The maximum total number of students admitted is 25. The selections will be made by the Master’s Committee.

The First Level Specialising Master’s course is reserved for candidates with a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Design or other related scientific disciplines. It is also open to foreign students in possession of equivalent qualifications.

The Second Level Specialising Master’s course is reserved for candidates with a Laurea V.O. or Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale N.O. (equivalent to Master of Science) in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Design or other related scientific disciplines. It is also open to foreign students in possession of equivalent qualifications.


To apply for admission, please fill the form and send it, along with the required documentation, to




The total fee is € 9,500 which includes:

  • Contribution for enrolment at Politecnico di Milano – € 500
  • Master’s tuition fee – € 9,000


Tuition fees and contributions may be paid in three payments:

  • First payment: € 3,500 not later than 01 August 2019
  • Second payment: € 3,000 not later than 30 November 2019
  • Third payment: € 3,000 not later than 29 February 2020


Account holder: Poliedra

c/o Intesa Sanpaolo, PIAZZA P. FERRARI 10 – 20121 MILANO (MI)

IBAN: IT87 Z030 6909 6061 0000 0008 723



Please indicate the following purpose of transfer: “Master Design for Development – Name Surname – First/Second payment”




In the first edition there was available four half tuition scholarships (€ 4,500.00 each).


For updates about possible scholarships, please contact


Politecnico di Milano has stipulated an agreement with ‘Banca Intesa Sanpaolo’ that offers special loan conditions, that are flexible and convenient, to students enrolled in this Master Program. The loan “by merit” is dedicated to university studies in Italy and abroad, for masters and post-graduate students.

You can find more information here.

Every student resident in Italy and enrolled in a University in Italy or abroad, can have access to “per Merito”, the loan issued by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, that allows students to invest on their future, and studying with an economic help. “Per Merito” is meant to valorize the potentials and abilities of the students, who are granted access to credit, at the sole condition of being in good standing with their academic career. It’s a support to university students, of variable entity, up to 50.000€ (depending on many factors, like being an on-site student or not, and so on). The loan can be returned starting two years after graduation, with a 2% interest rate.

You can apply on website, under the Giovani section.

During your study career, you will have access to a bank account, for 5 years maximum. Several payment tranches will be issued, that can be used or not, without limitations in use. There will be a chance to ask to stop receiving the amounts of money up to three times, but sill interest will be calculated. Also, there will be only one chance to modify the duration of the loan.At the end of the studies, after a communication regarding the imminent end of the credit, there will be a 2-years-maximum period, after which payback will be expected. This allows the students to have more chances to find an employment and sustain themselves. Also, during this time, interest will keep on being calculated. Of course, payback can be done right after the end of the loan.After the 2-years period, the amount of money received, plus interests, will have to be paid back, choosing between these options:

  • One payment
  • Mixed payment, reducing the debt through a single partial payment, plus a further loan, with eased conditions.
  • Payback through a further loan, with eased conditions, lasting up to 30 years, with small installments.


In order to be enrolled at Politecnico di Milano and obtain a university master degree at the end of studies, all the students are required to provide a number of documents. Enrollment will not be finalized until all documents are provided within the deadline.

Poliedra is not responsible for the student’s failure to provide the mentioned documents.


The documents must be sent by mail at:

Poliedra – Politecnico di Milano Via G. Colombo 40 – 20133 – Milano (MI) Italy

Before sending it, please send a copy at:
  • Enrollment application form, duly filled out and complete with a passport-size photograph (signed)
  • The original Declaration of Value (with the certified copy of your degree and its translation in Italian, stamped and signed by the Italian diplomatic authority) or Statement of Comparability by CIMEA. Applies for the students who have not graduated in Italy.
  • Soft copy of valid passport (main page) or European ID. It should be valid for the entire duration of program
  • Soft copy of Italian study visa (if applicable)
  • Soft copy of Italian fiscal code (obtainable in Italy or at Italian Consulates)
  • Soft copy of Italian permit of stay application receipts (obtainable in Italy)
  • Italian permit of stay card (obtainable in Italy)


Securing accommodation is one of the most important aspects of your time in Milan. Finding the right place at a price that is suitable for you, means you will avoid unnecessary worry and will be able to devote more time to your studies. Many accomodation providers offer a variety of rooms and apartments types, with both shared and single bedroom options. Students looking to keep the costs of living down should consider a shared room option.

We ask you to consider your accommodation several weeks prior to your arrival. Non-EU students should be aware that proof of accommodation may be necessary in order to complete an application for a student visa.

where we are

The lessons are located in the Bovisa Campus, a focal point of academic and cultural life and the hub of scientific research.
The workshop will be in Maputo – Mozambique


The lessons will be in Via Giovanni Durando 38 in the Edificio B10.

