written exams are the prerequisite needed to be passed in order to take the oral.
Re-takes Usually unlimited chances to re-take exams.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 75%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical: Monday through Friday 1 PM to 5 PM.

Clinical: Monday through Friday 8 Am to 12 PM.

Clinical Rotation Experience 2nd and 3rd-year clinicals are few but present, 4th year and onwards they expect to complete full days gaining practical skills and beginning your thesis.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico Federico II.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

 

Policlinico Federico II
Policlinico Federico II

Pavia

Weather: 

Summers in Pavia are toasty, humid, and mainly clear, while winters are very cold and partially overcast. Throughout the year, the temperature normally ranges from -1°C to 30°C, with temperatures seldom falling below -5°C or rising over 34°C. The climate is usually in line with Milan.

Social Life:

A peaceful and secure northern Italian city about 30 minutes by rail from Milan, where everything is within walking reach. A town full of medieval towers, an architectural and cultural treasure such as a historical city centre and its heritage sites that will take your breath away, and a bike-sharing system that will allow you to go around Pavia’s boulevards. This city is ideal for students since it has everything you might want for a successful academic year. Pavia is jam-packed with projects, events, and enjoyable activities.

Cost of Living: 

Pavia is notorious for its affordable living; compared to Milan, you’ll find that rent prices are about 50% lower, groceries cost about 5% less, and even restaurant prices are down 30% comparatively. With a population of about 72,000 people, Pavia is said to be well suited for student budgets. Let’s look at some pricing costs-

Accommodation (Rent per Month)  1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €575.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €550.00

Utilities

(€/Month)

Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €227.00

Internet: €30.82

Transportation

(Metros, Buses, etc..)

One-way ticket: €1.30

Yearly Pass (price for students): €20.00

Markets

(Grocery trips, etc..)

Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €70-100

 

  • University of Pavia:

As of 2021, there are 103 EU and 40 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 49.4 for Non-EU’s and 46.3 for EU’s.

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €156-4656.

EU: €156-4460.

Class Size 100-110 Students per class.
Examinations Begins with written exams such as prerequisites, then 2nd year onwards they are increasingly oral.
Re-takes 3 opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 75%.
Typical Schedule For Preclinical and clinical years, classes are held in the morning and labs or trainings are held in the afternoon.
Clinical Rotation Experience 3rd-year clinicals are few but present, 4th year and onwards it is expected to complete full days gaining practical skills in specialties and beginning your thesis.
Cadavers Autopsy Observation, however, it is independent of the Academic Program.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Mainly San Matteo, and few in Fondazione S. Maugeri and The Neurological Institute C. Mondino.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

 

In this photograph taken from behind a window, doctors work on Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of San Matteo Hospital, in Pavia, northern Italy.
Fondazione S. Maugeri
The Neurological Institute C. Mondino.

 


Turin

Weather: 

Summers in Turin are hot and humid, winters are freezing, and it is partially foggy all year. Throughout the year, the temperature normally ranges from -1°C to 29°C, with temperatures infrequently falling below -4°C or rising over 32°C.

Social Life:

The city is rich in culture, food, and history, and it has a brilliant mix of social activities. In Turin, there is always something to do, from dining out to festivals and a vibrant nightlife. It is one of Italy’s major cities, with higher education, art, and a pace that appears adapted to live a healthy, but never hyper life, far from the frantic nearby city of Milan. It is an hour and a half drive from the Alps and an hour and a half from the coasts of Liguria, two hours from France, two hours from Switzerland, and three hours from Germany. The city centre is lovely and architecturally rather uniform, with a predominance of buildings from the XVI and XVII centuries (all of which are still in use today).

 

Cost of living:

Ranked as Italy’s 11th cheapest city, Turin continues to be extremely student-friendly, even with its living costs that we can see here:

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €504.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €389.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €163.00

Internet: €27.30

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.70

Monthly Pass: €34.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €60-100

 

  • The University of Turin

As of 2021, there are 70 EU and 32 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 44 for Non-EU’s and 45.6 for EU’s.

Language Requirements:

-To apply for undergraduate or 5-year or 6-year postgraduate degree programs with a restricted number of places (entrance test) set at a national or regional level, the language proficiency will be assessed through the admission test.

Contact Information: 

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €196-2805.

