Your Exchange at MIP Politecnico di Milano

Each year over 50 exchange students come from our partner universities to spend their term in Italy at our School. Studying at MIP, even just for a short exchange, offers a valuable and rewarding experience. You will have the chance to immerse into our vibrant culture in an international environment. We value all exchange students for their contribution to the diversity of our classes as they bring valuable insights from their cultures, contributing to expand the personal and professional network students build during their experience at MIP.
Come onboard and take part in our Exchange Programs: we are happy to welcoming you in Milan!

The Exchange Program Office

The Exchange Program office is the liaison office between our School and Exchange students, and will support you during your stay at MIP in all matters related to curricular activities.
Once your exchange application has been formally approved, you  will receive an e-mail with important information, including details on how to activate your  MIP account and how to gain access to the MIP Knowledge Management System.
When the exchange term is approaching, you will be invited to an orientation session – generally scheduled on the very first day of classes or shortly before that – for you to get to know our team and your fellow exchange students, receive the Welcome Kit and get ready to start your experience.

The International Students Office

The ISO helps you with all non-academic matters related to your stay. Among other things, the ISO can assist with:

  • Migration formalities for your stay in Italy
  • Accommodation
  • Public transportation, banking, insurance cover in Italy, emergencies.

Upon your arrival, you will be invited to attend an orientation session with us to learn about life in Milan and to prepare any document you will need for your legal stay in Italy.

The European Credit Transfer System is used by Italian and European universities to evaluate and measure the workload and teaching hours as well as the higher education outcome of every single course. Credits also measure the workload required to pass examinations, which includes class attendance, group work, laboratory work and individual study.

One credit corresponds to a workload of about 25 hours and the yearly workload for an average study course corresponds to about 60 credits.

Exams in Italy are graded using a grading scale of 30, where 18 is the minimum passing grate and 30 cum laude the highest grade.

Italian Grading System

Excellent27/30 to 30 cum laude
Good24/30 to 26/30
Satisfactory21/30 to 23/30
Barely passing   18/30 to 20/30
Fail0 to 17/30


Non-EU Students coming on a short stay of a maximum of 90 days will not always be required to obtain a study visa for their time here in Milan. Depending on your country of citizenship, some students will need to apply for a visa of up to 90 days in duration, which must be obtained through the Italian Consulate or embassy in the country where you reside prior to your arrival in Italy. They will obtain a study visa type C.

Other students will not require a visa and will be able to enter Europe without a visa for up to 90 days.

Please, contact the Italian consular authorities in the country where you reside to enquire as to what your individual visa requirements may be. The Italian Consulate will provide the list of documents needed for your visa application, where applicable.

Please, be aware that if you would like to avoid the residence permit procedure, you will need to carefully plan your stay in order not to overstay the 90 days. Instead, if you intend to stay longer, please refer to the section immediately below.

Study visa for Italy

For any non-EU student staying in Italy for a period longer than 90 days from the point of entry in the Schengen area, a study visa and permit of stay (in Italian permesso di soggiorno) will need to be obtained. The study visa must be arranged several weeks prior to your travel to Italy, through a consulate or embassy in the country where you currently reside.

The Italian Consulate will provide the list of documents needed for your visa application. You will obtain a study visa type D.

Our Exchange Program Office will provide you with a letter attesting to your acceptance to the Exchange program for visa purpose.
Please note: the letter will report the starting and end date of your Exchange. If your classes will only take place in a period of 90 days or less, it is uncertain whether the Consulate will grant you a visa exceeding 90 days or not.

If you have obtained a long study visa type D, read the ‘permit of stay’ section immediately below.

Students who have obtained a D type visa will need to undergo the permit of stay procedure in Italy

The permit of stay is completed once you are in Italy. The application must be submitted within 8 working days of your entry in Italy or in the Schengen area (if you stop over in another country before coming to MIP). The relevant documents and forms are compiled at the orientation session, which is held with the ISO upon your arrival.
Please, enquire about your specific situation for detailed information.

Documents for your permit of stay application

  • A valid passport
  • Visa
  • The original Admission letter to your Exchange Program, stamped by the Italian Consulate at the time your visa is granted
  • Private health cover for the intended period of stay. The insurance must cover you in the entire Schengen area and for the whole period of your stay. The insurance policy document must be written in English
  • Cash for the permit of stay application
  • 2 passport photographs

Make sure you have all above listed documents with you as you arrive in Italy. For any doubt, please write to the ISO.

Having adequate health cover for your stay in Italy will be important, especially for students requiring a permit of stay for Italy.

Students should:

  • Purchase health insurance from a reputable international or national provider. This health insurance should cover them for the entire duration of the intended stay in Milan
  • Provide proof of health insurance if necessary for visa purposes
  • Make sure their private insurance meets the criteria for the permit of stay application (for stays of more than 90 days): it must cover them for the entire period of their visa or intended stay, must cover them in the entire Schengen Area, and the insurance policy must be written in English or Italian
  • Bring any relevant prescriptions or medical equipment/information relevant to their own medical needs. This is in the event of illness or injury and for peace of mind only. No such document will be requested by the School.

