Applications for international students. Deadline: 5 OCTOBER 2020

 All international students may enrol in one of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle programmes of the Italian University System. To be eligible for enrolment in the Italian University system, students must be at least 17 years old and have completed 12 years of schooling.

At UniME students are allowed to submit applications for three different programmes. Please choose the programmes according to your previous studies and review the admission requirements before submitting your application. In the section  “Study with us” is available the overall UniME academic offer in English and in Italian.

Deadline for applications is 5 OCTOBER 2020.

 How to apply at UniME?
In the following sections are listed the procedures to enrol in a Degree programme taught at the University of Messina.

You need to go to the site and start the pre-enrolment procedure. You must upload these documents:

  • High school diploma obtained after 12 years of schooling. If you do not have your diploma yet, you can upload an official provisional certificate issued by your School (Course Completion Certificate).

If your High school diploma is less than 12 years, you can submit: a) an academic certificate stating that you have passed all the required exams of the first year of University studies (in the case of local school systems of ten years); b) certificates from Italian Universities regarding the successful completion of a Foundation Programme

  • Copy of a valid passport and a passport photo.

UniME will confirm your acceptance (“conditionally admitted”) on the Universitaly Portal only if the abovementioned documents are valid and correctly uploaded. This will begin the pre-enrolment at UniME and the visa application process.

On the Universitaly portal you will get the status of “conditionally admitted” and you can finalise your enrolment upon arrival in Italy.

Once you are in Messina you should immediately get in touch with the Welcome Office Unit and hand in the High School diploma issued in English or translated into Italian, legalized and accompanied by the Declaration of Value (DoV) issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic/Consular section. Please make sure your DoV states that your High School Diploma is suitable for admittance to further studies in the country where it was issued and that it also states the number of school years prior to university enrolment.

The Italian Diplomatic Authorities of your country will inform you of visa approval no later than November 30th. Please bear in mind once you applied it is no longer necessary to contact us about the visa. You can access the Universitaly portal and check your request status.

  • Register at the Universitaly portal and follow the pre-enrolment procedure stated above (see Bachelor’s Degrees).
  • Register for the IMAT admission test. Acceptance is contingent on passing the IMAT test.
  • Deadline for applications is 23 July 2020.

The Italian Diplomatic Authorities of your country will inform you of visa approval no later than November 30th. Please bear in mind once you applied it is no longer necessary to contact us about the visa. You can access the Universitaly portal and check your request status.

Send the required documents listed below to to receive a pre-evaluation of your profile. Please use always your own email address to avoid confusion. The documents you need to attach must be in English or translated into Italian by the Italian Diplomatic/Consular representation abroad. Please note that due to the great number of applications, the evaluation of your documents may be delayed.

  1. High school diploma obtained after at least 12 years of study;

  2. Bachelor’s degree diploma 

  3. Transcript of records (exams taken in the previous degree programme);

  4. Copy of a valid passport;

  5. English language certificate, if the course is in English (highly desirable). Students who have studied in an English-language based school or come from a country where English is the official language are not required to submit the above. Students with other types of English language certification may be subject to a Skype-based exam conducted by UniME

If you don’t have your Bachelor’s degree yet, you can send an official provisional certificate issued by your University.

Applications will be assessed by a Departmental Commission assigned to evaluate candidates’ previous qualifications considering the entry requirements of the selected course. 

If positively evaluated, non-EU students must start pre-enrolment procedures at the Universitaly portal. After registration, students can upload all documents (the same documents sent to us at Only one degree programme can be chosen and it must be one of those that the student was accepted for.  UniME will confirm your acceptance on the portal and that will begin the visa application process.

The Italian Diplomatic Authorities of your country will inform you of visa approval no later than November 30th. Please bear in mind once you applied it is no longer necessary to contact us about the visa. You can access the Universitaly portal and check your request status.


