T.I.M.E. Project

The T.I.M.E. Project (Industrial Managers in Engineering) is a double degree programme aimed at all Engineering students.

The T.I.M.E. Association

T.I.M.E. is an initiative established in 1988 by a group of the most prestigious technical universities in Europe in the field of engineering. In the spring of 1997, the participating universities formed an association of 57 members, which Politecnico di Milano, one of the founding members, presided between 2001 and 2005.

The main purpose of the T.I.M.E. programme is the training of technical managers possessing concrete scientific, technological and cultural experiences as a result of training in two European countries and gaining work experience in a country other than their own.

The main activity is the promotion of bilateral agreements between members of the association, with the aim of creating double degree programmes (at MSc level).

Since its inception, the T.I.M.E. double degree programme has achieved extraordinary results: more than fifteen hundred T.I.M.E. students have been awarded a double degree. Among them, more than four hundred, including Italian and foreign students, are double-degree holders from Politecnico di Milano. For more information on the association, visit https://timeassociation.org/


The T.I.M.E. programme offers students the opportunity to extend their studies, replacing one year at the university of origin with two years at a partner university. Students who, having passed all the exams set during the two years by the partner university, return to Politecnico di Milano and graduate, are also awarded the qualification of the foreign university, corresponding to a Master of Science degree.

During this period abroad, students have the opportunity to follow courses that are not offered by their university of origin. It is these differences, rather than the similarities, that constitute the greatest advantages of the T.I.M.E. programme, as they provide a profound understanding of the mentality and culture of the hosting country.

In order to obtain the two degrees, students must meet all the requirements of both locations. In particular, they must spend two years abroad, achieving a total of 120 ECTS, of which a maximum of 60 ECTS will count towards the remaining credits to be obtained at Politecnico di Milano. Students must also write a thesis under the supervision of a professor of Politecnico and one of the partner university and present said thesis at regular degree exam sessions at both universities.

Students must define their Study Plan with their tutors and have it approved by the Degree Council and the partner university before leaving. The preparation, approval and recognition of all training activity conducted abroad occurs through the ECTS system.

Benefits and incentives

Participation in the T.I.M.E. double degree programme helps students enter the world of work, as many universities, in particular the French ones, envisage at least one work placement during the two years, in order to integrate educational and work experience. And of course, the experience in itself is particularly appreciated by companies, as it gives students a truly international mindset and the ability to integrate in a different social and cultural setting, whichever that may be.