IMAT Application Guide for non-EU Students

As the IMAT test approaches, you may wonder which steps are crucial for correctly completing the IMAT application.

If it’s your first time applying as a non-EU student, you may be unsure about the:

  • Types of documents you must bring as a non-EU student.
  • How to register for the IMAT as a non-EU student.
  • What to do after the IMAT test.

Don’t worry; the MED School team is here to help you!

Keep reading to discover all the steps you need to take to apply to the IMAT as a non-EU student. 

1) Pre-Enrollment & Documents for non-EU applicants

Only non-EU students need to undergo this process when applying for the IMAT. If you’re a European Union citizen or live in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, San Marino, or the Vatican (fun fact: the Vatican is a country by itself and not a member of the EU), you do not need to pre-enroll.

When the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) announces the “Pre-enrollment” date for the IMAT around April, the initial step involves visiting your nearby consulate or embassy

Depending on the nature of your documentation needs, such as educational degrees or visa application, you must engage with the embassy associated with the jurisdiction where the certificate was granted or where you currently legally reside. 

  • The Italian embassy or consulate in their home country should be the reference point for non-EU candidates living in their own country
  • However, non-EU students should approach the embassy in the location they currently live in if they are residing in a different country
  • For instance, if you are an American citizen living in Japan, you must visit the Italian embassy in Japan. 

It is crucial to consult your local embassy for guidance on the necessary documents, given that the paperwork and requirements vary from country to country.

While we provide a more detailed article as an overview of required documents in Italy, the following are commonly requested documents for non-EU applicants.

DECLARATION OF VALUE (DoV)

To apply for IMAT 2024, you must pre-enroll and get the Declaration of Value (DOV) first. 

The Declaration of Value (DoV), a legal document issued in Italian, certifies that you are eligible to pursue higher education in Italy based on the degree of education demonstrated by your high school graduation or its equivalent. In essence, it compares your education level to the Italian system’s. 

It contains various details, such as the highest educational level achieved, the duration of formal schooling at any level, and an academic transcript. To verify the accuracy of the provided information legally, it necessitates translation into Italian and must be notarized. 

The DoV must demonstrate you have concluded 12 years of education and can apply to study medicine at an Italian university. It is issued by the country’s consulate, where the educational institution is located.

Here are some examples for reference: 

  • Sana resides in Iran and holds an Iranian high school diploma. Thus, she must obtain her DoV from the Italian consulate in Iran, no matter where she lives. 
  • Jacob has pursued an IB program in Denmark. Therefore, his Declaration of Value must be acquired from an Italian consulate in Switzerland, where the IB head offices are situated. 
  • Sakshi is Indian but has attended a German school in Dubai, which means she must obtain her DoV from the Italian consulate in Germany. 

This declaration is required for everyone hoping to study in Italy, no matter what field they want to study in.

The only people who don’t qualify are those whose academic records are in English. These candidates can get the Declaration of Value without a translation by notarizing their English documents.

How to get the Declaration of Value (DOV) for medical school in Italy

Form A

This document is designed to finalize your enrollment at your preferred university.

It will include comprehensive information about you and provide an overview of all the documents you submit. Completing this form with your primary university choice and signature is essential. If you encounter any difficulties, do not hesitate to seek assistance from the embassy personnel managing your case—they will guide you through the process. An illustrative sample of form A is available for reference here.

Other documents

  • Pictures of you
  • Copy of Passport

Consulting your respective embassy is the most accurate method to determine all the documents needed for your pre-enrollment. It is of the utmost importance! Different countries may have distinct requirements, so you might need prior awareness. 

For instance, obtaining an Italian Proficiency Certificate of a specified minimum level in Tunisia is mandatory for applying for an Italian study visa.

However, other countries may necessitate an English proficiency certificate. Verifying the requirements with your local Italian consulate or embassy is advisable.

How much time do I have to pre-enroll? 

Usually, the window is open from April to June, so a period of 3 months.

2023 was peculiar, as pre-enrollment began in April, but IMAT registration took place in September, around five months of the pre-enrollment window. This situation was particularly favorable for non-EU students since they had time to secure confirmation and begin their visa application. 

What if you’re still in high school?

Even if you haven’t completed high school, you must do this procedure like any other. The only difference is that they will accept your demand to apply for medical schools in Italy if you pass your final high school examination.

Wrapping everything up, practically there are three things you need to do before the end of August:

  • Contact your nearest Italian consulate/embassy and tell them you want to study medicine in Italy in English;
  • Follow their instructions.

SPECIAL MENTION:

Three Universities require a special pre-registration (application) directly on their websites before the pre-enrollment procedure. They are Turin, Pavia, and Messina, each having slightly different requirements and deadlines. Depending on the University, the application may be relevant to EU and non-EU candidates.

Failing to apply on the University’s website within the deadline will automatically prevent you from getting accepted.

Remember that the deadlines are nearing (some applications close in June, others in July), so hurry up and check out the entire pre-registration process to find out the exact deadlines and if they apply to you.

2) Registration for the IMAT test 

Now that my pre-enrollment is complete, may I take the IMAT?

No, you have to wait. You are not officially registered in IMAT with just pre-enrollment because online applications for IMAT only open on specific dates given by MUR. Entries are accepted only during that time. Usually, you can register for the first three weeks of July. However, in 2023, registration took place in September since the IMAT test was in October.  

