Academic Year 2022/23
School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering
Degree Programme of:
Urban Planning: Cities, Environment & Landscapes
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
1. General Information
|School ||School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering|
|Code Reference Law||1093|
|Name||Urban Planning: Cities, Environment & Landscapes|
|Reference Law||Ordinamento 270/04|
|Class of degree||L-21 - Town, regional and environmental planning|
|Degree level ||Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)|
|First year of activation ||2008/2009|
|Official length of the programme ||3|
|Years of the programme already activated ||1,2,3|
|Official language(s) ||Italian|
|Dean of the School ||Andrea Campioli|
|Coordinator of the Study programme ||Andrea Arcidiacono|
|Website of the School ||http://www.auic.polimi.it|
|Website of the Study programme || |Central Student Office - Milano Leonardo
| Address ||VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI) |
2. General presentation of the study programme
The training project is built around the specific identity of the urban planner and it aims to structure the scientific and professional range according to the following special skills:
- to design governance instruments of city and territory;
- to understand, evaluate, manage changes of city and territory.
3. Learning objectives
The educational programme aims to develop relations among humanistic knowledge, scientific and technical skills, analytical, evaluation, planning and management experiences.
The Study Programme gives a considerable importance to the humanistic components, with an in-depth analysis in the fields of social, economic, geographical, historical, legal studies, in order to correctly create a tough technical and scientific background that promotes a successful integration of graduate students in the job market through a high understanding ability for territorial transformations along with skills in the field of analysis and design of the city and territory (environment, building, transport, services, production activities).
The educational objectives are aimed at:
1. to provide an essential picture of the Italian context by deepening international comparisons and highlighting the most relevant issues in the scientific, disciplinary and professional debate in the European and international context;
2. prepare for a high capacity of interpretation of contexts and dynamics of territorial transformations, as well as innovative competences in the field of analysis of urban and sector transformations (environment, home, transport, services, productive activities), as well as evaluation urban and territorial scenarios and projects;
3. to offer, through integrated laboratory experiences, completed design exercises, which are capable of generating technical products with high analytical-interpretative and design standards;
4. finally develop the planning and organizational capacity to set up and articulate complex interventions (plans, programs and projects), which require multidisciplinary skills.
These priorities are pursued through a unified and specifically:
1. the essential framework and cultural backgrounds are presented in compulsory courses placed between the first and second year, which address the techniques, tools, theories and policies of urban and territorial planning;
2. this essential framework is enriched by compulsory courses, always placed in the first and second year, oriented towards a multidisciplinary training in the fields of statistical mathematics, law, economics, sociology and geography, ecology and the environment ;
3. the design experiences are developed within four laboratories (two in the first year, one in the second and one in the third), weighed in a balanced way on the whole of the training course (about a quarter of the total of the CFU), which are appropriately integrated with training activities chosen from the basic and characterizing ones;
4. the construction of autonomous thematic paths is developed through the choice of optional courses and the development of the final exam paper.
At the end of the course the graduate will have the necessary knowledge to assess the physical, historical-cultural, ecological-environmental, landscape and socio-economic characteristics of the area. It will also be able to use the theories, techniques and methods of urban and territorial planning, both to evaluate the transformation processes and their effects in the broader cultural, social, economic, environmental and landscape context, and to technically conduct administrative procedures and related productive activities.
The profiles of the graduates correspond to three main figures: the analyst, the manager and the designer.
