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Study Medicine in Italy

English-language programs at leading universities

There are a variety of universities in Italy offering medical courses in English for international students, with all university degrees being recognised throughout the EU. Italy’s unique fusion of traditional charm and modern opportunities is appealing to many international medics. 

Recommended universities to study medicine in Italy include:

  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome
  • State University of Bologna
  • University of Bari
  • Humanitas University of Milan
  • Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan
  • University of Naples
  • University of Pavia
  • University of Turin

All English-speaking medicine programs at Italian universities will require you to take the IMAT test. Get a head-start on your study with our pre-med course, preparing you to pass your university entrance exam with flying colours. Get started on your dream and enrol today!

How can Berlin Medical Academy help?

If you’re keen to study Medicine at university in Italy, we can help. 

Berlin Medical Academy can help secure you a sought-after place to study medicine in Italy, as well as supporting you with everything you need to settle in to Italian life. As we are an education provider, rather than a recruitment agency, our main goal is to promote your academic success. We’re here to prepare you for your entrance exams, as well as for your first year of medical school – giving you a real advantage as you begin your medical career.

Learn more about how Berlin Medical Academy’s pre-med courses can help you to start your medical studies.

Our university placement service is designed to secure your place at an Italian medical university, as well as supporting you throughout the process of choosing to study in one of Italy’s beautiful cities.

If you’d like to hear from former Berlin Medical Academy students, take a look at our testimonial videos to see what students say about taking their pre-med course with us, and how it helped them to get a university place. 

If you’re ready to study medicine in Italy, browse and book on to one of our upcoming pre-med courses, or contact our team today to discuss exactly how we can help.

La Sapienza University (University of Rome) is one of the largest and most widely-respected universities in Europe. Founded in 1303, the Sapienza University of Rome opened its medical faculty in 1431.

The six-year study program in Medicine and Surgery is offered in both English and Italian, with identical curricula. This Italian medical school educates students to a high academic level, creating graduates who are specialized, responsible and patient-oriented physicians. The Sapienza University of Rome is highly competitive, admitting a total of 45 students each year to study medicine in Italy, including 10 non-EU students. This allows for smaller groups with greater interaction between lecturers and students.

Skills such as self-evaluation and independent thinking are prioritised. For students who choose to study medicine in Italy in English, this is an important advantage.

For more information visit the university website.

To prepare yourself for the IMAT entrance exam and give yourself a competitive advantage when applying to this prestigious university, book your place on one of our pre-med courses



The largest private university in Europe, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome was founded in 1921 and affiliated with the Catholic Church, and the medical School opened in 1961.

The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome has developed an excellent reputation in Italy and throughout Europe, including having 43 of Italy’s leading scientists as members of the school’s faculty.

The English language Medicine and Surgery course is a six-year program, and offers an education that allows students who study medicine in Italy in English to continue their residency and medical study abroad.

The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome focuses on research and problem-oriented learning, and is affiliated with the Policlinico Gemelli University Hospital, Italy’s top oncological hospital.

For more information visit the university website.

If you can see yourself studying at this unique university, find out how our pre-med courses can help to get you there.



This Bologna medical school dates back to the 11th century, the oldest in the Western world. Originally a law school, The State University of Bologna School of Medicine was added in the 17th century with the teachings of Marcello Malpighi and his anatomic research. The current University of Bologna medical school’s degree in Medicine and Surgery offers a six-year program.

Interactive teaching methods, group discussions, work in small groups, interdisciplinary seminars, teaching units in the laboratory, as well as medical internships supplement more traditional lectures.

The Bologna School of Medicine gives students the opportunity to work on national and international research projects, and focuses on the importance of communication and social skills, as well as intercultural mediation, to prepare students for the challenges of the future.

For more information visit the university website.

Ready to study in Italy? Our pre-med course can help you to get there, with our bespoke preparation for your IMAT test.



The noted Medical Faculty of the University of Bari Italy was founded in 1924, with a vision to provide excellence in innovative education, patient care and biomedical research.

The English-language medical degree consists of 12 semesters and lasts six years. The program is supported by the University of Bari Italy and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. The content and structure of the program are based on the university’s Italian-language master’s program.

Students at this Bari medical school learn from a mixture of lectures, seminars, labs, term papers, distance learning, and interaction with international teachers. Bari University medical school also places an importance on scientific research.