Enrollment for the IMAT examination involves the following steps:

  1. When the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) announces the IMAT registration date, create a Universitaly account.
  2. Complete the payment for the IMAT online through your Universitaly account, with costs varying based on the currency used (roughly £114.00, €130.00, $164.00).
  3. Choose a test center from the available options worldwide where you will take the exam. If you prefer to do it in Italy, ensure you select your first choice, as this is the rule for all Italian test centers.
  4. Subsequently, you will receive two significant emails. The first will be sent to the email address you provided during the Universitaly account creation, confirming your successful exam registration and providing details such as the time, location, and chosen test center.
  5. The second email, sent to the email address provided during the IMAT Exam payment (cardholder’s email), will confirm the successful charge
  6. You must retain both emails for reference.

3) Exam Day

IMAT must be taken in person, not online. It takes place in several test centers around the world. Test locations usually remain the same yearly; any updates will likely be published in August. Last year, there were 19 test centers worldwide. You can check out our ultimate IMAT 2024 guide for more information on test centers. 

All non-EU students who choose to take the IMAT exam in Italy may have short-stay visas; this is optional. Note it is not the student visa that all non-EUs will need to enroll in the university after passing the exam.

Each test center enforces specific guidelines for the exam day, including the required arrival time. It is crucial to be aware of these specifications and thoroughly review the procedures for your particular center, as some students were denied entry for arriving late.

For instance, specific centers, such as Turin and Bari, stipulated an arrival time of 2.5 hours before the exam. The Qatar test center, instead, instructed students to be present 1 hour prior.

On the day of the test, ensure you bring the following documents/items:

  1. Both confirmation emails you received during the registration and payment processes.
  2. The valid photographic form of identification you used for registration on your Universitaly account (ID, passport, etc.)
  3. Black pens. While some centers may provide them, bringing your own is advisable, as it’s better to be prepared and not require them than the opposite.

4) Post-exam Procedures

Now that IMAT is over, you submit your paper and go home. You return the books on their shelves and take a well-deserved break for a few days. You start stressing out at that point because test results will come out soon.

In the following weeks, several crucial events and stages will unfold before you receive your score and discover whether you have gained admission to a medical school in Italy. 

This process encompasses challenging aspects, such as reviewing your answer sheet, checking the anonymous ranking list, obtaining your score, and facing the much-anticipated official IMAT ranking. Here’s what you should look forward to.

  • The Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) will disclose the answers on its official website on the exam day. Candidates can assess their scores based on their recollection of correct and incorrect answers. Within five days of publication, students can submit ‘item challenges’ in case of discrepancies or disagreements with specific questions.
  • Two weeks later, the anonymous ranking list, with scores for every applicant, is posted on the Universitaly website. However, the list lacks names, making it impossible to identify personal results, as scores are not in order. Fear not, since our team usually posts an anonymous ranking list analysis that gives you an idea of the minimum score you can expect. 
  • Three weeks later, you will access your score on your reserved area of the Universitaly website. This breakdown includes an overview of your overall score and performance in each section. You can also examine your answer sheet for potential errors by the testing company. Yet, acceptance into a medical school is not sure at this stage; you can only make a rough estimate by comparing your score to those in the anonymous ranking.
  • Four weeks post-exam, the official IMAT ranking is released. EU candidates can find it within the reserved area of Universitaly, while non-EU candidates must check with their first-choice university, as each university publishes its own ranking.

5) Enrollment & Visa

Once the results are released and you have achieved a satisfactory score, your preferred university will notify you via email of your acceptance into their English Medical Programme. It is crucial to carefully adhere to their instructions, as the procedures may vary from one university to another. Typically, this involves scanning specific papers such as your passport and Declaration of Value (DoV)

Although they may request additional Italy-specific documents, the pre-enrollment process is usually designed to simplify document collection, facilitating faster enrollment and smooth visa application. We have made several UniGuides for Italian universities with enrollment instructions if you want to know more about it. 

Following this, you will make online payments for the university fees, officially securing your enrollment in an Italian Medicine and Surgery Programme —congratulations! 

Subsequently, you will apply for your student visa at your embassy or consulate, keeping the university informed about the ongoing process, maintaining communication with the university even after fee payment is advisable, and notifying them that a specific timeframe is needed to obtain your visa. Non-EU applicants are generally well-understood by Italian universities regarding the necessary timeframes for visa applications, in contrast to EU candidates who must be at the university within 3-4 days of receiving a seat offer.

As a final note, classes start from late October to mid-November, so you have just a few days to pack all your things and begin your new life after passing the IMAT.

You’re probably exhausted from all the months you spent going through past papers, question books, and biology summaries, but now you have to face the real challenge; this is when you’ll have to start studying several hours every day as you did for the past year and some more. It’s no secret that you must dedicate much of your life to studying medicine.

If you’re wondering, “How long is med school in Italy again?” the answer is… quite a bit! In front of you, there are six years of hard work.

Welcome to the rest of your life.

1 thought on “IMAT Application Guide for non-EU Students”

  1. Mudassir Aslam

    Hi Serra, I wanna know what is the “Accesso Programmato” on my universitaly potal. It says about the registration of a test whose registration is to be done between april 3 and april 17. Is it the IMAT registration for 2024?

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