Compare all English med schools in Italy


Competition and Admission Scores

Here you can compare what scores were needed to get into the various medical schools in previous years.

Graph: Minimal IMAT score necessary for first-round entry into a medical school in 2017
Legend: EU-Candidates, Non-EU Candidates
Graph: Minimal and maximal tuition fees (€/year)

Legend: Minimal , Maximal

Graph: Price (€/month) of a room in a shared apartment
CriteriaPavia HarveyIMS MilanRome SapienzaRome T.V.Napoli Federico IINapoli SUN/ Campania LVBariTurinBolognaBergamo (Bicocca)MessinaSiena (dentistry)
Places for EU (2018)60343520158227050253526
Places for non-
EU (2018)
Minimal IMAT score EU, first-round entry 201849.152.247.446.646.245.644.747.349.250.344.245.8
Minimal IMAT non-EU, first-round entry 201843.845.74430.830.818.730.831.348.633.634.715.90


Cities Compared

CriterionPavia HarveyIMS MilanRome La SapienzaRome Tor VergataNaples Federico IINaples SUNBariTurinBolognaBergamo (Bicocca)MessinaSiena (dentistry)
Approximate city population70,0001,350,0002,850,0002,850,000960,000 (Naples)960,000 (Caserta)320,000870,000390,000120,000 (Monza)230,00055,000
Region of ItalyLombardy (north)Lombardy (north)Lazio (middle)Lazio (middle)Campania (southwest)Campania (southwest)Puglia (southeast)Piedmont (north-west)Emilia-Romagna (north-east)Lombardiy (north)Sicily (south)Tuscany (center-north)
GDP per capita (2018)€24,000€50,000€34,500€34,500€18,000€18,000€20,000€30,000€39,000€30,500€17,000€30,500
European Regional Human Development Index Ranking 2012146146184184255255243169148146258156

Tuition Fees, Costs of Living, and Financing

CriteriaPavia HarveyIMS MilanRome SapienzaRome T.V.Napoli Federico IINapoli SUNBariTurinBolognaBergamo (Bicocca)MessinaSiena (dentistry)
Tuition fee minimum (€/year)156156400156510137136196156156236156
Tuition fee maximum (€/year)446037352925 EU / 1000 non-EU525026002710202528053410352019052690
Rent of a room (singola) (€/month)260320450450300300220300400 (few places!)300240300
Average expenses (€/month)700?800800??450?800???
Mensa full meal (€/meal)3-7 (income-based)5.702.20-7.70 (income-based)6.42-3 (income-based)2-3 (income-based)3-6 (income-based)2.50-5.60 (income-based)5.801.05 (hospital canteen)1.50-6 (income-based)2.80-4.50 (income-based)
Buses etc (€/year)15varies250 (income-based)250 (income-based)180 (income-based)180 (income-based70158-258 (income-based)18020030200-250 (income-based)
Beer in Bar (€/0.5L)43 (at Davide's, across the street from IMS)554.54.53.5?4.5???
Unemployment (%) 20176.
Regional poverty (%)

University Rankings

Alex really does not recommend you base your whole decision on university rankings, for reasons he has written about in his post about choosing the right medical school. But to give you a complete picture, Alex is presenting some rankings, by Italian domestic, and international, organizations. Note that these rankings agencies have varying methodology, and there is considerable divergence between university reputations within Italy and outside of Italy.

Ranking OrganizationU. of PaviaU. of MilanU. of Rome - La SapienzaU. of Rome - Tor VergataU. Naples - Federico IISecond U. of NaplesU. of BariU. of TurinU. of BolognaU. of Bergamo (Bicocca)U. of MessinaU. of Siena (dentistry)

Censis-La Repubblica newspaper 2018 - medicine and surgery

1 in Italy10 in Italy24 in Italy27 in Italy35 in Italy36 in Italy19 in Italy14 in Italy3 in Italy2 in Italy23 in Italynot ranked

