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Why study at a medical college in Italy?

The Italian education sector has made a big push to attract international students into its medical colleges recently, with the opening of three courses offering medical study completely in English.
These courses follow international medicine books and a taught at a high European level, making studying medicine in Italy highly attractive to international students from around the world.

What medical programs are offered in Italy?

Medical programs in Italy take six years to complete, split between two years pre-clinical study and four of clinical. You’ll need to take the IMAT test in order to be accepted into an Italian medical college.

Most international medical students in Italy pass their medical license in Italy before going on to complete a specialism in their home country.

Immigration and visas in Italy

EU students are able to come and study at a medical college in Italy providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Italy?

Tuition fees for studying medicine in Italy are cheaper than in many other European countries, particularly if you choose to study at a public university as opposed to a private one.

Although different medical colleges will charge different tuition fees, you should expect to pay around €7,000-15,000 per year as an EU student. Non-EU students can expect to pay upwards of €16,000 per year. 

Working in Italy

Italy’s economy has contracted recently after the recession, but has traditionally been strong – it was the ninth largest economy in the world in 2012. Italy’s economy focuses on trade and exports, particularly in the luxury market and products such as supercars and major fashion brands. As with most countries, doctors are highly paid.

However, Italy suffers from poor infrastructure which affects its economy. Almost 85% of its energy is imported and state bureaucracy often hinders growth.

What to do next

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