4. Organization of the study programme and further studies
4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications
4.2 Further Studies
The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)
The qualification enables students to access Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science), Specializing Courses of first level and Specializing Master of first level
For the continuation of studies, the graduate student in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape has different options:
- Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme in Urban Planning and Policy Design of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, admission without educational debits, but with access subject to existing Regulations of the University and School;
- Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme in Landscape Architecture, Land Landscape Studio Heritage of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, admission without educational debits, but with access subject to existing Regulations of the University and School;
- Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programmes, activated by this University or others, on subjects of specific interest, with regulated access by the Programme structure;
- 1° Level Specializing Masters, activated by this University or others, on subjects of specific interest, with regulated access by the Programme structure;
- Post-graduate Training Courses, activated by this University or others, on subjects of specific interest, with regulated access by the Programme structure;
5. Professional opportunities and work market
5.1 Professional status of the degree
The professional fields of the graduate student are: undertaking the analysis on urban, territorial and environmental structures; assistance on preparation of urban and regional programmes and plans, of actions for management and environmental assessment, of administration strategies, institutions and companies for recovery, enhancement and transformation of the city, territory and environment.
The Graduate student in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape can be registered in Professional Associations upon passing the State examination. For any further information, please refer to the link of University web site (www.esamidistato.polimi.it).
The Course requires a full time involvement and includes Courses, constituted by: i) lectures and practicing, ii) Laboratory activities with compulsory attendance, iii) Seminars and Visits.
5.2 Careers options and profiles
The main employment openings provided by the study programme of this class can be included in the following fields of activity:
1. analysis of urban, territorial and environmental structures, through the use of innovative technologies;
2. contribution to preparation of plans, planning, management and evaluation;
3. participation in definition of strategies for government, institutions and companies connected to recovery, development and transformation of the city, territory and environment.
5.3 Qualification profile
Profile in a work context:
The Graduate student profiles corresponds to the figure of analyst, manager and designer, and at the end of the Study Programme, the Graduate students:
1 are able to evaluate the physical, historical, cultural, ecological, environmental, landscape and socio-economic characteristics of the city and territory;
2 are also able to use the theories, techniques and methods of urban and territorial planning to evaluate the transformation processes and their effects in a broader cultural, social, economic, environmental and landscape context, and to technically manage the administrative procedures and the design and planning tools;
3 are able to deal with a wide range of disciplinary skills (analytical, interpretive, planning) to build possible management systems of complicated urban and territorial structures and translate into actions their ability to understand, identify, imagine, control, and modify complex situations;
4 are able to explain to the public their interpretation and intervention synthesis, basing them on appropriate topics and through the right rhetorical and suitable communication skills in order to express them rigorously, but understandable even to non-experts, the most relevant reasons on a theme of analysis or decision;
5 are also able to learn from their scientific and professional experiences, updating their original skills and tools thanks to the comparison with the institutional and social practices and through the right considerations on urban planning.
The Graduate student in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape can be registered in Professional Associations upon passing the State examination.
6.1 Access requirements
Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)
Upper middle school diploma or similar foreign qualification.
Admission to the first year of the "Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape" Degree Course is regulated through an admission test managed directly by the Politecnico di Milano.
For registration and carrying out of admission test, please refer to the PoliOrientami web page and to the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering website.
It is required the carrying out of admission test also for students from other Study Programmes (of Politecnico or other University), except if at least 30 Educational Credits (ECTS) are recognized as valid, and previously acquired (score), and find correspondence with courses of the first year of the Study Programme in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape to which you want to access.
It is also required the repetition of the admission test for students previously enrolled in this or other Study Programmes, loss or that made renunciation to study.
Link : http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/come-si-accede/ammissione-al-corso-di-laurea-in-urbanistica-citta-ambiente-paesaggio/ (Modalità di Ammissione )
6.2 Requested knowledge
Urban planning is typically a field of interdisciplinary studies and practices that brings and puts together humanistic and scientific technical knowledge. The requirement for admission is the High school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification. For candidates who intend to take this study programme, it's useful to think about the key words of the study programme title (urban planning - city - environment - landscape), with some further readings, and particular attention to the issues that can raise.
The University has established a minimum level of knowledge of the English language for access to degree courses. If this pre-requisite is not satisfied, an OFA (Additional Educational Obligation) of English is assigned which foresees limitations related to the continuation of the university career.