EU: €196-2805.

Class Size 100 Students per class.
Examinations Begins with written exams such as prerequisites, then as years progress, they are increasingly oral.
Re-takes 3 opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 75%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical year’s days are quite long, early morning to late afternoon.

Clinicals are held in the mornings.

Clinical Rotation Experience 3rd year clinicals are few but present, 4th year and onwards it is expected to complete full days gaining practical skills in specialties and beginning your thesis.
Cadavers None. (Simulation Lab instead).
Clinical Rotation Hospitals University Hospital of San Luigi Gonzaga.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
University Hospital of San Luigi Gonzaga.

 

University Hospital of San Luigi Gonzaga.

 


Bologna 

Weather:

Summers in Bologna are mild and mainly clear, while winters are freezing and partly overcast. Throughout the year, the temperature normally ranges from -0°C to 31°C, with temperatures seldom falling below -4°C or rising over 35°C.

Social Life

Bologna, home to one of the world’s oldest universities, is the birthplace of Italian culture and food. Traditions old and new are valued, pleasant settings put you at rest, and delectable fragrances announce meals to be enjoyed. Bologna’s appellation, “Italy’s Food Capital,” underlines the city’s position as a top gourmet destination. Every dish is a memorable culinary experience. Bologna’s ancient and diverse city offers everything to make student life fascinating. It is bustling with people who are kind and used to youths travelling long distances to study there. In reality, students make up around one-third of the population in the city core.

Cost of living:

Bologna is Italy’s 4th most expensive city according to the European Living Index, lets’s look at some pricing costs:

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €692.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €533.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €163.00

Internet: €27.30

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.50

Monthly Pass: €35.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €70-100

 

  •  University of Bologna

As of 2021, there are 70 EU and 20 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 48.9 for Non-EU’s and 48.6 for EU’s.

Campus Tour:

Credit: AcadIMAT on YouTube

Language Requirements:

-English language knowledge and skills at B2 level or higher are assessed during the admission test.
-A B1 level or higher in Italian language knowledge and skills is a mandatory requirement to access clinical clerkships of the Degree Programme. B1-level Italian language is tested during Year 1.
-The Italian B1 language requirement is regarded as met by students holding one of the qualifications defined by a specific resolution of the Degree Programme board.

Contact Information:

-For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €156-3407.

EU: €196-3410.

Class Size 60-90 Students per class.
Examinations Exams are a different range of types, oral, written or practical.
Re-takes Unlimited opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 66%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical years days are quite busy, early morning to late afternoon.

Clinicals are held in the mornings from 2nd Year.

Clinical Rotation Experience 2nd year clinicals are few but present,though mostly lab work. Experience develops 3rd year onwards.
Cadavers An integrated extensive course in the second year for a pro-section.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals St. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
St. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic

 

St. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic

 


Padova 

Weather 

Summers in Padova are hot and humid, winters are bitterly cold, and it is partially overcast all year. Throughout the year, the temperature normally ranges from -1°C to 31°C, with temperatures rarely falling below -5°C or rising over 35°C.

Social Life

Living in Padua may simply be defined as a pleasant experience. It’s inexpensive, walkable, livable, and inviting. It is close to other significant towns in Italy, such as Venice, and the atmosphere is young and cheerful. Padova is more of an art display city, entwined by the best of mother nature’s gifts to humanity. This city is a sight to see, near the primary point of convergence of the rivers Brenta, which comes from the north, and Bacchiglione, which flows from the south.

 

Cost of Living 

Padova is Italy’s 8th most inexpensive city, stable standing on Europe’s Living Cost Index. 

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €600.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €400.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €188.00

Internet: €28.40

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.30

Monthly Pass: €43.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €70-100

 

  • University of Padova

As of 2021, there are 56 EU and 20 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 46.6 for Non-EU’s and 47 for EU’s.

Campus Tour:

Credit: AcadIMAT on YouTube

Language Requirements:

All candidates with a qualification obtained abroad, regardless of their citizenship and residence, who intend to enrol in a degree programme at the University of Padua are required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of English under the teaching regulations of the relevant degree programme. However, you are exempt from the English language certificate by taking a standardised test in English (IMAT and/or SAT), since the test is a compulsory or preferential requirement for admission to the chosen degree programme.

