Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
  • No. Students: 2730
  • No. Staff: 177
  • Study mode: 12 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +390291751500
  • Fax:
  • +390291751453

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The University Vita-Salute San Raffaele (often abbreviated as UniSR) is an Italian private university based in Segrate, municipality in the Metropolitan Area of Milan, within the Opera San Raffaele by Don Luigi Maria Verzé, who was rector until his death, in 2011. The University is affiliated with the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, which since 2012 has joined the San Donato hospital group.

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was inaugurated in 1996 with its Psychology course, soon followed by the courses 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 the man, strongly believing that the human kind is biologically, psychologically and spiritually unique. The University is now part of the Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato.

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a point of 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, research centers, doctoral schools and masters.

The university is organized into the following faculties: 

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine and surgery
  • Psychology

The Faculty of Medicine and surgery collaborates with the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital and with the IRCCS and Clinics of the San Donato group.

  • Faculty of Psychology

  • Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

  • Faculty of Philosophy

The Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was first established in 1996 with the Department of Psychology stemming from the Department of Cognitive Science founded by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini in 1993. The program follows the general-cognitive and the experimental-clinical lines of thought.

The San Raffaele College and University was fundamentally born as an off-spring of an internationally renowned research hospital structure, where students attend basic research laboratories in many research fields, including neurology, neurosurgery, diabetology, molecular biology, AIDS studies among others. It has expanded since then to include research fields in Cognitive Science and Philosophy. Among the issues that are being studied in this university, beside clinical issues, are: philosophy of science, perception, biolinguistics, generative grammar and vision. San Raffaele University is a private university but all the professors teaching there do have the same status as public university professors and must have undergone a national selection as all other university professors in the country, such as the case of the Università Cattolica or the Bocconi University in Milan.

The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery proposes courses in Medicine and Surgery and in Biotechnology, both with strong scientific connotations, where the students go on ward rounds from their very first year. Moreover, the University Courses in Nursing and in Physiotherapy offer advanced teaching together with intense practical clinical training. In addition to these courses the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University also houses a number of Medical Training Programmes.

From 1999 a new Department has been created: the Department of Philosophy.

A new medical course was commenced alongside the Italian medical course in 2010. The International MD Program at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University has been designed to foster a new kind of doctor. This doctor will possess the necessary human, cultural, and professional values to provide healthcare and share ideas in today’s globalized world. The course is entirely in English and offers an innovative curriculum. Half of the seats are reserved for EU citizens while the other half for Non-EU citizens, making it truly international.

On July 18, 2011, the Italian national newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore published a general ranking of Italian universities. Vita-Salute San Raffaele University was awarded the top placement among Italian private universities.

The University has two student residences on campus; Cascina Melghera and Cassinella.

General Admission

The admission test for the International MD Program and for the Master Degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biology has been postponed to June 9 and will be delivered in an online proctoring format meaning candidates will sit the test in their homes.

The test had already been postponed to may 20, but due to the COVID-19 emergency and to worldwide restrictions on openings and travelling, in order to offer all candidates the same opportunity to take the admission test, this latter will be delivered in an online protoctoring format.

The new deadline for registering to the test is now May 31. 

Erasmus+ Study

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.

Before leaving Sending Institution

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 Inmmunization form below which certifies their Health check;
  • Procure the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for medical assistance;
  • Present 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.

When at UniSR

Erasmus students should finalize their enrollment within 2 days of their arrival.To do this, you must hand the following documents in to the Erasmus+ Office

  • 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.

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large city of Milano, Lombardia. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (UniSR) is a small  coeducational higher education institution. Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (UniSR) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

This 24 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Italian higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.

The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.

University Residences

Students who choose to live in the Vita-Salute University Residences will find a welcoming environment which brings people together and ensures that the student can grow and flourish personally, culturally and academically. The two newly reconstructed typical Lombardy farmhouses offer comfortable private bedrooms and common rooms for studying together and for living the exciting experience of being part of the student community.Living in the University Residences will allow students to focus completely on their studies, instead of having to deal with housing issues, and will enrich their experience at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

Counselling Service

For students that request its services, the Counselling Service is dedicated to confronting, in a targeted manner, disruptions or personal problems that to differing extents limit the possibility of reaching the level of growth that is usually achieved during university programmes.

IT classrooms

Multimedia simulations, on-line tests and IT tools are powerful aids to learning, which do not replace but certainly reinforce and support more traditional teaching. Therefore, the modern, leading-edge Vita-Salute San Raffaele University wasted no time in acquiring a state-of-the-art IT system to serve its teaching and research.The University makes IT classrooms, all equipped with the latest operating system and software package releases, available both for individual use and for lessons.

The International Office

The International Office is the referent for activities linked to the Internationalization strategies of UniSR; from Orientation and International Student recruitment to managing cooperation agreements and joint programs, from the Erasmus+ Programme and other Exchange inititaives to International Student Help desk. 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 offers general assistance during their permanence in Italy and UniSR.


With the birth of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and its transfer to the DIBIT building, the library has become both more modern and more functional as far as space and services are concerned in order to support both teaching and research activities. Situated on the first floor of the DIBIT building, the library has a large and luminous consultation hall, posts for on-line research and, thanks to the so-called “open shelf” collocation, permits direct access to the material available to every user. There are 40,000 volumes of periodicals and over 400 active subscriptions. The monographic collection amounts to around 6,000 volumes.

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