The International Office is the referent for all activities linked to internationalization of UniSR from international mobility agreements to the Erasmus+ program. It also gives assistance to its students for organizing curricular activities abroad (Tailored activites, Thesis projects, etc.

The University is part of the VSLO program as Home Institution.

The International Office is the first contact for foreign students coming to UniSR. It offers support to foreign students when registering to the competitions for admission, obtaining the Study Visa for coming to Italy or the residence permit once enrolled. It also helps foreign UniSR students choose their preferred housing solution and offers general assistance during their permanence in Italy and UniSR.

The International Office promotes the English taught courses of UniSR by participating to Open Days and Higher Education Exhibitions

The office is on the first floor of the Dibit2 building in Via Olgettina 58, Milano.
Ph. +39 (0)2.91751.543/544/580

Erasmus Policy Statement
The UniSR Erasmus mobility project was born – and renewed yearly – from the analysis of the training needs of the University and its staff and it is a priority objective in the context of our strategies aimed at the improvement of teaching and training activities.

The context in which the program was born is certainly different from the present. The University was founded in 1996; while finding immediately its place as part of the training and education offer of the newborn University, the program begins to grow in quantitative terms by the activation of the LLP. The innovative potential of the new project and the media coverage that accompanied the launch helped to develop greater interest and awareness of the program among students, faculty and administrative staff so that it became a part of the institutional plan of international development.

Basic part of the University strategies, the mobility project has had over the years an increasing impact on the quality of teaching and learning. Despite a mobility rate equal to approximately 2% of the total enrolled students, the level of quality of experience – guaranteed by the commitment of the University in supporting and promoting it through the identification of qualified staff appointed to the oversight and the organization of the mobility flows – it is certainly the additional value.

The staff involved ensures the necessary support for the preparation, implementation and recognition of the activities carried out during the period of mobility as well as disseminates information about the Programme; it is involved not only in program management but also in a more large internationalization process that identifies the raising of networks of excellence and joint projects of mobility which contribute to increase the national and international attractiveness of the Institute.

Participation in the Program Erasmus + has in fact exercised an unquestionably positive impact on our university in terms of:

1) internationalization of the university profile, through the processes of recruitment and partnerships with other institutions;

2) internationalization of the curriculum of the students;

3) extension and expansion of the training and education programs;

4) ability to develop an international network in the field of education;

5) commitment to implement an institutional strategy aimed to the increase of training offer on the basis of equal opportunity, according non-discriminatory attitude and deep appreciation of differences (ethnic, religious, etc.) with a view to the development of an international and motivating learning environment.

The University – thanks to assistance provided by the relevant offices – has also always supported and promoted the staff mobility according to an enrichment of the educational and administrative know-how essential for the implementation and development of partnerships between universities of the European Community area.

The support and promotion of student mobility in both outgoing and incoming mobility (Study and Traineeship), thanks to the cooperation of the qualified Office the Degree Courses Faculty Staff, the website and the students INTRANET pages, is accomplished by providing students with information and support to the organization, implementation and recognition of activities carried out during the period of mobility.

The increase of foreign students in the University – already partially achieved by implementing the International MD Program, the International School of Doctoral Research in Molecular Medicine and the School of Doctorate in Philosophy and Science of Mind – is constantly supported through the organization of several seminars and scientific training sessions taught in English so to promote the inclusion and integration of students in the regular activities of the University.

Since the University considers the teachers and staff mobility important for personal and cultural enrichment and essential for the implementation of relations among universities, these activities are sponsored and supported thanks to the assistance provided by the qualified offices in order to facilitate the performance.

Moreover, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has implemented and promoted agreements aimed to the achievement of double degrees especially in the field of post-graduate and Ph.D. education.

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has always aimed to provide high quality services; for this reason the University has sought and obtained “ISO 9001:2008 certification” for all the undergraduate degree courses, the post graduated programs in the medical area as well as for most of the services and activities provided. The Moreover the University is strongly oriented to achieve certification for those areas not included yet.

Incoming Students

Erasmus students interested in joining UniSR have to deal with some administrative formalities in order to finalize their enrolment before their arrival.