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected] OR fill out a contact form here.

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €156-3407.

EU: €196-3410.

Class Size 60-90 Students per class.
Examinations Mostly written exams with occasional orals.
Re-takes 5 opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 70%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical years classes are held early mornings. Clinicals are held in the afternoons from 1st Year.
Clinical Rotation Experience 1st year clinicals are few but present,though mostly lab work. Experience develops onwards.
Cadavers Apparently, yes. (Yet to be seen)
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico Universitario, Ospedale Giustinianeo, and Ospedale Sant’Antonio.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
Ospedale Sant’Antonio
Policlinico Universitario
Ospedale Giustinianeo

 

 


 

Piacenza

Weather

Summers in Piacenza are warm, humid, and mainly clear, while winters are very cold and very overcast. Throughout the year, the temperature normally ranges from -1°C to 31°C, with temperatures rarely falling below -6°C or rising over 34°C.

 

Social Life 

Piacenza, in the heart of Northern Italy, has all you’d expect from a historic Italian city. It is known as “The City of Palaces,” and it is a royalist’s dream, with seven gorgeous palaces to tour, ranging from the Medieval Palazzo Comunale to the 16th century Palazzo Farnesse and the 17th century Palazzo dei Mercanti, which serves as Piacenza’s Town Hall today. Piacenza is well-known for its pancetta and other salted pork products. It is a really tranquil setting in which you may study, wander around the city, and meet some very excellent companions.

Cost of living 

Parma is Italy’s 2nd most expensive city, right after Milan. It ranks in 62nd place on Europe’s Living Cost Index.

Accommodation (Rent per Month)  1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €550.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €400.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €206.00

Internet: €30.40

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.50

Monthly Pass: €35.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €70-100

 

  • University of Parma 

(Please note that this section is under review for updates.)

As of 2021, there are 60 EU and 40 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 35.5 for Non-EU’s and 35.4 for EUs.

Language Requirements:

-In compliance with the relevant bylaws and regulations, students attending a degree course taught in English are also required to pass an Italian language competency test before the completion of the degree course.

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) €156-2625
Class Size 60-90 Students per class.
Examinations Mostly written exams with occasional orals.
Re-takes Unlimited opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 70%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical years classes are held late mornings to late afternoons. Clinicals are held in the afternoons from 2nd Year and progress fully by 3rd-4th year.
Clinical Rotation Experience 2nd clinicals are few but present,though mostly lab work. Experience develops onwards, especially by 3rd and 4th year.
Cadavers Pro-sections possible.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals University Hospital of Parma, (possibly other private clinics).
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
University Hospital of Parma

 

University Hospital of Parma

Bari 

Weather 

In Bari, the summers are warm, humid, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 5°C to 30°C and is rarely below 2°C or above 34°C.

Social Life 

Bari serves as a link between the Middle East and Eastern Europe. There are many amazing things to do in Bari, which is ‌in stunning surroundings, to make your student life an experience to remember. This University City and Trade Center is a well-known location in southern Italy. Student living in Bari is an experience with a tranquil setting that you will remember as the days pass since it is a cultural city with planned social events all year. Just by looking at the beautiful features and intricacy of its architecture, tiny alleys, historical attractions, and ancient town with a modern view, you can see that this city has a lot to offer both foreign and local students.

 

Cost of living 

Bari is placed 12th overall, just above Naples on The Living Costs Index.

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €800.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €466.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €143.00

Internet: €32.40

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.05

Monthly Pass: €35.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €60-100

 

  • University of Bari

As of 2021, there are 42 EU and 9 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 32.7 for Non-EU’s and 43.3 for EU’s.

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €136-1580

EU:€136-2025

Class Size 40-50 Students per class.
Examinations Exams different range of types, oral, written or practical. (Though orals are predominant).
Re-takes Unlimited opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 66%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical years classes are held early mornings to afternoons. Clinicals are held in the afternoons from 2nd Year and progress fully by 3rd-4th year.
Clinical Rotation Experience 2nd clinicals are few but present,though mostly lab work. Experience develops onwards, especially by 3rd and 4th year.
Cadavers Integrated demonstrations as part of the Anatomy course (witnessing autopsy).
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico Giovanni XXIII.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
Policlinico Giovanni XXIII

 

Policlinico Giovanni XXIII

Messina 

Weather 

In Messina, the summers are short, hot, muggy, dry, and clear and the winters are long, cool, wet, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 10°C to 31°C and is rarely below 6°C or above 34°C.

