The University of Bari

The University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (UniBa) is a public university founded in 1925 (so next year it will celebrate its hundredth anniversary) located in Puglia, the region sometimes referred to as “the heel” of the boot Italy is shaped as. 

The biggest city in Puglia, Bari, is the perfect combination of the life that a large city can offer and the peacefulness that a coastal city provides.

Bari is divided in two different parts, the new one (Bari Nuova) and the old one (Bari Vecchia), which is a sign of its long history begun in the Third Century BC, mirrored in its quaint walkways colored in the typical white of Southern cities. Its proximity to the sea is undoubtedly one reason this city is so fascinating, with the longest seafront in Italy, more than 3 km long.

With almost 40.000 students, the University of Bari offers different degree courses, ranging from literature and philosophy to physics and the life sciences. 

Bari English Medical Curriculum (BEMC)

The School of Medicine and Surgery was, after the school of Pharmacy and the Notarial school, one of the first to open in 1925. In 2012 the English degree in Medicine and Surgery was established, with its first students graduating in 2018. 

University of Bari’s Minimum Admission Scores

  • Non-EU: 36.9 
  • EU: 36.8

University of Bari’s Places available

There is a total of 80 places:

  • EU: 69 places
  • Non-EU: 11 places

Please note that these numbers might change once the Ministerial decree for IMAT 2024 is published.!

Position

BEMC headquarters, both for lessons and clerkships, are currently at Bari Policlinico Hospital (in Piazza Giulio Cesare, 11), in the neighborhood of Picone.

Off-site students and commuters can easily reach the area, as it is close to Central Station. However, some clerkships will be held in other hospitals, such as the Pediatric and Oncologic hospitals, still in Bari. 

Students usually reach the university on foot, since many live close by; however, for those coming from outside of town, it can also be reached by train, bus or car. 

If you prefer the first option, you can get off at the Bari Centrale stop and walk 10-15 minutes from the Central Station to the Policlinico; there is also a stop inside the Policlinico for those using the Ferrovie Appulo-Lucane (FAL) trains. 

In addition, the Policlinico area is served by many buses: lines 06, 09, 10, 11, 11/, 20, 27 and by Shuttles D and E. 

On the other hand, students in and around Bari find it much less comfortable to reach the Policlinico by car, as the area is very busy and it can be hard to find a parking spot. However, there is an excellent parking service (PoliPark), which allows you to park your car for 24 hours at the reasonable price of 1 euro.

If you’re looking for accommodations in the city, the Policlinico area should definitely be your top pick. The most known streets are Viale Salandra, Viale Orazio Flacco, Via Campione, and Pizzale Giulio Cesare. These are not only close to the hospital but also separated from the city center only by a small underground passage. Therefore, you can reach both the hospital and the main nightlife areas with a short walk. 

Teaching plan of BEMC

The University of Bari has completely revolutionized its teaching plan starting from the academic year 2023/2024. 

For example, an exam called “nursing sciences” has been introduced in the first year to give students the ability to understand the role of different healthcare professionals. In the second year, students will have a “humanities” exam, comprising semeiotics and epidemiology. 

However, the biggest change happens starting from the third year: not only will students begin clerkships, therefore starting the clinical part of their degree, but they will also undergo a clerkship exam (for subjects such as ORL, ophthalmology, cardiothoracic, and vascular areas).

Therefore, the BEMC will have a more practical approach to the different subjects and will allow students to be more hands-on than ever before. Learning Italian and obtaining an Italian language certificate is not mandatory, however it is strongly recommended in order to better communicate with patients and doctors in the hospital. 

Also, starting from the third year, professionalizing educational activities (AFP) provides future doctors with the professional skills essential for pursuing post-graduate activities. In the sixth year, instead, you will have TPV, or practical training, necessary for graduation. TPVs are three mandatory clerkships that last one month each and that take place in a clinical specialty, a surgical specialty and in the office of a family medicine doctor, where you are assigned to a tutor that will evaluate your performance.

Please keep in mind that there are prerequisites to sit for the different exams, listed in the following table:

To pass up toStudents must collect and/or pass
Year II16  CFUs
Year III40  CFUs
Year IV80 CFUs
Year VPhysiology Pathology and Immunology
Year VIAnatomical Pathology

Attendance is mandatory at 67% and is controlled usually through an attendance sheet students must sign each lesson.

The first year at University of Bari (BEMC)

Lessons usually start around the second week of October for the first year, and around the end of September for years 2 to 6. In the first year, you will have six integrated exams. 

First semester

  • Chemistry and Introductory Biochemistry (6 CFU/ECTS)
  • Medical Physics and Informatics (7 CFU/ECTS), module of the integrated course Medical Physics Medical Statistics (11 CFU/ECTS)
  • Biology and Genetics (7 CFU/ECTS)
  • Human Sciences (4 CFU)

Second semester

  • Human Istology and Embriology (9 CFU/ECTS)
  • Basic Medical Scientific Methodology (5 CFU/ECTS)

Lectures start at 9 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. for the first year, while from the second on, they start from 8 a.m. For further information, the timetable for the first semester of all years is available here.

Pros and cons of the University of Bari (BEMC)

Pros of studying medicine at the University of Bari

  • Exam sessions are held every month so that students can catch up and organize their sessions. The only exceptions are in May (when exams are only for students who have not completed university exams within a set period or for 6th-year students), March, and November.
  • The university environment is highly active: the university party lists are crucial inside the university and students can really have their voice heard. 
  • The preparation is optimal: students must study their subjects in great detail, especially in the first three years. 
  • Classes are small, so lessons are more interactive, which helps establish an easy-going relationship with the professors. Moreover, there is a greater possibility of doing clerkships.
  • The English degree is equivalent to the Italian one, equally recognized in Italy and the EU. Individual regulations in non-EU countries must be checked. After graduation, you can register for the Postgraduate test in Italy.
  • All pupils are exceptionally welcoming, inclusive, and ready to answer questions. Moreover, the school has a cosmopolitan environment allows students to interact with people from different cultures and traditions. 

