The Polytechnic University of Milan was founded on 29 November 1863 by Francesco Brioschi, secretary of the Ministry of Education and rector of the University of Pavia. It is the oldest university in Milan. Its original name was Istituto Tecnico Superiore (“Higher Technical Institute”) and only Civil and Industrial Engineering were taught. Architecture, the second main line of study at the university, was introduced in 1865 in cooperation with the Brera Academy.

There were only 30 students admitted in the first year. Over the decades, most of students were men: the first female graduate from the university was in 1913.

In 1927 the university moved to piazza Leonardo da Vinci, in the district now known as Città studi (City of Studies), where the university’s main facilities are still today. At the time, it was named Regio Politecnico (“Royal Polytechnic”). The word Regio was removed as Italy was proclaimed a republic at the end of World War II. The historical building still in use today was designed and built by engineers and architects all graduated from the university itself.

The present logo, based on a detail of the preparatory sketch of Raphael’s School of Athens, was adopted in 1942. Until then, there was no official logo for the institution.

In 1954, the first European centre of electronic computation was opened at the university by Gino Cassinis and Ercole Bottani. In 1963 Giulio Natta received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on crystalline polymers, polypropylene in particular. In 1977, the satellite Sirio, jointly developed by the university and other companies, was launched.

Since the end of the 1980s, the university has begun a process of territorial expansion that would have resulted in the opening of its satellite campuses in Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. A university program in industrial design was started in 1993. In 2000, the university’s faculty of design was created with new courses in undergraduate and postgraduate programs of graphic & visual, fashion and interior design along with the already existent industrial design.

Former rector Giovanni Azzone with the Education Minister Stefania Giannini and Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Bovisa campus in 2015
In April 2012, the university announced that, beginning in 2014, all graduate courses would be taught only in English. This decision was then partially revised, after the decision of the Italian Supreme Court, that stated Italian language could not be totally abolished nor downgraded to a marginal role.

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Yearly Hostel & Meals ExpenseINR 3.5 Lakh
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Duration1st Year Tuition Fees
MBA(1 Course)12 MonthsINR 27.8L
MS(23 Courses)24 MonthsINR 3L
MArch(2 Courses)2 YearsINR 3L
MIM(5 Courses)1.3 – 2 YearsINR 3L – 13L
Other Courses(2 Courses)2 YearsINR 3L

Entry Criteria

MBA(1 Course)GMAT: 600 & AboveGRE: AcceptedIELTS: Accepted
MS(23 Courses)GRE: AcceptedIELTS: 6 & AboveTOEFL: 78 & Above
MArch(2 Courses)IELTS: 6 & AboveTOEFL: 78 & Above
MIM(5 Courses)GRE: AcceptedIELTS: 6-6.5TOEFL: 78-89
Other Courses(2 Courses)IELTS: 6 & AboveTOEFL: 78 & Above

On campus accommodation


  • Politecnico Di Milano offers residences for students to live in 
  • Residences include Archimede Residence, C.F. Gauss Residence, Camplus Rubattino Residence, Campus Certosa” Residence S.R.L.,Dateo Residence Hall, Galileo Galilei Residence, Leonardo da Vinci Residence, O. Khayyam Residence, Viscontea Residence, Campus Martinitt and Collegio di Milano

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Studying Italy Details
Average 1st Year Tuition CostMIM INR 12.5 L|MS INR 5.6 L|BBA INR 10.8 L|MA INR 13.8 L|MBA INR 33.2 L|BE/Btech INR 14 L
Average Hostel & Meals ExpenseINR 4.5 L (based on 5 colleges listed on
Average Admission Exam ScoresTOEFL: 75|IELTS: 6|PTE: 47

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