In the academic year 2015/2016, the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II’, for the first time in its 792 years of existence, ufficially opene...
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In the academic year 2015/2016, the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II’, for the first time in its 792 years of existence, ufficially opened its doors to a new course, Medicine and Surgery, completely taught in English language, in parallel with the Italian Medicina e Chirurgia, and with the aim of guaranteeing the formation of future medical workers. In a world in which English is the most recognizable language and essential for everyday activities, especially at workplace, the University deemed it necessary to give students the opportunity to study Medicine and Surgery in this language and also provide materials, professors and methods of teaching. The first class of Medicine and Surgery commenced on 9th of November 2015 and it comprises of 20 students from Napoli and province, Milan, Rovigo, Bari and foreign students from the United Kingdom, Greece, France and Cyprus.

TEACHING Lessons take place in the biotechnology building situated in Via Pansini. This is a very conducive environment for studying and with modern infrastructures. The classes have included a computer with internet connection, a video projector and throughout the entire complex (including other buildings in the polyclinic), there is the possibility to use the University’s wifi, ensuring therefore that students always stay connected and are able to use online resources for studying.

‘What I love about this course is the possibility to have a more direct contact with the professors, improving in this way learning. Also the fact that we students are from diverse countries and cultures, a melting pot, we learn more about each other’s culture, food or language.’

Lessons for first year commence at 1.30pm to end between 4.00pm and 6.00p.m (depending on lectures of the day). P.S: there has been a solicit from the students to have lectures in the morning, when final announcement concerning this shall be made known, it will be communicated.

The professors are very competent, with an excellent knowledge of not only English as a language, but also of how to give lectures in English. Compared to other English taught medical Universities in Italy, this University has the advantage of more teacher-student interaction, due to the reduced number of course attendees. Lessons have obligatory attendance and you can miss lessons for only 25% of total lesson hours. Depending on the course and the professor, you can have assignments, group works, midterm verifications during the entire period of the course. The 6 year study plan can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3n6epcktwEXQXZ3UmVEM3k0Vms/view?usp=sharing EXAMS: exams take place in 3 different periods. The first period, spanning from January to March is the Winter exam period. You have 3 calls, i.e 3 times to take each exam, but in the winter period, Federico II, the first non laic you can only do 2 out of the 3 calls. So for example student A can university in the world, in its 792 decide to have Chemistry in January and if he/she doesn’t pass, years of existence, has been known there is the possibility to retry the exam or in February or in March. for its education quality and is a If he/she still doesn’t pass, then the exam can be retaken in a synonym of high standard of subsequent exam period. The second exam period aka Summer teaching and guaranties formation exam period is in the months of June and July; unlike the winter of highly qualified students. exam period, there are 2 calls, and you can try both times (if you fail 1st call). The last exam period, in the months of September and October is the ‘Extraordinary’ exam period and like the summer exam period, there are 2 calls and you can try both times. A typical exam consists of a first phase or written phase of mcq (multiple choice questions)


and to access the second phase of exam (oral), you need to answer 18/30 questions. An atypical exam can be only written, only oral, or written with no obligation to do oral exams. P.S: exams can be taken as many times until the student eventually passes, you don’t fail the year if you don’t pass an exam.

STUDY AREAS The biotechnology complex consists of two study rooms: one on the ground floor and the other on the second floor. Other places to study include building 20, where the computer room, library and three more study rooms are located and the ‘gazebo’, little buildings in the garden, ideal for studying during summer. Note that each room presents an functional air condition, to make studying during sunny days more comfortable.

BAR/RESTAURANTS/SHOPPING MALL/BOOKSHOP The biotechnology complex has a bar. Here you can have coffees, hot chocolates, buy snacks, chocolate bars, pastries, fruits, drinks or ice-creams. There is also the possibility during lunch time to order food from here. The University has two restaurants where to eat during lunch time. One is inside the Cardarelli hospital, while the other is in building 22 of the ‘Being a fuorisede, i.e a polyclinic. student away from home, and Here, with with little or no time to cook, the students’ discount card (smartcard), you have complete meal (primo, the smartcard enables me to second, contorno, fruit and yogurt) for 3euros. There is also the possibility have a complete meal at low to have a gluten free or vegetarian menu. Each restaurant has a bar. prices. The mini-market is also useful for shopping without In building 22, there is a shopping mall where students can shop. A having to leave the polyclinic mini-market is also here. complex or last-minute shopping’

Outside the polyclinic and in the shopping mall, there are the bookshops where you can also print, photocopy or scan books at really low prices (0.03 cents for a black and white page) or buy medical equipments like white coat or. Around the polyclinic, there are mini-bars and shops where you can purchase things.