The level of knowledge required and the relative certifications accepted by the University are described in the following point 7.5 Foreign language assessment method.
6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available
STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR ENROLMENT (Italian and EU students and non-EU students residing in Italy)
Places reserved for non EU students (including Chinese students)
Of which places reserved for “Marco Polo” Chinese students
6.4 Tutoring and students support
The School organizes First and Second semester orientation and tutoring activities for students.
For guidance activities, the University uses the services offered by the University Guidance Service (ACRE).
The activity of the University Guidance Service is aimed at disseminating information on the training offer, admission procedures and services to Politecnico students.
In this way, it is intended to provide users with the tools useful for making the choice as much as possible aware of the university path.
The activities of the service are divided into meetings in schools, participation in orientation events, organization of events and orientation activities (open days, courses in support of preparation for admission tests, summer schools, etc.), as well as in the daily channel ad personam 'assistance, through the presence counter', the e-mail counter and the telephone one.
At the request of the schools or individual students, educational visits are organized to the laboratories characterizing the study courses.
Interested students can find information on the educational offer, times and methods of admission, as well as on the services of the Politecnico di Milano, on the sites:
- http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it/ (for Italian students);
- http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/ (for international students), which contains information on the courses of study envisaged for the academic year in which prospective students can enrol, rather than on the educational offer of the current academic year.
6.5 Transfers from Study Programmes
Students enrolled in the first year will not be able to transfer internally to another Study Programme of Politecnico, in the same year of registration.
6.6 Changes in Educational System
Students in Old Educational Systems and not yet lost (system 509/99 and previous ones) can submit a change request to the Educational System in force, through www.polimi.it -On line services.
7. Contents of the study Program
7.1 Programme requirements
Attainment of the 180 Credits (ECTS) specified in the didactic regulations. In particular the minimum standard guaranteed by law: i) for the basic educational activities is 30 corresponding to the sectors of Maths, Computer Science, Statistics, Ecology, Geography and Geology, Representation; ii) for the specializing activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 50 Credits corresponding to the sectors of Architecture and Engineering, Administrative Law, Applied Economics and Sociology; iii) for the related or integrative activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 18 and 8 for apprenticeship and the final exam.
The content of this Study Programme meets the minimum legal number set for training activities of Laurea Category L-21-Territorial, Urban, Landscape and Environmental Planning Science (Law270/2004).
The achievement of qualification (Laurea) is based on the acquisition, during the programme, of 180 ECTS (Cfu). The university educational credit represents the amount of learning work, including individual study, which is requested to a student to acquire the knowledge and skills that characterize the Stud Programme and that are provided in the planned training activities. For all Study Programmes of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering, a university educational credit corresponds to 25 hours of work. The average quantity of learning work, carried out in one year by a student involved in full-time university studies, is conventionally fixed at 60 credits. The time that must be dedicated to personal study or other individual learning activities cannot be less than half of the overall workload. The credits related to each educational activity are acquired by the student with the achievement of a positive assessment at the exam verification (examination, certification of activity carried out).
Each student can choose educational programmes that require, for each semester, a different number of credits from what provided in the degree programme to achieve, according to his/her needs, a progression of studies. In any case, the number of total CFU acquired, in order to achieve the qualification, must be 180. During the educational programme, the contribution to be paid will be related to the number of Ects inserted each time in the individual Study plan. The minimum number of Ects that a student can insert on his/her study plan is 30, unless the number of credits needed for course completion are fewer than this number. The maximum number of Ects that a student can insert on his/her study plan, according to priorities established by regulations, is equal to 80.
The ECTS registration must comply with the sequence among teachings provided by the degree programme and the priority rules set out in paragraph 15.7.
7.2 Mode of study
The Study Programme includes learning activities consisting of lectures and exercises (monographic courses, integrated courses), Laboratory activities, seminars and study trips. In some cases, the didactic offer foresees innovative learning modules.
