It was in Italy that the international language of doctors, Latin, was born, one of the oldest and currently existing universities, the University of Bologna, was opened, this place seems to have been created specifically for creativity, gave the world many architects, buildings that are considered examples of classical architectural styles were built. Italy is the birthplace of great artists, sculptors, directors and actors, singers and composers, writers and inventors.

According to the QS Top Universities ranking, a number of Italian universities have excellent academic performance and are in the world Top-200.

Italian universities are known for the high level of professional training of students. Programs include research, participation in projects, and competitions. Universities have extensive libraries of literature in a wide variety of fields. Students practice a lot and get the skills and knowledge necessary for their future work. Education in Italy is possible both in English and Italian. The country's public universities attract students from all over the world due to the low cost of the programs. Italy is a recognized leader in fashion and design, making the country one of the best places to obtain careers in these creative industries. The flexibility of study programs is a feature of higher education in Italy. Students independently choose when what, and at what time to take the exam. Many are attracted by studying in Europe by the opportunity to earn money, which allows them to at least partially cover current expenses. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week. Compulsory industrial practice (internship), which is more often paid, and in most cases students get a job already during the internship.

Why Italy?


▪ Ranked public universities

▪ Large selection of programs

▪ Discounted food

▪ Free movement all around Europe

▪ Free Italian courses

▪ Wide-ranging student life

▪ Welcoming people

▪ Warm climate

1. Seeking advice

Students can get general information about the conditions of study in Italy by contacting experienced experts at Applyitaly.

2. Selection of programs and universities

Applyitaly experts will help you select programs in accordance with your academic profile, provide the maximum chance of admission.

3. University enrollment

We apply to an unlimited number of universities. If you get positive answers from several universities at once, you need to make a choice and inform the university about your intentions.

4. Applying for scholarships

Experienced ApplyItaly consultants will help you collect all the necessary documents to apply for scholarships.

5. Visa process

Applyitaly experts will advise you on how to apply for a “D” student visa. All documents for visa processing are checked by us before sending them to the consulate.

6. Training before departure

We build the most reliable travel plans to help you organize your departure to Italy. This includes: buying air tickets and determining the place of housing in the form of a dormitory or apartment at the request of a family and a student.

7. Meeting in Italy

From the first moment you arrive in Italy, the experienced staff of ApplyItaly welcomes you to the airport or central station.

8.  Release of documents

This includes: obtaining a tax code, registering and obtaining a residence permit, opening a bank account, registering at a university, obtaining insurance

Alumni of general education schools from the CIS cannot directly enroll in Italian universities, since one of the requirements is to study in a secondary school for 12 years. In this regard, there are several options:

▪ To enter a university in your own country, study there for one year, and then apply to an Italian university;

▪ To enter any other educational institution (eg. college) in order to fill the missing number of years;

▪ To enter the preparatory program in Italy - Foundation.

The Foundation courses are designed specifically for international students to help them bridge the gap between the educational system in Italy and the home country of the applicant, as well as successfully pass the admission exams before entering the university. The main advantage of such courses, moreover to preparing for studies in Italy, is the fact that many universities allow alumni of their preparatory programs to forgo admission examinations. The “Foundation” program is very famous all over the world. It lasts only one year. The course program includes the study of specialized subjects, as well as improving language skills. Moreover to training at a university, students learn to communicate in an international environment, learn to correctly express their thoughts. The advantage of the preparatory course is that it guarantees direct admission to the chosen university. At the end of the training, students pass the final exam and receive a certificate of completion.

Italy, in addition to its rich history, culture, and tourism, also offers a quality education at prestigious universities.

Most of the students go to the most prestigious universities to study medicine in Italy.

Getting a medical education in Italy gives students a lot in terms of a European diploma, prestige, and experience. Students have a great opportunity to study medicine in English.

Benefits of Study of Medicine in Italy

  • high-quality education
  • possibility of training in English
  • possibility of obtaining a scholarship
  • life in a country with a rich history and culture

According to the QS World University Rankings, many universities in Italy rank among the top 500 universities in the world. This is a great advantage for students, as they will receive a quality education and have a chance to start a successful career after graduation.

ApplyItaly offers professional consulting services for students who want to study medicine in Italy. If you would like to use this service and get medical education in Italy, you can immediately fill out the form. ApplyItaly education consultants will contact you shortly.

There are 13 public universities in Italy that provide medical education in English. 12 of these schools provide medical education and one of them is dentistry. Ranked in the top 500 in the world, these medical faculties provide students with the opportunity to study in different parts of the country.

Public schools offering medical education in English in Italy:

University of Pavia - Pavia

University of Milan - Milan

University of Milano-Bicocca - Bergamo

University of Turin - Turin

University of Bologna - Bologna

Sapienza University of Rome - Rome

University of Rome Tor Vergata - Rome

University of Naples Federico II - Naples

University of Padua - Padua

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli - Naples

University of Messina- Messina

University of Bari Aldo Moro- Bari

University of Siena (dentistry)- Sienna


Private medical schools providing medical education in English in Italy

University of Cattolica - Rome

San Raffaele University - Milan

Humanitas University - Milan

UniCamillus – Rome

Biomedical University of Rome

Basic requirements for admission to the Faculty of Medicine in English

Students wishing to study medicine in Italy must, first of all, have a 12-year school education or study for 1 year of university, or take a Foundation preparatory course. Students meeting these rules must pass the IMAT “International Medical Admission exam”.

Since the exam is conducted in English, candidates must have a language certificate of at least B2 level.

IMAT exam

The International Medical Entrance Test (IMAT), which every student wishing to study medicine in Italy must take, is an English language exam. Consists of 60 questions and the exam last 100 minutes. The exam costs about 130 Euros. The results of student applications are announced in accordance with the scores obtained on the IMAT exam, which includes questions from logic, general culture, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

You can browse our IMAT courses to better prepare for the exam.

