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)
Places for EU (2017)6034352015822705025
Places for non-
EU (2017)
Minimal IMAT score EU, first-round entry 201750.153.047.74746.746.145.947.449.649.9
Minimal IMAT non-EU, first-round entry 201739. (all 1st choice applicants admitted)25.325.537.3none (all 1st choice applicants admitted)


Cities Compared

CriterionPavia HarveyIMS MilanRome La SapienzaRome Tor VergataNaples Federico IINaples SUNBari
Approximate city population70,0001,250,0002,630,0002,630,000960,000 (Naples)900,000 (Caserta)310,000
Region of ItalyLombardy (north)Lombardy (north)Lazio (middle)Lazio (middle)Campania (southwest)Campania (southwest)Puglia (southeast)
GDP per capita€27,000€35,137€29,153€29,153€15,290€12,829€16,762
European Regional Human Development Index Ranking 2012146146184184255255243

Tuition Fees, Costs of Living, and Financing

CriteriaPavia HarveyIMS MilanRome SapienzaRome T.V.Napoli Federico IINapoli SUNBari
Tuition fee minimum (€/year)400156?320400617342
Tuition fee maximum (€/year)3800232030642620160026651823
Rent of a room (singola) (€/month)260320450450300300220
Average expenses (€/month)700?800800??450
Mensa full meal (€/meal)3-7 (income-based)5.70?6.4??3-6 (income-based)
Buses etc (€/year)10varies250480??70
Beer in Bar (€/0.5L)43 (at Davide's, across the street from IMS)554.54.53.5
Unemployment (%) 20157.68.010.710.722.119.619.1
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 Bari

Censis-La Repubblica newspaper 2015 - medicine and surgery

1 in Italy7 in Italy22 in Italy18 in Italy30 in Italy35 in Italy10 in Italy

US News & World Report, 2016 - clinical medicine

8 in Italy, 191 worldwide1 in Italy, 69 worldwide6 in Italy, 154 worldwidenot ranked9 in Italy, 193 worldwidenot rankednot ranked

QS World University Rankings, 2015/2016 - life sciences and medicine

11 in Italy, 298 worldwide1 in Italy, 79 worldwide3 in Italy, 140 worldwide10 in Italy, 279 worldwide7 in Italy, 210 worldwidenot rankednot ranked

Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2015 - clinical medicine and pharmacy

not ranked76-100 worldwide151-200 worldwidenot ranked151-200 worldwidenot rankednot ranked

Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2015 - all subjects

401-500 worldwide151-200 worldwide151-200 worldwide401-500 worldwide301-400 worldwidenot rankednot ranked

Times Higher Education, 2015 - all subjects

301-350 worldwide301-350 worldwide201-250 worldwide401-500 worldwidenot rankednot ranked401-500 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 Sapienza
Class sizeabout 50about 100about 50
Oral or written exams?Mostly written with some oralOnly written*Mostly oral with some written
How many chances at tests?unlimited3*unlimited
Mandatory attendance at lectures?Yes; 66% in practice for 1st years (English documentation says 75%)NoYes; 70%
Possibility for cadaverYes (Year 1) - didactical post-mortem, integrated into academic programAutopsy observation only, independent of academic programNo
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 1 hospital (Umberto I) with some rotations at 2 other hospitals around Rome
Foreign research affiliationsLeague of European Research UniversitiesCoimbra GroupNetwork of Universities from the Capitals of Europe
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)