Outgoing students

All enrolled students at Bachelor or Master Level, have the possibility  to do  at least one exchange experience of a maximum duration of 12 months per study cycle.    

Consult the vademecum to verify the best time to go on mobility for your course of study:  Vademecum students Bachelor DegreeVademecum students Master Degree

Doing an exchange experience does not mean delaying time to graduation. Students will take full-time courses and progress in their studies as planned during the exchange, validating the exams taken at the partner school. For more information, see the International Exchange Guide.

You should take time to consider the best destination and  eventually acquire the language skills needed to feel comfortable in the hosting country and school.  

Some tools to be informed  

The list of partner locations

REPORTS of past mobilities  

The Interactive Map on the Politecnico website.  

Exchange Your Mind promotion programme: Information meetings agenda, videos, presentations, brochures, etc.    


We work a year ahead:  mind that every mobility program is planned for the next academic year  for the 1st or 2nd semester, for the whole year.

You organise your mobility answering to one of the TWO  Call for International Mobility published every year in the middle of the 1st and 2nd semester.    

READ carefuly the criteria for the selection carried out by a commissions composed of professors promoting the exchanges and follow the steps and terms indicated in the call.   


  • Consult the website of the partner exchange school;
  • check the required documents of the partner institution and start preparing them. Usually this step happens in the semester before the exchange period.   

Prepare a new portfolio: Many partner schools make an internal selection of the candidates for the exchange and for this reason it is essential that the portfolio is completed and representative of your creative and technical, academic and personal skills.   It is not unusual to read  non acceptancy  letters due to poor portfolio. 

  • update it  with the support of the promoter  

The International Mobility Unit will contact each student following the venues' deadlines with the necessary directions to make the application to the partner venue. From that point, acceptance by the partner location is expected.  

Students selected for an International Mobility will have to prepare the provisional Learning Agreement with the courses they want to take at the location, indicating the courses at the Politecnico to be validated, and the courses offered at the Partner Location, in order to have the approval of the Politecnico faculty sponsor.   

How and what to do if you are a Bachelor student: Vademecum students Laurea Triennale   

How and what to do if you are a Master of Science student: Vademecum for Master of Science students   

Stay in touch with the International Mobility Unit, your promoter for any changes with respect to the length of your exchange period or if you have difficulty finding enough courses, etc.   

While abroad :  

  • Inform yourself about all the cultural, sport opportunities that the school offers but also the city. -  
  • Don't stay alone! In many partner schools you will find student associations either related to exchanges, sports or other cultural activities
  • Be open-minded, willing to learn new customs and ways of life   
  • -ollow a language course (even if it is not validated)   
  • Travel within the host country   
  • Keep your sense of humor   
  • Keep in touch with people back home, without nostalgy. 

It is also helpful to remember that each student is an ambassador for the School of Design of  Politecnico di Milano.  

Student exchange is based on reciprocity. We send our students to partner universities and, in turn, receive exchange students from those universities. Many universities organize exchange fairs or similar events where exchange students can present their home country and school. We strongly encourage students to take part in these events in order to promote Polytechnic in the exchange destination.  

International Mobility Unit
Bovisa Campus 
Via Lambruschini 15 (building 20), 20158 Milano
Hours: Mon-Wed 10.00am-12.30pm only upon appointment through the Online Services or Polimi App
phone +39.02.2399.4488 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
email: exchange-bovisa@polimi.it

RELE' Office - Chair of the School of Design   
Bovisa Campus
Via Candiani 72 - Via Durando 10 - building B1, 20158 Milano
email: rele@polimi.it


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