International Foundation in Medicine & Clinical Sciences

Italian University Pathway program

Step into the esteemed realm of medical academia with our International Foundation Program. Crafted for aspiring medical professionals, this program offers a strategic pathway into Italy’s renowned medical institutions.

This track of the International Foundation program includes an IMAT Admission Test intensive preparation course offered by expert instructors, focused on the latest resources. The Italian Academy is Cambridge Assessment Platinum Center in Sicily for the quality of its services to students. 

Your admission to a Medical Studies degree in Italy


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Top Reasons to join the Medicine and Clinical Sciences track on the International Foundation Program


Preparation for Admission Test


We ensure students are well-prepared for the Italian university admission tests, enhancing chances of securing a spot in their desired institution.

Experienced Faculty


Learn from experienced professors who understand the nuances of Italy’s engineering education system and are committed to student success.

Language Support


While the courses are taught in English, we offer Italian language classes to enrich your experience and help you assimilate.

# 1  –  World-class Medical Schools

Italy’s medical schools are globally renowned for their rigorous curriculum, advanced research facilities, and top-tier faculty. Italy has been a beacon of medical advancement for centuries, from the ancient Roman surgical tools to pioneering modern research.

# 2  –  Innovative, hands-on learning

With numerous teaching hospitals and clinics, students gain hands-on clinical experience early on. Italy’s clinical science programs emphasize both theoretical knowledge and practical application, preparing students for real-world challenges.

# 3  –  Expert curriculum development

Our foundation program is tailored to equip international students with the foundational knowledge needed for medical studies in Italy. Intensive preparation for Italy’s medical school entrance exams (TOLC and IMAT) enhancing your chances of securing a position in top-tier institutions.

Program Information

What are the program fees and dates?

Application Fee: € 60

Student Services Fee: € 290

Tuition Fee: € 7,500 (paid in installments)

Program Duration: 9 months

– September  to  June

– January to September

    Complete your application and upload documents here:

    What are the prerequisites to enroll?

    1. Must have completed at least 11 years of schooling (from primary school to high school diploma) and have obtained a high school diploma (final certification) accompanied by a transcript or report card of the last year.
        • An official translation should be provided for original documents that are not in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese.
        • if the student is still studying at the time of application, they can submit the diploma at a later stage
    2. Must have an independent level of English language. Native English speakers and students who have completed their secondary education in English are exempt (in some cases, a remote oral competence test can be requested). All other students are required to provide proof of certification with a minimum level of:
      • IELTS Academic 5.0
      • Cambridge Scale: 150 points (Preliminary B or higher)
      • Duolingo English Test: 80 points, or equivalent)
      • TOEFL iBT: 45 points 
      • equivalent certified tests from recognized assessment bodies
    3. Must be between 17 and 30 years old by the start of the program.
        • For minor students, a legal guardian is required. During the enrollment process, it is necessary to fill out and send via email to a form confirming that the student will turn 18 by the end of the program.

    What are the enrolment deadlines?

    Review the Application Deadlines here

    To apply to the program, students should follow the following steps:

    1. Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and upload the documents
    2. Complete payment of the Application Fee (€ 60)

    Students that complete the application will receive an offer and the program contract. To complete the enrollment students should then:

    1. Make the payment of the 1st installment of the tuition fee
    2. Sign the Program Agreement document

    NB. non-EU students that require a study visa should pay the 1st instalment of the Tuition Fees at least 60 days prior to the start of the program in order to receive the letter of enrolment for the Italian consulate. In the unlikely case of visa denial, the Tuition Fees are fully reimbursable.

    Final Deadline for next Foundation Year intake applications: apply early to secure your place!








    Courses taught in English


    Geared towards the rigorous university admission process in Italy, this course offers students strategic insights into tackling entrance examinations. By simulating the actual test environment and format, students are acclimatized to the exam’s pressures, ensuring they approach the real test with confidence and competence.

    Dive deep into the realm of living organisms with a focus on the intricacies of life processes, adaptations, and evolution, mirroring Italy’s secondary education standards. This module provides a comprehensive understanding of cellular biology, genetics, human anatomy, and physiology, ensuring students are well-prepared for university-level medical and life sciences studies in Italy.

    This course encapsulates the chemical foundations integral to Italy’s secondary education. From organic to inorganic chemistry, students grasp the molecular intricacies of reactions, compounds, and elements. Special emphasis is laid on biochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, pivotal for students eyeing a medical or life science degree in Italy.

    Focused on laying a solid foundation for future medical and life science studies, this course mirrors Italy’s secondary education system, covering essential topics such as algebra, calculus, statistics, and their application in medical contexts. This ensures students are adept in mathematical reasoning and analysis, pivotal for higher-level medical studies.

    Aligned with Italy’s pre-university curriculum, the physics course provides students with a profound understanding of core concepts like mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism. Tailored for medical aspirants, it underscores the applications of these principles in medical apparatuses and physiological processes, equipping students for Italy’s top-tier medical universities.

    The Italian language course is offered as:

    9-month program: up to B2 level

    – 6-month program: up to B1 level

    The program is intended to allow students starting at beginner levels to achieve the required intermediate (B1) or upper intermediate (B2) level of Italian language competence required for enrolment into Italian university programs. Such language objectives require commitment and dedication on behalf of each student, our instructors and student service team are here to support to create an optimal learning enviroment for students to succeed.

    Students are taught by expert, highly qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroom to achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading and listening comprehension. Students are taught by expert, DITALS II qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroom to achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading and listening comprehension.

    International Foundation may also sit the CILS exam. The CILS exam is Italy’s most widely recognized language certification and is administered by the University of Siena. Student who wish to sit the exam will go over best practices for academic writing, preparation tests with CILS past papers and oral exam simulations led by instructors that are University of Siena CILS examiners.

