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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 € 4000 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.
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 € 4500 per year, and living costs are between €600-€900 per month. Admission requirements are 3 Science A-Levels and IMAT.
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 € 10000 – €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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some objective reasons to choose Italy as a destination for a medical degree:
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.
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.
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Unfortunately, there is no graduate entry route. As soon as this opportunity appears, we will update the information for you.
Yes, you can. For your inner peace, you can always contact the local medical council for more information.
Absolutely, yes! Medical education for international students is entirely taught in English.
The tuition costs for most medical schools in Italy range between €15,000 and €20,000 per year.
Living in Italy costs around € 500-1,000 per month, depending on the city, accommodation and student’s needs.
No. Medical education in Italy is not free and must be paid for.
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.
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.