Non-EU students have to pass a test of Italian language (B2 level) unless:

  1. they apply to a Degree course taught in English;

  2. they hold an Italian language competence certificate corresponding at least to level B2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità) by the University of Rome III, the University for Foreigners in Perugia or Siena, or the “Dante Alighieri” Society, or in agreement with Italian cultural institutions abroad or other institutions.

  3.  they have an Italian high school diploma (obtained in Italy or abroad);

  4.  they have a supplementary Middle School diploma attained in Argentina, confirming attendance in an Italian-language curriculum for at least 5 years.

The Test of Italian language for students who want to enrol in a Degree programme in Italian will be held on-line on August 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m (CET). Students can register by sending an email to Further exam sessions will be communicated.

For further information, please visit the page  

We would like to inform you that you that the current situation of the COVID-19 has improved here in Sicily.  Due to this fact, lessons at the UniME in the first semester of the academic year of 2020/21 will be held in person safeguarding individual and public health. In the event that the situation changes for the worse UniME is prepared to teach both on on-campus and on-line lessons.

However, during the visa issuance process you will be allowed to attend classes virtually from October 2020 onwards using the Microsoft Teams platform. For further details on lectures timetable and learning activities, do not hesitate to contact  the Scientific coordinator of your Degree programme

Contacts: Welcome Office Unit

International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT): Guide for students

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) is held once per year and is valid for entry the UniME Medical School in the same year.

IMAT can be taken at authorised centres all over the world.  See how to register for more information.

You can find all the information about the IMAT test at UNIME on-line 

Here are most of the relevant information:

IMAT TEST DATE:  10 September 2020.  Access to the test venue is allowed from 8.00 to 11.00.  

VENUE: the Engineering Department, Polo Papardo. You can enter only from Viale Ferdinando Stagno d’Alcontres, 98158 Messina (see on the map CERISI entrance).  


It is specified that it is not allowed to participate in the access tests for those who are successful positive for Covid-19, has been quarantined and has not experienced all the prescribed results of negativization with relative certification issued by the health bodies in charge, by that date; to likewise, it is not allowed to participate in the tests for those who have not definitively finished fiduciary home isolation, albeit as a precaution, pending the prescribed checks, in days before the date of the tests. The intentional or negligent violation of the quarantine of the person who tested positive is a crime.


  1. valid identification document-preferably the document you used to register for the exam
  2. receipt of payment of the IMAT participation fee;
  3. receipt of the online application (from universitaly);
  4. Covid-19 self-declaration already completed and signed pursuant to art. 46 and 47 of the D.P.R. n. 445/2000;
  5. passport with entry visa (only for non-EU resident candidates abroad).
  6. All participants must wear a surgical mask during all stages of the test.
  7.  You are allowed to bring 1 small bottle of water (500ml), a small snack, and any medicines you need. 

The active collaboration of all candidates is recommended for the correct compliance with the envisaged sanitary and distancing rules.

We advise you to read all of it carefully, and for the IMAT pay special attention to Annex C, p. 16 of the Call for application.

IMAT Format: 60 multiple choice questions (10 logical reasoning, 12 culture and general knowledge, 18 biology, 12 chemistry, 8 physics and math). 5 possible answers. Negative points for wrong answers. 100 minutes to complete exam.  For further information visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing web-page.


Measures against COVID-19 (Coronavirus desease)

In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus, the Italian University System is attaching great importance to the following priorities: Health, Service, and Attention to those Most in Need.

The University of Messina has adopted specific measures to look after students and staff health and avoid further contagions. All activities are guaranteed with the precautions defined in the Prime Minister’s decree.

Decree of the Rector regarding further Covid-19 procedures, starting from February 15th, 2021:

Starting from the Second Semester 2020/21, lessons will be carried out in blended mode, in person and remotely. All the lessons taught in person will be available in synchronous mode on the Microsoft Teams platform. Students will book their place in the classroom through the Student Booking Application ; upon reaching the maximum number of places available in the classroom, the remaining students will follow the lesson in ‘remote’ mode. In specific cases in which for Covid security reasons it will not be possible to access the activities in person, the lessons will be held only remotely. The Department Directors will define the maintenance of the presence mode based on the actual attendance of students in the classroom. For attendance of less than or equal to 10 units, the course will be carried out exclusively online.

