Why IMS?

The International Medical School (IMS) is a Degree in Medicine and Surgery entirely taught in English. Active since 2010, IMS is a six-year programme based on innovative teaching and learning methods and is open to both EU and non-EU students.

IMS benefits from the longstanding Italian tradition in forming excellent Medical Doctors that are willing to participate in the active international medical community, not only with a high-quality clinical training but also with a strong research backbone. All this in Milano, the core of the Italian economy and one of the main Italian and European actors in the medicine and healthcare landscape, and at the University of Milan, the largest university in Lombardy, where teaching, research and clinical activity are positively combined for a unique learning experience.

Studying medicine in English in Italy was not possible until a few years ago, preventing foreign students from exploiting the tradition of one of the oldest medical schools in the world.

In the last few years a revolutionary change  took place and today it is possible to become a Medical Doctor in an international environment, with courses entirely taught in English and with the obtainment of a European MD degree, valid for working in hospitals all across Europe.

Access to Italian International Medical Schools takes place through one single admission exam in English: the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) test. The test cost is around 120 € and you can take the IMAT at 24 authorised centres in Europe, Asia, North and South America. There is no need of additional material such as recommendation letters or interviews and there are reserved spots for non-EU candidates.

The Italian public education system guarantees an excellent educational path at affordable costs. Indeed, the tuition fees depend on the student’s family income and for the University of Milan range from a minimum of about 700 € to a maximum of 4000 € per year. Scholarships are available for Italian and foreign students and living expenses can be kept at a reasonable cost compared with other European locations.

All this in an extraordinary country, surrounded by the sea and the Alps, that ranks among the eight leading industrialised countries and plays a central role in European higher education, being one of the four countries that originally proposed the so-called “European Area of Higher Education” (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998) and promoted the higher education reform known as “Bologna Process” (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) that is being implemented all over Europe.

With several large general hospitals and specialized hospitals (both public and private), Milan is one of the main Italian and European actors in the medicine and healthcare landscape, with world-renowned centres of excellence attracting patients from abroad.

According to 2012 statistical data, the province of Milan (3.2 M inhabitants) hosts 60 hospitals (28 public and 32 private) with 12500 beds that amount to 35% of the hosting capacity of the entire Lombardy and to about 15% of those available nationwide. Such leading position is reinforced by the presence of a large number of prestigious research institutions with a biomedical focus that – together with the strong contact with Universities – ensures a very rich and stimulating environment for prospective medical students.

Living in Milan is an exciting experience. Milan – which will host the Expo 2015 – is known throughout the world for fashion, design, publishing, theatre, music, art, food and its international trade fairs. It is also an extremely lively city, which offers great cultural opportunities as well as the best in sports and leisure. Due to its central position in the Northern part of Italy, it is a good point of access for many world-renowned localities. The most famous Italian lakes (Como, Garda, Maggiore) are just one hour away, while just a little more time is needed to reach the Alps, the Ligurian Sea and the Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence by car or train. Rome can be reached by train in less than 3 hours and all the major European cities by short plane trips.

Province of Milan
  • of the hosting capacity of the entire Lombardy - 35%
  • of those available nationwide - 15%

with 60 hospitals (28 public and 32 private) and 12500 beds

The University of Milan (La Statale) is the largest university in Lombardy with almost 64,000 students and 2000 professors. La Statale offers high quality teaching at all levels in a broad spectrum of fields and, at the same time, it is a research-oriented university. La Statale is the top Italian university in most international rankings and is the only Italian university among the 21 prestigious institutions that belong to the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The University’s interdisciplinary vocation and the connections between a wide range of fields create a highly stimulating environment for study and work in its 31 departments, 136 study programmes, 31 doctoral programmes and several vocationally-oriented courses.

With more than 600 professors and researchers and approximately 1700 new students each year, the Area of Medicine is one of the most important in Italy, in terms of both the standards of training and the clinical and basic scientific results. The academic programmes cover the entire spectrum of medical training, from medicine and medical biotechnology to dentistry and nursing science.

