MBBS in Italy

MBBS in Italy
The popularity of studying MBBS in Italy for Indian Students has increased for the past 15 years. This surge began in 2009 when Italian public universities introduced medical programs taught in English.

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Study MBBS in Italy

Currently, approximately 13 public medical institutions, including the universities of Bari, Bologna, Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Messina, Milan, Milan-Bicocca, Naples Federico II, Padua, Pavia, Parma, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata, and Turin, offer English-taught MBBS degrees. While a few universities admit non-EU students to English-taught programs, these medical schools are globally recognized for their academic excellence and affordability. Moreover, they provide exceptional residency, research, and clinical work opportunities in Europe and beyond, making MBBS in Italy a highly sought-after option for Indian students.

Quick facts:

No. of Medical Colleges44
College TypeGovt and Private both
Medium of InstructionEnglish ( 15 Universities)
Degree AwardedMD Equivalent to MBBS
Duration6 Years
Total Seats for Non EU Students135
Eligibility CriteriaGPA more than 3.5
English profiecienyIELTS 6.5, Min 6 in each section
Admission ProcessThru Common IMAT Exam
Indian Students300 ( Across All years)
Total Budget for MBBSGovt 15-20 Lacs
Private 75-90 Lacs
Meeting NMC CriteriaYes
Total Subjects in MBBS36
Medical college RecognitionNMC/ECFMG/WHO/AMC/GMC UK
Study Pattern1st Year -Pre Clinical
2-3 Year -Para Clinical
4-6 Year -Clinical
Session StartsSept

Advantages of Studying MBBS in Italy

  • Oldest Universities in the World, and are as old as 1000 Years.
  • World Ranked University with all Global recognition.
  • Top-quality education at an affordable price.
  • Opportunity to settle in Europe as a practicing doctor
  • Availability of Medicine & Surgery course in the English language.
  • Since MBBS in Italy meets the new NMC norms, Indian students can practice in India after studying medicine in Italy.

Disadvantages of Studying MBBS in Italy

At first sight, there is no such disadvantage to studying in Italy. The first setback may be caused by appearing in the IMAT Examination, as there is only one IMAT Test Centre in India, and all the slots get filled in minutes. You will be required to fly to another suitable country for the exam.

Secondly, few seats are available for the IMAT exam, and hardly anyone makes it successfully.

Important: Those looking for Italy as their dream destination need to keep a backup option apart from the first preference of their University in preferably another country. When IMAT results are presented, admission to other countries might be closed. Certainly, it may lead to the loss of an academic year for the students.

Medical Universities in Italy

A major consideration is for Indian Students to find the best MBBS University in Italy. There are 15 MBBS Universities in Italy that offer MBBS courses in the English language. The List of MBBS Colleges in Italy can be found in the table below.

University of BolognaBologna2017Public
University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’Rome1982Public
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’Rome2005Public
University of PaviaPavia2009Public
University of MilanMilan2010Public
Vita-Salute San Raffaele UnivMilan2010Public
University of Bari Aldo MoroBari2012Public
University of Campania Luigi VanvitelliNaples2012Public
Catholic University of the Sacred HeartRome2013Private
Humanitas UniversityMilan2014Public
Saint Camillus International UnivRome2018Public
University of PaduaPadua2019Public
Campus Bio-Medico University of RomeRome2019Private
University of TurinTorino2019Public
University of ParmaParma2021Public

MBBS Seats in Italy for International Students

Now the query arises, “How many Italian Medical Colleges offer medical seats to international students in English-taught programs?” The answer is, There are just 7 medical universities. However, the English-taught MBBS program is available in 15 Medical universities, and the rest offer seats to only EU students. Nearly 135 Seats are available where non-EU students can apply for admission to the MBBS Program. Take a look at the Italy MBBS Universities in the table below to see the reserved seats for Non-EU Students-

