About Italy:

Italy has played an important role in European higher education: Italy is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education" (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.

Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and are incentivating basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (biology, ICT, medicine, physics, etc.).

Italian Higher Education System

Italian higher education is structured in a binary system, consisting of two main articulations:

  • the university sector
  • the non-university sector

The University Sector

At present, the university sector is made up of 89 university institutions which are classified in:

  • 58 State universities
  • 17 non-State universities (legally recognised by the State)
  • 2 universities for foreigners
  • 6 higher schools specialised in postgraduate university studies
  • 6 telematic universities

The non-University Sector

The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions:

  • higher schools of design: polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories and recognised music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies, national academies
  • higher education in language mediation: higher schools for language mediators
  • higher integrated education (FIS): programmes of higher technical education & training (IFTS)
  • a few specific fields (e.g. archiving, diplomatics, restoration, military studies, etc.) which, along with their respective institutions, fall under the supervision of ministries other than that of Education


  • Founded in 1863, it is one of the leading Technical Universities in Europe
  • World Rank 31 and 9th Rank in Europe for Engineering and Technology
  • Ranked 93rd in the world for graduate Employability
  • Collaboration with 1850 Companies
  • Official statistics reveal that after graduation 95% of students find job. Others became Entrepreneurs
  • Value for money with low fee structure and latest specializations

Scholarship possibilities

  • Platinum (Tuition fee waiver + €10000 per year for living)
  • Gold (Tuition fee waiver + €5000 per year for living)
  • Silver (Tuition fee waiver)

Conditions to get scholarships

Every student applied on time is considered for evaluation. The scholarship chances are unpredictable as the grade requirement to each program differs from one another. Please don’t promote PoliMi on the basis of scholarships unless the student has grades above 85%.

Income based Scholarship

DSU Scholarship based on annual income of the family, which covers tuition fee. In some cases, housing allowances also be granted.

Admission Conditions

60% in Bachelors degree is compulsory. The grade requirement varies from program to program and refer the program database.

Application deadline

  • Feb 28th for Sept/October Intake
  • Aug 6th for Feb/March Intake