Studying Medicine at the University of Bari
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The University of Bari Aldo Moro is a public university in Bari, the capital of the Puglia region of Southern Italy. The university is considered to be one of the most prestigious in Southern Italy, and is one of the largest in the country.
Bari University Overview
The University is named for the statesman Aldo Moro who taught Criminal Law at the university for a period of some years. It offers courses at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level, and also focuses on doctorate level research. The university prides itself on being interactive and interdisciplinary.
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Course Overview at Bari University
The program runs from October through to June or July each year. As a rough overview, expect to have the first semester taught from October to January with a break over Christmas, exams in February, then a second semester taught from March to May with exams following in June or July. There are additional exams in September before the year resumes. Subjects covered in a typical semester might include:
72 hours of physics, 72 hours of chemistry and biochemistry, 12 hours of general psychology, 12 hours of informatics, 12 hours of doctor-patient relationship, 12 hours of cytology, 36 hours of genetics, 48 hours of cellular biology, 12 hours of history of Medicine, and 12 hours of bioethics and moral philosophy.
Bear in mind that whilst some professors are fluent in English, some are more used to teaching in Italian. However, you should never have any problems understanding the academic staff and they are generally seen as being very helpful by the students.
The exams here are considered to be difficult by students. There’s a great emphasis placed on oral exams, with written exams making up less of the syllabus. The written ones are seen as easier than the orals – oral exams could sound like a better chance to show your knowledge or something from a bygone era depending on your personal preferences.
In terms of early clinical exposure, you’ll find that Bari doesn’t place a huge amount of emphasis on this area. Students won’t get much in the way of clinical experience in the first few years, with the course being much more theoretical and less hands-on. You can undertake short internships if you want the opportunity to get more clinical experience earlier. Much of the clinical experience that you do get will be observation rather than interacting with patients and undertaking procedures yourself. As you move into the clinical years you will shift to the wards more, but still find yourself undertaking a significant amount of classes.
Expect a typical day in the clinical years to take from 8am to 2pm, and similar hours in the pre-clinical years as well.
One particular thing to be aware of is that Bari doesn’t offer free Italian classes to its Medicine in English Students. That means that you’ll need to find Italian lessons yourself, which isn’t a huge inconvenience but is in contrast to some universities that ensure that their students get great tuition in Italian from the outset.
The tuition fees at Bari are very reasonable as it’s a public university. Expect to pay between 156-2000 Euros depending on your financial situation and that of your family.
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Bari is an affordable city to live in, especially compared to Northern Italian and Central Italian cities. It’s relatively small, which makes it manageable for a student that’s moved there recently, with a population of around 300,000. The climate is great all year, being in the South of the country. You should be able to get through a month of a budget of just 500-600 euros, covering both rent and food, although of course many students will end up spending more than this. In terms of accommodation in the city, you’ll find that students will either live with their family (this is typical of Italian students) or find flats in the city with other students from the outset. So long as you look before term starts in October you ought to be able to find somewhere without too much difficulty.