List of documents required by the Admissions Office

Below please find the list of the required application documents. 

Note: Official academic documents (Academic transcript, University qualification, Detailed study programme and letter of recommendation) are accepted in Italian, English, French or Spanish. From the second semester 2017-18 motivation letter(s), Portfolio and Cv must be provided in English or Italian. 


Online application receipt and Academic transcript must be sent by post to: 

Politecnico di Milano - International Admissions Office   
Students Affairs Unit
Via Golgi 42  
20133 Milano (MI) - Italy 


No additional posted documents will be considered. 

If you send your documents with your friends' ones, please separate the files carefully in the envelope.

On line application receipt

The online application receipt contains general information about you (i.e. first name, family name, date of birth, nationality, etc.); the academic year and semester you are applying to; the Master of Science programmes chosen; etc.

After completing STEP 5 of the online application, you have to:

  • download save and print out the PDF file of the application receipt from the box “Polimi Official Documents” within the online account
  • send it by post with your transcript to the International Admissions Office:
    Politecnico di Milano International Admissions Office
    Students Affairs Unit 
    Via Golgi 42 
    20133 Milano (MI) - Italy

Academic transcript

An academic transcript is an official document issued by the university registrar’s office containing courses taken, grades received and the relation between credits and hours for each course (if applies to your educational system).

The International Admissions office accepts only original or certified copies of Transcripts. A certified copy is a copy with an original stamp of your university. It is required in order to verify the validity of the document you uploaded.

Please do NOT send transcripts legalized by the Italian Diplomatic Representatives. Such document will be required eventually in order to enroll but at this stage (application) it is not necessary nor advisable to send them by post, considering their importance.

An official translation into Italian or English of the transcript is required in case the original document is in a language other than Italian, English, French or Spanish. The translation must contain an original stamp of an official translator, be stick to the copy of the original document and be certified as true copy. Photocopies are not accepted.

Grading scale and GPA verified by your university must be included in the document or attached to it. The office will consider only the GPA related to your bachelor degree and will not make any average with other degree such as Associate degree or Master degree. If the cumulative average grade (percentage or weighted score) is not provided on the Bachelor's transcript or diploma, you are required to submit a separate official University document stating the GPA.
The minimum GPA required may vary according to the grading scale and the minimum passing grade envisaged by each university. The International Admissions Office reserves the right to uphold any decision made on our own assessment.

Candidates from some countries are requested to have their transcripts sent directly by their universities to our offices.
Direct transcripts transfer
If it is your case, you are asked to upload online the Student Copy of your academic transcripts.

Please, note that any document received by the Politecnico di Milano will not be returned to the applicant.


You have to upload the academic transcript on the online application form as a PDF file and then to send by post the original transcript or a certified copy of it to the International Admissions Office. If your transcripts are not original/certified, the International Admissions Office will not consider your application: 

Politecnico di Milano International Admissions Office

Students Affairs Unit 

Via Golgi 42 

20133 Milano (MI) - Italy


Check country specific additional requirements.

University qualification

An official copy of the Bachelor degree.

If the university qualification is not yet available at the moment of the application, an official provisional certificate can be provided.

An official translation into Italian or English of the degree or of the provisional certificate is required in case the original document is in a language other than Italian, English, French or Spanish.

If you have not finished the university yet, but you will graduate by July (for the 1st semester intake) or by December (for the 2nd semester intake), you can provide us with a certified document in English issues by your University (or a letter from the Head of your Department) stating that you will be graduating by July (for the 1st semester) or December (for the 2nd semester).

Detailed study programmes/course descriptions

Brief but detailed descriptions clearly explaining the contents and the basic topics covered in each course taken. If possible, it should contain the number of hours of the courses or training activities that you have completed according to your academic curriculum.

The detailed study programmes can be taken directly from the website of your university or it can be copied from the university course catalogue.

If the course descriptions are not available, you can write it yourself and make it signed by the Head of the Department of your study programme.

Here you can find some samples of course descriptions:

Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)

Curriculum vitae is a written description of your work experience, educational background and skills. Maximum 2 pages long.

Letter of recommendation

A letter written by a current or former professor. University Letterhead and/or original stamp are welcome. Please note that there is no specific format required for the recommendation letter, but it must contain the institutional contacts of the professor. We advise you to ask a professor who knows you well to write it, to be personal and to show that he knows you are applying to Politecnico di Milano.

In case you have completed your studies a few years ago and it is not possible to get a letter from your former professor, a letter written by your manager or employer may be accepted.