Medical SchoolSeatsNon-EU Seats
University of Pavia14040
Humanitas University7025
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’5010
University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’3510
University of Bari Aldo Moro509
University of Bologna9020
University of Padua7520

Cost of studying MBBS in Italy

ExpensesCost in EURCost in INR
Tuition FeesPrivate UniversitiesPrivate Universities
6000 – 20000 per yearRs. 5,40,246 to Rs. 18,00,820 per year
Public UniversitiesPublic Universities
900 – 4000 per yearRs. 81,036 to Rs. 3,60,164 per year
Miscellaneous Expenses30-40 per weekRs 2701 to Rs 3601
Accommodation Expenses300-700 per monthCost in INR Rs. 27012 to Rs. 63028 per month
Food Costs150 per monthINR 13,506 per month

Fee Structure of MBBS in Italy

MBBS in Italy for Indian students stands out as an economical choice in Europe, with reasonable tuition fees compared to other MBBS Abroad options. Many times, Qus arise. Is there any chance for MBBS in Italy on scholarships for Indian students?

Italy’s MBBS fee structure for Indian students ranges between 2-4 Lacs INR for a year, which is very competitive, attracting many aspiring doctors from India. Italy offers a cost-effective and high-quality option for Indian students looking for an MBBS course in Italy. There is no specific scholarship for the MBBS course in Italy.

Pl refer to the below table for Italy MBBS fees in INR

Medical School NameTuition Fee in EuroTuition Fee in Rupees
University of Padua€ 4656RS 4.19 Lacs
Humanitas University€ 1456RS 1.31 Lacs
University of Rome La Sapienza€ 1156RS 1.04 Lacs
University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’€ 5250RS 4.73 Lacs
University of Bari Aldo Moro€ 1580RS 1.42 Lacs
University of Pavia€ 4805RS 4.32 Lacs
University of Bologna€ 3407RS 3.07 Lacs

Accommodation costs in Italy

Getting on-campus accommodations for international students may not always be possible. You can look for private Apartments near the University; such shared apartments may cost you approx. 30-35 thousand INR every month. Costing depends upon the of sharing and its distance from the city center.

Indian Food in Italy

You can find many Indian restaurants in Italy, But they are quite expensive and can’t be considered an option for your daily meal needs. The only option is self-cooking. All apartments have a kitchen with all facilities like Induction cooktops, Microwave ovens, Fridges, etc. You can buy the groceries, which usually cost 12-15K INR monthly.

Travel Cost

Rome and Milan in Italy have direct flights from Indian cities Delhi and Mumbai. The time and cost of the flight depend upon your chosen airline. Direct Flight can cost you approx. 30-35K for one way and take around 8-9 hours.

Top Medical Universities in Italy

Top Medical Universities in Italy

Medical Universities in Italy are among the oldest universities in the world. The world ranking of most Italian Medical Universities is under the Top 1000 Universities in the world. Here are some of the best Top Ranked Medical Universities in Italy-

University of Bologna – This is the oldest university in Europe. It was founded in 1088 and is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the world. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, it was ranked 165th in the world and 6th in Italy.

University of Milano – This University is located in Milan and is known for its excellence in medical research. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, it was ranked 149th worldwide and 5th in Italy.

University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’– This is the largest university in Rome and one of Europe’s oldest Universities. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, it was ranked 177th worldwide and 7th in Italy.

University of Padua – The University is located in Padua and is one of the oldest in Italy. It was founded in 1222. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, it was ranked 242nd in the world and 10th in Italy.

University of Torino – This University is located in Turin and is known for its strong focus on medical research. In the QS World University Rankings 2023, it was ranked 357th worldwide and 15th in Italy.

These are just a few examples of the top medical schools in Italy, and many more institutions provide excellent medical education and research opportunities.