If you are a citizen of Brazil, Argentina, Capo Verde, Australia and Tunisia, you will be able to benefit of the healthcare agreement between Italy and your country. In order to be entitle to medical assistance in Italy, please obtain the healthcare mutual agreement document from the health authority of your country.

Purchasing health cover in Italy

Non-European students, planning to stay longer than 90 days, and who have obtained a long study visa, type D, will have the option of buying insurance in Italy for their permit of stay application.
The company Generali Italia S.p.A. offers an insurance cover for international students at a cost of Euro 49 for 6 months. This insurance, however, will only cover you for emergencies involving hospitalization.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Ambulance: 118
  • Red Cross: 02 3883
  • After hour on call doctor: 02 34567


Short Term Students are given the option of booking accommodation through an MIP agreed accommodation provider. The ISO will send you an updated list of available accommodation options weeks before your arrival.

For more information, visit our Accommodation website.

If you are looking at renting privately, see our Private Rental Guide under the Documents For Download session at the ISO website 

Milan is more expensive than smaller cities in Italy or Europe but less expensive than several big European cities.

Students should prepare themselves financially for their short exchange in Italy. Ideally, this should be an amount that is adequate to cover your living and accommodation expenses for the duration of your stay.

Current students have budgeted around Euro 900 to Euro 1,000 per month to stay in Milan.

Important information

Please be aware, that in Italy there is a cash transaction limit of Euro 999.99. This means that any payment of Euro 1,000 or over, must be made by card or bank transfer. Foreign cheques are very difficult to change. Travellers cheques are hardly ever accepted anywhere.

For everyday payments, credit cards are widely accepted at many businesses and shops, with exception to government building and retailers, which generally only accept cash.

Chinese students, at the time their visa is granted, might be asked to enter Italy with a cheque for an indicated amount, which can cover their expenses in Italy. We have experienced that these students can have difficulties changing this cheque in Milan. We suggest that you obtain it at the Bank of China so that you will be able to exchange it at their Milan’s branch, located in the city centre.

To help you budget for your exchange, please visit the Cost of Living section of the ISO website.

Milan has a very efficient and cost effective transport system, with the suburb of MIP well serviced by buses, trams and the urban rail network that connect the School with the rest of Milan and surrounding areas.

Transport Services Include:

  • Buses and trams – extensive coverage across all areas of the city
  • The Milan metro – four separate lines providing fast and direct travel
  • Urban and Regional Rail line – connecting Milan with towns and cities in the greater Lombardy Region

MIP is on the urban railway line (blue line, also called passante ferroviario), just two minutes walk from both BOVISA and VILLAPIZZONE stations.

At your orientation session, you will receive detailed information on how to obtain a transport card.

Tickets prices

  • One way ticket: €1.50 (valid 90 minutes from the time of validation)*
  • One day ticket: €4.50 (valid 24 hours from first validation)
  • Two days ticket: €8.25 (valid 48 hours from first validation)
  • Weekly ticket, 2 trips per 6 days: €10
  • Carnet – 10 tickets: €13.80 (includes 10 one way tickets)*
  • Weekly card: € 11.30 + €10 for issuing the card (valid Monday to Sunday, unlimited travel).

*Each ticket is valid for a single journey on the metro or urban railway line, but. May not be used simultaneously by more than one passenger.

Monthly Cards

While in Milan you can purchase a monthly travel card which allows unlimited travel throughout the city. The cost is 35 Euro for the month or 22 Euro if you are aged 26 or under. The issue of the card costs 10 Euro (payable once only).

For more information, visit our Public transport site.


The Politecnico di Milano Library Services comprise online resources and several libraries located in the different campuses. Exchange students can obtain access by requesting a temporary card.

Visit the Politecnico Library Services site.

For specific information on services and the use of resources, contact the Ask@your library service accessible from the same site.

The Durando Campus Library is located at 10, Via Durando (Bovisa Durando Campus, Building B9, driveway from 72, Candiani Street).

The Library at Via Lambruschini, near us, and its annex study room are located at 15, Via Lambruschini (La Masa Campus, Building 20, 1st floor). The library is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm while the study room opens until 8:00 pm.


The canteen at our campus, mensa, is located at 34, Via La Masa, Building 24. If functions as a café, self-service restaurant and pizzeria. Outside lunch hours, it can be used as study area. Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4.30 pm

Students sport activities at Politecnico di Milano are organized by Polimi Sport. View their activities at the Polimi Sport site.

Also, a gym close to our campus offers memberships at competitive prices to exchange students. View more at www.youcanfitnessclub.it

MIP is located in Bovisa, which is a suburb in the North of Milan. MIP is situated on the urban railway line – S line, also called blue line or passante ferroviario. Two station are very close to our building: BOVISA and VILLAPIZZONE, both within 5 minutes walk from our School.

MIP’s full address is Via Lambruschini 4C, Building 26/A, 20156, Milano


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