Milan is not only a fashion capital, corporate hotspot and architectural forerunner: it’s also home to some world-class educational institutions.
Many expats move to Milan to send their blooming careers into overdrive, but it’s also possible to begin your career in Milan by making it the basis of your academic achievements! So let’s take a look at the universities in Milan that are best for international students looking to study abroad in Milan.
Milan is an expensive city. In fact, it’s the most expensive city in Italy! When you say Milan, people think about the giga yachts you’ll find in the Milano Marinas. This means that the cost of living in the city will not be cheap, even for the most crafty students. Milan has various neighbourhoods that are popular among students, and these tend to be the more affordable areas in Milan. Affordable housing meaning affordable in relation to some of the other areas in Milan!
Let’s take a look at the average rental prices in Milan according to the HousingAnywhere Rent index.
|Accommodation type||Average rental price|
|1-bedroom Apartment||€ 1145|
|Private Studio||€ 871|
|Private Room||€ 561|
The prices in the table are the prices as they have dropped due to the Corona pandemic. As the world slowly returns back to normal, you can expect prices to bounce back up by as much as 15%. So, if you’re looking for a place in Milan, now is the time to get bang for your rental buck!
Milan is home to many educational facilities, from a large public university to smaller, private and specialised schools. We’ve selected 3 of the universities that are the most popular among international students coming to Milan!
Are you interested in studying fashion? You're in luck! Milan's got some of the best fashion schools in Italy!”
If you’re all about technology, then why not polish your skills at the largest technical university in Italy?
With over 42.000 students attending, it also boasts a staggering 18% international students.”
This means studying at Polytechnic Milan is an intercultural experience, finding the cutting edge of technology with talented students from all over the world. In the subdivision Engineering & Technology for the QS World University Rankings, Milan Polytechnic scored #20 in the world, as well as top 10 rankings for Design, Civil & Structural Engineering, Architecture and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.
The Polytechnic University of Milan is a public university, which means the tuition fees are relatively low. There are small differences between graduate and post-graduate fees. Let’s break it down for you!
|Fee breakdown||Cost per year|
|Bsc programmes||€ 3726|
|Msc Programmes||€ 3898|
The maximum basic inclusive tuition fee for international postgraduate students is €3898 per year. However, most students are entitled to reductions and/or financial support based on your family’s income.
The amount you actually pay will be based on your ISEE (Equivalent Economic Situation Indicator). So, unless your parents have salaries that are far beyond average, you’ll pay a lot less than the basic fees.
With 18% of the student body made up of international students, it’s no surprise that Milan Polytechnic has plenty of English Language education.
With over 41 postgraduate programs, there’ll be a spot for your interests somewhere! In 2021 Polytechnic Milan offers the following masters in English:
The Bocconi University in Milan is a private university that is known as one of the best universities in Europe for its specialisations. QS World University Rankings ranked the university 7th in the world and 3rd in Europe in business and management studies.
Its economics and econometrics even ranked as the #1 in Europe and #16 worldwide. With around 15.000 students a year, it’s a relatively small university. You can find the campus is located beside Parco Ravizza in Milan, comprising several buildings.
As Bocconi University is a private University, it has relatively high tuition fees compared to public universities. The school does offer scholarships for students who have exemplary academic performance.
In 2021, the tuition fees for Bocconi University programs were as follows:
|Bsc programmes||€ 12.883|
|Msc Programmes||€ 14.073|
Some programs might have separate fees, so be sure to check if your intended program has an additional fee. Additionally, students can opt to live in the university dormitories, for an additional annual fee of around €6000.
The Bocconi University offers a special 3-year undergraduate program for international students. It’s taught entirely in English and is designed to prepare students for an international career, with the option to major in economics, management or finance.
Unlike most universities, all of its master’s programmes are taught in English, with some in Italian (instead of the other way around).
The University of Milan, also known as Statale, is one of the larger universities in Europe, with over 60.000 students. In fact, the university grew so large (well over 90.000 students) that in 1998 it was split into two.
In 2021, the school had an international student body of about 6%, which is lower than usual due to corona and its ensuing restrictions. The second public university that came from this split is called the University of Milan-Bicocca. Milan University is ranked 3rd in Italy by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), as well as ranking in the top 10 for Italy in the rankings by Times Higher Education.
The University of Milan uses the Italian public university tuition fee system, meaning that there’s a large chance that your economic background and/or your financial situation can drastically affect the amount of tuition paid. So, the numbers we’ll mention next are the maximum tuition fees you could be paying per year.
Thankfully, Statale has a useful tuition simulator that will tell you exactly how much you can expect to pay if you intend to attend Unimi as an international student!
|Fee breakdown||Cost per year|
|Bsc programmes||€ 3904|
|Msc Programmes||€ 3050|
If you’re looking for an English language bachelor programme, you have 3 options at La Statale:
International Masters students have a few more options, with 27 English Language Masters degrees available at the University of Milan:
There you go! The best universities you'll find in Milan, ready for you to build your talent, explore the city and immerse yourself in Italian culture.
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