Please acknowledge that at UniSR all courses are taught in Italian, except for the  International MD Program and Ph.D. Programs which are taught in English. A basic knowledge of Italian Language is thereby highly recommended.
For information on the degree courses, please click on the degree course you are interested in from the home page.

For any further information please contact us at:

Students have to be sure their Sending Institution has informed the ERASMUS Office of their arrival at the UniSR before deadlines:
June 30th – I Semester and all Year Long
December 1st – II Semester

Within the deadline mentioned above, students are required to fill in the Application Form and Learning Agreement Form and send them to us by regular mail, duly signed and stamped by the Erasmus Office of the Sending Institution.

After the Erasmus Office has verified Application Form, details and Learning Agreement Form, students will receive an e-mail confirming their admission to the Erasmus Programme at UniSR. They will also receive further information about the organization of the Education Offer: Courses Schedule and Academic Year Calendar. An up-dated version of the “Student Guide” and Learning Plans will be published by the Degree Course Secretary on our web-site, at the beginning of each academic year. Exam timetables will be provide to students by the end of each semesters, by the Degree Course Secretaries.


Before leaving Sending Institution, students have to:

  • Fill in the Application Form and send it to our Erasmus+ Office
    • Fill in the Learning Agreement Form  – together with the cooperation of their Faculty in the Sending Institution – about the courses they will take at UniSR and send it to our Erasmus Office;
    • Fill in the Immunization Form which certifies their Health check;
    • Procure the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for medical assistance;
    • Procure an Accident Insurance certificate (valid abroad);
    • Make sure that their Passport or Identity Card is valid.

N.B. Make sure that the Sending Institution has informed our Erasmus Office in due time about your arrival at the UniSR.


Erasmus students, should finalize their enrollment within 2 days of their arrival.

To do this, hand the following documents in to the Erasmus+ Office – Via Olgettina 58, Dibit 2 Building, Floor 1, 20132 Milan (Open on Thursday and Tuesday 09.30 am – 11.00 am):

  • passport or any other identification;
  • Accident Insurance certificate (valid abroad);
  • EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for medical assistance.

If requested, the office will issue two copies of a document certifying enrolment: use one copy to apply for the University’s Library Card and the other to get the Public Transport Card if aged under 26.
If eligible, students can take the declaration to the offices of the A.T.M. (Milan Transport Company), together with identity card or passport and 1 photograph.

If no information is available at the Sending Institution concerning the courses students will be allowed to take at UniSR, please contact the Erasmus+ Office at

 Please read the following information:

Medical Assistance

ERASMUS students must bring an EHIC (European Health Insurance Form) form with them in order to qualify for the services provided by the Italian Health Service. The EHIC card must be requested to the home country’s health service before the departure. This card will entitle students to free medical assistance, i.e. day hospital care, hospital treatment and prescriptions.

For extra coverage we suggest students subscribe to the aon student insurance

Compulsory Accident insurance

Erasmus students are recommended to be supplied with insurance coverage against accidents during their whole stay.
The policy should also cover any accidents that may occur during education activities.

Insurance cover may be provided by the Sending Institution or taken out with a private insurance company.

In both cases, they should produce evidence of this insurance when enrolling at the ERASMUS Office.

Accommodation in UniSR

The University has two residential facilities, Cascina Melghera Residence and the Cassinella Residence, that together provide a total of 174 rooms. The rooms are assigned through an annual competition, and students who are enrolled and who fulfill the prerequisites outlined in the official notice can apply.  For any further information please contact the Office:

Students can choose to rent a room or apartment in Milan. There are many real estate agencies specialized in helping students find the best solution and also some useful websites that can help.

Please note that for any negotiation the Tax Code (Codice Fiscale) will be required. Students can get it before their arrival submitting their request to Embassy/Consulate of

Italy in their own Country, or at their arrival going to the National Agency in charge: the Agenzia delle Entrate.

Italian Language course

Italian language Course

The University  organizes a free  Italian language course for all its foreign students. This course is held yearly and each lesson usually lasts 2 hours and classes are grouped according to ability (basic and intermediate levels).

