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Applying for a non-medical specialisation school

To apply for the courses it is necessary to hold the entrance qualifications shown in the competitive examination announcement (Italian text) – generally a university qualification and a certificate issued by a foreign university showing the examinations taken -  and pass the necessary entrance tests.

How to present your application

It is possible to pick up an application form and hand it in directly to the International Students Office in via S. Sofia 9/1 Milan.

Non-EU citizens resident abroad must submit their application form and the documents for the assessment of their qualifications to the Italian Embassy or Consulate responsible for issuing their visa, as indicated in the pre-application (non-EU) section.

Non-medical specialisation scholarships

Every year, scholarships are assigned to individual specialisation schools. Scholarship recipients who are admitted to specialisation schools will receive, for the entire duration of the course, an annual sum of 9,300.00 Euros, which is not subject to income tax or IRPEF (personal tax).

To qualify for a scholarship, your yearly income must not exceed 7,745.50 euros gross.


Applying for a medical specialisation school

The application procedures and deadlines for the Specialisation School entrance examinations are shown in the individual competitive examination announcements (Italian text), which are also published at the Students Office in via S. Sofia 9/1 Milano.

How to present an application for a competitive examination

It is possible to pick up a competitive examination application form and hand it in directly to the International Students Office, via S. sofia 9/1 Milan.
The ministerial regulations (Italian text) concerning admission to medical specialisation schools establish a set of criteria and require a series of procedures for the recognition of qualifications; it is therefore advisable to check directly with the International Students Office, to avoid the possibility of being excluded from the competitive entrance examinations.

In short, the ministerial regulations allow EU citizens and refugee medical students to apply for a specialisation school under the same conditions and with the same requirements as Italian citizens (degree and professional practice certificate).

There is a different procedure for foreign citizens from developing countries and for non-EU citizens with a valid permesso di soggiorno (residence permit) living in Italy or resident abroad.

Foreign citizens from developing countries who have already been awarded a scholarship

Foreign citizens from developing countries – who hold a scholarship granted by the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Directorate General for Development Cooperation  through an application presented by the Italian embassies – compete for specially reserved places when sitting the entrance examinations for medical specialisation schools.

The competitive examination application should be submitted directly to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin. The embassy (or consulate) will then forward the application to the university concerned.
The application must be accompanied by a copy of your academic qualification and a professional practice certificate if awarded in Italy. Any student enrolled in a specialisation school who holds an academic qualification and a professional practice certificate awarded in their country of origin must obtain – within one year of the start of the course – official recognition of the said certificate from the Italian Ministry of Health.

Non-EU citizens

Non-EU medical students, with a valid permesso di soggiorno (residence permit), who hold a degree in Medicine and a professional practice certificate awarded in Italy, or who have obtained – or are waiting to obtain – official recognition of their university qualification and have an Italian professional practice certificate, sit competitive entrance examinations under the same conditions as Italian citizens.

The Italian Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin will verify the availability of places in Italian universities before forwarding the application.

Competitive examination applications should therefore be addressed to the Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country of origin. Applicants should also enclose the documents required by the Italian Ministry of Health to obtain official recognition of their university qualification and the professional practice certificate awarded in their country of origin.

Candidates must also guarantee that they will receive economic support, for the stipulation of a specialised training contract for the entire duration of the course, from their respective government, or from an Italian or foreign institution that is recognised by the MIUR (Ministry of University and Research) and the Italian Diplomatic Representation abroad. This scholarship is worth 25/26,000 euros.

Entrance examinations

Admission to Specialisation Schools is subject to the passing of an examination. This may involve a written or multiple choice test, and possibly an oral test, sometimes accompanied by a practical test. For information regarding the examination programme, please contact the secretariat of your chosen Specialisation School. 

Winners of the competitive examinations will be summoned by the administrative office for registration.

The date of the examination will be published at the Specialisation Schools’ Administrative Office (Segreteria amministrativa Scuole di Specializzazione ) – via s. Sofia 9/1 Milan, at the secretariat of each individual school and on the University website (Italian text), 15 days before the start of the examinations.

Assessable qualifications

The score obtained in the entrance examination is supplemented by an additional score, based on the assessment of qualifications, which are generally submitted to the secretariat of the school concerned. The following factors are assessed:

  • graduation theses related to the area of specialisation;
  • the final grade of the degree;
  • the grades of degree course examinations in subjects determined by the School Committees (up to a maximum of seven examinations);
  • scientific publications.

Specialised training contract

Once admitted to the Specialisation School, the medical student must stipulate a specific annual specialised training contract with the University and with the Region in which the relevant local health authorities are based. The contract does not give the student any right to employment, or access to any position in the National Health Service or the University.

Medical students on specialisation courses will receive, for the entire legal duration of the course, an annual, all-inclusive payment of 25,000 euros, for the first two years of specialisation, and 26,000 euros for subsequent years, exempt from IRPEF (personal tax) and paid in deferred monthly instalments.

The contract provides for maternity protection in accordance with the pregnancy regulations referred to in law no. 151/2001.

During the specialised training period, resident doctors are forbidden to work as freelance professionals outside of the healthcare facilities in which they are training.

The commitment required for a specialised training course is the same as that required by full-time National Health Service medical personnel, while ensuring the faculty to exercise a freelance profession within a healthcare facility and fulfil the functions referred to in 19, paragraph 11, of Law 28/12/2001 n. 448 (that is, emergency medical service and temporary replacement of general practitioners operating within the National Health Service).