Created in 1996, Athens network (Advanced Technology Higher Education Network/SOCRATES) is made up of 14 prestigious technical European universities. Initially funded thanks to the European Community Socrates Programme, its mission is to facilitate the exchange of students, of professors, of researchers within the network and to encourage integration, cooperation and the creation of innovative projects for the technological development of Europe. 

Programme: description and aims

Hundreds of workshops organized in 14 different European universities. A team of professors proposing innovative projects about engineering, design and architecture. A week-end of activities to know the culture of the hosting country. These are the main ingredients of the Athens week, the programme developed by the Athens network, that takes place twice per year - in March and in November – at partner Institutions in the same time. A week of intensive courses offered by the universities on technic-scientific or economic-managerial topics dedicated to those students who want to have an international experience and to know a different didactical and technological approach. All students from all Politecnico di Milano Schools can apply to the programme following the instructions of the Athens call for proposal.


The ATHENS programme organises two sessions a year (in November and in March) and the courses offered can vary from one session to another. Each session includes: an intensive of max 30-hours scientific course on a specific topic chosen by the candidate from among the ones offered; participation in the cultural "European Dimension" activities organised by the partner universities and forming an integral part of the session.

The courses may be attended by students from the ATHENS partner universities and also, where possible, by local students. Each course is funded by the host university. More info can be found at

It is possible to ask for each course credits recognition upon School rules. For more information please write to

Application procedure

To participate in the programme please follow the rules indicated in the announcement.

Main Steps - Connect to website and register as a user:

  1. fill in the Registration Form, specifying at most 6 preferences
  2. print the application form and the Student Commitment
  3. register on POLIMI website through the Online Services tool (Applications forms > Selection procedures) and upload Application Form and Student Commitment duly signed

PLEASE NOTE: only those applications that have been completed in both systems will be considered.

Selection process

Applicants will go through two selection processes:

1st phase - Students will be pre-selected by Politecnico di Milano based on the academic results achieved and on the compatibility of the preferences specified in the application. A list of preselected students will be published.

2nd phase - Preselected students will be evaluated by a committee of ParisTech* representatives in Paris – * e.g. the consortium of French Universities coordinating the programme. Politecnico di Milano has no influence over this second phase of selection.

Participation is mandatory for all selected students.


 The call for application for the Athens on line session March 2021  is closed.

Selected students


International Mobility Unit
email athens(at)