Before leaving UniSR

Before going back home, students have to fix an appointment with the Erasmus Office. The Office will then issue an official certificate (Transcript of Records) which will confirm all the activities (examinations, laboratory and practical activities, etc.) performed by students and the certificate which will confirm the during of their Exchange period (Certificate of Attendance).

If the Office is unable to issue the Transcript of Records at their departure, it will be sent to the Sending Institution.

Before leaving UniSR, students have to return all the books got on loan to the University Library.

Erasmus Students Network (ESN)

The ESN International is a pan-European network of student associations, founded in Copenhagen (DK), in 1990.

ESN staff members support foreign students ensuring to them information about to social life and much more. They coordinate social and cultural activities and organize trips, excursions and international parties, to help exchange students integrate into Italian cultural contest.

To contact them write to:

Outgoing Students

The Erasmus + Study Program allows students to spend a period  abroad for study and / or training in one of the partner Universities from min 3 months to max 12 months. Please download the competition call (abstract in ENG) and read it before applying.
The mobility period and return procedures must be completed by 30 September 2019 and, upon return, all those who have submitted a formal request for validation will obtain recognition of the experiences gained abroad, according to the procedures defined by each Faculty or Degree Course.

Who can participate? Students regularly enrolled to the following courses can participate to the competition for the Erasmus + Program.

  • 1st and 2nd level degree courses;
  • single-cycle degree courses (Medicine, MD Program, Dentistry);
  • Specialization schools
  • Phd Students

Eligibility requirements
Students must

  •  be regularly enrolled at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University;
  •  not have any debt with the University
  •  be enrolled at least to the first year at the time of the mobility
  •  be in possession of the general requirements indicated in the Call for Proposals



Deadline for partecipating to the Erasmus + Study Programme A.Y 2018/2019: All documentation must be handed in no later than March 30.
The documents can be handed in by person to the Erasmus+ Office or sent by normal post or registered mail. The postal stamp will be considered in this case.

Following the publication of the ranking list, and, in order to formalize their acceptance or renunciation of the assigned exchange place, admitted student will have 3 working days to present themselves at the Erasmus + Office with:

  •  photocopy of a valid identity document
  •  photocopy of the codice fiscale
  •  declaration of acceptance of the exchange place
  •  declaration of Waiver for the exchange place

Those who, despite being suitable, do not accept the exchange place within three days, will automatically lose their place without further notice.

All successful candidates must report directly to the Erasmus + Office according to the regular opening hours for walk in or by appointment.

Incoming Traineeship Students

According to the guidelines established by the Erasmus+ Program – Traineeship, UniSR accepts European students in traineeships, which anyway have to be organized in the framework of specific agreements previously signed between the University and other divisions of the participating Institutions.

Please note that the deadlines for Erasmus+ Traineeship application are the same as for Erasmus+ Study:

– June 30th – I Semester and all year long
– December 1st – II Semester


Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014_2020

For any further details please contact us:

The Erasmus+  Office is in Via Olgettina 58 – 20132 Milan, Dibit 2, Floor 1
Office receiving  hours : Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 to 11.00 or upon appointment

For enquires, information and to schedule an appointment, please contact the Erasmus+ Officer,
dr Astrid Scaperrotta, PhD
ph. +39  (0)2.91751.580


Outgoing Traineeship Students
The Traineeship site must be searched and organized with the Faculty Erasmus Coordinator or Thesis Supervisor.

The Erasmus Traineeship can last minimum 2 months and maximum 12. The internship period and closure procedures must happen between June 1, 2018 & September 30, 2019
Abstract of the Official Call Erasmus+ – Mobility for Traineeship 2018-2019
Moduli Bando Erasmus+ Traineeship 2018-2019/Call for Erasmus+ Traineeship 2018-2019 – Forms

Deadline for partecipation to the Erasmus + Traineeship program A.Y 2018/2019: All documentation must be handed in no later than March 30, 2018.
The documents can be handed in by person to the Erasmus+ Office or sent by normal post or registered mail. The postal stamp will be considered in this case.

