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Be among the lucky students who get to study at the world famous Rome campus of Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)—the largest private medical school in Italy (and all of Europe)! Enroll in courses in English covering global health and health systems to complement any pre-health degree plan. Learn from renowned faculty-practitioners who specialize in cutting edge fields such as medical humanities, bioethics, medical anthropology and other interdisciplinary areas.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation




Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to rising sophomores to seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun 10, 2022 - Jul 9, 2022 $6,800 Apr 15, 2022 No Extension Apr 30, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Rome programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life came to a permanent standstill in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centers. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption thus captured a moment in time.

    Sorrento is a resort town set atop rocky, picturesque cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is dotted with numerous beach towns that offer great shopping and dining, as well as breathtaking views of the sea.

    One of the beautiful islands off the coast of Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a top tourist destination. Famous for its limestone crags and the Blue Grotto, students will enjoy the laid-back, serene nature of this exotic retreat.

  • Florence

    Florence is a city that welcomes visitors, artists, and students to walk its streets, to relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences and to glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the medieval artisan traditions are still alive today, as seen in the daily open-air markets. API introduces students to the sights, sounds, and art that embrace a visitor at every turn in the flowering city of Florence.

What You’ll Study

Enroll in Europe's largest private medical school with students from around the world. This program welcomes all health/pre-health majors, including: public health, nursing, biology, psychology, biochemistry, and more! Some helpful pre-requisites to have for this program include introduction to statistics as well as some familiarity with introductory epidemiology.

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    Naike Valeriano

    Naike will be one of your Resident Directors in Rome and will be a resource for you while you are in Italy!

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    Alessio Balduini

    Alessio Balduini will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!


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Learn from renowned faculty-practitioners who specialize in cutting edge fields such as medical humanities, bioethics, medical anthropology, and other interdisciplinary areas.

Global Health and Epidemiology

One of the overall goals of the course is introducing the students to the concepts and definitions of epidemiology and global health, as well as global health challenges governance. The course will enable students to calculate and interpret the measures of the global health burden of diseases, health indicators and major determinants of disease. One part of the lessons will be focused on infectious diseases and outbreaks but will also cover the topics of vaccination policies around the world. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be explored, placing particular focus on the global epidemic rise of these conditions and preventive measures.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage

The aim of this course is to analyze the key factors that affect the organization of a health care delivery system oriented to provide universal coverage to the population in a public welfare system. The challenge of social oriented healthcare systems is to comply with the need of the access to technological innovation, pursuing environmental, social and economic sustainability. The course will address these topics through an innovative approach, aimed at integrating different disciplinary perspectives such as, among others, economics, psychology, public health, clinical medicine, bioethics, clinical engineering, sociology and international law. Different teaching approaches will be used: lectures, team works, role playing, guided visits will provide the students with an embedding experience in the reality of a universal health care system.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Students will be provided shared, fully furnished API apartments of approximately 2-8 students. Single or double accommodation is possible. Wifi is included.