International Medical School in Bologna

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The first year medical faculty here is divided into three groups. Italians have two groups each, for a total of 150 students. The third group, English-language students, has almost 60 students. We have our labs at the hospital, and most classes in another building. From the next year onward I assume we will have most of our classes at the main teaching hospital, Sant’Orsola-Malpighi, and we’ll probably have more contact with the Italian med school from next year onwards. Our class is very international. We have people from the US, Venezuela, Israel, Iran, Norway, and so many other countries I can’t count now.


The hospital is a gigantic complex here. It’s more like an American college campus. Most of our professors have very good CVs, but sometimes it can be difficult to understand the English of some professors. Despite that fact, they are very enthusiastic and give their best to teach us.
About the types of exams: we have both oral and written exams (mostly written), and we can take them as many times as we like. We have three exam sessions: January-February, June-July, and September-October. We can take an exam twice in each exam session, if we want to. However in order to pass to the next year, we must have obtained at least 20 credits out of 60 for the year. In addition, in order to pass into Year 4, we must have passed all the exams until Year 2. In order to pass into Year 6, we must have completed all the credits from Year 1 to Year 4.
Alex Ochakovski (Pavia)
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