With its 7 departments, the Area boasts one of the highest rates of scientific production in the country, combining traditional subjects with an interest in the latest medical research developments in the fields of genomics, proteomics and molecular medicine. There are also numerous specialist facilities, including 2 important Centres of Excellence, the European School of Molecular Medicine and the International Master in Breast Diseases.

La Statale boasts well-established collaborations with the large network of hospitals and research institutes of the Lombard territory, many of them internationally oriented. It is thus possible to become a medical doctor in a stimulating framework, where teaching, research and clinical activity are positively combined for a unique learning experience.

The University of Milan
  • number of students - 64000
  • number of professors - 2000
  • departments - 31
  • study programmes - 136

The International Medical School was born in 2010 as a new English-language medical degree based on innovative teaching and learning methods and open to both EU and non-EU students. Initially located at the Humanitas hospital in Rozzano (MI), the course attracted the interest of several Italian and foreign students. During the years, the total number of students and their geographical origin have changed as follows:

  • 2010-2011
    32 students of which 27 EU (26 ITA, 1 FRA) and 5 non-EU (4 ISR, 1 PER)
  • 2011-2012
    47 students of which 30 EU (16 ITA, 9 GBR, 2 SWE, 1 DEU, 1 FRA) and 17 non-EU (11 ISR, 3 TWN, 1 KOR, 1 SAU, 1 VNM)
  • 2012-2013
    58 students of which 47 EU (34 ITA, 9 GBR, 2 ROU, 1 IRL, 1 POL) and 11 non-EU (5 TWN, 2 ISR, 1 BIH, 1 CHE, 1 CMR, 1 TUR)
  • 2013-2014
    57 students of which 38 EU (27 ITA, 4 GBR, 2 POL, 2 PRT, 1 CYP, 1 IRL, 1 ROU) and 19 non-EU (4 ISR, 4 TWN, 3 IND, 2 TUR, 1 AFG, 1 CAN, 1 CHN, 1 SRB, 1 SYR, 1 THA)
  • 2014-2015
    48 students of which 37 EU (29 ITA, 3 GBR, 1 FRA, 1 GRC, 1 IRL, 1 POL, 1 PRT) and 11 non-EU (4 TWN, 2 ISR, 1 BLR, 1 CAN, 1 EGY, 1 IND, 1 TUR)
  • 2015-2016
    50 students of which 31 EU (22 ITA, 4 GBR, 2 CYP, 1 BGR, 1 DEU, 1 FRA) and 19 non-EU (3 USA, 3 TWN, 2 CAN, 2 IND, 2 TUR, 1 IRN, 1 ISR, 1 MKD, 1 NPL, 1 PAK, 1 THA, 1 VNM)
  • 2016-2017
    50 students of which 33 EU (20 ITA, 4 CYP, 3 POL,  2 GBR, 2 GRC, 1 CHE, 1 ROU) and 17 non-EU (4 ISR, 4 USA, 2 CAN, 2 EGY, 1 ALB, 1 IND, 1 LBN, 1 TUR, 1 TWN)
  • 2017-2018
    49 students of which 33 EU (18 ITA, 4 GRE, 4 GBR, 3 POL, 2 CYP, 1 ROU, 1 SWE) and 16 non-EU (4 BRA, 2 KOR, 2 ISR, 1 CAN, 1 EGY, 1 IRN, 1 PAK, 1 SRB, 1 USA, 1 TUR, 1 TWN)

Starting from 2014/2015 the course has been relocated to the new campus. The precious feedback from students and professors allowed for a few changes and adjustments in terms of contents and organisation of the course.



Number of students and their geographical origin

51 students:

  • 34 EU (19 ITA,  5 GBR, 3 CYP, 3 FIN, 1 GRE, 1 IRL, 1 NLD, 1 PRT)
  • 17 non-EU (3 BRA, 3 IRN, 3 TUR, 1 ALB,  1 ARG, 1 AZE, 1 CAN, 1 CHN, 1 EGY, 1 PAK, 1 SRB)