Climate in Italy

Italy’s average daily temperature is quite moderate compared to other European countries. You can refer to the climate graph below

Climate in Italy

Eligibility for MBBS Admission in Italy

MBBS in Italy for Indian students eligibility typically requires the below conditions to be fulfilled

  • 12th Grade GPA Should be 3.5 or Above
  • Age should be more than 17 Years
  • NEET Qualified (NMC Requirement, if you want to practice in India)
  • Proficiency in English, like IELTS 6.5, Min 6 in each section

Meeting these MBBS in Italy requirements is essential for admission to medical universities in the country.

Admission Timelines for MBBS in Italy 2024

Pre-enrollment for Indian StudentsApr – Aug
Online enrollment for IMAT Admission testJuly
Admission Test (IMAT) 2024 ExamSept
Preliminary anonymous rankingEnd of Sept
Enrollment Process post receiving an Acceptance LetterMid-Oct
Commencement of ClassesEnd of Oct

Admission process for MBBS in Italy

Admission process for MBBS in Italy

Each year, the Italian Ministry of Education releases updates for the admission process with precise dates. Those are usually announced around May or June. Before enrolling in your desired Medical school in Italy, you must follow the steps below for MBBS Admission in Italy.

STEP 1: Pre-enrollment:

Pre-enrolment refers to the documentation process verifying your academic qualifications for studying at an Italian medical school. Note that this is separate from the IMAT exam enrollment procedure. Contact your nearest Italian consulate or embassy for necessary paperwork related to studying medicine in Italy. Pre-enrollment remains open until the end of June.

STEP 2: IMAT Exam Registration

Online applications for IMAT begin in the first week of July and are open for the first 3 weeks of July. Ensure that you register for the IMAT Exam ‘online’. Also, there is a dedicated website for registering named University.

Declare your first preference for the Medical School Abroad and your IMAT test centre. Furthermore, you must pay a teeny-weeny subscription fee of around 130 Euros for the test. It is important to note that, no university will admit an MBBS in Italy without an IMAT Score.


IMAT stands for “International Medical Admissions Test”, the only official exam you need to qualify for studying medicine in Italy.

IMAT Exam Format: The IMAT test is in English and consists of 60 multiple-choice questions (five options each). The answer keys might initially seem possible, but the students need to choose the answer key based on their subject knowledge and logical reasoning skills functional to various subjects. The candidates have a limited time frame of 100 minutes to complete the test.

The questions are segmented into the following sections:

Sec-1Logical Reasoning20
General Knowledge2
Sec-4Physics and Math8

Please note– The order in which the questions in the test will not be as exact as presented above. Accordingly, the exam will have a different order of questions and answers.

Breakdown of scoring in the IMAT: For evaluation of the test, a candidate’s total score is calculated using the following formula:1.5 points are awarded for every correct answer.0.4 points will be deducted for every wrong answer.0 points will be assigned for every blank answer.

However, the maximum score will be 90, and the minimum score for the ranks is 20 points.

Short-stay visas may be issued to students (especially for non-EU students) who choose to take the IMAT exam in Italy; this is optional.

Kindly note: This is not a student visa, so the Indian student must enrol in the University after passing the exam.

The IMAT exam will be conducted only at an authorized centre. Globally, in 2023, there were 17 test centres, excluding Italy.


You can find the list of international IMAT exam centres in 2023. Please note that the list of IMAT exam centres for 2024 has not been officially released yet, and it is best to check the official IMAT website.

Abu Dhabi (UAE)Beirut (Lebanon)Athens (Greece)
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)Berlin (Germany)London (UK)
Amman (Jordan)Santiago (Chile)Madrid (Spain)
Ankara (Turkey)Cairo (Egypt)Paris (France)
Istanbul (Turkey)Casablanca (Morocco)Barcelona (Spain)
Dublin (Ireland)New Delhi, Gurgaon (India)

STEP 4: IMAT rankings and University enrollment

The preliminary IMAT 2024 results will be declared just days after the test ends, generally in the last week of September.

