Application to the Virgilio Program is now open

The Virgilio Program is an innovative pre-graduate training program in biomedical research, open to 3rdyear medical students only, attending Humanitas University, Università degli Studi di Milano and Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca. The project is funded by Fondazione Cariplo and coordinated by Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca.

At the end of the program, medical students will develop a deep understanding of the link between basic research and clinical research, and they will be able to combine patient care with biomedical research.

Taught entirely in English, the program is intended for a selected number of students, who will integrate their curriculum with inter-disciplinary seminars and internship activities in research laboratories for the next three years.

In particular, the program allows students to gain 60 additional university credits through seminars, courses and laboratory activities. A team of mentors and tutors will support the students in all their activities, including the preparation of their thesis and laboratory activities. Students will also be able to carry out research activities to complete their experimental thesis in any of the three partner universities.

Applications are now open! If you would like to apply, you’ll need to fill in the following form and send your motivational letter to

Please find more information on the official Virgilio Program website 


Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.