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ENGR Exchange Global E3: Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Milan, Italy
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Italian

To apply to this program, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page and review the application process for Exchanges.

The exchange program at the Politecnico di Milano will provide interested engineering students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge in the field of engineering and at the same time introduce them to new cultures and lifestyles. Students will choose from a selection of engineering courses instructed in English or enroll in regular courses in Italian if they have Italian language proficiency. Students who have interest in European cultures are suggested to apply for this program.

Host institution
The Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding universities in Europe, ranked 48th in the world and 14th in Europe among technical universities, according to The QS World University Ranking – Engineering & Technology 2012. Founded in 1863, it is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy, with three main campuses located in Milan, the heart of fashion and design industries and the venue of Expo 2015, and five more premises around the Lombardy region. Many important scientists and architects studied and taught here, among them Achille Castiglioni, Gio Ponti, Renzo Piano and Aldo Rossi, both Pritzker Prize in 1990 and 1998 respectively, and Giulio Natta, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963.

Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, many programmes are taught entirely in English, attracting an ever-increasing number of talented foreign students, which now form a diverse community from more than 100 different countries. 

Teaching is increasingly related to research, a key commitment that enables to achieve results of high international standards, while creating connections with the business world. Strategic research is carried out mainly in the fields of energy, transport, planning, management, design, mathematics and natural and applied sciences, ICT, built environment, cultural heritage, with more than 130 laboratories, among these also a Wind Tunnel and a Crash Test centre.

The exchange program at the Politecnico di Milano will provide interested engineering students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge in the field of engineering and at the same time introduce them to new cultures and lifestyles. Students will choose from a selection of engineering courses instructed in English or enroll in regular courses in Italian if they have Italian language proficiency. Students who have interest in European cultures are suggested to apply for this program.

Host City
The Politecnico di Milano has seven campuses: the two main ones are in Milano and four are spread around the Lombardia region, while Piacenza campus is in Emilia Romagna.

Lombardia is one of the largest regions in northern Italy and, thanks to its geographical position, it is close to some of the most characteristic panoramic countryside for the tourist who wants to get to know our country better: the mountains of the Alps and the renown ski resorts, the beaches of Liguria or the Venetian coast, always full of life in the summer months. Lombardia offers mountain landscapes perfect for winter sports, beautiful natural parks and characteristic villages, mostly around the areas of Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda and Lake Como. One particularity of the area is the Oltrepo Pavese, a land of rolling hills and medieval hamlets, that gives its name to a famous type of wine.

Thanks to the public transportation available in Milano, cities of art like Venezia, Verona, Bologna and Firenze are easily within reach for those who want to admire a small piece of Italian history and architecture.

The Lombardia Region brings you the opportunity to discover a treasure made of history and arts, nature, entertainment, and gastronomy, just enjoy it!

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Exchange programs are highly competitive and therefore space in each program is limited to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 3.25 GPA
  • You must have completed 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major
  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

It is highly recommended that students complete ITAL100 or higher before applying to the program. The Milan Exchange Program offers select courses in engineering as well as Italian language. There is a separate application for the Italian courses, about which students will receive further information after being accepted to the exchange program. There will be an entry test for the Italian course and students will be placed accordingly at one of four levels from very beginning to advanced. Course offerings can be viewed on the university's website.

Mechanical Engineering only option.

To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.

Credit
All credit you earn on this program will count at transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Politecnico di Milano will be converted as follows:
 

Politecnico di Milano Credit UMD Credit
.6 ECTS Credit 1 UMD Credit
5 ECTS Credit 3 UMD Credit

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on January 29, 2015.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the International Study Course Search hosted by the Clark School of Engineering website and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the  UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.

Grading
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
 

Politecnico di Milano Grade UMD Grade
18 C -

 

Students on the Milan Exchange Program will live in student residences or apartments in or around the city of Milan. Visit this website to view the avilable accommodation options.

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the ENGR Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 02/22/2018 06/29/2018
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018
Year (Fall-Spring) 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018