Admittance to the degree course in Medicine and Surgery is subject to selection through HUMAT admission tests, also open to last and second-to-last year high school students.
Humanitas University welcomes applications from talented students from all over the world. On this page, you will find the steps you need to follow in order to send your application and all the key information regarding the admission test.
Double your chances to get into medical school
Humanitas University offers two opportunities per year to take the admission test for the degree course in Medicine and Surgery.
It is possible to register to one competition only, i.e. only last OR second-to-last year, depending on your geographical area and school year.
Both test sessions for the 2023/2024 intake will be held online on the following dates:
- 1st test: 2nd February 2024
- 2nd test: 8th March 2024
Students may decide to take the test in one or both sessions available.
The final ranking will only consider the higher of the two scores obtained*.
*for those who will have taken the admission test in both sessions.
How to Apply
Registration to the HUMAT admission test takes place on the Humanitas University Registration Portal
The candidate must register to the web portal by entering his/her name, surname and e-mail address. After receiving the first e-mail of the Microsoft authentication process, it is necessary to click on “Accept invitation” and complete the registration by requesting the single-use access code. Candidates have to request a single-use access code for each access.
After completing the registration to the portal, the candidate must log in, enter the required data in the “Personal Details” section, click on the menu item “Apply” and select the Medicine and Surgery 2024 Admission Test.
3. Conclusion and Payment
The candidate selects the sessions, one for each round, in which they prefer to take the test. Candidates with any kind of disability are invited to make a formal request for the support they need in order to complete the test, by following the instructions detailed in the Art. 5 of the Call for Applications.
The test application is finalised only after the payment of the test fee of € 180 (by credit card only), and the selection of the date and session for both tests*. For candidates who took the test in the calendar year 2023, registration for the admission test has a cost of € 50, valid for taking a maximum of two tests. The registration fee for the tests which will take place in the calendar year 2025 is € 50 for all candidates who registered for the test in the calendar year 2024.
For the February test, payment must be completed no later than 24th January 2024; while for the March test, payment must be completed by 28th February 2024, under penalty of exclusion from the test.
The test fee shall in no case be reimbursed. Please note that the payment of the Admissions Test fee alone does not mean the application has been completed.
Once the payment is completed, candidates will receive a confirmation email of the registration to the admission test.
* It is mandatory to register to both February and March tests.
After completing the payment, candidates will receive a confirmation email containing key indications on how to complete the computer set up for the test.
Candidates are required to:
1) install Proctor Exam Google Chrome plugin, necessary to guarantee appropriate invigilation during the exam
2) complete a system check, which allows to understand whether video, audio and Internet connection are good enough to access the exam
When completing the above steps – to be completed at least 48 hours before the test day – candidates receive a second email containing the link to access the exam and instructions on how to complete their identification, which will be available in the hour before the test session scheduled time, and the environmental check to allow invigilation. Any official photo ID can be used for identification (passport, national ID card, driving license). The link to access the exam will be activated at the test session scheduled time.
Information for second-to-last year high school students
The HUMAT Test
HUMAT: the first step into your medical career. It tests what you can do, not what you already know, for a fair entry selection to medical school.
Through its new admission test HUMAT, Humanitas University aims at identifying talented students with strong skills in scientific thinking, critical thinking and have a solid academic literacy, regardless of their diverse educational background.
The test seeks to select students with the potential for a successful career in medicine. In fact, the test does not evaluate previous knowledge, but a set of skills and abilities relevant to:
- face the academic requirements of the degree course/course of study,
- foster the emergence and progression of scientific reasoning
- sustain meaningful and self-regulated learning
- promote correct decision-making processes
In the HUMAT Test students are required to answer 60 multiple-choice questions with four response options in 120 minutes.
The test is composed of two sections:
- Scientific thinking
- Academic literacy/Critical Thinking
|1. Scientific thinking (30 questions)|
|2. Academic literacy/Critical Thinking (30 questions)|
|Critical Thinking skills e.g. analysis, evaluation, inference, deductive skills, and inductive skills|
|Local expeditious reading, e.g. scanning and searching for specific details|
|Global expeditious reading, e.g. skimming for gist, searching for key ideas|
|Word- and sentence-level processes, e.g. word recognition, meaning of a preposition|
|Section 2, Academic Literacy, includes items that assess the candidate’s ability to understand and use information presented in a n academic text. These reading passages are selected on the basis that they exhibit the textual characteristics of quasi-scientific research papers, but crucially without the expectation that the candidate will have a deep knowledge or understanding of the topic of the text|
The test format has been developed by Humanitas University together with experts from University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of Oxford Medical School and Leeds Medical School.