Elective courses can be selected within a wide and articulated didactic offer, enhanced with the elective courses held by the different Study Programmes of the School.
In all Study Programmes the attendance of Laboratories, included Thematic Laboratories, is compulsory. The certificate of attendance, which is necessary to access its assessment test, is given by the professors responsible for the Laboratory. Any other attendance obligations will be indicated by the Study Programmes in line with directives of the School. Such obligations will be published on the website of the School (www.auic.polimi.it) and communicated to the students by the professors responsible of the courses at the beginning of the programmes. Consistency of attendance rules is guaranteed for all sections of the same course. Attendance verification is up to the professor responsible for the course based on criteria in line with an educational organization, which will be communicated to students at the beginning of the programme. These criteria can be related to the presence in the classroom and active participation of the student.
Single subject and Integrated courses
For these courses, which do not have compulsory attendance, the examination method provided for non-attendee will be communicated both through the publication on the professor's page and with communication at the beginning of the programme.
The academic year is made up of two semesters, each one consists of a teaching session and exam sessions.
The qualification grants access to "Laurea Magistrale" (2nd degree), "Corso di Specializzazione di primo livello" (1st level Specialization Course) and "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level University Master)
Professional status of the degree The Course requires a full time involvement and includes Courses, constituted by: i) lectures and practicing, ii) Laboratory activities with compulsory attendance, iii) Seminars and Visits.
Access requirements (*) Secondary school leaving qualification, or foreign comparable qualifications
Programme requirements Attainment of the 180 Credits (ECTS) specified in the didactic regulations. In particular the minimum standard guaranteed by law: i) for the basic educational activities is 30 corresponding to the sectors of Maths, Computer Science, Statistics, Ecology, Geography and Geology, Representation; ii) for the specializing activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 50 Credits corresponding to the sectors of Architecture and Engineering, Administrative Law, Applied Economics and Sociology; iii) for the related or integrative activities the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 18 and 8 for apprenticeship and the final exam.
Mode of study The Graduate's professional areas are urban, regional and environmental analyses; support to practices of urban planning, public policy, management and valuation ; support to the definition of strategies of local governments, institutions and private firms for urban, regional and environmental regeneration, appreciation and transformation.
7.3 Detailed learning objectives
The words “Study Plans with Prior Approval”, found on Web applications, is referred to the teaching system of the training courses. It does not mean that the choices made by the student during the compilation of the Study Plan are previously approved.
During compilation of individual study plan, each student must choose an option on Laboratories of the third year, of which multiple sections assigned to different professors are activated. Given that it can happen that a laboratory is chosen by a number of students exceeding the available places, students will be allocated in Laboratories under criteria of merit, as shown in the following paragraph 14.6.
