About Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was founded in 1996 with the inauguration of the Faculty of Psychology, soon followed by the Faculties of Medicine, in 1998, and Philosophy in 2002. Since its establishment, the University has been characterized by a strong integration of teaching and research in each of its facets: basic, philosophical and social. The mission of Vita-Salute San Raffaele is to answer to the question Quid Est Homo? (What is Mankind?) strongly believing that the human kind is biologically, psychologically and spiritually unique and that the centre of inspiration remains the essential dimensions of human beings: mind, body and soul. Our University embraces the mission to answer this question with the establishment of its three Schools: Psychology, Medicine and Philosophy. Each School develops and analyses the three essential dimensions of the human being, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is reference in the field of university education, as one of the top academic institutions in Italy. Each department is a complex structure including, other than the undergraduate and graduate courses also research centres, doctoral schools and master programs. The University is now part of the Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato, Italy’s largest private Hospital Group.

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International Medical Doctor Program

The International MD Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University provides a proactive, life-enriching experience to study medicine in a culturally stimulating environment. Its newly- renovated curriculum envisages a highly integrated educational approaches and a personalised study path allowing for a continuing long-term professional growth of the student medical expertise. Contents are organized to ensure a progressive specialization with an increasing complexity which corresponds to the skills and competencies gradually acquired. Students will be able to choose among 4 different tracks and to select which better suits their interest and professional ambitions. Alongside with the traditional general main track, 3 further options will be available for top-performing students. Medicine and Surgery Translation Research Global Health International activities are also a key point in the medical curriculum since students are strongly encouraged and supported to spend their last semester abroad and the NUS is among the institutions UniSR has develeped an agreement with for students mobility. Find out more!


Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology

This 2-Year Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology aims to train researchers equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the most advanced biotechnological applications, providing them with the know-how needed to independently tackle the most pressing scientific issues in the basic and applied biomedical research sector. It is also an excellent opportunity to build through the development of specialist skillsets, individual critical and analytical abilities. Find out more!


Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication

The MSc in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication, offered jointly by the Faculty of Communication of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UniSR), presents a Master's program in Cognitive Psychology with an interdisciplinary training in Neuroscience, Health Communication and Management. The programme focuses on the intersection between the theoretical foundations of cognitive psychology and those of communication applied to the context of health. Students will learn withprofessionally recognised lecturers in an international environment and will be awarded a Master’s Degree recognized both in Italy and Switzerland. The program offers, moreover, a great variety of career opportunities in various fields ofpsychology, including social psychology, educational psychology,developmental psychology, clinical psychology, marketing and economics.


International PhD Course in Molecular Medicine

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, top-ranked among the research universities in Italy, offers a PhD Program in Molecular Medicine providing excellence in science, training, guidance, and support to graduate students interested in understanding the molecular processes underlying human diseases and in designing new approaches for their treatment. The PhD program operates within San Raffaele Hospital (OSR), enabling the students to undergo their practical training in the hospital facilities (both clinical departments and research laboratories) and undertake a major research project in one of the OSR research laboratories.




This may be a cliché, but it still holds true: life begins at the end of your comfort zone. For me, this meant moving from the U.S. to Italy to become a medical student at UniSR. It was not the easiest decision to make, but I was convinced that it is a perfect way for me to combine my interest in Italian language and culture with my passion for medicine into one. I have no regrets whatsoever about having taken this initiative: I am living in the beautiful city of Milan, following my lifelong dream of becoming a physician. Most importantly, being an international MD student at UniSR has taught me to be more open-minded, flexible, and persistent, which are essential attributes of a good physician. Overall, this experience has opened many doors for me that were not there before; it has allowed me to view healthcare from a much more global perspective and made me look forward to my future career with confidence.
Chloe Yeabin Jung