Note: The info below was written by a student before Humanitas seperated from MIMED and became a private University in 2014. Now Humanitas University holds it’s own IMAT exam for it’s private medschool on a diffrent date than the national IMAT. They also have a different tuition fee system than the public medical courses. The national and private held IMAT exams are not interchangable therefore passing the private/Humanitas IMAT will not allow you to access the pubblic medical courses and viceversa.
The English medical course in University of Milan was opened in 2010. There are 58 students in a class, of which 40 are European and 20 are non European. The course takes place in a private, very functional hospital called ‘Humanitas’ located in the Rozzano Area of Milan yet is organized by the State University of Milan. The combination of the two means that students are getting the best of both worlds: being part of a public, old and well recognised University with low fees while using the modern facilities and equipment of a private Hospital.
Milan is probably one of the best mix of art, culture and events for young people you can find in Italy. It’s easy to get around with public transit and find many different areas of nightlife and fun.
Q: How much does it cost for a student to live in Milan?
A: On average, expenses are around 50-100 euros not considering flat rent. Rent prices vary much on the zone, but you can easily find something around 300 a month for a room. A 0.5L beer costs between 4 and 8 euros, depending on the place and evening. Full meal in mensa during lunch lime costs 3 euros.
Q: How difficult is it to get in?
A: It’s much harder for EU than for non-EU students, mainly because every Italian that wants to study medicine tries this test too.
Q: How international is your class?
A: Our class is really international. We have representatives from the UK, Portugal, Cyprus and Poland (considering EU) and from Canada, China, Taiwan, Serbia, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and others.
Q: How is the level of English of the course?
A: Professors, compared to the average level in Italy, speak English quite well. Of course, some are better and some worse, but I think everybody can easily understand the lesson. All material is in English, with the only exception of some pictures with Italian names, but they are rare and names are very similar to the Latin/English ones.
Q: Do you solve clinical cases?
A: There are no clinical cases in the first year, but there should be starting from the second one. You can ask questions whenever you want, either before, after or during the lessons, as well as through email. Teachers are always willing to help, as well as the other students.
Q: Do you have enough study places like libraries?
A: There is one library, which is quite sufficient for everybody, but there are more in the main University site and throughout the city. There is wifi, but it doesn’t work perfectly with mobile devices (it needs a password to connect every time); however, it’s fast enough. They offer all the English textbooks you need, but they can’t be used outside the library.
Q: How far away the University Lecture halls and clinics are?
A: The Lecture halls are in a town outside Milano, called Rozzano. It takes 20 minutes with a shuttle bus from the underground station of Abbiategrasso. Students, on average, take between 30 and 40 minutes to get to the university.
Q: What types of exams do you usually have?
A:Exams are mainly multiple choice or oral exams, depending on the year and course. There are almost no open question exams.
Q: How easy is it to find work?
Q: How does the social life look like?
Q: Do you have any Italian classes offered to the foreign students by the Uni?
Q: In the clinics how often do you get practical lessons in the clinical years?