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.

IMAT Test date:  Currently it is not expected the COVID-19 outbreak to affect the  IMAT test, which is due to take place on 10 September 2020. For further information visit the Italian Ministry of Education web-page

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. (estimate based on IMAT 2019). The IMAT test specification for 2020 will be available once the test dates have been confirmed later this year.

For further information visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing web-page  

Guide for students- 2019

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.


All in-presence teaching activities are suspended. All lessons will be held electronically.

During the period of the health emergency, obligatory attendance of frontal teaching and laboratory activities will be suspended.

Teams Guidelines for Remote Learning for Students

The new dashboard for distance learning is online, where the teams created for the lessons are listed, as well as all references to guides, telephone numbers and contacts.

Until further notice, all the exams for all degree programmes will take place electronically via the Microsoft Teams platform in use at the University starting from 7 March 2020. In compliance with the principles of transparency and advertising the public form of the exam session will be guaranteed by allowing other students enrolled in the exam to access the platform.

Students with a specific learning disorder or certified disability are guaranteed the opportunity to carry out the exams remotely, with the help of the measures provided for by the regulations, after checking the necessary adaptations. Exams to be conducted in writing are not currently programmable: this type of exam will be transformed into an oral form. Students can book exams on Esse3 up to 48 hours before the exam date.

During the period of the health emergency, obligatory attendance of frontal teaching and laboratory activities will be suspended.

The exam session of May 2020, already reserved for “out of course” students, will be extended to all students of all University Degree Programmes, with the exception of the second semester courses currently being delivered for the 2019/ 2020 year.

The exam session of May 2020, already reserved for “out of course” students, will be extended to all students of all University Degree Programmes, with the exception of the second semester courses currently being delivered for the 2019/ 2020 year.


Until further notice, final degree exams will be held electronically via the Microsoft Teams online platform, according to the plan published on the University’s institutional website (View degree sessions calendar) using the usual (academic ritual) procedure with the attribution of the graduation mark.

Graduates in the extraordinary session for the academic year 2018-2019 (March 2020) can enrol in a University Degree Course for the academic year 2019-2020 without late payment fees.  If students wish to enrol in another degree course they can avoid the late payment fee and also submit their ISEE valid for study.  It must be done within 15 days of graduation.

The Department Directors will decide on the possibility of holding an additional extraordinary degree session for the 2018-19 Academic Year by June 15, 2020. Only students who have passed all the exams of their study plan within the deadline of 31/12/2019 will be eligible for the extension.

Teams Guidelines for Remote Exams for Students

Graduation exams calendar

Student face-to-face reception is suspended. The offices of the administrative departments that manage the academic careers of students, postgraduates and doctoral candidates will guarantee reception services exclusively by telematic means until further notice. Digital communication services such as University Live Chat and Conference Call with students through Teams have already been set up and implemented.

Only internships in remote mode can be activated. For new activations, the host must send the authorization request to carry out the internship remotely, together with the training project. For traineeships that will be activated or will continue remotely, the host organization must guarantee constant supervision of the activities by the tutor: Therefore, the curricular and extracurricular internship training activities abroad are also suspended, according to the Study Program Regulations.

If these activities were carried out to the extent of 60% of the total hours required, the period carried out will be equivalent – in all respects – to the completion of the entire internship provided for by the Study Programme and considered valid for the acquisition of the expected credits.

As regards the traineeships carried out on Erasmus + mobility, the payment of the scholarship will take place on the basis of compliance with the rule on the minimum duration of the period of stay abroad established by the Erasmus + Programme.

Medical and health training

The activity carried out by training specialists in the medical/health area will continue regularly. Post-graduate courses connected with health professions, specific training courses in general medicine, activities of trainees of health professions and graduate schools are excluded from suspension.

All Erasmus incoming and outgoing mobilities  as well as any other incoming mobility programme are suspended until further decisions are taken.

Incoming students who want to go back home must report their decision to the UniME Welcome Office ( and are encouraged to contact  the Diplomatic and Consular Authorities of their Country of origin in Italy.  Please note that temporary restrictions to direct flight connections might have been adopted.

UniME students in international mobility (ex Erasmus mobility) who want to suspend their mobility and return to Messina should consult the web page of the Italian and consular authorities abroad – Focus Coronavirus – to gather information on flight restrictions:

COVID-19 Emergency: Information from Embassies and Consulates

All  educational trips both nationally and internationally are suspended, as well as curricular and extracurricular traineeships outside of the region.

The collective use of the study rooms and reading rooms of the libraries of all the University and Departments is suspended. Book loan service is also suspended.

All events or initiatives of any type, either open to the public or limited to the university (cultural, scientific or instructional) are suspended. This includes conventions, events, seminars, Open Day, Erasmus Day, etc.

Competitive procedures will be conducted electronically wherever possible.

University staff missions are suspendedexcept in special cases. 

All the premises of the University have been sanitized in order to protect the health of the whole community. This service was provided on March 6 and 7 with the disinfectants suggested by the Ministry of Health.

The due dates of the installments of the amount of the Annual Comprehensive Contribution  A.A. 2019-2020 for students, postgraduates and doctoral students are extended as per the schedule published on the website.

The deadline for the single payment and second payment has been postponed to 15 July, and the deadline for the third payment has been postponed to 31 August.

The Research and Intervention Center (Cerip) for the University has activated a counseling service for students, their families, and all members of the community, to provide practical psychological suggestions and activities to face and overcome the worries, fears and uncertainties connected to the Coronavirus emergency. The service, operated by the psychologists associated with the Center, will be carried out via Skype, by dialing the contact Cerip Unime.     
Further information can be found at the link Come affrontare il coronavirus (“how to face the Coronavirus”) inside of the Center website area.

The 26 April decree introduces, from the 4 May, a few new provisions for “Phase 2” of Covid-19 emergency, including for, example, the possibility of visiting one’s relatives who live in the same region and the reopening of public parks and gardens. However, these things are only possible as long as health measures are respected and people do not congregate. The use of masks in enclosed spaces accessible to the public is mandatory (including on public transport and in shops). The new decree also establishes the obligation for those with respiratory symptoms and a temperature above 37.5 degrees to stay in their own homes. From 4 May, it will continue to be possible to engage in individual physical and sports activity, but also further away from one’s home; when conducting sports activities, an interpersonal distance of 2m must be respected. Professional solo sport athletes may also resume their training. From 4 May, take out will be allowed from restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses, in addition to the delivery services which have been allowed thus far.

Further information is available at the following link:

FAQs on the Italian Governments’s Phase 2

(FAQ update, following the entry into force of Decree Law 33/2020 and Dpcm of May 17, 2020)

Rector’s message to the students:

Rector’s message for phase 2:

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.

Toptal Scholarships for Women Flyer