Medical admission exam in the Italian language

Students willing to study medicine in Italian must also have a 12-year school education or study 1 year of university, or take the Foundation preparatory course, but must be fluent in Italian at a level not lower than B2 and pass the admission exam in Italian.

The exam, which is very similar to the IMAT English exam, the language of the exam is Italian. The exam consists of 60 questions and includes sections of logical thinking, general culture, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, the verbal logic of students is measured, as well as their numerical knowledge. Students wishing to study medicine in Italian must achieve the highest possible scores on this exam.

Medical admission exam to private universities in Italy

Medical admission exam to University of Cattolica

The exam held by the University of Cattolica is required by every student wishing to study medicine at the University of Cattolica. The exam consists of 65 questions, candidates are given 65 minutes.

The content of the exam includes biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, general culture, psycho behavior (logic, logic of visual space, problem-solving), religion, and ethical culture. The exam costs about 160 Euros, and students must score at least 15 points out of 65.

Medical admission exam in Humanitas University

The exam that is required by every student wishing to study medicine at the Humanitas University is called HUMAT. Despite the fact that earlier it was conducted with an exam format similar to IMAT, from this year a new format has been prepared, determined by the university itself. Basically, it consists of sections "Scientific thinking" (30 questions) and "Academic literacy" (30 questions). Department of Scientific Thinking; consists of functional thinking, mathematical thinking, and visual thinking. Students are given 60 minutes for the Scientific Thinking Part, which is the first part of the exam, which is divided into two parts. In the section of academic literacy, which is the second part, 60 minutes are allotted for answering questions. The exam costs about 165 Euros.

Medical admission exam in San Raffaele University.

The exam, held by San Raffaele University, consists of 60 questions divided by discipline: 36 questions in logic, problem-solving, and reading comprehension and 24 questions in scientific subjects (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics).

Medical admission exam in UniCamillus University

The exam, held by UniCamillus University for admission to the Faculty of Medicine is called UCAT: Admission exam for English Medical Education in Italy.

 Includes a series of assignments that test student intelligence. The exam lasts 115 minutes. 

Tuition fees at the Medical Universities of Italy

The annual fees at the Faculty of Medicine at Italian public universities range from 156 to 3500 Euros. Payment depends on the family income of the student's family. Students with an annual family income of fewer than 23,000 Euros, pay 156 Euros per year for tuition. Students who do not submit a family income statement are considered to agree to pay an annual tuition fee of 3,500 Euros. Tuition fees at private universities in Italy vary. Students prefer private university fees, which range from 15,000 to 20,140 Euros per year. The quality of medical education in Italy is quite high in both public and private schools, and there is not much difference in the quality of education between the two.

Scholarship and Accommodation Opportunities for Students Studying Medicine in Italy

The study of medicine in Italy has gained great popularity in recent years, especially given the fact that Italy provides foreign students with a hostel and the possibility of obtaining a scholarship. The most convenient scholarship that students can take advantage of is the scholarship, which is provided on the basis of the family's annual income. The family income statement, which is requested from a student when determining tuition fees, is an important scale used in the scholarship process. For the continuation of the scholarship, the success of the student and the income of the family are taken into account. To avoid a scholarship cut, the student must successfully pass the number of course credits requested by the school and there should be no major differences in family income. Students of public universities with an annual family income of fewer than 23,000 Euros can receive scholarships.

Frequently asked questions about medical education in Italy

How many years does a medical education last in Italy?

Medical education in Italy lasts 6 years. The first 3 years of study are theoretical, and the next 3 years are practical training.

Is a medical university diploma obtained in Italy valid in other countries?

Postgraduate diplomas obtained by students studying medicine at Italian universities are valid in most countries of the world. This is one of the main reasons why Italian universities are so preferred by students wishing to study medicine. In this regard, there are no obstacles for students who strive to obtain a quality medical education in a unique academic environment and want to choose Italian universities.

What are the basic requirements for studying medicine in Italy?

Students who want to study medicine in Italy must meet the following requirements:

  • to have 12 years of schooling (or 1 year at university, or complete the Foundation preparatory program)
  • to pass the IMAT or private university exam to which will apply.
  • students who wish to study medicine at private universities in Italy should also study the admission conditions they wish to enroll in. Each university has different application requirements.

How to prepare for the IMAT exam?

We share the documents we have prepared with our student's thanks to our team of experts in Italy in preparation for the IMAT exam, which is required by every student wishing to study medicine in Italy. These documents, including resources not available in CIS countires, are sufficient for our students to successfully pass the exam. You can also prepare for the exam with the IMAT course offered by our professional instructors. You can contact us to access our documents and get detailed information about the exam.


Does nationality matter in the number of preferences and quotas?

The nationality of students who want to study medicine in Italy matters in terms of the number of preferences and quotas. The quota of schools in Italy is opened in three different ways. These different quotas for Italian citizens, European citizens, and non-European citizens allow students to apply according to their citizenship status. Due to this situation, which also affects the number of preferences, this is one of the problems that students should pay attention to in the learning process. While Italian and European citizens who wish to study medicine in Italy can apply to all schools, non-European students from countries such as Russia are free to choose one. Before the exam, you need to make the settings.


In which languages is medical education offered in Italy?

Medical education in Italy is given in Italian or English.


Is it mandatory to speak Italian while studying? Is there an Italian course?

Since you will be closely related to the patients during the practice sessions, you must be fluent in Italian. In order not to face communication problems during practice, students receiving medical education in English in Italy are provided with free Italian courses in the early years. Thus, you will have no problems with communication while working in Italian hospitals during and after practice.



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