To be enroled in the Single Cycle Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery in English, an Italian secondary school diploma or foreign qualification certified as equivalent is required.
In addition, the applicant is required to have: a) knowledge of the cultural prerequisites as defined by the Ministerial Decree concerning the procedures regulating the admission test and reported in the annual admission call; b) knowledge of the English language as mother tongue or evidence of English knowledge certified at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference of languages - CEFR).
a) Knowledge is considered to be held in full through admission to the Degree Program by achieving a score equal to or higher than the threshold defined by the annual Ministerial Decree concerning the modalities and contents of the admission tests for the degree programs with access programmed at national level. In the event that the Ministerial Decree does not determine the above threshold for admission, the Degree Program will indicate the minimum threshold beyond which the possession of the expected cultural prerequisites has to be verified. If the performed test at national level highlights deficiencies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, evaluated with a score of less than 25% of the maximum score for each discipline, or students have not reached the minimum threshold, then the Degree Program will assign additional learning requirements (ALRs) to be satisfied in the first year of the course.
b) Knowledge of English is automatically recognized to native speakers. Non-native English students are required to have their knowledge of English language certified at least at level B2 of the CEFR. The scientific and technical terms used in the course access test (International Medical Admission Test - IMAT) are considered higher than the B2 level of knowledge required to students aiming at admission to the international Degree Program in Medicine and Surgery.
Finally, students who are not native Italian speakers and have no basic level of knowledge at the time of admission to the Degree Program must attend Italian language courses in order to reach a minimum level of B1 (CEFR). This is in order to guarantee productive learning during the professional activities at the patient's bedside. Italian language courses are offered from the first year of the course by the CLAM, or equivalent Organization, and will be aimed at assisting the students to achieve a minimum B1 (CEFR) level.
Admission to the Single Cycle Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery is defined at the national level by Law n. 264 of 2.8.1999, and subsequent amendments and integrations. The number of eligible students for admission, the date of the admission test, the content and procedures for the selection are determined annually by the decree of the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) and are reported in the admission call.
The number of eligible students is based on national planning and the availability of resources in terms of staff, educational and clinical facilities as declared by each University. The IMAT, which is conducted by the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing Organization, is carried out at the same time in all Italian Universities that provide a course of study in Medicine and Surgery in English as well as in some locations abroad.
ALRs concern basic knowledge of: chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, medical physics. ALRs are intended to be fulfilled by attending specific courses and passing the exams of: Chemistry (The Living Matter), Molecular and Cellular Biology, Medical Physics (Medical Physics, Statistics and Bioinformatics).