The Humanitas University (Hunimed)

Humanitas University, or Hunimed, is an Italian private University founded by the Humanitas Group in 2014. Until then, it was the seat of the IMS (International Medical School) course at the University of Milan.

It is located in Pieve Emanuele, part of the metropolitan area of Milan.

In 2019, the master’s degree program in medicine and biomedical engineering (MEDTEC School) in English was born from the collaboration between Humanitas University and Politecnico di Milano.

Humanitas University: Medicine and Surgery

The degree programme in Medicine and Surgery of Humanitas University is articulated over six years and is held exclusively in English.

Do you need to speak good English to succeed in studying? No, don’t panic!

  • No certification is required
  • You improve very quickly (usually just a few months of study) even if you start from
    low to medium levels
  • Professors are the first to meet students struggling with language difficulties (because, being mainly Italian native speakers, they, too, often have difficulty with English). They evaluate your knowledge, not your English!
  • The University offers Many different English courses, ranging to different levels (50 € per semester).

However, it is strongly suggested to start watching programmes in English to start getting used to listening to hours and hours of nothing but English.

For Academic Year 2022/2023, the Hunimed will hold 180 students, of which:

  • 130 places e for EU and non-EU citizens with equal status
  • 50 places for non-EU candidates.

Of course, the number of places can vary yearly; however, in the last few years, it has remained constant.

Since there are many international students, one of the advantages of Hunimed is the possibility of being immersed in an international experience while staying in Rozzano. Also, the professors come from very different countries.

If you are not an Italian native speaker, you should be aware that from the third year onwards, when the clerkship and the clinical training start, you must know some Italian. Clerkships and clinical training will be in Italian because you will deal with Italian patients, but don’t worry because the University offers Italian language courses.

Hunimed Campus

Hunimed campus is located in “Parco Sud” of Milan, a rural area in the southern suburbs of Milan, in the municipality of Pieve Emanuele. The University is adjacent to the Humanitas Hospital to guarantee academic and clinical training continuity.

The campus is brand new; it was finished between 2017 and 2018.

Within the campus, there are:

  • Educational centre (Building A and B)
  • Research centre (Building C)
  • University residence with 240 beds for students (building)
  • Research laboratories (Building E).

Humanitas is also building two additional facilities: one for MEDTEC School and one for research.

From the third year onwards, clerkships and clinical years will begin. The lesson will still be at Humanitas University, but clinical activities will be held rotating among different hospitals, namely:

  • Humanitas Hospital in Rozzano;
  • Humanitas San Pio X Hospital in Milan (M3 stop Zara);
  • Humanitas Mater Domini Hospital in Castellanza (VA);
  • Humanitas Gavazzeni Bergamo in Bergamo.

A private shuttle provided by Humanitas takes the students from Humanitas University and Piazza Abbiategrasso to the hospital for clerkships and then back to University/Piazza Abbiategrasso. Clerkships usually are during the morning or afternoon for half day, and the other half of the day, there are lessons at the University.

How to get to Humanitas

The Hospital is served by the 230 bus line (Via Manzoni Ospedale Rozzano stop). From there, you can easily reach University by taking a shortcut through Building 8 or just behind it. Still, for the latter one, you will need the University badge to open a gate (Google maps doesn’t know about these two shortcuts).

You can take 230 from Milan at M2 (green line) and stop at Piazza Abbiategrasso.

The 220 bus line also serves the University and the Hospital (Rozzano, Pieve Emanuele, Opera and Locate Triulzo).

You can also reach Humanitas by car, especially if you are already coming from outside Milan. The main road getting to the hospital is very trafficked during day time.

Humanitas University has around 100 parking spots plus extra parking reserved for students living on Humanitas Campus. Parking is currently free upon reservation, but the places are limited compared to the number of students, so getting a parking reservation is difficult. In the past, until A.Y. 2019/2020, there was a parking fee, but after Covid-19, they made it free, so it is not sure if Humanitas will change it again.

There are, however, some other free parking in Rozzano or Pieve Emanuele, like the Vaccination Centre parking.

