About Politecnico di Milano

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one the most outstanding technical universities in Europe and the largest Italian university in Engineering, Architecture and Design, with more than 47,000 students.

The latest QS University Rankings place Politecnico di Milano at the top position in Italy, among the best 10 technical universities in Europe and within the top 50 technical universities worldwide. 

Scientific research plays a central role in the university mission thanks to strong links to corporate research, to the availability of considerable European funds and of several well-equipped laboratories, which also ensures advanced and high-quality teaching.

The list of Politecnico di Milano notable alumni include renown professionals and scientists, such as Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi, both Pritzker Price winners, and Giulio Natta, Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Politecnico di Milano is a member of IDEA League, a strategic alliance among five leading European universities of technology.

The university has got two main campuses located in Milan and other seats in nearby towns (Lecco, Piacenza, Mantova, Cremona), chosen for their particular heritage or location.  

Milan is the heart of the Italian economy and finance; it is the city of innovation, design, fashion and of scientific and technological research. The university is very international but at the same time still deeply rooted in the Italian culture.

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    Timothy, MSc in Integrated Product Design

    Testimonial from Timothy, MSc in Integrated Product Design, student at Politecnico di Milano

    Timothy is from Philadelphia and he is a Design graduate at Politecnico di Milano.

    Thanks to the university's well-equipped laboratories, he was able to develop his own creative ideas. He also had the opportunity to take part in Alta Scuola Politecnica and to work with other students in multidisciplinary teams on real-life projects.

    Follow his advice and be prepared for the experience of a lifetime!

    Listen to Timothy's experience here: My life at Polimi - USA

    Sebastian, MSc in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering

    Testimonial from Sebastian, MSc in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering, student at Politecnico di Milano

    Sebastian, from Bogotá, chose Politecnico di Milano for its high-quality teaching and fell in love with Milan's multicultural atmosphere.

    While in Italy, he grew fond of running and participated in the Polimi Run, a competition which takes place twice a year.

    After graduating in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering, he went on to work for an Environmental Engineering company in Milan. 

    Listen to Sebastian's experience here: My life at Polimi - Colombia

    Rogerio and Yiwei

    Testimonial from Rogerio and Yiwei, student at Politecnico di Milano

    Rogerio, from Brazil, and Yiwei, from China, met each other thanks to Politecnico di Milano Buddy project.

    The Buddy project matches new international students with current students of the university according to the programme and the interests of the two.

    A Buddy is a current student who, on a voluntary basis, will help one international student by getting in contact before arrival, answering questions, giving useful tips, introducing student life at the university and in the city for the first three months after arrival.

    Listen to some of Polimi buddies’ experience here and click here to know more about the Buddy program.

Courses at Politecnico di Milano

There are 65 courses listed from Politecnico di Milano. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at Politecnico di Milano

Students enrolled in a Master of Science programme have several scholarships opportunities.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to the most talented students admitted to the first and the second semester. The scholarship covers the tuition fees and may provide beneficiaries with free accommodation in a student residence and/or pocket money.

Further funding opportunities are offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI). The application is usually open from March till June.

Applicants to the 1st semester (September intake) coming from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, People’s Republic of China, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam can apply for scholarships offered under the Invest your Talent in Italy project.

U.S. students applying to a postgraduate programme at Politecnico di Milano may apply to a Fulbright award.

Find out more about scholarships for International Master's students.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Accommodation Information for Students

International students can apply for a place in one of our students residences, located near all our campuses.

Thanks to agreements signed by Politecnico di Milano, students may also find accommodation in private residences and colleges at special conditions.

Visit our Residences website to have a look at the available solutions for our students.

Study Abroad Information

Politecnico di Milano offers its students the opportunity to participate in high quality international projects based on EU programmes and on special agreements with many partner universities. Every year, more than 1,200 students from Politecnico di Milano take part in international mobility programmes and we have the pleasure of welcoming about the same number of students from our partner institutes. The students selected for a specific programme have the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by spending a period at a partner university, thereby acquiring credits fully recognised by Politecnico di Milano.

There are various opportunities, such as a period of study as part of Erasmus mobility, non-EU bilateral agreements or special programmes; a work placement in companies or university labs; a period abroad to prepare a thesis; double degrees.

Facts about Politecnico di Milano

  • Year institution founded: 1863
  • Total enrolled: 45304
  • Number of Professors: 1403

Other Information

Politecnico di Milano forms highly skilled professionals. According to the latest QS employability rankings, Politecnico di Milano is at 41st position worldwide. In fact, the employability rates of international students are stunning and 50% remain in Italy for their first job. The University Career Service offers students advice during their studies and after, creating a direct link to employers. Job fairs are organised on campus with over 200 companies and students may have the opportunity of carrying out internships.

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