The University of Milan or UNIMI (Italian: Università degli Studi di Milano) is a higher education institution in Milan, Italy. It is one of the most important and largest universities in Europe, with about 60,000 students, a permanent teaching and research staff of about 2,000 and a non-teaching staff of 1,900.
The University of Milan has 9 schools and offers 134 undergraduate and graduate courses, 21 Doctoral Schools and 92 Specialization Schools. The University's research and teaching activities have developed over the years and have received important international recognitions. The University is the only Italian member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of twenty-one research-intensive European Universities. It is also the best university in Italy in several rankings.
Throughout Milan, the University is commonly nicknamed and referred to as Statale (Public/Statal) or more simply UNIMI to avoid confusion with other universities in the city, either public such as the University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB) and the Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI), or private such as the Bocconi University, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UNICATT) and the Free University of Languages and Communication (IULM).
A multidisciplinary, innovative educational offering and a continuous focus on the new professional skills demanded by a rapidly evolving labour market have characterised the University since its early days. Over the years the University has also strengthened its commitment to technology transfer and to the practical application of scientific research results in the economic-production context. In recent years, this commitment has taken on the form of a project to create a science Campus within the new Milan Innovation District (MInD), the site of Expo 2015, now set to become the home of a prestigious centre for science and technology. Approval of the project by the academic bodies in 2015-2016 paved the way for transferring the science faculties to the future Campus; further support is provided by another project that aims to redevelop the Città Studi buildings and area.
The University of Milan is the only Italian member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of twenty-one research-intensive European Universities, which it helped found. The university consistently ranks as Italy's best university in a number of areas. In the most recent ranking of Italian universities released by ANVUR in February 2017, Statale ranked first among Italian universities in the areas of political science, sociology, law, and philosophy. It also ranked among the top three in economics and statistics, earth science, history, and antiquities.The university is ranked third in Italy by Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and fourth in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.It is ranked first in Italy (five-way tie) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities while the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks it 6th to 9th (tied with four other universities).
Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Faculty of Medicine Sciences
Faculty of Sciences of Linguistic and Cultural Mediation
Departmental Educational College of Sciences and Technologies For The Conservation and Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage
Faculty of Law
The University of Milan was founded in 1924 from the merger of two institutions that boasted a great tradition of medical, scientific and humanistic studies: the Accademia Scientifico-Letteraria (Scientific-Literary Academy), active since 1861, and the Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento (Clinical Specialisation Institutes), established in 1906. By 1928, the University already had the fourth-highest number of enrolled students in Italy, after Naples, Rome and Padua. Its premises are located in Città Studi (the City of Studies), the university district built from 1915 onwards (that is also home to the Politecnico), where scientific schools have its headquarters, and in several buildings in the historic city centre, which house the humanities schools.
At the time of its foundation, there were four "traditional" schools - Law, Humanities, Medicine and Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; then, in the 1930s, the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture were introduced, after the aggregation of the old schools of Veterinary Medicine (1792) and Agriculture (1871). At the end of the Second World War, the old Ospedale dei Poveri (Hospital for the Poor) building, known as "la Cà Granda" (the Big House), was assigned to the University. The building, one of the first Italian examples of civil architecture - commissioned in the 15th century by the Sforza family, the dukes of Milan - was seriously damaged by the bombings of 1943. In 1958, after a complex series of reconstruction and renovation works, it became home to the University Rector's Office, the administrative offices and the schools of Law and Humanities.
In the 1960s, due to the extension of compulsory school attendance and the subsequent liberalisation of access to higher education, the number of people entering Italian universities progressively increased and the University of Milan enrolled more than 60,000 students. The University added to its range of courses and at the same time increased its number of centres. Two new schools were established, Pharmacy and Social and Political Sciences, which were based, respectively, in Città Studi and in Via Conservatorio, in Milan city centre.
Città Studi was also the site of a new complex, intended entirely for the biology departments, which was the work of architect Vico Magistretti. There was also an increase in the number of agreements with the city's hospital facilities, where students from the School of Medicine receive their clinical training. In 1968, the University was occupying approximately 127,000 m2 (1,370,000 sq ft); by the beginning of the 1980s this had increased to 205,000 m2 (2,210,000 sq ft). In 1989 there were 22 degree courses and 75,000 enrolled students, which increased to 90,000 by 1993. In view of this increase, the University began a process of streamlining and delocalising its facilities: from 1986 onwards, new centres began to appear in other areas of Milan, particularly in the Bicocca district, as well as in other parts of the region: in Como, Varese, Crema and Lodi.