Humanitas University: where to live

If you want to live close to the Humanitas University, you might choose to live on Campus or find an apartment in Rozzano. Rozzano is quiet during the day, especially near the hospital, but walking alone late at night is not safe.

Mainly for the difficulties at moving at night (230 doesn’t run after 22:30, there is just tram 15 which runs late at night but it stops 20 minutes walking from the University), many students prefer moving to Milan to have more freedom. Everything close to the M2 (green) line can be good. If you want to spend less, you might consider the Chiesa Rossa neighbourhood or Romolo. In contrast, if you want to live closer to the city centre, there is Navigli and Porta Genova (very active nightlife) or Solari and San Vittore (quieter).

Admission test

The HUMAT test comprises 60 questions, each with four options. It consists of two sections:

  • Scientific Thinking (30 questions) with:
    • 10 questions of Mathematical Thinking (graphs, equations…);
    • 10 questions of Procedural thinking (following protocols, algorithms…);
    • 10 questions of Visual Thinking (recognising patterns, rotation in the space of 3D structures…);
  • Academic Literacy (30 questions), a section that evaluates the ability to reason and understand long texts in English.

The total time is 120 minutes divided equally (60 minutes) between the two sections.

NB: Reaccessing the Scientific Thinking section will not be possible once that section has been completed.

Test assessment:

  • 3 points for each correct answer (max 180 points)
  • -1 point for each wrong answer
  • 0 points for every not given answer.

The exclusion criteria from ranking are a total score of <40 points or <20 in one or both test sections.

The test is home-based, and two attempts per year are possible starting from the second last year of high school.

Educational Plan

The courses are divided into several courses for a total of 360 credits and 29 exams, distributed over 12 semesters, with the last one focused on the final Thesis preparation. The educational plan is in line with the principle of integrated teaching: from the first year, the interdisciplinary theoretical modules are integrated with practical exercises and simulations.

The order and structure of the exams have been drastically changed since the school year 2021/2022 to indicate that Hunimed is a new and, therefore, dynamic reality, ready to introduce changes and innovations. In particular, one of the biggest changes has been dividing the bigger exams into multiple smaller ones.

The lessons, especially in the clinical years, but also before, are highly focused on clinical cases and research. Furthermore, professors are very open to hosting students in the hospital, even before the start of the clerkship.

The clinical training is performed through alternating activities in the simulation lab and clerkship in the hospital. At the end of each semester, starting for the third year, there is an evaluation of the clinical training, called OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), with averages or added points with the clinical and theoretical courses. It may seem like a hard challenge, but it’s quite manageable once you get the hang of it.

Every year you can choose between different elective activities. The choice is quite limited during the first years, but you might find some clerkship opportunities during the clinical years. Apart from activities in the hospital, you might also choose between seminars and cultural activities such as Medicinema (a movie club). By the end of the 6th year, you must achieve 8 credits in elective activities (usually 1-2 credits for each activity).

Attendance is mandatory at 75% and is strictly controlled. Students must scan a dynamic QR that the professor projects at the beginning of every lecture. If you miss more than 25% of the lessons, you might not be allowed to sit for the exam.

The first year at Hunimed

Lectures usually start between the last week of September and the first of October. However, during September, there is the possibility to attend an “Induction week” to catch up on all the premedical knowledge and prepare to start university.

In the first year, the exams are:

  • First semester
    • Principles of the Living Matter (9 credits) → Medical Physics and Chemistry
    • Building Bodies (12 credits) → Histology, Human Anatomy, Cytology
    • Being a Medical Doctor (3 credits) → History of Medicine, Bioethics, Pedagogy
  • Second Semester
    • The cell: Molecules and Processes (6 credits) → Applied Biology
    • Body Architecture (11 credits)  → Anatomy and Radiology
    • The Cell: Functions and Control (9 credits) → Biochemistry and Human Physiology
    • Being a Medical doctor (3 credits) → Pedagogy, General Psychology, Clinical Psychology
    • Professionalizing Activities (3 credits)

The schedules highly varies depending on the weeks, there is no regular schedule. You might have super tough days going from 8:30 to 18:30 or shorter ones doing only the morning or the afternoon. You can check the timetable here.

