Politecnico di Milano

Milan, Como, Lecco, Cremona, Mantova and Piacenza
Italy

Language of instruction

English
Italian

Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. The university was inaugurated in 1863 and has always focused on the quality and innovation of its teaching and research. Today the drive to internationalisation sees PoliMi take part in the European and world network of leading technical universities, and currently holds the title of the best university in Italy.

Milan is well-known as a hub for designers, artists, photographers and models. It has an ancient city centre full of interesting buildings and palazzos.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 2 Semester (Spring) February–July
Semester 2 1 Semester (Autumn)  September–February

View the PoliMi academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PoliMi has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

PoliMi is made up of two campuses in Milan, and five additional campuses in surrounding cities:

  • Milan
    • Leonardo campus
    • Bovisa campus
  • Como campus
  • Lecco campus
  • Cremona campus
  • Mantova campus
  • Piacenza campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

28 ECTS credits per semester at PoliMi is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PoliMi.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the PoliMi course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

PLease consult  the undergraduate or postgraduate program information to get an idea of which PoliMi programme would fall within your UQ program:

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Architecture
Postgraduate
Architecture
Aerospace engineering
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Geotechnical engineering
Information technology
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Software engineering
Regional and town planning

Course restrictions

Students wishing to study in mainstream courses taught in Italian must have a B2 level of proficiency in Italian before applying to PoliMi.

There are limited places available for exchange students in courses that use design studios.

Additional academic information

Politecnico di Milano organises intensive Italian language courses for foreign students in September and semester-long programs starting in October. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may not be required to enrol in courses during the semester, but you must enrol in the exam instead.

PoliMi has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Politecnico di Milano has a number of university residence halls across each campus to which students may apply.

Cost of living

The cost of living while studying in Milan will ultimately depend on your expectations and lifestyle. It is recommended to evaluate a budget prior to commencing your exchange, considering usual expenses, initial fees and even emergency costs. To help prepare your budget, PoliMi has established a rough guide to the cost of living in Milan.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Please note that for non-EU students it is compulsory to hold health insurance in order to apply for the residence permit. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.