Click here for additional information about the admission test.
Sample Tests of the Scientific Thinking Section
Sample Test of the Academic Literacy Section
Candidates included in the EU category are those who:
- Hold the Italian citizenship or an EU citizenship;
- Hold a NON-EU citizenship and are permanently resident in Italy;
- Hold one of the following citizenships: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Republic of San Marino;
- Hold a dual citizenship (both EU and NON-EU).
Candidates included in the NON-EU category are those who:
- Hold a NON-EU citizenship and are not permanently resident in Italy.
Following the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom, UK citizens are considered as Non-EU students and therefore must register in the NON-EU category.
Candidates entitled to apply for the admissions test are those who:
- Hold a High School Diploma obtained after at least 12 years of education;
- Are attending the last year foreseen for the obtainment of a diploma which complies with the requirements listed on this page.
If the local School System provides for 11 or 10 years of schooling, the diploma fits the requirement only when integrated with 1 or 2 years of University.
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: UK, US, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE, EUROPEAN BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMAS
Candidates holding a High School Diploma released in the UK must achieve 3 A Levels or a combination of 3 different A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. The A Levels or Pre-U Principal Subjects obtained must belong to the Scientific area.
Please find below the suitable subjects:
- Computer Science
- Global Perspectives and Research
- Thinking Skills
Candidates holding a Scottish High School Diploma must achieve at least 3 Advanced Highers or, alternatively, 2 Advanced Highers and at least 4 Highers.
Candidates with a High School Diploma released in the USA must achieve at least 3 US Advanced Placements (APs) in science-related subjects, with a score between 3 and 5.
Please find below the suitable subjects:
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
- AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
- AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Psychology
- AP Research
- AP Statistics
Candidates who do not complete 3 APs are still entitled to apply if the High School Diploma is supplemented by one year of academic studies, either in the US or abroad. Please note that all courses of the extra year must be successfully completed.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma must be obtained after at least 12 years of education. If it is obtained after 11 years, it must be supplemented by 1 year of academic studies.
The IB Diploma must be issued by an educational institution recognised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).
The minimum requirements for the International Baccalaureate Diploma are as follows:
- To score at least 24 points in six chosen subjects, 12 of which must be obtained at Higher Level;
- To pass the 3 main subjects: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE).
Candidates who hold a European Baccalaureate Diploma released by an accredited European School are entitled to apply for the admissions test – please check the accredited European Schools here.
For further details, candidates holding a non-Italian High School Diploma can refer to “PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY, RESIDENCY AND ENROLMENT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THE RESPECTIVE RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATIONS, FOR HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES IN ITALY”, Annex 1
All classroom activities at Humanitas Medical School are held in English. To fully understand and benefit from your degree course, a good level of English in all skills is required. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that applicants to Humanitas Medical School have reached an adequate level of English language competency: Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2. Click here for more info
Italian Language Recommendations
The University provides free Italian courses over the academic year to support international students. By the beginning of the third year, when clinical activities start, students are expected to have reached a good level of Italian to be able to interact with patients.
Additional Training Obligation (OFA)
In addition to the admission test, whose purpose is to evaluate the fundamental skills required of candidates for the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, the University also considers it appropriate to establish whether there are any educational gaps in topics considered prerequisite for the first year. If any such educational gaps exist, the University will help enrolled students to fill these gaps:
- All enrolled students will undergo a mandatory evaluation test (which is different from the admission test) to evaluate their knowledge from previous study which is related to the disciplines of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biology
- If the score obtained on the evaluation test is less than 50% in any of the test subjects, the enrolled student will be required to take a recovery course – Additional Training Obligation, (OFA) – for each discipline not passed. The recovery courses are offered during Induction Weeks
- If the student is required to take an Additional Training Obligation, OFA, they will be retested at the end of the Induction Weeks. The final test will cover the individual discipline for which the recovery course was taken. In order to consider the OFA complete and to take any of the exams in the Degree Course of Medicine and Surgery, the final test must be passed. If the test is not passed at the end of the Induction Weeks course, further recovery tests will be provided on later dates