Italy (SISM) - Milano Hunimed
Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, ENT Surgery, Anaesthesia and ICU
Cafeteria vouchers
Rented flat or hosted by SISM students
Alessandro Tarditi

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.

Incomings will be either hosted by some of our students at their homes or we will rent an apartment in Milan or the area surrounding the hospital specifically for them. Should anyone have problems in sharing a flat with students of the opposite sex please let us know in advance.

Milan is the city with the best, widest and most efficient public transit system in Italy, all for an extremely affordable price. There are 4 underground lines and countless tram and bus lines; Humanitas is connected with the city via either a shuttle bus or a public bus going from/to Piazza Abbiategrasso M2, on the green line of the underground. For more information check the website


As stated above, Milan is an incredible city for students to be in; everywhere you go, at any time of the day, there are students and youngsters enjoying life with a Spritz and an aperitivo, a cappuccino (only in the morning please) and a book or some cheap beer from the supermarket. All your colleagues from SISM MIlano Hunimed are looking forward to meeting you and showing you all the best stuff you can do in Milan; we will give you a first taste with a very typical “aperitivo” when you arrive to the city, and we will enjoy all together an intercultural dinner before you leave, so that you can have us explore some of the tastes of your country (yes, it’s all about food here!). But we will also have plenty of time to show you around the best hidden corners and gems of this city, we will meet our friends and colleagues at SISM Milano and their incomings and we will hopefully exploit the amazing September weather for some wonderful one-day trips outside the city (Genova, Como, Torino, Pavia are all within one or two hours by train).


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: B1 level of italian is suggested to get the most from your experience. However, don't worry if you don't have such level, most doctors speak good English and will help you.

- 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 1 months before your arrival

Other information:
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. Humanitas University is very strict on behaviour inside the hospital, and might decide to terminate your clerkship should your tutor report inappropriate behaviour with patients or personnel.