Lessons at decentralized locations will take place online.

Teams Guidelines for Remote Learning for Students

The guides on teaching activities are available at this link:

Laboratory activities can be held in person in strict compliance with the prevention and protection measures against Covid-19.

The libraries will not be available for study.  The book lending service will available on reservation from Monday to Friday. 

Students will be received in blended mode, according to the methods indicated by the professors.

The February / March session exams will continue to be held in remote mode. The May session exams will be held in blended mode. Starting from March, the written exams will be held in person.

The guides on teaching activities are available at this link:

Graduation sessions, specialization diploma exams and research doctorate exams will continue to take place online.

The guides on teaching activities are available at this link:

Curricular and extracurricular internships can take place in person only in strict compliance with the prevention and protection measures against Covid-19 and according to the availability and rules of the host structure.

Internships in the medical area whithin the hospital can take place in presence only for students who have received the anti Covid-19 vaccine.

For TFA support and Bachelor of Science of Primary Education, the internships will be held according to what established by the coordinators mainly on the basis of: the possibility of individual schools to activate the blended mode for carrying out this activity; the availability of individual schools to welcome trainees in presence. Other methods deemed useful for the purpose may be activated.




The research activities of non-medical doctoral students and postgraduate students not involved in health care activities can be carried out in person; all the activities of the medical residency students will continue to take place in person.

All incoming and outgoing travel relating to the Erasmus programme and all international incoming and outgoing mobility programmes for teachers, students and TA staff may resume upon signing of a specific release, according to the availability and to the Covid-19 measures of the host University. The competent University offices will support each scholarship recipient for the evaluation of specific programmes.

Meetings of all collegiate bodies will continue to take place remotely.

All conference activities in person are still suspended, including seminars and workshops: these activities will continue to be held only remotely.

Following the evolution of the epidemiological situation from Covid-19, it is appropriate to adopt containment measures to limit infections within the University structures. Therefore, whosoever among the University staff and students should become aware of having been in contact with a person who has been ascertained positive for SARS-COV-2, is required to immediately place themselves in quarantine for fourteen days and promptly notify the persons in charge of the membership structure.

Work and study activities will continue to be carried out by employees, teachers and students in quarantine, in remote mode. It should be noted that carrying out the swab test in the first days after the contact does not necessarily yield an accurate result.  The quarantine must not be interrupted because a positive result can be obtained some days after exposure- at least five days after contact with a positive subject.

Being in quarantine does not exempt the person concerned from the obligation to communicate to their general practitioner, in view of the consequential obligations provided for by current legislation, and from compliance with all further measures ordered by the competent local health authorities for the area.

View all provisions relating to the Covid Emergency (in Italian)

Full information concerning entry into Italy are available at the following pages: FAQ

Go to the information form

For full information on specific rules and regulations applied in Sicily for anyone who enters Sicily coming from EU and / or non-EU countries, visit the following web page.

Students, teachers and all staff carrying out activities in person are reminded to strictly comply with the general Covid-19 prevention measures: social distancing and hygiene rules, as well as the correct use of personal protective equipment.

New Coronavirus – guidelines

Course “Global Challenges for the 21st Century: The View from the South”

As the 21st century progresses it is clear that the world as a whole faces a number of major challenges ahead of it. Attempts to try to deal with these challenges, and the degree of success that comes with these attempts, will almost certainly shape the future of humankind for a long time to come, and perhaps will even determine the most basic, fundamental question of all – do we actually have a future? For most of us, the way we see and interpret these challenges, as well as the solutions that will be put forward, will be determined by the major political powers and socio-economic forces of the developed world, along with the global institutions that they control – the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation etc. But will the solutions be the right ones – not just for us but even more particularly for the less developed countries of the world located principally in the southern hemisphere, which are actually going to be the ones most affected by the coming challenges? Will the powerful states and institutions of the ‘North’ take on board the situation in the ‘South’? Will the southern hemisphere countries and their peoples be given a real voice to express themselves? How in fact do these challenges and problems look from their perspective? Do they look different? What if they have alternative solutions to put forward, what might these be? How and from where might these alternative solutions be formulated? Might any alternative solutions also have potential positive consequences for us, if they are allowed to be put forward and adopted?