Preliminary refers to the fact that at the end of September, you’ll only get the test score you have obtained as an individual. No such IMAT ranking position will be mentioned, nor will the confirmation of being admitted to an Italian medical school be stated, as these results are anonymous.

At the beginning of October, your IMAT score will be published in the university portal, with a scan of your answer sheet. You still won’t identify if you are accepted, but you will know your accurate score. At this stage, complete all the required documents to apply for a student visa.

Italy MBBS Course Syllabus

Italy MBBS Course Syllabus

The MBBS course in Italy is known as “Laurea Magistrale in Medicina e Chirurgia”. Various universities across the country offer this program. The course generally lasts for six years and is taught in English and Italian.

Here is a general overview of the syllabus for the MBBS course in Italy:

1stBasic Science80 hrs
Structure of Body172hrs
Living Molecules156hrs
Scientific Foundations52hrs
2ndBiology Of Disease124hrs
Ethics And Society56hrs
Functions Of Body164hrs
Laboratory Medicine52hrs
3rdBlood Diseases40 hrs
Clinical Foundations128 hrs
Clinical Foundations Practicals120 hrs
Disease Control and Eradication88 hrs
Endocrine System and Metabolism40 hrs
Drug Discovery and Actions48 hrs
Systemic Pathology52 hrs
4thCardiovascular Disease48 hrs
Clinical Cases320 hrs
GI and Urinary Tracts80 hrs
Lung Disease40 hrs
Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases88 hrs
Sensory System Diseases64 hrs
Soft Tissue Diseases48 hrs
5thChildhood and Woman Health96 hrs
Clinical Cases120 hrs
Clinical Pharmacology, Genetics, Pathology80 hrs
General Surgery I88 hrs
General Surgery II96 hrs
Internship in Medical Area100 hrs
Internship in Surgical Area100 hrs
6thClinical Cases160 hrs
Clinical Medicine112 hrs
Degree Thesis144 hrs
Internship in General Practice100 hrs
Practical In Degree Thesis Subject180 hrs
Public Health40 hrs

During the clinical practice year, students work in hospitals and clinics, where they gain practical experience in various medical fields under the supervision of experienced doctors. They also have the opportunity to choose electives in specialized areas of interest.

Is there an age limit to apply for medicine in Italy?

No, there is no age restriction on applying to medical school. Students of all ages are eligible to study medicine in Italy.

Is it mandatory to learn Italian language to study in Italy?

No, it is not mandatory to learn the Italian language to study in Italy.

The courses and examinations are carried out entirely in English during the course (6 years). In the first two years (preclinical years) the Italian language is not needed as the practical training does not really start before the 3rd year. During the clinical years, however, Italian will be necessary for communication with patients and doctors, during hospital hours apart from the professors.

Do I require an English certificate for studying medicine in Italy (IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR, etc.)?

Passing the IMAT exam for English-taught medical courses shows your English language competency. Most of the universities won’t ask for extra English certificates.

What is the difference between public and private universities in Italy?

In public medical schools where the tuition fee is very nominal, However, in private universities, which are not government-funded, tuition fees are similar to other private medical schools in Europe, typically ranging from €9000 to €20,000 per year, depending on the university.

How to choose the best medical school in Italy?

Consider the below points while choosing the best medical school in Italy.

Reputation and Ranking
Curriculum and Specializations
Faculty and Facilities
Student Support Services
Research Opportunities
Location and Environment
Student Feedback and Reviews

Can I study medicine in Italy without IMAT?

Public universities in Italy usually prioritize the IMAT exam, managed by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR), and do not have their entrance exams. However, Private universities administer their admission tests for medicine programs, which means applicants can apply without taking the IMAT.

How long is it going to take to prepare for the IMAT Examination?

The answer to this question depends to a large extent on your background and your initial level.

The average amount of time candidates dedicate is about 5-6 months for Indian students. This being said, if you started preparing 3-4 months before the IMAT, You still might have an excellent chance to get in.

