Why should I study at the University of Milan?
Because it is one of the biggests, most prestigious, and well-ranked Italian university. Indeed it is the only university in Italy which is part of LERU, the League of European Research Universities. It has a wide and variegated offer of educational programmes at all levels, from undergraduate to PhDs. Following the links, you get a brief presentation of the “Università degli studi di Milano” – this is the official name of the University, even informally called “La Statale” – and a Guide for international students.
When can I apply to this programme?
Registrations will open on July 15, and will close on August 26, 2 pm (Milano local time). Follow the procedure stated in the call for admission.
What are the entry requirements?
You need to have a secondary school diploma, normally obtained after a 12-year education. Students coming from countries where admission to university is possible after a shorter period, still need to complete 1 or 2 years of study in the local university before being able to apply to this programme. Check more details here.
Is there an entry test?
Yes, we select 125 EU students on the basis of the rankings in a paper-based admission test. The test is in English, and it is divided into three sections composed by 20 multiple-choice questions each. The sections are General culture, Reading comprehension, and Logic and mathematics. Even students coming from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, San Marino and Lichtenstein need to take the entry test.
How can I prepare the entry test?
There aren’t any specific book that you should use in order to prepare our admission test. Regarding the general culture section, we suggest to keep updated with the main world events, especially in the fields of politics, economics and international organization. Just read regularly the newspapers and try to deepen your understanding by checking some weekly journal like Time or the Economist. You could even have a look at some blogs, like this one, and read some articles published in the best international press. Getting used to complex sentences, like the ones in those articles or in some divulgative books, certainly helps succeeding in the reading comprehension section. Also reading some contemporary fiction helps, as well as watching good movies. Finally, we only test for basic logic and math competences (the level of the most simple exercises of a G-MAT test). Reviewing some basic knowledge at this regard could help, as well as playing a little bit with some tricky test that you can certainly find by yourself googling around. For Italian candidates, also using the simulations and past exercises of the TOLC-E test is an option.
I already applied to other Bachelors’ programmes of the University of Milano, and have already been accepted and pre-enrolled in them. I am interested in IPLE, but I don’t want to risk to lose both chances. What can I do?
Don’t worry. You can take our entry test in September, and if you are accepted, you will be able to transfer from one Bachelor’s programme to the other with a simple online procedure, without paying any extra-fees. Yet if you enrolled in programmes offered by other Universities, you will need to formally renounce there, and enroll at Unimi.
What about non-EU candidates?
If you are not from a EU member state (or from one of the five countries listed above), AND you are not already resident in Italy (i.e. if you need a Visa), you don’t need to take the entry test. However, we will select 25 non-EU candidates on the basis of the series of documents that you need to upload during the application following the instructions provided by the call for admissions. Moreover you need to complete the pre-application procedure in an Italian diplomatic office in your own country.
What is the pre-application procedure for non-EU candidates?
It is a mandatory procedure that needs to be completed in order to obtain a Visa for education purposes. It is not run by the university, and you need to complete it before July 24. You can apply only for a single Italian university and for a single degree programme. Since our selection will be completed only in September, the University of Milano can not provide any acceptance letter before the deadline of the pre.application procedure. The Italian embassy/consulate will provisionally accept your pre-application request anyway.
I am a non-EU candidate, and I am completing the pre-application process. Do I need to present a letter of acceptance from the University to the Italian embassy?
No you don’t. You can explain to the diplomatic office that our programme has a selection procedure for EU and non-EU candidates that takes place only at the beginning of September. Thus, they will file a provisional pre-application that will be completed only afterwards in case of acceptance.
How much does this programme cost?
Fees depend on income and/or country of origin, and are usually paid in two instalments. The first one is a flat regional tax that amounts to 156 euros, and need to be paid by everyone (during the enrollment, or each year before the first of October). The second instalment varies according to nationality and income.
Italian students: from zero to 2774 euros depending on family income (university ISEE). (Compute the exact amount here)
For amounts of the second instalment equal to or above 700 Euro it is possible reschedule the payment in four parts of equal amount.
International students: from zero to 1000 euros depending on the country of origin for students without income or property in Italy (check here for the variable amounts).
Is English an entry requirement for this programme?
Students need a B2 level in order to take exams. If you don’t have any official certificate, you will have to take a placement test during the first trimester. If students don’t have the required English competences, they will have to take mandatory remedial courses before being able to sit any exam.
Do I need to take an Italian test?
If you don’t have any basic competence in the Italian language, you will have the opportunity to gain 3 credits in this language while, at the same time, fulfill this requirement. For those who want to further improve their Italian, Unimi offers free courses at different levels for all international students, including exchange students.
Are there any opportunities for learning other languages?
Students need to pass a 3 credits assessment in a second language. You can choose among Italian (B1, for international students without any previous knowledge), French (B1), Spanish (B1), and German (A2). The Language center (SLAM) check the actual competences with a placement test. If students already exhibit the required competences, they will immediately get the 3 credits. Otherwise, SLAM offers the appropriate courses. Students cannot take this second language assessment in theor own mother-tongue.
How is the Academic Year organized?
The programme is structured in three trimesters. The first one extends from September to December, the second from January to March, and the third from April to June. For the AY 2019/20, classes will start on Monday, September 23.
Where can I find the timetable of my classes?
You can check here, completing the query with the name of the programme, year of study, and week of interest. Otherwise you can download the app “lezioniUnimi” for your mobile phone: it is avaialbe for Android, iPhone,and Windows.
When is it possible to take exams?
There are six exam sessions throughout the Academic Year: four of them are placed between the trimesters (December, April, July, September), whereas the other two vary according to the course. Students who failed to pass an exam, or who prefer not to accept a mark, can retake it in another session.
How can I be sure that IPLE actually suits me?
It is difficult to say it for certain, but we can help you regarding this important decision. Check our online guidance tool, or do contact our help service for an individual orientation interview.
I would like to follow some courses, and sit the exams, without enrolling to the University (maybe I will do it afterwards). Is it possible?
Yes it is. You can take up to two so called single-courses if you are an undergraduate student, and up to four if you already graduated.