Non-EU takes up 25-50% of each program
Depending on the capacity of these English medical courses at different universities, the EU spots may go up to 70 such as Rome Sapienza, Naples Federico, and Pavia. Meanwhile, Naples LV (*a.k.a. SUN or Campania) and Messina have relatively smaller capacity for EU applicants since these have quite high number of non-EU spots. In other words, the combined class sizes vary university by university, but the ratio between EU and non-EU spots are somewhere below 1:1 or 5:1, with a rough tendency that “younger” programs have “more spots for the non-EU students,” comparatively, with an exception to Pavia’s Harvey course that accommodates one of the largest non-EU spots around the country.
Affordability is the one good commodity
Italy has quite high reputation in terms of its “generous” scholarship (both merit-based and income-based) opportunities, even for its “foreign” students in wide range of study programs, meaning not only regular degree programs but also short-term visiting/exchange programs depending on the promotional budgets of each “public” university. In practice, one of the most attractive benefits that international students agree with is the “tuition fees” are quite realistic and affordable for the majority of European and North American students, as well as some Asian countries.
In short, the “maximum” amount of annual tuition fees are designated, mostly for “high-income (*annually above 75,000 USD per household)” category students “from Italy,” meaning that the majority of international students pay “quite below-than-average (*or median value)” unless they have “family income taxable and trackable by Italian tax authorities,” which are not really the cases for many students. Accordingly, approximately more than 70% of the international students pay between $1,000 and $2,500 USD per “year,” with some additional scholarship opportunities depending on the universities and their regional governments/organizations. In addition, some non-EU countries are categorized as “the lowest GDP group as default,” these students are actually paying below $500 USD per year, still with those scholarship opportunities (*not to mention dorms and meal plans.)
“You won’t pay more than 7% of what they pay for the undergrad and med schools in the US.”