After the publishng of the rankings and,  in order to accept or refuse the assigned place, admitted students will have 3 working days to present to the Erasmus+ Office with:
– copy of an ID document
– copy of the codice fiscale
Acceptance declaration
Withdrawal declaration

Students who have been accepted for the Trainseeship but do not accept their place within 3 days will lose the place altogether with no further notice
All successful candidate must present to the Erasmus+ Office according to the regular opening hours of the front office or with appointment.

Please remember that requests of participation to the ERASMUS+ program must be presented by hand to the Erasmus + Office starting from March 1, 2018 and no later than Friday March 30, 2018.

The Erasmus + Office deals with the administrative procedures related to the Erasmus+ Program (Mobility for Study and Traineeship) and is part of the International Office which manages all issues related to international students and exchange programs.

The Erasmus+  Office is in Via Olgettina 58 – 20132 Milan, Dibit 2, Floor 1

Office receiving  hours : Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 to 11.00 or upon appointment

For enquires, information and to schedule an appointment, please contact the Erasmus+ Officer

dr Astrid Scaperrotta, PhD
ph. +39  (0)2.91751.580
Other contacts:
ph. +39 (0)2.91751.543/544


Welcome to Milan, the largest industrial and most cosmopolitan city of Italy situated in the Lombardy region which attracts many students, businessmen, fashion designers and tourists from all over the world.

Take your time to go through these pages and find out what Milan can offer you and what you need in order to settle down comfortably as an international student living in Italy.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Universities of Milan, together promote the many opportunities our city can offer.
As a foreign student, you will find many dedicated services, events and discounts and help with the many issues a foreign student may have when moving to Milan.
Click on this link to get directed to the link STUDY IN MILAN website.

The Municipality’s website can give you further  information on the city of Milan.

Emergency Numbers

Milan is a safe city but you should always take care when walking in certain areas and alone at dark.
We advise you not to walk around with all your money and documents at the same time and keep a watch for pick pockets on public transport and never leave your personal belongings unguarded when out and about.

Should you ever be in an emergency, you must dial the European Emergency number 112 (free of charge) or more specifically:

  • Ambulance:118
  • Police: 113
  • Carabinieri (police with military and civil duties): 112
  • Fire Department: 115

24h Pharmacies: 800 801185


Milan, like other major European cities, is expensive and monthly costs vary according to your choice of accommodation and lifestyle.  A student would roughly be spending around euro 1.000,00/1.200,00 per month for the room rent, food, transportation and other expenses, depending however on the student’s lifestyle.

The University has two dedicated Student Residences and enrolled students can request a room in one of them according to the regulations.

It may be  difficult to secure an apartment while you are still living abroad, mainly because you may not know the area surrounding San Raffaele or the city of Milan itself so you may not know where to look for apartments. It is also important to see the apartment and meet the people you will eventually be living with or the landlords/ladies before signing the contracts.

Please note that there is no official accommodation office within the University so the Student will be dealing with apartments and contract. The International  Office will however be able to give all the necessary help and contacts to foreign students for finding other residences close to the University or of realtors renting apartments.

If you are a hospital Visiting staff or PhD student or not enrolled to the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, you must contact the Secretary of the hospital/University department you will be referring to for guidance on finding accommodation should the information hereby published be unsufficient.

If you need a hotel close to San Raffaele for a short visit or for your relatives, you can book a room in the HOTEL RAFAEL which stands on the same premises.

National Holidays

Here are Italy’s National Holidays when University offices are closed  and no lessons are held.

  • New Year’s day: 1st January
  • Epiphany: 6th January
  • Easter Monday: Monday after Easter
  • Liberation Day: 25th April
  • Labour Day: 1st May
  • Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic: 2nd June
  • Assumption (Ferragosto): 15th August
  • All Saints’ Day: 1st November
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th December
  • Christmas: 25th December
  • St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day): 26th December
  • St. Ambrogio (Patron of Milan):7th December

Once you have enrolled you will receive a calender and timetable where you will find all these holidays and breaks you have during the year.

Where to Worship

Being a multicultural city, in Milan you will easily find where to go for Worshipping.
Here a just some indications to facilitate your research.