 

Social Life 

This little city is located in the heart of the Calabria region and the island of Sicily. The setting appears to be a beautiful piece of art, with a colourful backdrop painting that depicts the ocean flowing behind the city. It is an old and aristocratic city located on the island’s northeastern point. It has the ideal setting for individuals who enjoy the sea and mountains because it is located at the meeting point of the Tyrennian and Ionian seas, with the Peloritan Mountains in between. Messina has always been a multicultural crossroads and meeting place for Sicily.

Cost of living 

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €370.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €300.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €60.00

Internet: €31.60

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.50

Monthly Pass: €35.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €60-100

 

  • University of Messina 

As of 2021, there are 45 EU and 38 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 34.6 for Non-EU’s and 43 for EU’s.

Language Requirements:

-Knowledge of the English language as a mother tongue or evidence of English knowledge certified at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference of languages – CEFR). The scientific and technical terms used in the course access test (International Medical Admission Test – IMAT) are considered higher than the B2 level of knowledge required for students aiming at admission to the international Degree Program in Medicine and Surgery.

Contact Information: 

For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €236-750

EU:€236-1905

Class Size 60-75 Students per class.
Examinations Almost all exams are Oral, only a few instances where written exams are the prerequisite needed to be passed in order to take the oral.
Re-takes No opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 75%.
Typical Schedule Preclinical years classes are held early mornings to late afternoons. Clinicals are held in the afternoons/evenings and progress fully by 3rd-4th year.
Clinical Rotation Experience Experience develops onwards, especially by 3rd and 4th year.
Cadavers Independent of the program; Autopsy Observation.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Policlinico G. Martino.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.

 

Policlinico G. Martino

 

Policlinico G. Martino

Siena (Dentistry)

Weather 

In Siena, the summers are short, hot, and mostly clear and the winters are long, very cold, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -0°C to 31°C and is rarely below -6°C or above 35°C.

Social Life 

Siena is an Italian medieval town that is simply immersed in tradition. There’s always something occurring in the lively city centre; despite being a medieval town devoid of traditions, the beauty, silence, and friendliness continue to draw students from all over the world. If you want to study in a small town, get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, and live without breaking the bank, Siena is the place to be. Siena is renowned as the “most livable city in Tuscany,” as well as the fifth-greatest city in all of Italy for its quality of life, according to yearly rankings.

Cost of living 

Accommodation (Rent per Month) 1 Person Apartment in City Centre: €500.00

1 Person Apartment in Outskirts: €300.00

Utilities Basics (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage): €150.00

Internet: €27.60

Transportation One-way ticket: €1.50

Monthly Pass: €36.00

Markets Bi-Monthly Grocery Trip: €70-100

 

  • University of Siena 

As of 2021, there are 28 EU and 15 Non-EU seats reserved. The Average IMAT entry score is 35.4 for Non-EU’s and 43.2 for EU’s.

Language Requirements:

-None mentioned for English or Italian.

Contact Information:

– For inquiries, students residing abroad or having foreign educational qualifications can directly contact the International Welcome Desk by emailing [email protected] OR [email protected] OR [email protected]

Tuition (€/year) Non-EU: €156-4000

EU:€256-5000

Class Size 20-30 Students per class.
Examinations A mixture of written and Oral examinations, where multiple choice written exams are the prerequisite needed to be passed in order to take the oral.
Re-takes 3 opportunities to reject your score.
Attendance Mandatory, at least 75%.
Typical Schedule Schedules and time tables vary weekly, some range early morning to afternoon, others from morning to evenings.
Clinical Rotation Experience Experience develops 2nd year and onwards, especially by 5th and 6th year.
Cadavers None.
Clinical Rotation Hospitals Hospital Le Scotte.
Scholarships There are needs-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Check here.
Hospital Le Scotte

 

Hospital Le Scotte

Please note that this information is subject to change for the academic year 2022/2023; all numbers are simply estimated to indicate. Some information may contain errors; please verify the content and use it as your own responsibility.

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