Extracurricular events

  • Internships, both in the laboratory and in the hospital that the student can independently apply to a doctor or a researcher
  • Events organised by the Students Events Committee (SEC): football, volleyball and chess tournaments, padel tournaments, parties, galas and workshops.
  • USMLE preparation courses to prepare for the US medical habilitation exam.
  • Language courses, such as English, Italian, Spanish, French and German.

Pros and cons of Hunimed

Pros:

  • The English degree is equivalent to the Italian one; they are equally recognised in Italy and the EU. For non-EU countries, it is necessary to check individual regulations. After graduation, you can register for the Postgraduate test in Italy;
  • The university offers preparation courses for USMLE to continue studying and working in the USA;
  • You are going to study in a highly international environment, as there are many international students and professors;
  • The university has lovely green areas with tables where to eat and study when it’s sunny and warm as the University is located outside the chaos of a city like Milan, but still very close when you want to be immersed in a vibrant and dynamic city;
  • You are very close to the hospital, so you can just go there after lessons;
  • It is a small environment, you find everything and everyone you need… even the Student Office, without having to book for impossible dates or writing emails nobody will answer to;
  • Very dynamic and innovative environment, Hunimed highly focuses on practice and the Simulation Centre.

Cons:

  • Rozzano is not directly connected by the subway to Milan and the bus (230) is often very crowded. Furthermore, there are not many places to go apart from the library if you have time between classes;
  • Humanitas is a new university, so sometimes it may lack the experience of a more consolidated university (e.g. Erasmus);
  • High fees
  • Medical terminology in Italian and English is similar, but not identical: this implies that once in the ward during clerkships, it’s crucial to learn also the medical expressions in Italian to communicate better with patients and doctors.

Lunch and libraries

The school canteen is pretty cheap; the menu for students comprises the first course, second course and dessert, costing 4.50€. There is usually a pasta, soup or rice option as a main course, and as a second course, you can have meat, fish or vegetarian options, with even a grill (the best choice for meat and fish). There is also the possibility of asking for a kebab or pizza menu.

Alternatively, there is the bar (for students, the menu with a sandwich, water, snacks and coffee costs 4.50€) and a bistro (in the residence).

If instead, you want to eat your meal, there are four microwaves where you can heat up your food, and you can eat in the common study/lunch areas.

The campus also has a library and a study room. The library is usually full, but some common study/lunch areas are scattered in the different buildings. You might also book a room for study groups or projects.

Studying abroad

There are two main options:

  • Erasmus: still not very well implemented with very few scholarships available, but they are slowly improving it. Options are minimal, mainly for clerkships: Spain (Madrid and Barcellona), France or Poland. However, you might get your connections and submit other places.
  • Travel Grant: these are scholarships offered by Humanitas University to finance thesis, research or internship projects abroad that can be requested from the 2nd year of the course. You can apply with your own project, so they are more flexible.

You can find more information in this link: International Mobility Medicine – Hunimed

Student Office

The student Office is located inside building A, just in front of the main entrance of the University.

It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +39 0282243777

Enrollment

You first must take the HUMAT admission test. There are two calls, one for EU and another for non-EU students.

After the publication of the official ranking, if your status is “admitted” or “conditionally admitted”, you have to complete the profile and pay the first tuition instalment (€ 4156), which is not refundable, on MyPORTAL.

Requirements for EU students:

  • Citizens of Italy or of European Union member states, even if together a citizenship not belonging to the EU;
  • Citizens of Norway, Iceland, Lechtenstein, Switzerland or Republic of San Marino;
  • Non-EU citizens holding a residence permit in Italy for employment or self-employment, for family reasons, political asylum, asylum for humanitarian or religious reasons, or study reasons if regularly enrolled in another Degree Course and permanently residing in Italy from at least one year;
  • Non-EU citizens legally resident in Italy for at least one year in possession of a Secondary School Diploma obtained in Italy;
  • Non-EU citizens, resident anywhere who hold diplomas from Italian schools abroad or foreign or international schools having bilateral agreements or special regulations for the recognition of qualifications and who satisfy the general conditions required to be admitted to study in Italy;
  • Refugees;
  • Diplomatic personnel accredited to International Organizations in Italy, Italian State, Vatican State and their dependent family member.

