Medical Education at the University of Genoa
(Università degli Studi di Genova)

My questions:
I am Egor Kugno, a 15-year-old pupil of the 9th grade in Moscow school.
I have a small website — / where I write about my studies, exams and publish various answers from Russian ministries (about paying for studies abroad, transferring money for studies and so on)
The first 7 years I studied in an ordinary (good) Moscow school, had additional classes in biology (microbiology) and chemistry; last year I passed through the competition entrance exams to Chemical School #1501 — #10 in the rating of Moscow schools (it is approximately #30 among ALL schools in Russia). The school chemistry was very good — 6 hours a week, all year round (the standard in Russia is 2 hours a week, now there is no chemistry at all in humanities classes), but everything else, except chemistry, was not very good, and I went to 9th grade to school at the Higher School of Economics — (through entrance exams, of course) — where chemistry is a bit less, but everything else is much better)
Although I am still studying 2.5 years, I started researching universities of the world — to understand where I can go to study, what requirements I have to meet, whether to study languages other than English and Spanish that I am studying now at school, and of course — whether my parents will be able to pay for my education.
At the moment I am most interested in medicine (pathology, chemotherapy and hematology), chemistry (more like laboratory management) and pharmacy (more like managing science and research in a pharmaceutical company, but of course with a full understanding of what scientists do, and with a deep knowledge of biochemistry).
Right now I am studying primarily medical education, as it is the most complicated, expensive, there is a lot of information and it is the hardest to find.
Later I will gather information about chemical and pharmaceutical education.
I checked out your university’s website, but I have a few questions for you:
1. Is it possible to enter your university after I finished my 11 years of school in Russia — or do I need to take another course at a university in Russia?
I am studying English (I will graduate with a C1) and advanced chemistry and biology. Starting next year, our school will have compulsory participation in all the Olympiads in Russia for schoolchildren — all in all, it’s a great school.
But, as I wrote, we are only 11, not 12.
2. Do you have any students from Russia who are studying to be a doctor?
3. Are there any quotas for foreigners to study medicine at your university (and are there any quotas for Russians?)
4. Do I understand correctly — I need to study for 6 years?
5. Does your university have dormitories for students for the entire period of study?
5.1 If there are no dormitories (or there is a five-year waiting list), can the university act as a guarantor when renting accommodation?
6. What is the cost of tuition and living in dormitories and all other expenses per year for studying to be a doctor at your university (I mean education-related expenses — i.e. textbooks, labs, etc. — not including food and transportation, of course).
I know that prices are going up, but the overall costs need to be understood early on.
6.1. are there scholarships for Russians to study and/or live in?
7. What exams do I need to take besides English?
7.1 What language certificates do I need to register?
7.2 Is it possible to study in English?
This is an important question because I know that in most countries medical education is done in the national languages of the respective countries and I think that 2.5-3 years of training in any language is enough for level C1 — if taken seriously.
7.3 Are internal Russian achievements recognized and important (participation in Olympiads, successful passing exams in Russian universities)
8. Is it compulsory to take preparatory and/or language courses at your university before entering university?
9. What is the further procedure of training as a doctor after graduation (postgraduate course, residency, specialization) and obtaining a medical license (if you know)?
10. Will I be able to work after graduation?
11. If training to be a doctor is not possible, please tell me if it is possible to study to be a pharmacist (if you have one) and a chemist (biotechnology, as an option — chemical engineering for pharmacy)
Great if you can indicate in your answer if it is possible to study in English for a chemist or a pharmacist)
P.S. Even though I’m only 15 years old, I’ve started seriously looking for a university to get a good education. I have noticed that many universities put information in PDF format on their websites. This, in my opinion, is very wrong. Not everyone REALLY knows English (French, Chinese….), and such guys, going to a university website and not finding information that can be read in Google Translate, will leave forever and not come back.
Sorry for the unsolicited advice))) — But it would be great to have all the information about the university not only in PDF format, but also as plain text on the websites)))
P.S.2. If you have students from Russia, could you give them my email address or forward them my letter?
I would love to talk to them.
Thank you very much again.
Egor Kugno
Dear Egor Kugno,
this is the page in our website with the informations
for Medicine and surgery:
for Chemistry and chemical technologies:
for Pharmacy:
Medicine is 6 years, Pharmacy is 5 years and Chmistry 3 years. Medicine and Pharmacy have an admission test (Medicine is always in presence; Pharmacy this year was in presence and online) but unfortunately all of them are taught entirely in Italian language and also the admission tests are in Italian language but international students enter in a separate ranking.
Here’s the call for Medicine for the current academic year:
And here’s the call for Pharmacy:
(At the first point you can ceck the places available for international students).
Italian knowledge certificate is not mandatory but it’s suggesterd to get at least a B2 level of Italian language knowledge before to start the university to be able to attend lessons.
At the start of the academic year there is an Italian language test for all the courses taught in Italian (if you habe a B2 level certificate you don’t need to attend it); if you don’t pass the language test you can still enroll but you have to attend a free Italian language course during the academic year.
Yes, in Italy you need 12 year of schooling in total for enrollment so you should have to study at least one year of university in Russia before.
After enrollment in our university you can require to recognise the exams you already gave in Russia.
For Medicine there is also possibility to partecipate to a contest in summer to recognise your first academic year in Russia without attending admission test called: «Bando di ammissione ad anni successivi al primo in Medicina».
It’s possible to apply for scholarship online in the following website for fees reduction, canteen and accomodation:
If you don’t get scholarship you need to look for a lodge by yourself. In our university website some private owners publish their announcements for renting houses or rooms:
There are also some accomodations with fee in the Aliseo website I wrote you previously. 
I’m attaching you a table for an idea of the cost of living in our town.
At this page you can ceck all our bachelor degree courses:
but the only bachelor degree course taught in English at the moment is «Maritime science and technology» in engineering area. Instead we have many master degree courses taught in English but you should have to get a bachelor degree in the same field before.
However I advice you always to ceck our website because every year they add new courses taught in English.
This is the e-mail address of our orientation office:   
They also organize some open days and open weeks around May if you like to come for holiday to visit our university (you can ask to them also the question about the recognition of Olympic results).
Moreover this is the e-mail of the office you can write to receive better informations about the continuation of studies after degree:
And this one about introduction in working life:
We have many international students from all over the world and many from Russia in different courses.
Best regards
Operatore: Chiara Bohrer
Università degli Studi di Genova
Servizio Internazionalizzazione
Settore Accoglienza Studenti Stranieri (SASS)

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