Before arrival

The International Student Office strives to provide a tailor made service to each international candidate and enrolled student by assisting with all non-academic matters.


Review the checklist for preparing your arrival. You will find detailed information for each item visiting the ISO webpages. Come back to your checklist to make sure everything is ready before your departure!

  • Enquire about visa requirements: contact the Italian Consulate in the country where you currently reside
  • Apply for the Statement of Comparability
  • Apply for your visa (non-EU students only)
  • Arrange health insurance for your stay in Italy
  • Arrange accommodation either privately or through the ISO
  • Prepare the documents for your permit of stay application to be filed upon arrival in Italy (non-EU students only)
  • Inform us of your arrival date
  • Budget for your stay
  • Book your orientation session with the ISO, to be held upon your arrival.


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. The ISO will 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 masters 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.

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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.

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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).

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Your health insurance document must meet the following requirements:

  • It must cover you for the entire period of your master in Italy and for the duration of your visa: the period of validity must be clearly indicated
  • It must be written in Italian or in English
  • It must be valid for the entire Schengen Area

If you do not have health insurance or if your health insurance does not meet the above requirements, you will have the option to purchase insurance through Welcome Association Italy.

This will ONLY cover you for emergencies involving hospitalization or hospital treatment. The price is € 120 for one year, or € 71 for 6 months. You will need to register online. Payment can be done by PayPal, credit card or bank transfer.



Below is a short description of the cost of renting for various options in Milan and the price is also depending on the location.

  • From €400 to €550 for a shared room in private apartments
  • From €500 to €850 for a single room in private apartments
  • From €700 to €1.400 for an apartment (studio or one bedroom)

Prices may vary according to the market trend at the time of your arrival. Cost can also rise if utilities are not included. Consider the above fares as indicative only. You will always be requested to pay a deposit.


Food is one of the great experiences of Italy, and Milan has an excellent range of restaraunts, cafés and bars that serve high quality food from around the world. Furthermore, supermarkets and specialty shops provide fresh and reasonably priced food. In addition to supermarkets, each area of Milan usually has a communal street market at least once a week, where local farmers and producers sell their products directly to the consumers.
Below are some general costs associated with food and eating in Milan.

  • Lunch in a café with sandwich or a pasta dish and a drink: €5-10
  • Lunch at University Canteen: €3.50-7.50
  • Lunch or dinner in Pizzeria: €10-20
  • Dinner in a restaurant: €20-30
  • Average weekly shopping in a supermarket: €50

Students are recommended to prepare a weekly food budget to help keep costs in check.

Going out

Milan has a fantastic nightlife, and many cheap and suitable options and events for students. Below are some of the costs associated with going out in Milan.

  • Aperitif (pre-dinner drinks with free access to a buffet table, often a substitute for dinner): €8 to €10
  • Pubs and bars: €15 to €30
  • Clubs and concerts: €20 to €40
Clothing and personal items

Milan, the capital of fashion in Italy, has plenty of shops for clothing and other items to meet different price ranges, styles and needs. Depending on your taste and budget you can get very cheap cloths (€15 for a pair of jeans or trousers for example) or expensive designer cloths. This usually depends on the type of shop and the area where the shop is located.

Additionally there are separate times throughout the year when stores will have their summer and winter sales. These generally start around the first week of January for the winter sales, and the first week of July for the summer sales.

Local transport

Milan has efficient and relatively inexpensive public transport. Below are the cost associated with:

  • Monthly pass – under 27 years of age: €22
  • Monthly pass : €39
  • Weekly pass: €17 (valid Monday to Sunday)
  • Single ticket: €2
  • One day ticket: €7
  • Three days ticket: €12
  • Carnet of 10 tickets: €18

For more information, please visit the Public Transport in Milan site.

Travelling in and around Lombardy

Train tickets would be around €10 one way, to nice destinations near the lakes or in the mountains.
Travelling throughout the rest of Italy by train will see the costs rise proportionately.
Please note that some cities and regions of Italy, it is cheaper and more convenient to fly to, using a budget air carrier.
For more information, please visit the Trenord page.

Cash Payments

Due to a recently introduced law, it is illegal in Italy to make cash payments exceeding €1.999.
Credit cards are widely accepted at many businesses and shops, with exception to government buildings and small retailers. Only some of the student residences accept credit card payment. Travellers cheques are hardly accepted anywhere.


If you are planning to stay in Italy with your spouse or your entire family, there will be different options for you, depending on the citizenship of your family member and on the length of your stay in Italy.

If you are a non-European citizen, it is important to always refer to the Italian Consulate in your own country to enquire about what the available visa options are for your family.

Family Cohesion
Family cohesion can be requested if you hold a regular permit of stay for Italy and wish to obtain a cohesion with a family member who has already joined you in Italy (for reasons such as studies, tourism etc.). Family cohesion is the procedure you can follow to obtain a permit of stay for family reasons for your family members. This residence permit will be linked to yours and will have the same duration. This option is open only to students who will study in Milan for at least one year and hold a relating permit of stay valid for at least one year.

This information is for guidance only as migration law can be subject to continual changes and modifications, and the final decision on issues of migration are the prerogative of consular or immigration authorities. MIP will be able to refer you to a competent migration service provider.

Please note that MIP is not responsible for any migration procedure or other procedures pertaining your family.

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