Requirements for Non-EU students:

  • Not resident in Italy, nor holding Italian or European citizenship;
  • Possession of a secondary school (High School) diploma or attending the last year and graduating in 2023 or attending the second-last year graduating in 2024;
  • High School diploma will be considered valid if after at least 12 years of schooling, in addition to being accompanied by the Declaration of Value (issued by the Italian diplomatic authorities).

For more information: Admissions – Hunimed

Transferring

Humanitas University accepts transferring students with the following prerequisites:

  • Coming from a Medicine and Surgery Degree;
  • Having achieved a specific number of credits for each discipline, which changes according to the year you want to transfer in;
  • Content match between the incoming university study and Humanitas one;
  • Good command of English; in this case a language assessment test is required;
  • Working knowledge of Italian from the beginning of the third year;
  • Adequate professional skills if you are applying for the fourth year.

Students must fill out a Transfer form and send all the required documentation (here is the list), and they are not required to take the admission test if they apply from the second year onwards. Only students applying to the first year must take the admission test.

Currently, there are:

  • 6 places for the second year,
  • 8 places for the third year,
  • 2 places for the fourth year.

Fees and Scholarships

The tuition for EU students is based on the income category (ISEP score), ranging from 10.000 to 20.000 euros. Seven scholarships are available for EU students each year.

For Non-EU students, the fee is 2000 euros and four scholarships worth 16.000 euros are available each year.

There are different types of scholarships; some might be partial, others total, some are income-based and others just merit-based.

To be eligible for a Scholarship, you must:

  • Have obtained an average of the third and fourth year of secondary school marks of 7,5/10 or more;
  • Have been classified within the first 30 positions in the entry test ranking (especially for merit-based);
  • Are classified within the top 130 positions if they compete for the Alfieri del Lavoro scholarships and the Natural Sciences Olympics.

Conditions might change for every single scholarship.

Furthermore, in order to keep the scholarship, you must:

  • Maintain an average of 27/30 weighted by credit awarded (GPA);
  • Complete a minimum annual number of University credits (CFU).

Otherwise, you might ask for a loan. Banca Intesa and Humanitas University have an agreement to offer an annual loan of 7000 euros (Per Merito Loans) to students having the following prerequisites:

  • Italian Citizenship and Residency
  • Not holding any scholarship
  • Must have completed the first year of Medicine with at least 50 credits
  • Weighted average grade of at least 26/30

All the information regarding fees, scholarships and loans can be found here.

Accommodations

Mario Luzzato Student House (Campus Humanitas University) is located on the University campus just next to the Educational Center and the Research Center. It has recently opened (September 2018). It offers 240 beds, fully furnished apartments with both single and double rooms, an exclusive bathroom, a shared living room, and a kitchen. Weekly cleaning service and 24h reception is included.

In the common spaces, there are:

  • Study spaces and library;
  • Internal gym, outdoor sports areas and gardens;
  • Multimedia and TV rooms;
  • Caffè, terrace and shared kitchens;
  • Parking;
  • Laundry rooms;
  • Amazon Lockers.

The different types of accommodations are:

  • Double room in shared flat € 8.000
  • Single room with shared kitchen € 9.900
  • Single room in shared flat € 10.900
  • Superior single room (double room with double bed in shared apartment) € 13.500
  • Suite (two-room apartment for exclusive use)  € 15.000

Conclusion

Humanitas is a very dynamic University, both in good and bad ways. It is highly focused on innovation, technologies and research and has an excellent simulation centre compared to other universities. This is the place to go beyond the simple clinical part and deepen into technologies and research. Just be smart and ask the professors. It is the only way you’ll manage to do incredible things! We hope this article helped you choose and wish you good luck with what’s coming!

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