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Politecnico di Milano (Design) ARC EXC
Milano, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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English, Italian
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Agreement Scope:
Architecture, Design and Planning
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Politecnico di Milano

: Milan
Year established: 1863
Student population: 40,700
The Politecnico di Milano is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy. Located in the fashion capital of Milan, it’s been home to numerous famous scientists, engineers and architects.

The University is known for its engagement with the real world – along with quality teaching and innovative research, it collaborates closely with business and industry. Many of its courses are taught in English and it attracts international students from all over the world. Students given intensive career advice and the University fosters their connections with the business world.

Unique characteristics
The University offers innovative programmes through three schools of Engineering, two schools of Architecture and a school of Design. Its research focuses mainly on energy, transport, planning, management, design, mathematics and natural and applied sciences, ICT, built environment, cultural heritage. It has more than 130 laboratories including a wind tunnel and a crash test centre.

Politecnico di Milano is made up of seven campuses distributed in the cities of Milan, Como, Lecco, Cremona, Mantova and Piacenza. Milan is famous for its industry, finance – it’s the home of Italy’s stock exchange – and, of course, its fashion and design. Steeped with the history of the Roman Empire, it’s a place of art and culture, with the opera La Scala, the Duomo cathedral, numerous museums and art collections and amazing shopping.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Architecture and Design

Exclusions apply: This agreement is limited to the School of Design

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Term 1: September- January
Term 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Each subject is assigned a number of credits which the student obtains when he passes the final examination. Exams are graded using a grading scale of 30, where 18 is the minimum passing grade and 30 cum laude the highest grade.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Italian. Please note undergraduate level courses are taught in Italian only. Postgraduate level courses are taught in Italian and English.

Language Requirement
While there are units of study taught in English, language classes are available to exchange students wishing to improve their Italian.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Welcome services held at the beginning of the term
Support Services 
StuDesks (Student Desk) are reference units of the International Exchange Office for incoming exchange students

Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of Italy in Australia
Information from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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Student Experiences

Sabrina Zambetti
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Semester 2, 2015
Host City Highlights
There's so much to see and do in Milan including: all the amazing architectural landmarks such as: Il Duomo, La Galleria, Castello  Sforzesco as well as all the Art and History Museums such as: La Pinacoteca di Brera, La Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. The city also has an amazing Christmas spirit with Christmas Markets in Piazza Duomo which begin in December.
Uni Life
The university culture was very different to Sydney University - was difficult to make friends at first however after settling in I met many local students as well as students from all over Europe.
I studied my main Architectural Studio subject in Italian which was a challenge at first but really helped improve my Language skills to a fluent standard. I had Lessons 4 days a week -very long hours however lived very close to uni.
Food was amazing as was all of Italy. Milan is known for being more of an expensive city however, finding local restaurants outside of the centre of the city was key to finding quality food at a cheaper cost.
I lived in a small open space type apartment with Kitchen, Double Bed, Private bathroom, balcony, and internet. I lived on my own but quiet environment to study and extremely close to the university (3 mins walk).  I found the most suitable apartment via this website:
Money Matters
Approx. 700/month for accommodation and 40 euro/week (for food and other university expenses).
Getting Around
22 Euro/Month (Student Transportation Card i.e. For Milano Buses, Trains, Trams)
Excellent travel experiences throughout Italy due their extremely efficient high-speed trains The Cartafreccia also enabled me to get discounted student tickets.
Top Tips
-Study Plans i.e. Subject selection should be completed as soon as it becomes available due to limited places for exchange students especially Architecture Studios in English.
-Orientation Day or 'Registration Day' as they referred to it wasn't very organised and involved long waiting times - so I recommend students arrive early to avoid this.
-Met with Academic Advisor - they helped select subjects and fix any issues with subject selection but in saying this, students should be proactive and find out information for themselves.

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