Italy (SISM) - Genova
Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine-General, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Surgery-Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery-Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery-General, Surgery-Neurosurgery, Surgery-Orthopedics, Surgery-Plastic Surgery, Traumatology, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine- Rheumatology, Internal Medicine- Nephrology, Radiology, Internal Medicine- Immunology, Pediatric Surgery
6 scope may, 5 scope june, 6 scope july, 6 scope october 5 scope november, 6 scope february, 5 scope march, 1 score june, 1 score november, 1 score march
Student Dorm
Certificate of vaccination against Tuberculosis (if there is no proof of it in the vaccination card but you have been vaccinated against it). If you haven't been vaccinated against Tuberculosis, you need to get a Mantoux test. If the test is pos
Dear Incoming,
Welcome to the fantastic city of Genova! 
We hope you will have a great experience with loads of good memories to bring back home.

We can’t wait to meet you!

We remind you that your exchange starts on the 1st of the month!



The University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova) represents the hub of public higher education in Liguria: it is made up of 5 school that include 11 faculties and offers more than 150 courses. Among these is the “Corso di Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia” of the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, which enables about 250 students each year to become doctors after a long 6-year programme made of studying, exams, practicals and, why not, some fun!

In the same area as the Faculty of Medicine is the San Martino Hospital, the main hospital of the city and one of the largest in Europe, where you’ll have your internship.

The Faculty of Medicine is also affiliated with the G. Gaslini Institute, a leading international hospital specialized in pediatrics, situated in Genova-Quarto at about 15-30 mins by bus from San Martino.

Some of the Medical Faculty laboratories are part of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology, a separate advanced research institution also located in the San Martino area.

Our strong point, in addition to state-of-the-art clinical practise, is our remarkable research activity in basic sciences such as immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and neurosciences, which makes the Faculty of Medicine in Genova one of the most productive in Italy in terms of publications and research grants.


  • Synthesis, purification and structural characterization and quality control of creatine derivates for the cure of creatine transporter deficiency
  • Synthesis, structural characterization and biological application of aminoarylthiazoles for the correctionof chloride transport in cystic fibrosis


Students will be given canteen tickets (in a number equal to the number of working days of the month, for 1 meal per day)  and a canteen badge at the beginning of their stay. They can be used in our university canteen.

The canteen is open Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2 pm and from 7 pm to 8.30 pm.

The tickets let you buy a complete meal, which consists of a first course, a second course + side dish, bread, water and an extra (a fruit OR a yogurt OR a dessert).

You can use the tickets for lunch or dinner (but remember we only provide one meal per day).


You'll be staying at Casa dello Studente Asiago (Via Asiago, 2 - 16137 Genova tel:+39 010 837971), a student dorm. Your lodging starts the first of the month! If you arrive before you have to pay another hostel/hotel/etc.   Our exchange starts from the first of the month too.

You'll have your private room, with bed, desk, wardrobe and ensuite fully equipped bathroom.

You’ll have available Wifi (ground floor only), laundry room, studying rooms, microwaves (3rd floor), canteen for 3,50€ (it’s not possible to eat there with the canteen tickets we provide, sorry!).

On arrival you will be asked to deposit a sum of 50 euros, which will be given back to you at the end of the month, ONLY IF both your room and bathroom are left in the same conditions you found them when you arrived.

The lodging service for each student is valid for the calendar month and the check in is possible Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. If you arrive at any other time, weekend included LET US KNOW ASAP to try and arrange your check in.


The city has two main  railway stations: the Piazza Principe and the Brignole station which is closer to the university and dorm.

There is also an underground metropolitan service, which connects some of the main areas of the city including Piazza De Ferrari, Porto Antico, Principe and Brignole station.

Students can easily move around with buses. You'll take about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the hospital from your hostel and the cost of the bus ticket (validity 100 mins - it can be used on buses, underground) is 1.50€.
You might want to consider buying the monthly bus&train ticket: it costs 46 euros and is valid on all local buses and trains (Genova Nervi to Genova Voltri) and on the underground service for a month (1st to last day of the month).