The University of Bari’s program provides a high-quality medical education in small, diverse classes and focuses on theoretical training and practical knowledge.

For more information visit the university website.

Make the most of quality time with experienced medical teachers with our pre-med course, and feel fully prepared to embark upon your degree studies.



Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele is a private Italian university founded in 1996 in Milan, with its medical faculty opening shortly after in 1998. The six-year English-language program is aimed at international students from within and outside the EU, and is known for its research in the areas of cancer, urology and cardiovascular diseases, heart surgery, HIV/AIDS and rare diseases.

The 1300-bed hospital allows Milan medical school students to experience a wide range of patients, who travel here for treatment of rare genetic diseases. Classes are smaller than many other medical schools, allowing for more personal interaction between lecturers and students.

For more information visit the university website.

If this Italian university appeals to you, get ready for your medical future with a pre-med course at Berlin Medical Academy. 



Humanitas University is a newer university, founded in 2014 in Milan. The study of medicine at this private university is a six-year program, divided into 12 semesters.

Through its close collaboration with the state-of-the-art University Hospital, this Milan medical school provides students with early insights into everyday clinical practice: students learn and work in close proximity with hospital staff, as well as researchers, scientists and physicians. The Humanitas Research Hospital is one of the most modern hospitals in Europe, and both the hospital and the university are located in the centre of the cosmopolitan city of Milan.

A multidisciplinary and holistic approach is taken to education, with small lecture groups allowing students to become independent and critically-minded medical professionals.

For more information visit the university website.

If Milan appeals to you as a place to live and study medicine, a pre-med course from Berlin Medical Academy can help you to realise your Italian dream. 



The University of Naples Federico II started its English language Medical and Surgery program in 2015 with 20 students enrolled, making it one of the newest programs in Europe.

Whilst the English medical degree is relatively new, the University of Naples Federico II has been in existence for over 800 years. With an overall student population of 78,000, it is also one of the largest universities in Italy.

The focus of this Naples medical school’s six-year course is on individual development. Students at University of Naples Federico II will develop a sense of social responsibility to medicine, and will be able to meet the healthcare needs of individuals and communities in a continually-changing world.

Developing communication and clinical skills are key components. At University of Naples Federico II, small learning groups, practical laboratories, seminars, workshops and internships are used to ensure you’re given a well-balanced education.

For more information visit the university website.

To get ready for your medical degree, a pre-med course not only supports you with your IMAT exam, but also builds the technical knowledge and self-confidence for students about to embark upon their studies. 



The University of Pavia and the Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1361, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Today, around 24,000 students study at the renowned Pavia medical university, including 1,500 international students.

The six-year study Medicine and Surgery degree is known as “Harvey Medicine”, and is specifically aimed at international students. The lecturers include experienced scientists and clinicians, who have also taught and performed research abroad.

An important feature of the Pavia medical university is that it combines clinical treatment and research in three leading hospitals. The University of Pavia Medical School is regarded as a progressive medical university, and is a pioneer in the field of robot-assisted cardiac surgery within Italy.

For more information visit the university website.

If this progressive school sounds like the one for you, read more about how our pre-med course can make securing your degree place quicker and easier. 



The historic University of Turin was founded in 1404, and the Faculty of Medicine followed in 1436. Many famous researchers and Nobel laureates have studied and researched at this prestigious Turin medical school, such as Salvador Luria and Renato Dulbecco, having received Nobel Prizes for medicine and psychology.

100 students are admitted each year to the English medical degree program, 30 of whom come from outside Europe. With limited group sizes, students receive a high quality education with individual attention. The six-year course in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin is divided into 12 semesters, and utilises classrooms located at the University Hospital San Luigi Gonzaga. Collaboration with various non-profit organisations also provides students with experience at an international level.

For more information visit the university website.

We recommend you to enrol in our pre-med course, in order to prepare yourself successfully for the exams and medical studies in Italy.



About Italy

Italy is situated in southern Europe, and is a popular and well-known holiday destination due to its unique energy, ancient culture and stunning sightseeing. 

Italy is one of the founding members of the European Union and an important member of NATO and the OECD. Italy’s capital, Rome, is not only one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but it also plays a major role in the world of Christianity, due to the presence of the Vatican City State. 

The average cost of living in Italy is approximately 1000 Euro per month.


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