US News & World Report, 2018 - clinical medicine

13 in Italy, 263 worldwide1 in Italy, 71 worldwide5 in Italy, 141 worldwide14 in Italy, 279 worldwide6 in Italy, 178 worldwide28 in Italy, 520 worldwide20 in Italy, 390 worldwide3 in Italy, 123 worldwide2 in Italy, 94 worldwide8 in Italy, 194 worldwidenot ranked18 in Italy, 349 worldwide

QS World University Rankings, 2018 - life sciences and medicine

10 in Italy, 291 worldwide1 in Italy, 79 worldwide4 in Italy, 139 worldwide11 in Italy, 295 worldwide8 in Italy, 229 worldwidenot ranked19 in Italy, 401-450 worldwide6 in Italy, 189 worldwide2 in Italy, 101 worldwide13 in Italy, 361 worldwidenot ranked21 in Italy, 451-500 worldwide

Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018 - clinical medicine and pharmacy

201-300 worldwide101-150 worldwide151-200 worldwidenot ranked201-300 worldwidenot ranked201-300 worldwide151-200 worldwide101-150 worldwide201-300 worldwidenot ranked151-200 worldwide (dentistry)

Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018 - all subjects

301-400 worldwide151-200 worldwide201-300 worldwidenot ranked201-300 worldwidenot rankednot ranked201-300 worldwide201-300 worldwide401-500 worldwide701-800 worldwide701-800 worldwide

Times Higher Education, 2019 - all subjects

401-500 worldwide301-350 worldwide251-300 worldwide401-500 worldwide401-500 worldwidenot ranked401-500 worldwide401-500 worldwide180 worldwide401-500 worldwidenot ranked351-400 worldwide


Academic Comparison of Milan, Pavia, and Rome-La Sapienza

  • …what is the class size?
  • …do students take oral or written exams?
  • …how many chances at exams do you have?
  • …is attendance in lectures mandatory?
  • …do students have the possibility for cadaver work?
  • …at which hospitals do you do clinical rotations?
  • …what foreign research affiliations does the school have?
  • …has the school announced it is applying for California accreditation, to facilitate US residencies after graduation?
 IMS-MilanHarvey-PaviaIMS-Rome-La SapienzaRome-Tor Vergata Naples Fed. IINaples SUNBariTurinBolognaBergamo-BicoccaMessinaSiena (dentistry)
Class sizeabout 50about 100about 50about 30about 30about 60about 30about 100about 60about 30about 60about 30
Oral or written exams?Mostly written with some oralOnly written*Mostly oral with some writtenMixedMixedMostly written, some oral
How many chances at tests?unlimited3*unlimited?unlimitedunlimited
Mandatory attendance at lectures?Yes; 66% in practice for 1st years (English documentation says 75%)NoYes; 66%Yes, 75%Yes, 66%Yes, 70%
Possibility for cadaverYes (Year 1) - didactical post-mortem, integrated into academic programAutopsy observation only, independent of academic programSome demonstrations as part of Anatomy?Extensive and ntegrated in course (Year 2) Nothing so far
Which hospitals for clinical rotations?Spread around about 9 hospitals around Milan, based at 1 (Luigi Sacco)Mostly at 1 hospital (San Matteo) with a few rotations at 2 other hospitals in PaviaMostly at Umberto I with some rotations at St. Andrea?Not yet availableClinica San Francesco and hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII
Foreign research affiliationsLeague of European Research UniversitiesCoimbra GroupNetwork of Universities from the Capitals of Europe?Coimbra and several othersUniversity of Surrey
Applying for California accreditation?YesNoNo???
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Erik Campano (Milan)

Erik Campano (Milan)

Blog Editor
Erik Campano is a consultant to the English medical school of the University of Turin and doing a Master's degree studying artificial intelligence applications in global health at the University of Umeå, Sweden. He completed his Bachelor’s of science in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, and then he worked for about eight years as a radio news anchor, before moving to biomedical scientific study and research at the University of Paris and Columbia University. His goal is to develop AI technologies for international emergency humanitarian aid organizations like Doctors without Borders, and to combine medicine and journalism. Erik grew up in Connecticut, and is a citizen of the United States and Germany.
Erik Campano (Milan)