It is these kinds of issues (and others) that will be at the heart of this course.

Outline of course

There will be 8 meetings (with each meeting lasting 3 academic hours). Each meeting will take the form of a short lecture followed by a seminar discussion. It is very much hoped that there will be lots of discussion and debate between all of us as equal participants in the seminar. There will also be some audio and video material for each seminar (in either English or Italian) and reading material will be provided for each seminar (which will principally relate to material in Italian). The key topics for discussion are designed to generate and provoke critical thought and reflection and it is therefore very much hoped that all students will be motivated to participate actively.


Session 1 – Tuesday 7 May – 15.00-17.15 – Introduction to the course.
Session 2 – Wednesday 8 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of global poverty
Session 3 – Thursday 9 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of population growth and feeding the world Session 4 – Friday 10 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of sustainable life in the Age of the Anthropocene Session 5 – Tuesday 14 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of urban slums
Session 6 – Wednesday 15 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of mass migration [1] – Historical factors Session 7 – Thursday 16 May – 15.00-17.15 – The challenge of mass migration [2] – Contemporary factors Session 8 – Friday 17 May – 15.00-17.15 – What future lies ahead? 

Global Challenges for the 21st century – The view from the South – Messina May 2019



The University of Messina offers grants to support incoming mobility of Visiting scholars to carry out teaching and/or reserch activities within the framework of the UniME academic offer.
The duration of the visit shall range from 1 to 3 months. The first month of stay must be continuous. Visiting professors and researchers carrying out their activity in the area of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine may stay for a minimum period of 10 days (continuously).

Grants shall be assigned taking into account the Curriculum vitae of the Visiting as well as number of applications submitted for each scientific Macro-area. Selection criteria are laid down in the Call.
Scholars that already received a grant from previous UniME calls for application (Visiting Professor/Researcher) or any other UniME financing programme or who are currently employed by another Italian University/Research Centre are not eligible for a grant.

Visiting professors/researchers shall be allowed all rights and responsibilities in accordance with the relevant UniMe regulations.

Deadline for applications: 3 May, 2019 at 12:30 CET

Call for Visiting Professors 2019

Application form Visiting Professors 2019

Call for Visiting Researchers 2019

Application form Visiting Researchers 2019

“STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD” (SAW) Call for Scholarships for UniME students for study at the Extra-European Universities in the context of International Cooperation Agreements

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UniME

WHEN: A.Y. 2019/20

DURATION: minimum 3 months, maximum 6 months, with the possibility to extend up to 12 months

WHERE: Partner universities outside Europe

HOW to apply:
1 .Students who are interested in participating should send their application from their UniME email account ( to this address: . The subject title should be : “Candidatura Bando SAW C.A. Unità Operativa Cooperazione Internazionale”. It must be sent by 3 May, 2019 at 13.00 CET.

2.The application must include the following documents:
-application form (Attachment 2);
-Learning Agreement for Studies (Attachment 3) or Learning Agreement for Traineeships (Attachment 4), correctly filled out and signed by the student, Referent for International Mobility from student’s Degree Course /Commission for international mobility from student’s Department and the Referent for international Mobility for the hosting University;
-document attesting linguistic competence (art. 8 of the Call);
-ISEEU certificate of income, which can be asked to an authorised C.A.F. office. In order to obtain it, you need to bring the Family or Personal Income Statement that you received from the Italian Embassy to the C.A.F. office. This document is not mandatory but will determine the amount of your scholarship. In absence, your scholarship will be set at the minimum level.

Applications with missing documents will be excluded.

