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The University of Milano-Bicocca (Italian: Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, UNIMIB) is a public university located in Milan, Italy, providing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education. Established in 1998, it was ranked by the Times Higher Education 2014 ranking of the best 100 Universities under 50 years old as number 21 worldwide and first in Italy.
The University of Milano-Bicocca has chosen to participate in the rankings that best represent its characteristics. These include: Times Higher Education, U-multirank and UI GreenMetric.
Milano-Bicocca participates in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the THE Young University Rankings which, in particular, highlights the university’s qualities that are not linked to reputation, respecting the young age of certain universities. Every year the publishes its ranking of the best universities in the world based on factors such as teaching, research, international outlook, academic reputation, the staff-to-student ratio and other factors.
There are eight faculties at the University of Milan-Bicocca:
- Faculty of Economics and Statistics
- Faculty of Science of education
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine (which is based in Monza, Lissone e Vedano al Lambro, at the Hospital San Gerardo)
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Sociology
Through our broad and rich educational offerings, we aim to allow students to find their real vocation, advance their own interests, take a critical look and acquire skills and a solid know-how to build their profession. Excellent teaching, excellent research, and high quality service place focus on the individual, as the pillars of a modern, future-oriented university.The university teaches its students to seize the world’s opportunities and not to be frightened to confront them and put themselves out there. It is an inclusive university which shares, respects and protects diversity, as one of its main values.
Bicocca is a leader in local and international cultural development.
Department of Human Sciences For Education "Riccardo Massa"
Department of Psychology
School of Science
School of Economics and Statistics
Department of Medicine and Surgery
Department of Computer Systems and Communication
Department of Mathematics and Applications
School of Medicine and Surgery
Department of Sociology and Social Research
Department of Law
In 1998, the premises of the old Pirelli factory were turned into a state-of-the-art complex encompassing modern research laboratories, expansive study areas and communal areas for students. Our university campus is unique to Italy, with 28 buildings spread across Milan, Monza and the Maldives. With the main buildings located in the north-east of Milan, close to the Greco Pirelli railway station, the University of Milano-Bicocca benefits from excellent access routes.
Since 1998, the University has laid the foundations for the future, revitalised the local area and turned young students into well-prepared adults, ready to face the real world.
In the late 1980s, the academic bodies of the University of Milan set out a programme designed to obtain new premises to use for innovative research activities in strategic sectors and extend the teaching offering to fields of discipline that were absent from the local public institutions.Through the 1991-93 three-year plan announced by Minister Ruberti, the Ministry of Universities and Scientific Research unveiled plans to split universities with over 40,000 alumni in order to better organise its multi-year development plans and bring about decongestion. The University of Milan – which was identified as one of the large universities in need of decongesting – was authorised to set up additional university hubs in the local urban area.
Under the 1993 Budget, Article 3 of Law 498 authorised social security bodies to purchase real estate to lease to universities and public research bodies, using up to 20% of funds available for 1993 and 1994. In September 1993, the Municipality of Milan ruled that the Bicocca area would be the location of the new University of Milan hub.
The University of Milan’s Board of Directors decided to use the provision set out in Law 498 and applied to the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research to construct buildings to be used for teaching and research activities by the second university. The buildings would all be located in the Bicocca area, with the exception of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, which needed to be built next to the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza.
On the recommendation of an inter-ministerial commission composed of representatives of the Ministries of Universities and Scientific Research, the Treasury, Work and Social Security, the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research approved the university’s proposals and granted authorisation for construction. On 25 February 1997, the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the University of Milan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the parties agreed to initiate proceedings to split the university by establishing a second university.
On 10 June 1998, the second University of Milan was established by Ministerial Decree. A subsequent decree of 9 July 1998 appointed the Steering Committee, which would remain in place until the constitution of an Academic Senate and Board of Directors. A third Ministerial Decree on 12 March 1999 changed the name of the university to the University of Milano-Bicocca and altered the composition of the Steering Committee, expanding it from ten to 12 members, including the chairperson. The Steering Committee remained in place until 30 October 1999, enacting the functions of the Academic Senate and Board of Directors. In the space of a year and a half, it was able to fulfil all requirements set out by the decree that established the university, as well as organising elections for the position of Rector and the Board of Directors.
On 1 November 1999, the current Academic Bodies were introduced.
On 12 October 2000, elections were announced for the Integrated Academic Senate, which engaged in detailed discussions before producing the university Statute, which was approved by Royal Decree 06243 on 11 June 2003 and published in the Official Gazette on 2 July 2003.