Which are the best books to prepare for the IMAT?

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving books for IMAT
Thinking Skills Coursebook (by Marc Dawes)
Pearson Biology: A Global Approach, Global Edition
AS-level biology and A2-level biology 
Oxford IB Study Guide: Chemistry for the IB Diploma
A-Level Physics for AQA: Year 2 Student Book 
Pearson’s Higher Level Chemistry book 
IMAT Physics and Maths books
CGP A-Level Physics for AQA  
A-Level Maths for OCR

How can DIVINE help me get into the best MBBS universities in Italy?

Divine is one of India’s most trusted consultant and assists students with their admission process, accommodation, and other requirements.

Is it worth studying MBBS in Italy for international students?

Studying medicine in Italy for international students offers many advantages like affordable tuition fees, excellent education standards, and rich cultural immersion.

What is the cost of MBBS in Italy for Indian students?

The cost of MBBS in Italy for Indian students varies, with most medical universities charging approximately between 20-30 lakhs (INR) for the entire course.

What is the MAECI Scholarship in Italy?

The MAECI Scholarship is a government-funded scholarship for international students and Italian citizens living abroad to pursue Master’s and PhD degrees in Italian public universities. It covers tuition, living expenses, travel, and health insurance for one year, renewable for up to four years.

Does studying in Italy require strong academics?

No, admissions in most Italian universities require academics at 65%. IELTS scores are a great saviour for access to most universities.

How do you study for free in Italy?

You must apply for scholarships like the IYT or RO Scholarship in Italy to study for free.

How do I check for Italian scholarships for Indian students?

You can refer to the Indian Embassy in Milan website cgimilan.gov for Italian government scholarships offered to international students

As an Indian citizen, do I need a visa to study in Italy?

Yes, Indian citizens require a visa to study in Italy.

Can I work to support myself while studying in Italy as an Indian student?

You can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week with a study permit.

Can I convert my student visa to work visa in Italy?

Yes, it is possible to convert a student visa to a work visa in Italy under certain conditions and with the approval of the relevant authorities.

How do I get my degree Recognized in Italy?

To recognize your qualification in Italy, you must legalize the original document, provide an official translation, and obtain a certificate of equivalence of qualification

What are the language requirements for studying in Italy?

The language requirement for studying in Italy is typically a B2 level of English proficiency.

Are scholarships available for Indian students to study in Italy?

Yes, various scholarships are available for Indian students to study in Italy. These include scholarships from the Italian government, Italian universities, external organizations, and Indian government scholarships for international education.

Is finding part-time work as an international student in Italy easy?

International students in Italy can work part-time, up to 20 hours per week, during the academic year and full-time during semester breaks. Many students find part-time work in tutoring, language teaching, hospitality, and retail.

Is it possible to stay and work in Italy after graduation?

Italy offers a post-study work visa that allows international students to stay and work in Italy for up to 12 months. After finding a job, you can transition to a work visa or residence permit for longer-term employment.

What are the popular courses for Indian students in Italy?

Italy offers international students various courses, including engineering and technology, business and management, medicine and health, art and design, humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, and more. Popular choices include engineering programs, MBBS courses, and business degrees.

What is the cost of living for international students in Italy?

The cost of living in Italy can vary by city and lifestyle. Students may spend around €800 to €1,000 per month on accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, and other expenses. Bigger cities are generally more expensive than smaller cities.

What are the accommodation options for international students in Italy?

Accommodation options in Italy include university halls of residence, private student housing, shared apartments, homestays, and private rentals. Students can select the option that suits their preferences and budget.

How can I apply for a student visa to study in Italy?

You must have received an acceptance letter from an Italian university to apply for a student visa to study in Italy. Complete the visa application, attend an interview, and provide the required documents, including proof of financial means and health insurance. Check the official guidelines from the Italian consulate or embassy in India for the latest requirements.

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