Mondays , Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the classroom CS 2.5 Thursdays and Fridays classroom CS 2.1

From Linate Airport 

From 27th July to 27th October, Linate will be taking a break for renovation. Meanwhile, they will be flying at Malpensa.

  • Take the bus number 73 (direction Piazza S.Babila), get off at S. Babila
  • In San Babila, take the underground M1 (direction Rho Fiera or Bisceglie)
  • Get off at Cadorna and take the train to Milano Bovisa Station.

From Malpensa Airport

  • Take the Malpensa Express and get off at Bovisa Station.

In the city centre, there are three main train stations: Cadorna, Stazione Centrale and Porta Garibaldi.

From Cadorna train station

  • Use underground (M2 – green line or M1 – red line) to get to the Cadorna train station.
  • Take a train that stops at Bovisa-Politecnico. You can choose among these train tracks:
    S3 (headed to Saronno)
    S4 (headed to Camnago Lentate)
    XP1 (headed to Milano Malpensa Airport)

From Porta Garibaldi train station

  •  Use underground (M2 – green line or M5 – light purple line) to get to the Garibaldi train station.
  • Take a train that stops at Bovisa-Politecnico or Villapizzone. You can choose among these train tracks:
    Stopping at Milano Villapizzone
    S5 (headed to Varese)
    S6 (headed to Novara)Stopping at Milano Bovisa Politecnico
    S13 (headed to Bovisa)
    S1 (headed to Saronno)
    MPX (headed to Milano Malpensa Airport)

From Stazione Centrale

  •  Take the MPX train track headed to Milano Malpensa Airport. Get out of the train at Milano Bovisa
  •  Otherwise, you can take the underground M2 and get off at Cadorna station.

From the Duomo

  • Take the underground M1 and get off at Cadorna station
  • Take a train to Bovisa Politecnico


  • Ideally, travel time from your domicile and the campus should be maximum 45 minutes on public transport
  • Availability at Politecnico’s halls of residence can vary depending on demand and will be different at certain periods throughout the year as a result
  • As a general rule, all agreed providers will require you to pay a deposit which will be given back to you at the end of your study period (providing there is no unacceptable or unreasonable damage to the room)
  • Each provider has its own set of guidelines and conditions for residents. Please be prepared to accept these conditions before confirming a booking
  • For safety reasons, it is not possible to host people in the rooms at Politecnico halls of residence and at some of the agreed providers
  • Providers generally have a set minimum stay, varying from 1 to 6 months, according to the type of accommodation chosen
  • When renting privately, be aware of frauds. If an offer seems to good to be true, it probably is.
  • When renting privately, be wary of property owners not wanting to sign and register a contract. Use your best judgment to avoid fraud; negotiate no payment or a lower payment prior to arrival and ask for your property owner’s i.d.
  • Request for your housing contract to be registered at the Italian Taxation Office (Agenzia delle Entrate). This is required by the law. An unregistered contract has no validit


If you are a non-EU student, you may be required to provide proof of accommodation in Italy when you apply for your study visa. If you do require proof, there are a couple ways you can provide this:

  • you may be able to use your accommodation contract as proof that you have acquired suitable accommodation for your stay
  • some residences may be able to create residence declarations, stating that you have confirmed your accommodation for a particular length of time. Usually this requires a deposit or initial payment being received by the residence.

before your arrival

Here the necessary documents before your arrival in Italy


As a rule, non-EU students will need to obtain a visa to study in Italy. Visa application is to be submitted to the Italian Consulate or Embassy nearest to your place of origin or to the place where you reside habitually. Your Program Office will inform you in due time about visa requirements and provide you with the necessary document confirming your admission.

Visa application can usually be filed 3 months before your intended arrival in Italy.

Students who start one of our master in another EU country and hold a valid residence permit of that country, do not always need to obtain a visa to enter Italy and continue their studies here. It will be evaluated case by case.

If your intended stay is longer than 90 days, together with your visa, you will need to have your original visa letter validated by stamp at the consulate. This is done at the same time as your visa. Please ensure that you have received it when collecting your visa as the original stamped document is required for the application for your permit of stay, upon arrival in Milan.

For detailed information, please visit here.


