The University of Milan is the top Italian university in most international rankings and is the only Italian university among the 21 prestigious institutions that belong to the League of European Research Universities (LERU). With a teaching staff of more than 2,180 tenured professors and 63,866 students, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and internationally oriented EU regions and leader in the Italian economy.



As a general rule, applicants must have studied for at least 12 years before applying for a university course and there are different admission applications for European citizens and non-EU citizens.

European citizens, non-EU citizens resident in Italy with a current, valid “permesso di soggiorno” (residence permit) and natives of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein can apply to the university like Italian citizens, submitting their admission application directly to the University.

Non-EU citizens resident abroad must submit a pre-application request to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.

Graduates who wish to apply for a doctoral programme or a medical specialisation school must follow the instructions in the competitive examination announcements.

Fees, scholarships and facilities

The University of Milan is a public institution: therefore, fees are curbed in order to guarantee, to the greatest possible extent, the right to study. University enrolment fees vary according to the chosen course of study and in proportion to income.

The University awards scholarships and prizes to students and provides refectory and accommodation services. To take advantage of these opportunities, students must meet specific criteria based on merit and income, as established by the competitive examination announcements published annually during the summer.

A guidance service - run by the COSP Centre -helps future students with study choices and provides enrolled students with individual support services and assistance in adapting study methods, and graduate students with career advice by means of internships, interviews with companies, the advertising of vacancies and a graduates’ curriculum database.

Furthermore the University of Milan offers a Disability and Handicap Service that promotes the social integration of disabled students and University staff, protecting their rights and providing helpers to accompany them, as well as offering administrative, educational and psycho-pedagogical assistance.

Italian language courses

The University of Milan offers Italian language and culture courses at various levels: Summer courses held in Gargnano, on Lake Garda, and in Milan for foreign teachers and promoters of Italian language and culture; courses for Erasmus students; and a Master’s Degree online for the teaching and promotion of Italian as a Second or Foreign Language.

International exchange programme

With 400 international mobility agreements and over 1040 agreements within European Community programmes, our University has worked with foreign partners for many years. As a result it is now able to offer international agreements for double degree curricula within graduate and undergraduate courses, short courses, summer schools and joint modules, all programmes based on specific collaboration agreements.

The University of Milan participates in the “Marco Polo” programme for Chinese students and is home to a branch of the Confucius Institute, established in collaboration with the Liaoning Normal University and the Hanban of Beijing, the office for the international promotion of the Chinese language.

The University is also one of the institutions in Italy where it is possible to take the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test, the International Certificate in Russian as a Foreign Language and the International Certificate “Français des Affaires et des Professions”.

Degree programmes entirely in English

Master's and Single-cycle degrees

  • EPS - Economics and Political Science (2 years) double degree (Lovanio, Notre Dame de la Paix Namur)
  • MIMED - International Medical School (Single-cycle -6 years)

Degree programmes with curricula entirely taught in English/Master's degrees

Master's degrees

  • Informatics (2 years – Crema campus)
  • LAV - Labour Studies (2 years)
  • COM - Public and Corporate Communication (2 years)

Degree programmes offered by university networks

Master's (double) degrees

  • ECMI - Industrial Mathematics (2 years)
  • ALGANT - Algebra, Geometry & Number Theory (2 years)

Double degrees

  • Comunicazione e Società (John Cabot University)
  • Scienze Cognitive (Maastricht University)
  • Linguistic and Cultural Mediation Sciences (Valladolid University)
  • European and Non-European Languages and Literature (Avignone University)

Doctoral Schools

The University of Milan has 21 Doctoral Schools that offer PhD programmes in which highly specialized training and research activities are closely related.

Students holding a master degree are admitted on the basis of competitive selection and most of them are supported by fellowships.

The Doctoral Schools or individual PhD programmes in which English is the working language are:

  • School in Physics, Astrophysics and Applied Physics
  • School in Information Technology
  • School in Biological and Molecular Sciences
  • School in Chemical Sciences and Technologies
  • School in Physiological, Morphological and Sports Sciences
  • School in Molecular Medicine
  • School in Pharmacological Sciences
  • System Medicine
  • School in Social and Political Sciences
  • Lombardy Advanced School of Economic Research
  • International PhD Programme in Law and Society
  • PhD Programme in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Pesticides
  • PhD Programme in Food Biotechnology

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (4)
Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at The University of Milan!

Student Life

Cultural activities, sports and leisure

The University of Milan promotes sporting and cultural activities through its Sport Centre and through collaborations with the citys main cultural and recreational institution.

Students can also take part in music and theatre initiatives which include the University's Choir, Theatre Centre and Orchestra that offers students the possibility to audition for a classical music ensemble that is both young and prestigious, thanks to its close collaboration with the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Milan.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Other Degrees

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