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Study Medicine in Italy in English

Most medical schools in Italy offer courses in English and many will even lower the tuition fees for students with financial difficulties. It is one of the best locations in the world to pursue a degree in medicine, and you'll be able to study in an environment that is conducive to students.

Education in Italy

Living & Studying In Italy


About Studying Medicine in Italy

It’s not a secret that Italy is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. And yes, what you’ve seen in the movies is real. If we could describe Italy in one word, we’d go for “gorgeous”. But what about studying medicine in Italy?

Italy prides itself on some of the best medical schools in Europe. It has been an everlasting choice for Medicine and Dentistry, and its popularity is well known among the medical world due to its modern approach and use of some of the latest technologies that furthermore make studying more interesting and engaging.

It’s undoubtedly one of the top choices for studying medicine in Europe.

Why Study Medicine in Italy?

Apart from the opportunity to visit and live in a country with rich cultural and historical heritage, and of course pizza, you will benefit from:

  • The chance to choose from several prestigious medical schools in Italy that teach medicine in English.
  • Places reserved specifically for international students from EU- and non-EU countries (separately).
  • Affordable tuition fees compared to other countries from Western and Eastern Europe. Normally, tuition fees for medicine in English can range from €500 – €5000 per year. Some universities charge higher.
  • Universities require you to take just one exam in English – the IMAT, which you can take in more than 20 cities around the globe or online.
  • For a well established and technologically advanced country like Italy, living expenses can be as low as €700/month, all-inclusive.
  • Degrees recognised in Europe, the UK, the USA, and all around the world.
  • Free consultation and full ongoing support by Medlink Students.
Education in Italy

The Best Medical Universities in Italy

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The Best Medical Universities in Italy

1. International Medical School in Milan

The university attracts students from all over the world. International students are offered a world-renowned specialist degree that is recognized worldwide.

Milan provides Medicine in English in a 6-year study process. The tuition fee is €4,000 per year; living costs are €500-800 per month.

Admission requirements are good grades in Biology, Chemistry, and the third subject in their high school certificate equivalent to a C grade or above, e.g. A-levels, Baccalaureate, final leaving certificate etc. Students must have 3 Science A levels to apply, BTECs are not accepted here.

Milan International Medical School

2. University of Siena:

Founded in 1240, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

The medical school of Siena is the only medical school in Italy that teaches Dentistry and Dental Prosthodontics in English. It provides a 6-year dental medicine programme.

The tuition fee is €4,500 per year, and living costs are between €600-€900 per month. Admission requirements are 3 Science A-Levels and IMAT.

University of Siena

3. Humanitas University:

Humanitas is a newly established private medical university in Italy. Each year around 150 students that choose Europe as a medical career path start their journey here.

Here you can apply for a 6-year medical course in English. Tuition fees for EU applicants are based on family income, while for non-EU students, they are between €10,000 – €20,000 per year.

Applicants are ranked based on their high school diploma, mainly by their biology and chemistry grades.

They are also required to sit the IMAT test that focuses on Biology, Chemistry, and Logical Reasoning and also has a few questions from Physics and Maths.

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Entry Requirements for Medicine in Italy

The admission requirements for medical schools in Italy which teach in English are 3 Science A-Levels, passing the International Medical Admission Test (IMAT), and an English language certificate for non-native speakers.

The Cost to Study Medicine in Italy

Education in Italy can be quite expensive for international students and Medicine is no exception to the rule. While some universities offer more affordable tuition fees, the costs of living in Italy are still high. Prices in the Boot are comparable to those in the UK.

Medical Tuition Fees in Italy for International Students

Most public Italian medical universities don’t have a fixed tuition fee. The tuition fee for studying medicine in Italy is calculated based on family income. However, non-EU residents should expect to pay more than students from Italy or the European Union. The low fees are justified by paid taxes and international treaties.

While public universities charge as low as €4500 per year, private medical schools can charge a lot more. For example, Humanitas University charges between €10,000 and €20,000 per year.

Living Expenses in Italy for International Students


Italy is a country with a high living standard, and it attracts millions of tourists per year. Thus, prices in big cities like Milan are comparable to those in London. In general, big cities are more expensive than smaller ones, and Southern Italy is more affordable than the north.

Speaking of Milan, it is an expensive city to live in. Living costs average €850 without rent. Rent is another €800 to €1200 depending on the location of the apartment, and this is for a single bedroom.

