Why choose Italy to study medicine in English

Italy hosts some of the most ancient universities in Europe and at the same time is at the forefront in research and technology. Italian universities are advantageous for many students because of their quality and affordable education.

Many Italian public universities hold high rankings in the world ranking system, so thousands of students from almost all over the world choose Italian universities to study at undergraduate and graduate levels, thanks to the high-quality of teaching, affordable education costs and their long tradition and history.

There are many reasons for choosing Italy to study medicine in English: besides the excellent quality of education and the low tuition fees, you can complete your studies in a student-friendly environment thanks to the high quality of life style and low life costs


If you choose Italy to fulfill your academic dream, you can find a wide range of public and private universities offering medical studies programs in English.

Among the public universities that offer medicine studies in English you can find: 

  • Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Università Milano-Bicocca
  • Università La Sapienza di Roma
  • Università Tor Vergata di Roma
  • Università degli Studi di Pavia
  • Università degli Studi di Padova
  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • Università di Napoli Federico II
  • Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Università degli Studi di Bari
  • Università degli Studi di Messina

With reference to the private universities, you can choose among the following options:

  • Humanitas University (Rozzano/Milano)
  • Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milano)
  • Medtec school (Pieve Emanuele)
  • Università Cattolica di Roma
  • Unicamillus (Roma)

Most of Italian universities rank in the top 200 and top 100 universities in the world, depending on the field.  According to the QS World Ranking 2020, three Italian universities are in the top 100 best universities for life sciences and medical studies.

Some universities stand out for their history (such as Bologna University, that was founded in 1088 AD) objectives and teaching quality, others, with a more recent history, stand out for their facilities, their research for innovative teaching methods including problem solving based methods and a good balance between clinical and class lessons. The clinical part of medicine includes the training in hospitals, laboratories and research institutions. Most of Italian universities also offer the opportunity of taking advantage of exchange programs thanks to the affiliations with international universities. 

Italy also played an important role in the higher education reform known as the “Bologna Process”, that allows citizens from the countries within the European Higher Education Area to be able to travel for study or work purposes around Europe. The aim is for higher education systems to be comparable and compatible with each other while preserving their unique differences. In this way, it is planned to facilitate the transition from one country or higher education system to another and thus increase the mobility and employment of students and lecturers. 

Studying medicine in Italy allows for complete preparation thanks to the high quality of the teaching and to professors with international experience. The quality of the medical preparation is demonstrated also thanks to internationally renowned doctors, who studied in the Italian universities, such as Dr. Roberto Bergamaschi (an expert in laparoscopic surgery) or Prof. Carlo La Vecchia (an epidemiologist who contributed to the understanding of the risks related to diet, tobacco, exposure to toxic substances in cancer and chronic diseases development). 



Compared to the other European countries, tuition fees in Italy are extremely low, especially in public universities, you can pay from 200 € to maximum 5200 € per year: the tuition fees in public universities are based on family income. There are also possibilities to win scholarships that cover the tuition fee and can also cover housing in the university campus and meals in the university cafeteria. The possibility of winning a scholarship depends on the academic achievements and on the family income. 

Living expenses of a student in Italy are much less than in the US, UK and many other European countries. The cost of life in Italy depends on the city you live in, in northern cities that are generally more expensive than southern ones, and the average cost of life per month can be around 900 €, including the accommodation. The university campuses generally have few places available and are reserved for those who obtain a scholarship, so that many students choose to live in an apartment shared with Italian and/or international students. Living with Italian students or students from different countries can enrich your cultural experience and represent an added value to your study experience. 

Choosing to study medicine in Italy means to spend the next 6 years in a student-friendly environment. In the northern part of Italy, you can find a cooler climate, but you would be closer to the neighboring countries with the possibility to visit France, Switzerland or Austria within a few hours' journey. In the south you can find a warmer climate with the possibility of living near the sea side and enjoy the beautiful panorama. Each city has its own peculiarities, for example in Milan you will find a dynamic and international environment, while in Rome you can find a place in which different historical epochs meet, having the chance of living in the eternal city. It is also easy to travel from one city to another and around thanks to the excellent public transportation service that is much more affordable  compared to the public transport costs in other countries.

Italy is a great destination for studying medicine, not only because of its educational quality, but also because of the great historical heritage, the food, the overall atmosphere and the welcoming people.

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