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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior Type of Program: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Lauren Steinberg Academic Focus: Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Italy: Politecnico di Milano

Logo Politecnico di Milano

Program Overview

The Politecnico di Milano is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 42,000 students. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Open to graduate students in Architectural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Urban Strategy, and Public Policy
  • Open to advanced undergraduate students in related fields


Course Availability
Students can take courses for credit, conduct graduate thesis research with PoliMI faculty, or a combination of the two options. For a list of courses offered in English, click here. Click here to search for courses. 
Course Equivalencies
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take.  For example, if students want to take an AE course in Milan for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the AE department at Drexel.

URBS/Public Policy graduate students can find a list of pre-approved suggested courses at PoliMi here: Polimi Urban Strategy Public Policy Course Approvals 

Students will be graded by PoliMi faculty. To receive credit, students need to receive a passing grade at PoliMi. Students are taught by local Italian faculty. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of an American "C" or above.

Program Calendar

Spring Dates 
Program Start Date late March
Program End Date late June


Students may be able to stay in PoliMi dormitory housing, or find their own housing off campus. 


US Citizens will need to apply for a visa to study in Italy. Students of other nationalities should check with the Italian Embassy. 

International students should check with International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS, located in Main Building) before applying for this program. 

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 03/01/2023
04/03/2023 TBA TBA
Spring 2024 09/01/2023 10/02/2023 TBA TBA

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