With several large general hospitals and specialized hospitals (both public and private), Milan is one of the main Italian and European actors in the medicine and healthcare landscape, with world-renowned centres of excellence attracting patients from abroad.

According to 2012 statistical data, the province of Milan (3.2 M inhabitants) hosts 60 hospitals (28 public and 32 private) with 12500 beds that amount to 35% of the hosting capacity of the entire Lombardy and to about 15% of those available nationwide. Such leading position is reinforced by the presence of a large number of prestigious research institutions with a biomedical focus that – together with the strong contact with Universities – ensures a very rich and stimulating environment for prospective medical students.

Living in Milan is an exciting experience. Milan – which will host the Expo 2015 – is known throughout the world for fashion, design, publishing, theatre, music, art, food and its international trade fairs. It is also an extremely lively city, which offers great cultural opportunities as well as the best in sports and leisure. Due to its central position in the Northern part of Italy, it is a good point of access for many world-renowned localities. The most famous Italian lakes (Como, Garda, Maggiore) are just one hour away, while just a little more time is needed to reach the Alps, the Ligurian Sea and the Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence by car or train. Rome can be reached by train in less than 3 hours and all the major European cities by short plane trips.