Both private and public medical courses taught in English in Italy are open to all candidates: Eu and Non-Eu nationals.
There are 13 public ones and only a few private international medical courses. The Public Universities are in Milan (2), Rome (2), Naples (2), Turin, Bologna, Pavia, Padova, Piacenza, Bari, and Messina. The Private Universities, offering International medical courses across Italy, on the other hand, are currently 5 – three in Rome and two in Milan – the Italian capital and the Fashion capital, as they say.
Unlike public medical schools where the tuition fee varies from 0 to 3500€ per year, private Universities are not government-funded, and therefore the tuition fees are comparable to other private medical schools in Europe about – 9000 – 20 000€ per year depending on the University.
Entry exams to public and private medical programs are different. There is a single admission exam (IMAT) for all public medical schools, provided on a national level by the Italian Ministry of Education and Cambridge Assessment. By sitting the IMAT exam, candidates can choose to compete for acceptance to any of the public programs, or to all of them.
On the contrary, each private medical school holds its own admission exam. The results of the public and private exams are not interchangeable.
In the same year, a candidate could sit both the IMAT exam (and compete for a seat in public schools), as well as any given private school entry exam, thus elevating the chances of getting accepted into a University.
To find out more about the differences between all medical programs, take a look at our comprehensive comparison between all public med schools, and then check out which are the private med schools in Italy.
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