How to reach Genova:

  • Arrival at Genoa airport “Cristoforo Colombo Airport”:
    Take the Volabus service, a bus directly connecting the airport to the city center from outside the airport! Get off at Principe railway station, where your contact person will be waiting for you.
  • Arrival at Milan airports:
    Reach "Milano Centrale" railway station with the numerous shuttle bus services you'll find outside the airport or by train. At "Milano Centrale" take a train to "Genova Piazza Principe". “Genova Brignole” is closer to the dorm but most trains from Milan won’t stop there.
    Another cheap option is catch a bus "Flixbus" to “Genova Fanti d’Italia” or Genova Piazza della Vittoria” (closer to your dorm).
  • Arrival at Turin airport: Reach the railway station ”Torino Porta Nuova” from the airport and then take the train to “Genova Piazza Principe”. “Genova Brignole” is closer to the dorm but most trains from Turin won’t stop there.
    Another cheap option is catch a bus "Flixbus" to “Genoa Fanti d’Italia” or Genova Piazza della Vittoria” (closer to your dorm).
  • Arrival at Pisa airport: Reach the railway station ”Pisa Centrale” from the airport and then take the train to “Genova Brignole”.
    Another cheap option is catch a bus "Flixbus" to “Genoa Fanti d’Italia” or Genova Piazza della Vittoria” (closer to your dorm).
  • Arrival at Rome airport: Reach the railway station ”Roma Termini” from the airport and then take the train to “Genova Brignole”.
    Another cheap option is catch a bus "Flixbus" to “Genoa Fanti d’Italia” or Genova Piazza della Vittoria” (closer to your dorm).
  • Arrival at Bologna airport: Reach the railway station ”Bologna Centrale” from the airport and then take the train to “Genova Piazza Principe”. “Genova Brignole” is closer to the dorm but most trains from Milan (you’ll need to change train in Milan) won’t stop there.
    Another cheap option is catch a bus "Flixbus" to “Genoa Fanti d’Italia” or Genova Piazza della Vittoria” (closer to your dorm).
Look in the “By plane” section.

“BlablaCar” is a service with which you can book a place on a user’s car by selecting your pick up location and destination. It’s cheap and you can meet new friends!
If you’re travelling with big luggages please check if the driver accepts them.


We will try our best to organize some activities, depending on lessons, exams and other work.

A fixed appointment is the "Welcome Aperitivo" at the beginning of your exchange: we will offer you an "aperitivo" aka Happy Hour and on this occasion you will get the chance to get to know the genovese local committee, all the CPs and more!

Another chance to get together will be your goodbye dinner: we’ll have an international party, which means bring local food/drinks to enjoy with the rest of us (your CP will provide a kitchen if needed)! Obviously anything long lasting, we’ll eat it late in the month.


  • Porto Antico (Old Port): It’s a square area jutting out in the Mediterranean Sea, it’s one of the most attractive tourist places and also one of the most visited in Italy.
  • Aquarium: A naturally exciting experience awaits you at Europe’s largest marine park: 71 tanks, 800 species, and over 10,000 specimens set against the incomparable backdrop of the Gulf of Genoa.
  • The Historic Centre: It’s the best example of entirely preserved Medieval town in Europe and in The Mediterranean area. A large part has been declared a World Heritage site by Unesco.
  • Belvedere Luigi Montaldo Spianata di Castelletto: Gorgeous "terrace" hanging on the Historical center district, with fabolous view on the city and the port. Get there with the liberty style lift for an extra emotion.
  • La Lanterna: Symbol of the town, the Lanterna (lighthouse) was built in the XII century, it is 117 m high and it guides the ships inside the harbour. Close to the Lighthouse there is the Museum which can be reached waliking for about 600 m along a promenade lining the Old Walls.
  • Palazzo Ducale: Since 1339 the Doges’ residence, it is a venue of excellence for major events and prestigious activities.
  • San Lorenzo Cathedral,Piazza San Lorenzo: Built about 1098 then widened, the San Lorenzo cathedral is dedicated to San Giovanni Battista, city patron and hosts two beautiful Museums: Museo del Tesoro and Museo Diocesano. 
  • Via Garibaldi e i Musei di Strada Nuova Via Garibaldi In the splendid Via Garibaldi (sec. XVI) (aka Strada Nuova or "The golden street"), there is an extraordinary museum corner, with the “Strada Nuova museums”: Palazzo Bianco, Rosso e Tursi.
  • MUMA Galata Museum of the Sea: The sea world gets spectacular and innovative in the heart of the Port area: with more than 10.000 square meters of show area the MUMA is the largest museum about the sea in the Mediterranean region. The reflecting, modern glassiness of the building architecture suggests clear, pure water transparence to the visitor mind.