Cons of studying medicine at the University of Bari

  • Despite being highly qualified and fluent, professors are still Italian. Consequently, their pronunciation is not always perfect, and their English is not that British.
  • Some bureaucratic problems, especially from an organizational point of view, are slowly improving thanks to the communication with the secretary’s office and professors.
  • Since some professors have an annual contract, which allows them to leave at the end of the year, some chairs have remained vacant for a while and have only been filled a bit later in the academic year. 
  • Exams are very thorough, which can be particularly challenging for some students: don’t underestimate them or you may risk falling behind. 

Lunch and libraries 

The University dining hall is managed by Adisu (Agency for the right to University studies of Puglia) and is open to everyone. It offers lunch at the price of 8 euros, but if you become an Adisu member you are entitled to a 2 euros reduction. If you want to bring your own lunch, you have the chance to heat it using the microwaves provided by the students’ associations in the study rooms. 

There are many libraries available if you want to study with your peers, such as the Biblioteca Centrale della Scuola di Medicina located in the Policlinico, open from 8.30 am to 7.45 pm. 

Studying abroad 

The University of Bari offers the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ study project, through which you can spend from 2 to 24 months studying abroad, choosing from countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and many others.

In addition, there is also the possibility of applying for the Erasmus+ traineeship, a training internship abroad at companies, research and training centers, or other organizations that can be recognised as one of TPV. Students chosen for these two programmes will have one extra point in their final degree.  

At the end of your degree course you can also work on your thesis abroad with the Global Thesis project, mostly thanks to specific deals made by the University. Students chosen for this programme will have one half extra point in their final degree.  

Lastly, students can also take part in the Free Movers programme, which will give you the chance to attend part of the clinical clerkships planned in your Medical curriculum abroad, in many different universities all over the world, not only in Europe. This project allows a much more international experience in the medical field and is a highly enriching activity, both personally and professionally.

Bureaucracy and secretary’s office 

There is only one office for both the Italian degree and BEMC: 

  • Address: 

Piazza Giulio Cesare, 11

  • Phone: 

+39 0805478658 – extension 6658

  • Email: 

[email protected] 

  • Hours: 

From Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Monday and Tuesday from 2.30p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Online office: Esse3 online office

Enrollment 

The first thing you need to do is complete the online enrollment. You can find it by accessing your Esse3 – UniBa portal. Once the procedure has been completed, the MAV of the 1st installment of fees will be ready to be paid within 4 days, starting from the day of publication of the rankings and delivery of the same to the Secretariat of Medicine.
You find it in the Payments section (a notification will arrive as soon as it is available).

At the same time you must send, till the 12:00 of the 4th day, an email to the address [email protected] with object: “IMMATRICOLAZIONE CDLM DELLA SCUOLA DI MEDICINA” writing in the email:

  • Name and surname;
  • the degree course assigned to you (Medicina e Chirurgia in Lingua Inglese – BEMC);
  • location (Bari)
  • number of your position in the Universitaly national ranking;

In addition to these data, attach to this email: 

1) the payment receipt of the MAV;

2) copy of the identity document;

3) tax code;

4) if you are in possession of it, also the certificate of the execution of the tests and vaccinations provided (otherwise it is NOT necessary).

A Diploma certificate is NOT necessary.

Transferring to the University of Bari

Only students who have sat the competitive entrance exams for admission to the Medicine and Surgery Degree Programme at the University of Bari and are ranked in a position making them eligible for admission are allowed to transfer to the program. It is possible to transfer from the Italian course in Medicine and Surgery to the English one via an application process that needs to be approved by a transfer committee.

In order to transfer, a minimum number of CFU/ECTS is required depending on the year you wish to transfer to. In addition, for international students knowledge of the Italian language is required per regulations defined by the Italian Ministry.

For more information: Transfers.

Scholarships and tuition fees 

Tuition fees for international students are calculated based on the income of the student’s family and the GDP of the country they’re from, therefore it can vary significantly. In any case, the highest tuition fee is 2210 euros. 

As far as scholarships are concerned, as of 2017 Uniba offers scholarships specifically to international students  that amount to 490.80 euros.

The selection process assesses the number of CFU/ECTS the candidate has collected, calculating a coefficient derived from the product of the average grades for the number of credits actually acquired divided by the number of credits that can be acquired with regards to the previous academic year.

In order to apply, students must attach a copy of their passport for EU citizens and/or copy of a valid identification document and a copy of the residence permit.  

Cost of living and accommodations in Bari

Living in Bari as a Med student is generally cheaper than living in other metropolises such as Milan and Rome, as it has one of the lowest percentages of inflation in Italy. The cost of renting a room as a student ranges from 350 to 600 euros depending on the location and its proximity to the city center.

The University usually publishes a call for students who live outside Bari for single, double and triple bedrooms available in residential complexes owned by the University.  A public transport pass (mainly for buses, which are the most useful means of transportation to move around in Bari) costs 35 euros a month, making it considerably cheap to get to university and hospitals for clerkships. 

Conclusion

Bari is undoubtedly a bustling city full of life that checks many interesting boxes. You can take advantage of its proximity to the Adriatic Sea to go study or have a quick lunch on the beach in between lessons and also experience the tasty seafood available in the seafront.

Considering that, compared to other big Italian cities, living in Bari as a medical student is relatively cheap to live there, it’s definitely a city worth checking out!

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