TRANSPORT, HOUSING AND UNIVERSITY LIFE The polyclinic is easily accessible by metro or by bus, so arriving there is super easy. The polyclinic has its own metro station (Linea 1 policlinico), there is a bus stop in front of the polyclinic and buses like 150 (from Napoli Centrale train station), 139, C41, R4, C44 stop at the Cardarelli hospital which is just opposite the polyclinic. In the polyclinic, there are small buses known as ‘navette’ which take people, for free, throughout the whole area of the polyclinic. WHY CHOOSE FEDERICO II? Transportation is very cheap: a one way ticket costs 1euro and you can use it for any means of transportation in the city. There is also possibility to do weekly, monthly or annual transport subscription (abbonamento). The University gives opportunity to students with low income to have a room in its hostels at cheap prices. You get a room by applying when the announcement come out on the adisu unina site.

At Federico II, you can count on many economical concessions and scholarships for housing, restaurant vouchers, and awards offered by the Ateneo and external entities.

For those who prefer to find an apartment, there are student houses around the polyclinic area, Colli Aminei, Rione Alto, Montedonzelli, Medaglie d’Oro and Vanvitelli. There are also houses in the city center (Museo, Dante, Toledo). Houses here are usually one year contract, with or without expenses (spese condominiali), you can get a room to share with someone else, a single room or an apartment for yourself or to share with someone else (monolocale, bilocale). Advertisements for free rooms or apartments can be easily seen around polyclinic or notice boards and there are also groups on facebook like ‘camere per studenti Napoli’, ‘affitta casa Napoli e provincia’, ‘cerco/offro ‘Finding a house in Naples is affitti, camera, appartamenti Napoli’ etc or sites like subito.it or super easy. Housing costs are affittacamere where house owners place advertisement or affordable and transportation to students can search for apartments or rooms. the university is guaranteed The university offers scholarships to students (borse di studio). thanks to the metro every 7-10 These can be obtained based on income and educational credits minutes and the buses.’ obtained (the number of educational credits depend on how many exams you have given because each exam comes with a credit and a personal score). There are also scholarships for housing and meals at the University’s restaurants. Also, in the university, there is possibility to participate to extracurricular activities organized by students union, to participate to seminar and conferences or to languages courses for free.

NAPLES, THE CITY Naples is located halfway between two volcanic areas, the volcano Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields. The city is noted for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy and, in the modern day, the historic centre of the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The metropolitan area of Naples is the

WHY CHOOSE FEDERICO II? Federico II, over the years has been a host to distinguished guests and scholars like Tommaso d’Aquino, Giordano Bruno, Antonio Cardarelli and Pietro Castellino, becoming day after day a prestigious institute and a point of reference nationally and internationally. Don’t miss out on this occasion to become an alumni of this prestigious center of education.

second most populated in Italy and one of the largest in all of Europe with around 3.8 million people.

The whole history of Naples is based on the concept of welcoming foreigners and of different cultures living side by side. The city's enviable geographical position half-way down the Italian coast makes it easy to reach from anywhere in the world. The wonderful historical, artistic and archaeological heritage is an intrinsic part of the city. At the same time, one mustn't forget its contemporary creative nature which ensures the city always has some new project on the go, some new goal, and plenty of new ideas. Naples is a city on the sea, a place full of light yet with dark, hidden foundations. It has a great cultural and artistic identity which is stamped on the brow of its many museums, castles, churches, squares, narrow streets and archaeological remains. It is a city in which culture, art and "light" mix with the obscure darkness of a hidden, submerged, underground world. ‘Piazza Bellini, Piazza Medaglie Naples is also renowned for its cuisine, especially pizza and coffee. There d’Oro, Piazza Vanvitelli, Arenile are also non Neapolitan dishes like kebab, sushi, arab, greek etc. Food is night club, Alter ego, street always in every angle and cheap. concerts, Erasmus students nights, Slash bar, Cannabistrò, just to Toledo is the main center for shopping with stores like H&M, Alcott, mention a few. Night life is Naples Yamamay, Berska, Mac cosmetics etc. There are also gyms and fitness is always eventful.’ centers around Naples. Night life for students is a busy one without always something to do. The main center is the centro storico, especially Bellini square, which is always full of students in the night and low cost drinks. Also Piazza del Gesù Bambino and Vomero are another spot. There are night clubs, usually with free entry and fuorisede groups for people who aren’t Neapolitans to hang out together.