    Beyond core subject knowledge, this course is designed to hone students’ academic prowess and logical abilities. Drawing inspiration from Italy’s secondary curriculum, it cultivates skills such as research methodology, critical analysis, and argumentative reasoning, ensuring students are well-prepared for the analytical demands of medical academia.

    Students may choose to dedicate free time to improve their sports skills in a range of different areas. The city of Siracusa has excellent sport facilities, teams and coaches. At close vicinity from the school there are swimming pools, gyms, running and cycle tracks, football fields, basketball and handball facilities, as well as world-famous tennis and paddle clubs. There is also an excellent golf course “Monasteri” on the outskirts of the city.

    Siracusa is also famous for a range of water sports, with students having the option to join Stand-Up Paddle surfing (SUP or Paddleboarding), kayaking, rowing, kyte-surfing and sailing clubs in the Great Harbour and on the Ciane river, where the historical naval battles of Ancient Syracuse took place, and where sportspeople still battle it out today.

    Students may choose to dedicate time to social and/or environmental volunteering, to develop their interpersonal and intercultural skills and enrich their CV. Activities will be conducted with NGOs that our institution supports, and will vary based on the needs of the organization, the students’ age, interests and skillsets. Students in the past have volunteered in the role of teaching assistants for language and homework support, participated in the clean up of beaches and historical sites.

    Medical and Clinical Sciences specializations available in English in universities in Italy

    Italy’s Medical Schools offer various specializations in English, including:


    • Medicine and Surgery
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacy
    • Psychology

    • Dentistry/Dental Hygiene
    • Veterinary and Animal Care
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biotechnology
    • Genomics
    • Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
    • Physiotherapy
    • Biology of Human and Environmental Health




    Employability and Career prospects for Medical and Life Sciences students in Italy

    For students of Medical and Clinical Sciences in Italy, the future shines bright. Italian universities have a rich tradition of integrating academic learning with practical experiences, often through partnerships with leading healthcare institutions both within the country and across Europe.

    International students find themselves uniquely positioned to benefit from internships and hands-on training opportunities at top Italian healthcare facilities, research institutions, and even renowned pharmaceutical companies like Menarini or Recordati.

    Additionally, with Italy’s central location in Europe, students can also tap into broader European opportunities, collaborating with giants like Novartis in Switzerland or Sanofi in France.

    The university credentials acquired in Italy are transferrable to multiple countries for students that decide to practice in their home countries or elsewhere in the world once they have completed their studies in Italy.

    This blend of academic rigor with real-world exposure ensures that graduates are not only ready to excel in their respective fields but are also highly sought after in the global job market.

    Progam Location: Syracuse, Sicily

    Student housing


    While the outgoing nature and warm hospitality of Italians is appreciated worldwide, international students living in the small and safe city of Syracuse are always surprised at the open arms welcome they receive from local people, which helps to create the friendly and comfortable atmosphere that all our students gladly recount.


    Syracuse is also a strategic base for those who wish to enjoy all the beauties of Sicily, just a stone’s throw away from all the other major attractions of the island: the Valley of the Temples and the Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento, Mt. Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and the hill-top city of Taormina. It is also very easy to reach all main Italian locations: the nearby Fontanarossa Airport connects Syracuse with all major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples), daily and with low cost flights.


    Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove located on the southeastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily. Over 3 millennia, it has collected a wealth of art and precious architecture, which bears witness to the passage of many glorious civilizations.


    Today the city of Syracuse is a warm-welcoming, lively city with much to offer to adventurous souls and culture vultures alike: one may choose to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets of the historical center, take a stroll around the medieval castle that overlooks the natural harbor or explore the pristine beaches and marine reserves that surround the city.


    Syracuse Academy regularly organizes yracuSltural exchange events to allow international students to meet and make friends with local students. It is easy in a city like Syracuse to make long-lasting connections and build friendships with Italian peers. We acknowledge that engaging with locals plays an essential role in developing confidence in the spoken language.


    Student housing options

    Student Residence: Private rooms

    Students may choose to live with other international students attending language and culture courses at the Syracuse Academy. All accommodation is at a short walking distance from the Academy.

    Homestay: Private Room, Half-board

    Students may choose to live with a Sicilian host-family in comfortable apartments close to the school with private bedrooms. Homestay accommodation includes 2 meals per day, breakfast and dinner.

    This type of accommodation guarantees a safe, comfortable and fully immersive experience, which enhances our students’ linguistic and cultural learning.

    About The Italian Academy Neapolis & Ortigia Study Centers

    The Neapolis Campus is a state-of-the-art International Study Center set in a historical villa surrounded by a lush 2-acre garden with outdoor study areas and Mediterranean terraces where students enjoy immersing in the greenery. Social and cultural events are organized weekly at the campus. Located in the city center of Syracuse (Sicily), next to St. John’s Church, which gives access to the Catacombs, that run underground a few feet below the campus and are considered one of the first places of Christian worship in the West.  The villa is also adjoining the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Our Lady of Tears, while the Greek Theater, the beaches and the island of Ortigia are at a short walking distance.



    The Ortigia Study Center is located in the central square of Siracusa on the island of Ortigia. The center is located in the 12th century baroque Palazzo Beneventano, with classrooms overlooking the world-famous Duomo cathedral.

    Your Pathway to University degrees in Italy

    Take the first step and contact our team. We are here to help! 

    Our team of student advisors is glad to support you every step of the way: from enrolment and visa application, to departure preparations, orientation and settling into your new city and home.


    Head Office: Piazzale San Marziano, 1, Siracusa, Italy

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    Phone: +39 0931 61424

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