Letter of motivation

A letter of motivation (also called a "statement of purpose" or "personal essay") is a brief essay in which you explain what you hope to achieve, as well as what qualifies you as a top candidate for the admission, why you selected that specific programme, why you have chosen Politecnico di Milano among other universities.
If you apply to 2 courses, please write 2 different motivation letters (max. 2 pages each) and combine them in one pdf file to be uploaded on your profile.

The letter of motivation is an extremely important part of the application documents because it provides the evaluation committee with a description of your personality, as well as in what way you plan to contribute to and benefit from the programme you are applying to.

Language proficiency


All applicants need to provide a document attesting their English language knowledge. This is a requirement both for English and for Italian taught programmes. 


  • TOEFL: CBT -210 / IBT – 78 / PBT- 547 (Our TOEFL code is 9795)
  • TOEIC (only listening and reading) - 720
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6
  • CAMBRIDGE: Proficiency – Pass at grade C / Advanced – Pass at grade C / First – Pass at grade B
  • ENGLISH AS BACHELOR MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: Students who can prove that English was the medium of instruction of their Bachelor Degree (at least for 3 years) are exempted from providing any English language certification. In this last case, students are required to upload a document certified by the university attesting that their programme was entirely taught in English.


Students applying to an Italian taught programme must also provide an Italian language certificate, level B1 (Common European Framework).

These document/s are compulsory to obtain your admission letter, for being considered for scholarships, for Visa obtainment and for the enrolment to Politecnico di Milano. However, they do not influence the outcome of your evaluation and therefore a different deadline for providing the language proficiency certificate has been set. 

If the document/s is not provided by the deadline we cannot guarantee that you will be considered for the available merit based scholarships and/or that your name will be included in the lists of admitted international students sent to the Italian Diplomatic Representatives for your pre-registration and Visa procedures.

Note: Due to some special requirements for Visa application, Pakistani students applying to Master of Science courses held in English, are asked to provide an International English Language Testing System “IELTS” certificate (minimum score band 6.0). For more information, please visit the Italian Embassy website

Portfolio: only for applicants to Architecture, Urban Planning and Policy Design or any Design programmes

You must provide a Portfolio of your works. The portfolio must be uploaded on your online profile in the section “Master of Science programme(s) selection” and cannot be bigger than 20 MB. Please do not send hard copies by post since they will not be considered.

What is a portfolio?

The portfolio is a collection of selected samples of work from your previous educational programme or work experiences. It should reflect the scope and variety of your training and experience with specific emphasis on your knowledge of and skills in the degree track for which you are applying. You should submit works that represent your interests and personal views as well as your design and technological abilities. Neatness and clarity of presentation are extremely important as they reflect both your attitude towards your work as well as your ability to communicate your work in a comprehensive and deliberate manner.

If you apply to Design&Engineering with an academic background in Engineering, you are not required to provide the portfolio.

GRE: only for applicants to Energy Engineering and Management Engineering

GRE test (Graduate Record Examination) is not mandatory but strongly recommended, it can affect your evaluation. 

Energy Engineering: send the score through ETS (DI code 6939) within the last day of the application period. Only for the Piacenza campus, it is possible to send a scanned copy of the GRE to welcome.piacenza(at) .

Management Engineering: send a scanned copy to gre-managementengineering(at) within the last day of the application period.

Identity document /Residence Permit (only for EEA candidates and Non-EEA residents in Italy applying during the 3rd and 4th application calls)

  • EEA applicants: send by post a copy of a valid identification document; 
  • Non-EEA residents in Italy: send by post a copy of a valid residence permit.

How to provide your documents to the International Admissions Office

DocumentHow to submit

Academic transcript

Detailed study programmes/course descriptions University qualification

Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)

Letter of recommendation

Letter of motivation

Language certificate

UPLOAD these documents in PDF on your profile in the "Documents upload" section. Maximum 4Mb each.
PortfolioUPLOAD this document in PDF on your profile in the section "Master of Science programme" section. Maximum 20Mb.
welcome.piacenza(at) (Energy Engineering applicants)
or gre-managementengineering(at) (Management Engineering applicants)

On line application receipt (signed)

Academic transcript

Identity document (only for EEA candidates and Non-EEA residents in Italy applying during the 3rd application call)


Politecnico di Milano
International Admissions Office
Students Affairs Unit
Via Golgi 42
20133 Milano (MI) - Italy