Milan is the second largest city in Italy, after the capital Rome. It is one of the beating economic hearts of Italy and Europe and a cultural centre, with world famous monuments such as Duomo and Castello Sforzesco, museums for all ages and tastes (Modern art museum, Science museum, Natural history museum) and events all year-round. It is also home to 7 universities (Università degli Studi di Milano, Bicocca, Politecnico, IULM, Cattolica, San Raffaele and, of course, Humanitas University), leading to a thriving environment for students in a city that is always dynamically changing to face the challenges of the contemporary world. An eye on the future without forgetting the best Italian tradition: food is excellent everywhere in the city, nightlife is enjoyable and safe, and public services are efficient and affordable to everyone.
All our exchanges take place in Humanitas Research Hospital (SCOPE) and the laboratories of Humanitas University (SCORE). Humanitas University, or HUNIMED, is a private university established in 2014 with the aim of developing an excellence centre for study and research in all fields of medical science. The Hospital is a modern facility, with the most recent and up-to-date technology and a strict connection with research, especially in the fields of immunology, oncology and neurology. The research activity is carried out in the brand-new Campus, opened in June 2017.
Incomings will have access to the cafeteria and provided with a full meal each weekday, which includes a first course, a main course, sidings, fruit/dessert, bread and water.
Duomo cathedral, Sforza Castle, Da Vinci’s last supper, Brera historical neighbourhood, Science museum, city parks, new skyscrapers in the financial districts (Garibaldi and Citylife), fashion district, Darsena and Navigli area (by day and by night).
- need for appropriate clothing in the hospital or laboratory (closed shoes, long pants/skirts, covered shoulders; t-shirts are accepted; tattoos should be covered as much as possible);
- motivation letter stating why you want to come to Humanitas University for your exchange;
- recommendation letter by a doctor, professor, or researcher;
- specific forms that we'll send you once you are assigned to our LC (it will take you only few minutes to fill them out);
- for SCOPE: certified A1 level of Italian is MANDATORY, with B2 being highly suggested; if you know you won't be able to obtain such certificate in time for the beginning of the exchange please consider not including our LC in our preferences as the exchange may be cancelled by our University; Spanish-speaking students should be able to reach A1 very easily
- for SCOPE: your vaccination booklet will be reviewed by the hospital occupation health service and further vaccinations may be required before your arrival. You will also have to perform a tuberculin skin test (Mantoux) or Quantiferon Gold not earlier than 2 months before your arrival, and if positive a chest x-ray is required to rule out active disease
- for SCOPE: for each department available you will need to have passed the corresponding exam
We accept students only in September, as requested by our University. However it happens to be one of the best months to be in Milan: summer is ending, meaning it is not as hot as in August but still very enjoyable, the city comes back to life as everyone resumes their work and school. The only con is that one day it’s 28°C and sunny, the same evening a thunderstorm can bring the temperature to 15°C, so you will need to be prepared. Doctors and researchers are usually friendly and easy-going, but they also need to feel you respect them and their work (hierarchy is important in Italy), hence the need for a relatively formal attire (not shirt and tie, but absolutely no shorts or open shoes whatsoever) and always follow the instructions you are given.