Application: 3 May, 2019 at 13:00 CET
Ranking list will be published: 20 May, 2019
Acceptance confirmation: 25 May, 2019 at 13:00 CET

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: Min. €350/month, max. €600/month plus contribution for the flight ticket

For further information contact the International Education and Cooperation Unit,, or consult the Italian version of the Call available at the following link:à-allestero/opportunità-allestero, where all the annexes are available (in English).

On the CLAM website is available the calendar of the linguistic assessment tests valid for the participation to this Call:

Application to UniME degree courses and pre-enrolment procedure

The deadline for application to UniME degree courses is June 18, 2019. For the procedure and further information, please check the Admission to UniME webpage:

The deadline for the pre-enrolment procedure at the Italian Diplomatic/Consular Authority is July 24, 2019. For further information,  please contact the Italian Diplomatic/Consular Authority of your country of residence. Procedure is available at the following webpage (in Italian):

For pre-enrolment at the Single Cycle Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery students must carry out the following procedures:

  1. register at the Universitaly portal:  for the admission test IMAT. Further information about the procedure for the registration (date, requirements, deadline, ecc.) will be available in the Call for admission to the Single Cycle Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery (to be published no later than the 1st week of July, 2019).
  2. Start the pre-enrolment procedure at the Italian Diplomatic/Consular Authority in their country of residence.


III Edition International Summer School

Cancer biology and therapeutic strategies towards personalized medicine
Lipari, Italy June 3-7, 2019

The International Summer School of Cancer biology is intended for attendees from all countries interested in the most appealing topics in Cancer Research. The School is focused on “Cancer biology and therapeutic strategies towards personalized medicine”. During the School, 15 lectures of 80 min (including discussion) will be given by some of the best experts in the field of basic and clinical cancer research. The school is addressed to students, PhD students, Post-Doctoral fellows and researchers interested in Cancer Research, personalized medicine, CRISPR/Cas9 based therapeutic approches and computational biology.

With the presence of some of the most renowned world experts in the field, the Summer School will cover the basic aspects of cancer biology, therapeutic strategies and metastasis development. Gene editing with CRISPR/Cas9, telomeres and cancer, pharmacogenetics and precision medicine, immunotherapy, are only some of the topics that will be also covered. The School includes both basic science and clinical lectures, highlighting the need of translational approaches in Cancer Research.

Oral Presentations
A dedicated session with no extra fee or restrictions on acceptance will be available for scholars that want to discuss their own original work with the lecturers and the other attendees. For info and abstract submission contact the coordinator at

Registration March 15, 2019; Fee payment April 20, 2019 (special conditions may apply)

Alessandra Bitto – ( Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Italy

Scientific Committee
Andrea Ventura – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – USA; Carmelo Gabriele Pizzino – Translational Cancer Medicine, IRCCS Candiolo, Torino, Italy
Travels and accomodation: Lisciotto Turismo srl, Messina, Italy (

Confirmed speakers
Alessandra Bitto, MD, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Messina
Andrea Ventura, MD, PhD, Full member Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – USA
Joseph Kissil, PhD, Professor Department of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute – USA
Eros Lazzerini Denchi, PhD, Head Laboratory of Genome Integrity, NIH – USA
Leila Akkari, PhD, Cancer Genomics Center Consortium, Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI)– The Netherlands
Alain Charest, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School – USA
Christina Leslie, PhD -Associate Member Computational Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – USA
Goffredo Arena, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Pathology, McGill University – Canada
Sophie Vasseur, PhD, Cellular Stress Unit, Campus of Luminy – Marseille – France
Francesco D’amico, MD, University-Hospital of Padova, Italy

Registration form Summer School 2019

Toptal Scholarships for Women program

Toptal awards five scholarships to aspiring female leaders in five global regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Each winner will receive (US)$10,000 and a year of weekly one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal expert.

For more information and to apply, go to:
Application deadlines depend on which region the applicant lives in. Application timelines are available on the scholarship website.
Application deadline for Europe is January 31, 2019.

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