Still, Siena is a bit more affordable in comparison to Milan. Living expenses average around €780 and renting a single-bedroom apartment costs between €650 and €750.

Types of Study Programmes in Italy

The universities in Italy offer 6-year Master’s degrees in Medicine and Dentistry. The above universities do not offer the opportunity to study veterinary medicine in English.

Can International Students Study MBBS in Italy in English?

The MBBS degree is taught in universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, and some countries that used to be a part of the British Empire. It is a bachelor’s programme, and it doesn’t correspond to the educational traditions of continental Europe. Italy offers only Master’s degrees in Medicine, and students cannot study an MBBS course in local universities.

Graduate Entry Medicine in Italy

There is no graduate-entry pathway in Italy. If you are looking for an accelerated medical or dental route, consider Poland or Georgia.


Being a postgraduate from an Italian Medical school, you would be a well-respected specialist with a world-renowned degree that is recognised worldwide. You would graduate as a fully licensed doctor or, therefore, a dentist with a European degree, able to start working right away.

Study Process

The M.D. program is divided into two parts. The first two years are pre-clinical and therefore focus on building a stable ground for general understanding.

Subjects include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, cellular and molecular biology etc.

The second part starts in the third year and follows until graduation. This one is considered clinical and includes subjects such as general surgery, internal diseases, pathology, gynaecology etc.

You would be taught practical skills and expected to put your theoretical knowledge to use.

Imagine a tree where preclinical studies are the roots and clinical ones are the branches.

Why Study Abroad in Italy?

The Italian civilizations have been writing history for two millennia, and in doing so, they have shaped the modern world as we know it. Italy is considered the birthplace of education in its current form because the first universities were established in Italy. Furthermore, the country is considered the birthplace of modern medicine because of the research done in Padua. Thus, to study in Italy is to flow with history - past, present, and future.

Practical Reason to Study Medicine in Italy

Here are some objective reasons to choose Italy as a destination for a medical degree:

  • Worldwide recognition of the degree
  • Birthplace of university education
  • Birthplace of modern Medicine
  • Cultural superpower
  • Available student dormitories
  • Italy is an EU and Schengen member

Lifestyle Reasons to Study Medicine in Italy

There is one single reason to choose Italy as your destination to study: you are already Italian, sort of. Do you love pasta and pizza? Do you enjoy a midday espresso? Do you have a laid-back approach to life? Then you are already Italian! Sort of.

The Italian way of life delivers the fifth-highest life expectancy in the world. This achievement is often attributed to the superb Mediterranean diet. Thus, the Boot is probably the healthiest and tastiest place to study Medicine at.

In addition, just being in Italy makes people more cultured. The country is home to half of the world’s art treasures, and the cultivation of taste is an inevitable side effect of residency. You can’t go down a street in Italy without encountering several masterpieces of famous masters. And if by any incredible chance this happens, then the street itself would be named after a Renaissance master, if not already a historical landmark.

Finally, you cannot say “Italy” without football, or at least most Italians can’t. They might have invented modern Medicine, but it was only to prolong a life worth living. Naturally, life would not be worth living without Serie A - Italy’s finest football league.

What to Pack for Studying Abroad in Italy?

Italy has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cool humid winters. International students are advised to prepare a balanced year-round wardrobe and consider the temperature peculiarities of their region. They should also pack a hunger for adventure and knowledge. Both come in plenty at the Boot.
Do you feel like packing yet?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a graduate entry in Italy?

Unfortunately, there is no graduate entry route. As soon as this opportunity appears, we will update the information for you.

Can I graduate in Italy and work in my home country?

Yes, you can. For your inner peace, you can always contact the local medical council for more information.

Can I study medicine in English in Italy?

Absolutely, yes! Medical education for international students is entirely taught in English.

How much does it cost to study medicine in Italy?

The tuition costs for most medical schools in Italy range between €15,000 and €20,000 per year.

What are the living costs of Italy?

Living in Italy costs around € 500-800 per month, depending on the city, accommodation and student’s needs.

Is it free to study medicine in Italy?

No. Medical education in Italy is not free and must be paid for.

Is it worth studying medicine in Italy?

Yes, it is. Despite the universities’ high tuition costs, Italy does still provide a world-class medical education. This makes them a good choice for students who can pass their strict entry requirements.

Is med school in Italy hard?

No. Studying in a medical school in Italy is no easier or harder than studying in one anywhere else. However, being admitted into an Italian medical university is significantly harder than it is in many other countries with a comparable level of education.

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