Exchange programmes

Politecnico di Milano has many exchange agreements with the most qualified universities in Europe and in the world. 

Each year more than 1.800 exchange students enjoy quality in teaching and research within the three macro areas: Engineering, Architecture and Design.

The International Mobility Unit of Politecnico di Milano supports incoming students before, during and after the exchange period.

Mobility timeline

APPLICATIONfrom 1st April to 15th Mayfrom 1st October to 15th November
NOMINATIONwithin 15th Maywithin 15thNovember
ACCEPTANCEend of Junemid December
STUDY PLAN SUBMISSION (compulsory)July/AugustFebruary
WELCOME WEEKbeginning of Septemberend of February
CHECK OUTbefore leaving PoliMibefore leaving PoliMi
TORavailable after all exams are correctly recordedavailable after all exams are correctly recorded

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for an exchange period at Politecnico di Milano you have to contact the international office of your home institution first and ask them for information, since each partner university has its own pre-selection process with specific pre-requisites and timing.

You may apply from 1st April to 15th May for Autumn arrivals and from 1st October to 15th November for Spring arrivals.

If you have been selected by your home institution you are invited to

  1. register in order to get person code and password (New User? Register). Keep a copy of the ID card or passport ready for upload
  2. get access to the online application and complete all five parts of the application form . The first part imports data from the registration (step 1) and is already completed, but please check the correctness.
    As final step you will be required to upload: 
  • your most recent Transcript of Records
  • for Architecture and Design students only: portfolio

Please note: you may log in even after the deadline (using your person code and password) in order to check how your application proceeds (nomination by home university, acceptance as exchange student)

Once you have applied your home university has to confirm your selection by officially nominating you through our Nomination Tool in the Online Services. 

Only applications from students who have been officially nominated by their home university will be considered. 

Remember that the Italian educational system is 3 + 2. If you are enrolled in your 4th year at your home institution you should apply for a MSc course at Polimi.


Once you will be accepted by Politecnico di Milano, you will receive a confirmation message. The same message will be sent to the contact person at your home university that you indicated in the application.

A formal acceptance letter for exchange students applying for visa can be downloaded by authorized staff (nominators) at your home university.

After your acceptance you will be officially enrolled at Politecnico di Milano. After your acceptance, you are assigned a matriculation number. Please follow the attached instructions to set up your student profile in the Online Services.