Study medicine in Italy
International medical schools
Since 2009, Italian public universities have been opening English-language MD programs. More than 13 public medical schools offer English-taught MBBS degrees. These are the universities of Bari, Bologna, Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Messina, Milan, Milan-Bicocca, Naples Federico II, Padua, Pavia, Parma, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata, and Turin. These English-language medical schools are among the most internationally diverse, academically rigorous, and inexpensive in the world, and are excellent preparation for residency, research, and clinical work in Europe and beyond.
With subsidized tuition fees that range between 200 and 4000 euros per year for European as well as non-Europeans, obtaining a Western-European-level medical education has never been so accessible.
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Top ranked Universities to Study Medicine in Italy
Those are the top ranked medical schools in English in Italy:
- University of Milan-Biccoca
- University of Pavia: Harvey course
- University of Bologna
- University of Milano-Statale
- University of Turin
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8 good reasons to study medicine in Italy
1. Admissions You will take just ONE admission exam, in English (the IMAT), that is held in more than 20 cities around the globe. No interviews, No high school GPA , No recommendation letters required. Actually, you won’t even have to fly to Italy until you know you’re in. The admission test costs around 120 euros and is held entirely in English.
2. Costs The average tuition fee is around 1200 euros/YEAR and living expenses can be as low as 600 euros/month including accommodation. This is far less then it would cost you in the US, UK, or eastern Europe. Scholarships and work possibilities are available also for foreign students.
3. English taught lectures Books, notes, and all exams will be in a language you can understand from day 1. Italian courses are also offered in order to help your daily life, without time pressure.
4. Reputable universities Several of the universities have 500+ years of experience in teaching medicine.
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5. European MD degree Your degree will allow you to specialize and practice all around Europe, including the UK. The studies are recognized also in USA for the USMLE exam.
6. Culture If you’re spending six years abroad, why not do it in a beautiful country with great food, customs, and people, in the middle of Europe? You will be surrounded by the sea, the Alps, and breathtaking lakes in the north that you won’t regret visiting. See for yourself why they call it la dolce vita.
7. Student exchange programs Spend a semester or a year in a partner university in Europe, doing all the exams and clinical work that a local student would do, and get accredited for them as well. Some universities like Pavia also offer exchanges with the USA.
8. Reserved spots Extra places are sometimes reserved for non-European candidates, making the chances for them even better.
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