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.
Attend the promotional activites fixed every year to know better the partner universities.


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 Interactive Map on the Politecnico website.  
Partner Universities Call 2023  this list is in constantly updating the information is only indicative.
International Mobility School of Design - General information
Reports of past mobilities
Exchange Your Mind promotional material for some partner universities: videos, presentations, testimonies, 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.  

At the end of the international mobility, students will be required to:   

1. Update the International Mobility Unit of your return and turn in all documents required by them.   

2. Schedule an interview with the Promoter to validate the credits completed during the exchange with the credits in your Polimi  study plan. Grades will be recorded by the promoter in the student's career considering the: Grade_conversion_table.   

Documents to show at the interview:   

  • Portfolio with work done at the partner school during the exchange.   
  • The Learning Agreement with the list of courses to be validated.   

 3. Respond to the anonymous online questionnaire. 

 4. Write the final report telling about your exchange experience following this template: end of exchange report  and send it to: askdesign@polimi.it .  

This report will be used to provide information for the students curious about mobility programs and will therefore be published on the School of Design website.

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