General admission for non-EU students
Registration Procedure in brief
- Before leaving your home country: You should apply for pre-enrolment to the Italian Embassy (or Consulate) and ask for the visa type D "Application to Italian Universities". Moreover you must register on segreterie online for the entry test or the evaluation test eventually planned by the application procedures indicated for each degree course. Candidates for the School of Medicine and Surgery (program in English) must follow the same rules for elegibility, but registration procedure for IMAT (International Medical Admissions Test) must be checked on the IMAT official website (All information about the Medicine and Surgery program in English can be found at the specific degree course page)
- Once you arrive in Italy: You must take the Italian language test and apply within 8 days for a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) for study reasons. Students who have a valid certificate indicating that their Italian level is not lower than B2 are exonerated from the language test. Students who apply for degree courses entirely taught in English are exempted from the Italian language test.
- When you have passed the Italian language test: take any necessary access tests for the single study courses (when applicable) and enrol according to the procedures indicated for each degree course.
Valid certification for exoneration from Italian language test
Valid certificates for proficiency in the Italian language (for a level not lower than B2) are awarded by the Council of Europe at the III University of Rome, by the University for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena, the University for Foreigners "Dante Alighieri" of Reggio Calabria and by the "Dante Alighieri" schools, in agreement with the Italian Institutes of Culture abroad. CLIQ certificates (Certificazione lingua italiana di qualità) are also accepted.
Documents required for Bachelor Degree
- Final original certificate of secondary school studies, received after at least 12 years of education, or a legally valid substitute certificate;
- A certificate demonstrating that you have passed the compulsory entry test, if necessary, for admission to University in your country of origin (e.g. Selectividad in Spain, Matura Shteterore in Albania, Prova de Afericao o Prova General de Accesso ao Ensino Superior in Portugal, Psychometric Entrance Test in Israel);
- A certificate listing the academic studies partially completed if your secondary school diploma has been achieved in less than 12 years of education (e.g. the Peruvian “certificado oficial de estudio”, achieved after 11 years of education, must be completed by a certificate issued by a Peruvian university, certifying at least 1 year of academic attendance)
- A translation into Italian or English if the documents listed from 1 to 3 are issued in a language other than Italian, English, French or Spanish;
- Dichiarazione di Valore in loco (Declaration of Value), issued by the relevant Italian Embassy or Consulate This is a document that provides information about the Educational System in your Country and compares the qualification level with the Italian Educational System. As an alternative to the "Dichiarazione di Valore in loco", students can submit other certification issued by a foreign official authority or by an ENIC-NARIC center (in Italy you can check the CIMEA website ).
- Copy of the entry visa
- Pre-enrollment form filled out and stamped by the Italian embassy.
Documents required for Master Degree
- University degree achieved in a foreign University;
- Transcript of records, awarded by the University, detailing exams passed and marks;
- if available, detailed program (syllabus) for each course.
- Translation of documents listed at 1-2-3 in Italian or in English if issued in a different language from Italian or English. Each evaluation committee may decide to accept documents issued in other languages, without any translation. You can check the call for application to the program you are interested in.
- Dichiarazione di Valore in loco (Declaration of Value), issued by the relevant Italian Embassy or Consulate. This is a document that provides information about the Educational System in your Country and compares the qualification level with the Italian Educational System. As an alternative to the "Dichiarazione di Valore in loco", students can submit the DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT, if issued by the university that issued the degree, or other declaration or certification issued by a foreign official authority or by a ENIC-NARIC center (in Italy you can check the CIMEA website )
- Copy of the entry visa
- Pre-enrollment form filled out and stamped by the Italian embassy.
University of Milano-Bicocca is a for-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): Monza. 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-Bicocca (UNIMIB) is a very large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB) 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 21 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible 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.
The University of Milano-Bicocca supports its Student Associations by providing them with facilities and funding.
The Student Associations play an important role in bringing students together and making sure everyone gets involved in University life.
Bicocca is a young university that will connect you with students from all over the world. You will not just be a student here. You will be a member of the global community.
Since its foundation, the University of Milano-Bicocca has reached beyond its borders entering into various agreements with European and non-European universities.
Research is always global. Our teachers are members of international research groups that share numerous projects and initiatives, with a common commitment to increase the quality of teaching.
Our focus on innovation offers students competitive and practical training.