1 Year courses - Track: CAP - Urbanistica: Citta' Ambiente Paesaggio
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|054367||A||ICAR/17||RAPPRESENTAZIONE DELLA CITTA' E DEL TERRITORIO||1||8,0||8,0|
|054366||B||ICAR/18||STORIA DELLA CITTA' E DEL TERRITORIO||1||8,0||8,0|
|055871||B,C||ICAR/21||TEORIE DELL'URBANISTICA E DELLA PIANIFICAZIONE DEL TERRITORIO||1||8,0||8,0|
|096339||B,C||ICAR/20||LABORATORIO DI ANALISI DELLA CITTA' E DEL TERRITORIO||1||8,0||8,0|
|054369||A||MAT/05||FONDAMENTI DI MATEMATICA E STATISTICA||2||8,0||8,0|
|054370||B||IUS/09||ISTITUZIONI DI DIRITTO AMMINISTRATIVO E URBANISTICO||2||8,0||8,0|
|LABORATORIO DI URBANISTICA 1||2||12,0||12,0|
2 Year courses - Track: CAP - Urbanistica: Citta' Ambiente Paesaggio
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|CI ECONOMIA E SOCIET└||1||8,0||8,0|
|054374||B,C||ICAR/21||TECNICA URBANISTICA 2||1||8,0|
|058043||A||ICAR/06||PROGETTAZIONE DI SISTEMI INFORMATIVI TERRITORIALI||1||8,0||8,0|
|CI METODI E TECNICHE DELLA VALUTAZIONE AMBIENTALE||2||8,0||8,0|
|CI ELEMENTI DI PROGETTAZIONE DELL'AMBIENTE||2||8,0||8,0|
|055821||B,C||ICAR/21||LABORATORIO DI URBANISTICA 2||2||12,0||12,0|
3 Year courses - Track: CAP - Urbanistica: Citta' Ambiente Paesaggio
|Code ||Educational activities ||SSD ||Course Title ||Language ||Sem ||CFU ||CFU Group |
|Gruppo insegnamenti obbligatori 3 anno|
|058044||B,C||SPS/07||ANALISI SOCIALE E URBANA||1||8,0||8,0|
|054387||B,C||SECS-P/06||ECONOMIA E PIANIFICAZIONE DEI TRASPORTI||1||8,0|
|082890||A||ICAR/06||PROGETTAZIONE DI SISTEMI INFORMATIVI TERRITORIALI||1||8,0||8,0|
|LABORATORIO DI URBANISTICA 3||2||12,0||12,0|
|Gruppo insegnamenti obbligatori 3 anno|
|CI GEOGRAFIA ECONOMICA E SPAZIO URBANO||2||8,0||8,0|
|CI METODI E STRUMENTI DELLA PREVENZIONE E GESTIONE DEI RISCHI||2||8,0|
|Gruppo insegnamenti opzionali|
|056135||B||ICAR/02||CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI E RESILIENZA IDROLOGICA URBANA||1||4,0|
|053716||B||IUS/10||LEGISLAZIONE SUGLI APPALTI PUBBLICI||1||4,0|
|099541||--||ING-IND/22||SOSTENIBILITA' AMBIENTALE E LCA DEI MATERIALI DELLE COSTRUZIONI||1||4,0|
|050448||B||ICAR/18||STORIA DEL GIARDINO E DEL PAESAGGIO||1||4,0|
|093342||B||ICAR/05||TRASPORTI, MOBILIT└ E SOSTENIBILIT└||1||4,0|
|057159||B,C||ICAR/20||FESTINALENTE: PIANIFICAZIONE E PROGETTAZIONE DI LINEE LENTE CICLABILI E CAMMINABILI||2||4,0|
|083744||A||ICAR/17||STRUMENTI DI RAPPRESENTAZIONE INNOVATIVA DEL PROGETTO||2||4,0|
7.4 Foreign language
The University provides as a prerequisite the knowledge of the English language.
For the degree course in Urban Planning: City, Environment, Landscape, the Polytechnic University of Milan requires enrolled students, in addition to the admission test, also the knowledge of English at the level required for admission to master's degree courses (as indicated at link https://www.polimi.it/studenti-iscritti/lingua-inglese/esami-e-certificazioni-della-lingua-ric discote-dallateneo/).
All those who do not demonstrate their knowledge of English by producing suitable certification are awarded the OFA of English.
In order to recover the English OFA, it is necessary to pass and pass the appropriate test of knowledge of the English language, reserved for students of the Polytechnic, at external institutions. These tests do not issue any certification, but allow you to discharge the OFA debt of English.
