University of Milano - Bicocca

Milano, Italy

No. Students: 30,000
Funding type: Public
  • Milano / Italy
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The University of Milano-Bicocca turned 10 in 2008 but our history is richer than it may seem given its young age. It was instituted on June 10, 1998, to serve students from Northern Italy and take some pressure off the over-crowded University of Milan. Groups of professors and researchers chose to come and participate in our project. They were driven by their enthusiasm for the new, and by the chance to broaden academic horizons without having their work undermined by traditional methods of education. From the start, this very fertile climate became a unique training ground, which offered something new even for the most traditional disciplines.

The University stands in an area on the northern outskirts of Milan, which was occupied by the Pirelli industrial complex until the late 1980s. This area is now the location of the biggest urban renewal project carried out in Milan since the end of the Second World War. The world-renowned architect, Vittorio Gregotti transformed the ex-industrial area and its warehouses into a new district, which includes our Athenaeum, research laboratories and student residence halls; Hangar Bicocca, the contemporary art museum; the Italian National Research Council (CNR), multinational company offices and the new headquarters of the Pirelli Group. All this has made the Bicocca an attractive neighborhood to live in.

The name Bicocca derives from the historic Villa Bicocca degli Arcimboldi (located at # 202, viale Sarca), a mid-15th century rural residence of the Arcimboldi family, which now belongs to a financial holding company. In the heart of the Bicocca neighborhood, University buildings are characterized by red walls and white window shutters: the main complex facing the squares Piazza dellAteneo Nuovo and Piazza della Scienza is made of two pre-existing Pirelli warehouses.

In this cityscape the University of MilanoBicocca arose and hundreds of lecturers brought with them their skills, international networks and research groups. This synergy makes the University a laboratory where tradition and modernity are fused to bring about an innovative future.


The University of Milano-Bicocca has a campus which is open to everyone, not only students. It has at its disposal large open spaces, large lecture rooms, study areas, well equipped laboratories, and a large library on three sites according to specialization. In addition, the campus community has the following at its disposal:

* University students services
* University Sports Center
* Disabled assistance
* University Medical Center
* Dining halls
* Bank
* Residence halls

Online Student Secretaries:

Hub for general information on the university, faculties, enrolment, study and exam planning, registration office etc.

Orientation Office:

Information, assistance, and vocational guidance for high school students who want to enroll at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Internship Office

C.I.Di.S. Office

Office of State-sponsored scholarships and grants to outstanding students in need of financial aid.

Campus jobs

Assistance for disabled students

Student life

Milan is the capital of the Lombardy Region and Italys most cosmopolitan city. 3.8 million people live in the Milan metropolitan area. Milan is a bridge between the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe. With its monuments and museums, its beautiful Alpine lakes and ski slopes, not far from Venice, the beaches of the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas, and the Dolomites, Milan is certainly Italys most important crossroads.


Milan is a famous center of art and culture. Its architectural, artistic and museum heritage is worthy of interest, with its Castle, its Cathedral, its churches, its historical mansions, Leonardo Da Vincis Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, Michelangelos Rondanini Pietà at the Castello Sforzesco and works by Mantegna, Bramante and Raphael at the Pinacoteca di Brera.

One of the most famous cultural institutions of Milan is La Scala opera house. Its opera, ballet and symphony productions attract thousands from all over the world.

Milan won the bid to host the International Exhibition Expo 2015 whose theme is: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

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