Near by...
  • National Park of the Cinque Terre: 18 kilometres of rocky coastline abounding with abundant bays, beaches and deep sea, surrounded by mountains running parrellel to the coast. Terracings cultivated with vineyards and olives, kept under control by old dry stone walls. A naturalistic heritage of great variety. Paths and mule tracks look onto breathtaking views.
    Five villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Coniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso face onto the sea. A Protected Marine Area and a National Park which protect the absolute uniqueness. In synthesy the “Cinque Terre” has been declared a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 1997.
  • Portofino and surroundings: One of the most chic and sought-after tourist resort in Liguria, Portofino is considered by many to be among the most beautiful and picturesque Meditteranean ports. It also has a small protected natural park. Other nearby beaches include Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna, and Sestri Levante.
  • Much more: thanks to its position, Genova is close to many turistic cities:
    Milan, Turin, Pisa and the French Riviera (Cannes, Nice, Monaco) are just a couple of hours away, and
    Florence, Venice, Bologna and Rome are only a bit further!



Genoa is located in the Mediterranean climate zone. Average yearly temperatures are about 15° C in January and 23° C in August. It has a mild Mediterranean climate, with no sudden changes in temperature. The average yearly temperature range - between maximum and minimum temperature - is only 5.4 degrees Celsius, which is one of the lowest in Italy. As a rule, precipitation is more frequent in October and November and reaches 1,300 mm on average a year.

The sea reaches a depth of 1,000 metres at about 20 km from the coast. It is mainly calm, with a tide range of 30 cm, and a warm sea-surface temperature, which in September is about 23° C.

Check with your CP what the weather is expected to be when you come, in order to bring proper clothing.

Tourist information websites:

 General information

The official currency is the Euro
The Time zone is +1
The international area code is +39
Automatic exchange machines are located at the airport and at most important banks. 
Credit cards are generally accepted in shops and restaurants. 
Banks are open Monday to Friday until 1.00pm with flexible opening hours in the afternoon. 
Day-light saving time starts in spring (end of March), when clocks are set one hour ahead, and they are set one hour back to standard time in autumn (end of September). Check on Google what time it is now, if you don’t know what I’m talking about!
Electricity supply is supplied at 220 volts. The sockets are for plugs with two or three round pins in a row.
Telephones The international code number from abroad is +39 followed by the number code of the person you are calling, comprehensive of the “zero” of region. The mobile phone network covers the whole country.
Closing Days On Monday most Museums, some attractions in the Old Port, the majority of restaurants and hair salons are closed. Shops and large stores are closed only on Monday mornings. Food shops are closed on Wednesday afternoons, except for supermarkets. Laundry/dry cleaner’s shops are closed on Saturday.
Shops’ Opening Times Most shops run 9.30-6.30 Monday to Saturday. Some shops still close from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm, however, in the city centre many of them and all large stores stay open all-day and Sunday as well.
Post Offices Open every day from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm, on Saturday from 8.00 am to 1.30 pm and closed on Sunday


Internet service is NOT available at the dorm apart from ground floor. If you don't have a computer, you can use the computers of the SISM office or the ones you can find in the computer room of Polo Alberti - 2nd floor. These solutions obviously imply you don't have internet over the week-ends. Anyway, there are numerous wireless internet points across the city(lookout for the wireless logo!).