Prior to arrival, you have to start the process for obtaining the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di valore). This document officially attests the validity of your degree in Italy by comparing it with our education system. It is issued by Italian Diplomatic Authorities, printed on their headed paper, stamped and signed. This is obtainable at the Italian Embassy Consulate or Italian Cultural Institute responsible for the area of the city where you obtained your university degree. The legalized document will enable you to officially become a Politecnico student and enjoy all the associated privileges. Please refer to the Italian Consulate or Embassy for the list of required documents. We recommend that you start the procedure months in advance of your arrival. In place of your Declaration of Value, you can provide a Statement of Comparability of your Degree for your enrollment.

The legalized document will enable you to officially become a Politecnico student and enjoy all the associated privileges. Please refer to the Italian Consulate or Embassy for the list of required documents. We recommend that you start the procedure months in advance of your arrival.

In place of your Declaration of Value, you can provide a Statement of Comparability of your Degree for your enrollment.



The statement of comparability is a document which contains general information related to the foreign university qualification, such as recognition/accreditation status of the institution from which it has been issued in the country of origin and the level of the qualification according to the Bologna Process and to the European Qualifications Framework, besides the indication of the nature of the course.

Comparability means the indication of the foreign qualification’s level in reference to the cycles of the Bologna Process and the levels of the European Qualifications Framework. Such comparison does not imply the formal recognition of foreign qualification within the Italian system, but it is a useful recommendation to the Italian institutions that have to evaluate the foreign qualification within recognition procedures: the Statement of comparability has the form of an advice, and does not bind the institutions during their own procedures of assessment and recognition.
The service is only available for official university qualifications (being officially part of the foreign system of higher education) issued by foreign official institutions (recognised/accredited in the foreign system of higher education).

upon your arrival

Here the necessary documents for your legal stay in Milan and useful information about your life here.


The permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) is the residence permit for Italy. It is necessary for all non-EU citizensstaying in Italy for a period longer than 90 days.
Within 8 working days of your arrival, you will need to submit your application.
As a rule, NON-EU students will enter Italy on an Italian D type visa. Those students who have started their masters in another European country (typically France or Spain) may enter Italy on their valid residence permit obtained in that country, and do not always need to obtain an Italian visa.
The permit application must be filed within 8 working days of your date of arrival in Italy or entrance in the Schengen area (if you stop over in another EU country).


  1. Ask for the KIT (yellow striped envelop) that is available at all the post offices bearing the ‘Sportello Amico’ sign (meaning ‘Friendly Counter’), or at the International Students Office and fill out form 1 contained in the kit.
  2. Take the KIT to the post office with the following documents and have your passport with you:
    – Copy of your passport with visa and personal data page;
    – Copy of the Master admission letter validated by the consulate with a stamp (if you enter Italy on an Italian visa)
    – Copy of your French or Spanish residence permit (if you enter Italy without a visa)
    – Bank statement (with the balance in EURO) proving that you have 5,800 Euro for a one-year stay or a proof of scholarship (if you enter Italy with your French or Spanish residence permit)
    – Copy of your master’s training contract (if you enter Italy with your French or Spanish permit of stay)
    – Copy of your health insurance policy, covering you for the whole period of your stay in Italy, written in Italian or English.
    If you do not have health insurance ask us about purchasing the Generali Italia S.p.A. insurance (€98 for one year).
  • After submitting your application, at the post office you’ll receive a receipt (Assicurata) and an appointment letter with time and date for you to visit a local Police Station (Commissariato).
  • Go to your appointment at the police station with the original documents listed above, 2 passport size photographs and an Italian mobile phone number. At the appointment they will check the documents and take your fingerprints.
  • Later, when you will receive a text message from the Police on the number you have provided at your police appointment, you will go and collect your permit of stay card.


The fiscal code (codice fiscale) is the Italian tax code and social security number. You can request it at the Italian Consulate – only some Consulates provide this service – at the time you apply for your visa or you can obtain it in Italy upon arrival. It is calculated on the basis of your personal data and it is unique
Getting your Codice Fiscale can be a relatively simple and easy process and it’s free of charge. The process involves completing a fiscal code form, which can be collected from the International Students Office and taking it to the taxation office in Milan, located at Via della Moscova,

You need your fiscal code,  among other things, to enroll at Politecnico, open a bank account, sign a rental contract


European students will be covered by their European Health Card, obtainable from the health authority in their country. EU students will be able to see any general practitioner for receiving medical treatment free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their stay. Non-European students have the opportunity to enroll in the Italian National Healthcare System (NHS), and enjoy the same benefits as Italian nationals: free medical checks at a chosen general practitioner; reduced fees for prescription medicines and for medical checks with specialists. You can enroll after you have applied for your permit of stay. Enrollment in the NHS is not compulsory but strongly recommended.