In 1998, the University split in two and the city's second public institution was founded: The University of Milan-Bicocca. The University of Insubria was also established in Varese, bringing together courses that were already offered at Varese and Como by the Universities of Milan and Pavia. At the conclusion of this process, notwithstanding the reduction in the number of students, the University of Milan was still the largest institution in Lombardy and still one of the largest in the country.
The 2001 law that transformed the education system opened a new phase of change. The University updated its range of courses, trying to adapt them to better suit the evolution of the social demand for education and the innovation of the production system: thus, the number of degree courses rose to 74 and there was a new increase in enrolments. There was also an increase in the University's commitment to providing student services (orientation, internships and training, online education) and in investments for new education and research facilities, covering approximately 80,000 m2 (860,000 sq ft).
The most recent phase of expansion concerned the fields of communication science, intercultural mediation and art, but there are also ongoing projects relating to the sectors of information technology, veterinary medicine and biomedicine. Furthermore, there was also a strengthening of commitment to technology transfer and the practical application of scientific research results in the economic-production context.
The Italian university system is based on three main study cycles to which international students have access. With the aim of favouring the mobility of international students, the University of Milan runs many programmes in English, has a specific fee system and provides scholarships and support, especially for international students.
International students are:
- EU students, foreigners resident in Italy, Italians with foreign qualifications
- Italian and EU students with foreign qualifications. Citizens of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, San Marino and non-EU countries who already live in Italy with a regular stay permit and therefore have access to the university under the same conditions as EU students, also belong to this category. Refugees and persons with subsidiary protection status are under the same laws as EU citizens, as is the personnel of foreign embassies and international organizations based in Italy
- Non-EU students resident abroad: all students from countries outside the EU
- Erasmus and mobility students
- Marco Polo students
International students can enrol in the same way as Italian students but may be subject to additional procedures:
- documentation requirements
- pre-enrolment for non-EU students resident abroad
- proficiency in the Italian language
- conversion of grades and qualifications obtained abroad.
The three study cycles have different enrolment requirements, costs and deadlines: choose the one that interests you and discover how and when you can enrol as an international student at the University of Milan.
University of Milan is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Milano, Lombardia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Crema, Edolo, Lodi, Torraza Coste. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) is a very large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This higher education institution does not have a selective admission policy. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.
The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.
The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
Several private boarding schools and public organisations provide accommodation to University students. Camplus College is the network of university residences managed by the CEUR Foundation, legally recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).It offers students high-level residential services, ensuring the best living, study and leisure conditions. Each facility has private rooms and common areas, including comfortable and fully furnished single and double rooms, dining areas, tutoring and study rooms, a library with newspaper library service, conference rooms equipped with audio-video system, relaxation rooms and fitness areas. Each facility also has a reception service to ensure freedom and safety for guests.
Under the solidarity project "Hosting a student", self-sufficient seniors provide accommodation to university students in Milan. A few years ago, the programme was extended to doctoral students, researchers, interns and health personnel (nurses, social and health workers). Guests do not pay a rent, but offer some help and company, as well as a monthly reimbursement of expenses, and they can enjoy free 24-hour Internet with Fastweb's "Night and Day" plan.
Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS), University Sports Centre, is an amateur sports association which, for the last 60 years, has promoted the practice of physical education and sport by students and university collaborators. Every year, the centre organises a vast range of sports courses, which cover everything from traditional disciplines, such as swimming and athletics, to more modern activities, such as hydro-biking, yoga and capoeira.
Arts and entertainment
University of Milan students can take part in music and theatre initiatives organised by the University's resident cultural institutions, which include the Orchestra, the Choir and the CUT, the University Theatre Centre. The University of Milan Orchestra offers students the possibility to audition for a classical music ensemble in collaboration with the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory of Milan and with the direction of Maestro Alessandro Crudele. The University Choir is composed of university staff, students, professors and enthusiasts from outside the university. It is possible to become a member by passing an audition.The Centro Universitario Teatrale (CUT), University Theatre Centre, is currently directed by Professor Alberto Bentoglio and collaborates actively with groups of university students who have been involved in theatre productions for several years.
Concessions for cultural activities
The University works closely with cinema, theatre, dance and music agents, to provide their students and collaborators with access to cultural initiatives and services at reduced prices.
The University Library Service (Servizio bibliotecario d’Ateneo, SBA) comprises 21 libraries, each of them specialized in one of the areas of teaching and research at the University of Milan. They provide access to 1,700,000 printed books and 26,000 journals. In addition, the Digital Library gives access to 370,000 ebooks, 65,000 ejournals and about 200 databases.