MBBS in Italy



Do you have a desire to help people in pain? Have you ever dreamt of becoming a doctor? Have you ever considered a medical degree with high-quality education and global exposure? You’ll find all the answers to the questions in your mind below. You should choose a place which will be affordable and full of amazing experiences. Italy is one of these places as studying MBBS in Italy is like a dream come true. From high-quality medical education to the beautiful landscapes, there are several other reasons to pursue MBBS in this country. Come, let’s check those out in detail.

Why MBBS in Italy?

Italy is the most attractive destination for international students, from Italian cuisine to its rich history and architecture. If you are planning to study medicine here, you will find yourself in a place full of opportunities, higher standards of education, and plenty of culture. Also, MBBS programs in Italy are well-recognized for integrating theoretical studies and clinical practices. Here are some reasons for pursuing MBBS in Italy :

  • Practical Training: Colleges and universities in Italy strive for a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. The quality of an Italian MBBS degree comes from the experience students get with hands-on problem-based learning. This teaching method allows students to see many complex and unique cases and learn beyond their textbooks.

  • Italian Culture: Get to experience real Italian culture by immersing yourself in this beautiful country that has top-notch universities full of incredibly diverse subjects. From gorgeous architecture to dazzling natural landscapes, Italy offers students an amazing lifestyle in a completely new environment.

  • Job Prospects: Studying medicine in Italy qualifies one to carry out surgery in various roles and enter clinical, health and biomedical professional fields. Internships can be completed in internal medicine, general surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as in specialty surgery.

  • Excellent facilities: Studying MBBS in Italy gives you access to state-of-the-art labs, on-campus libraries, and small classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology to study, stimulate, and help you manage emergency circumstances involving difficult clinical problems.

Subject Specializations

MBBS in Italy usually takes 6 years which includes 1 year of medical practice. International students have two major degree options to choose from:

  • MBBS in Medicine and Surgery

  • MBBS in Dentistry

Also, note that some universities in Italy teach MBBS in English while some do so in Italian. Hence it is highly recommended that students learn the Italian language if they wish to pursue and practise a medical degree here.

Top Universities

Medical institutions in Italy offer you numerous options to pursue MBBS along with varied specializations. Finding the right university for you among all these choices is important. Here is the list of MCI as well as WHO-approved Italian universities below:

University Rankings City
Politecnico di Milano 139 Milan
Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna 167 Bologna
Sapienza University of Rome 171 Rome
Università di Padova 243 Padova
University of Milan 324 Milan
Politecnico di Torino 325 Turin
University of Pisa 404 Pisa
University of Naples - Federico II 416 Naples
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele 436 Milan
University of Trento 457 Trento

Cost of Studying [Fees + Scholarships]

Expenses for medical degrees are a major concern around the world, but that is not the case over here. The cost of studying MBBS in Italy depends on various factors like the university, the course specialization, etc. Studying in Italy is much more affordable in comparison to other countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, and much more. On average, the tuition fees for MBBS vary from €3,000 to €4,500 for international students. It is important to make the right decisions based on extensive research on the fee structures of different universities.

You can cover your tuition fee expenses by applying for scholarships suitable for you. Some of them are mentioned below briefly in the table.

Scholarship Eligibility & Grant
Bocconi Graduate Merit Award Applicants pursuing a degree in medicine are eligible for this scholarship. As part of the scholarship, students receive a full tuition waiver and a fee waiver totalling 14000 EUR per year.
Politecnico di Milano Scholarship A merit-based scholarship is awarded. Academic achievements and GPA are considered when awarding the scholarship. An administration fee of 207 EUR is non-refundable for students.
DSU Scholarship This 6,000 EUR annual grant is accessible to medical students enrolled. But the condition is that they should not belong to high-income families to be eligible for this award.
Humanitas University Scholarship This partial-financial-aid scholarship grants a total of 20,000 EUR in financing.

Note that the government of Italy also provides scholarships which can be 100% fully funded for international students. By applying these, you can easily get high-quality education in MBBS without any financial issues.

Cost of Living in Italy

International academics believe that life in Italy is generally inexpensive. If you intend to study here, your average cost of living in Italy will vary between 300 and 700 EUR every month. Housing, meals, transportation, and/or entertainment are all included in these fees. In comparison to other countries, Italy’s cost of living for students is much more affordable. Aside from affordability, students are permitted to work 20 hours per week. Universities in Italy allow students to work both on and off campus. Companies pay between 10 and 15 euros per hour, and you might make between 300 and 600 euros. Even though living in Italy is a fantastic experience, keep in mind that Rome, Milan, and Bologna are more expensive than other Italian cities.

Eligibility Criteria [NEET, IMAT, TOLC Med]

Universities in Italy have attracted several international students to pursue MBBS in Italy. For completing your medical education, you need to be aware of the eligibility criteria for enrolling in institutions here. You must have a minimum of 50% in physics, chemistry, and biology and a compulsory 50% NEET score. Moreover, you must pass a mandatory IMAT exam. You will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL to demonstrate your command of the English language. This is because several universities in Italy provide medicinal courses English.

Documents Required for Applying for MBBS In Italy

Besides checking the eligibility criteria, you should keep all your documents ready before starting the admission process. To apply for MBBS in Italy, the documents listed below are required.

  • A copy of a passport with at least an 18-month remaining validity is necessary.

  • Copies of 10th and 12th-grade mark sheets and passing certificates

  • Birth certificate and duplicate offer letter

  • Health certificate

  • Ten passport-size pictures

  • The Ministry of External Affairs must authorise all paperwork.

  • Visa fees [Type C or D Visa]

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Career Prospects and Salaries

When students complete their medical education and training, they are ready to work as professional doctors. One can build a career in both government and private sectors. Surgeons, medical officers, and clinical doctors are the most popular careers in Italy and are also highly paid jobs. Below is the table of various job roles and their average salaries.

Job Role Pay scale (Per Month)
Behavioural Health Specialist 5,010 EUR
Advanced Nutrition Aide 5,270 EUR
Dietitian 7,690 EUR
Doctor/Physician 8,580 EUR
Exercise Physiologist 9,270 EUR


To summarize, students who have the desire to help others and dream of studying medicine can find all the required information above. Studying in Italy, a beautiful country full of opportunities and high-quality education will benefit you in many ways. We trust that this information has assisted you in determining your interest in studying MBBS in Italy.

If you are unsure or would like to get deeper insight, we encourage you to speak with our team of expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). If you are unable to travel to our offices, we offer online counselling services via our website. Our dedicated counsellors will provide you with the best guidance regarding your application to study in Italy. Don’t hesitate to contact us at application02@meridean.org or call us at 1800-1230-00011.

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Students pursue MBBS in Italy for 6 years, which is called ‘Laurea Magistrale in Medicina e Chirurgia’. It consists of a 3-year foundation cycle and 3 more years for the advanced cycle which also includes clinical training. You can complete specialization ahead in MBBS by applying for the residency program.

Italy is an ideal destination to pursue MBBS as it offers students high-quality medical education, renowned proficient researchers, and hands-on practical experience. Along with this, you get to experience rich histories and multiculturalism over here.

Studying MBBS anywhere might feel costly but when you’re planning to study in Italy for medical education, it won’t cost you much. Not only are tuition fees reasonable but universities over here also provide 100% scholarships to cover all your expenses.

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