Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Italian MD degree recognized all over the world?

The degree will allow you to specialize and practice medicine all around Europe, and it will also qualify you to take the USMLE exam in the United States.

How is life in Italy?

If you’re going to spend six years abroad, why not do it in a lovely country in the heart of Europe with fantastic food, customs, and people? See for yourself why it’s referred to as “la dolce vita”.

I hold dual citizenship, do I take the EU or Non EU exam?

If you are an Italian citizen or a citizen of another European Union country, taking the exam as a non-EU citizen is unauthorized.

Do I need the IELTS/TOEFL to study medicine in Italy?

In most cases, no. Some universities may have additional criteria, double checking just in case is a good idea. Generally, as the admissions exam is in English, it immediately assesses your language skills.

How long does it take to prepare for the IMAT?

It ultimately depends on the applicant, for study tips & tricks head on to our Knowledge Base!

Can I work while studying?

Non-European students are permitted to work part time in Italy (up to 20 hours per week). Students are frequently offered part-time work such as tutoring, library work, etc … by the university.

Can I work in Italy after I graduate?

Yes, you can. As a trainee, your yearly income will begin at 22 700€ 

Is there an age limit?

You can apply if you have completed high school. Medical school has no age restrictions.

Can you participate in an exchange program?

Should you wish to, you will be able to apply in order to spend a semester or a year at another European University. There you will be taking all of the exams and performing all of the clinical work that a local student would, all while getting accredited for it. Some universities, such as the University of Pavia, provide exchange programs with the United States.

Can a medical student transfer to Italy and have previous exams accredited in Italy as well?

There’s no reason it shouldn’t be doable. Accreditation in Italy is done on a case-by-case basis and cannot be guaranteed ahead of time, however by previous experience odds are strong that at least some, if not all, of your courses will be authorized. We recommend contacting the university you wish to transfer to for further information.

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