Further information, please refer to the "Guide to the English Language"
7.5 Degree examination
7.6.1 Types of Final Test for the Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science)
a) The Final Exam for the conferment of the Degree consists of the presentation and discussion of a thesis paper (Final Test of type A) carried out under the guidance of a Supervisor. On motivated request of the Graduating, a paper written in other languages can be accepted, subject to the authorization of the President of the Operational Degree Commission (CO), but with presentation and discussion however in Italian or English. If the paper is written in English or another foreign language, it must contain an extract in Italian. The Supervisor of the Project is unique and must be a member of the CU.
b) For the Degree Course in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape, there is no possibility of graduating with a final Type B exam (final balance of specific activities carried out by the student during the years of attendance).
c) Consistency and timing of drafting the thesis paper must be consistent with the educational credits awarded by the final exam and with the official duration of the degree course: the supervisor, who may be a teacher of the basic subject, is responsible for this congruence characterizing or similar.
d) Normally the thesis paper is to be written individually. Thesis papers written by two candidates are allowed as long as the individual contribution of each is recognizable. In this case (thesis papers with two authors) both candidates must register and present their degree paper in the same graduation session. Degree papers prepared by more than two candidates are not permitted.
e) The thesis dissertation is not subject to be deposited.
For general aspects relating to the assessment methods, please refer to the General Degree Regulations at the link: (to be inserted)
7.6.2 Presentation and Discussion of the Final Test Graduation Work
a) With regard to the Degree Course in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape, during the final graduation exam, the candidate illustrates the contents of his thesis with a presentation lasting 15 minutes, possibly also using multimedia supports (e.g. e.g. PowerPoint, slide show ...).
b) The presentation can be extended by a further 5 minutes to answer any questions posed by the members of the Operational Commission.
c) During the final graduation exam, at least two copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Commission.
Information relating to general rules, regulations, exam calendar, enrollment and thesis delivery are available on
8. Academic calendar
The professors' names of the Study Programme and what they teach will be made available on the degree programme from September onwards.
The Degree Programme is published each year on Politecnico di Milano's website.
10. Infrastructures and laboratories
University Archival and Library System
Sistema Archivistico e Bibliotecario di Ateneo
CCRR-Lab - Climate Change, Risk and Resilience
MAUD-Lab - Mapping and Urban Data Lab
MOA Laboratory - Architectural Modeling
LABSIMURB - 'Fausto Curti' Urban Simulation Laboratory
TRASPOL - Transport Policy Laboratory
LPS - Laboratory of Social Policies
RAPu + Laboratory (Network Archives Plans + urban planning)
DAStU Research Unit
Piero Bottoni Archive
For more information on the following facilities, please check (to be inserted)
11. International context
The Politecnico di Milano offers its students the opportunity to have an experience of international mobility thanks to agreements signed with numerous partner institutions in the extra-European context.
Students can refer to the referents/promoters of international mobility identified among the Politecnico professors for the didactic aspects.
The Politecnico di Milano organizes foreign language courses each year for its outgoing students.
The Polytechnic is carrying out comparative analyzes with the main international universities.
The Politecnico di Milano offers the students various opportunities to spend periods studying abroad. The credits (ECTS)acquired, subject to the approval of a Learning Agreement, are recognized as an integral part of the curriculum.
International Mobility for Periods of study
International mobility may be a short period (a) or a Double Degree (b):
a) period of study at partner universities in EU countries (Erasmus) and non-EU countries (bilateral agreements); b) Double Degree projects with EU and non-EU universities.
Aside from these opportunities, international mobility periods of variable lengths and natures are also possible, within international networks where the Politecnico is part of (Alliance4Tech, Athens, Idea League)
Short periods of mobility (a) generally last one term. They are potentially extendable, if allowed by the agreement with the partner university, for a further term, subject to authorization from the School Bodies (the Politecnico Teachers who promote the mobility for the partner university).
During the short period of mobility, it is possible to acquire credits (ECTS) and/or carry out part of the thesis at the partner university. This opportunity for some universities is specified in the call and is coordinated by the proposing professor; where it is not specified, students may nominate a co-supervisor in the partner university, as long as the objectives and content are agreed with the supervisor, who must be a professor of the Politecnico di Milano. The final discussion of the thesis must take place at the Politecnico di Milano.
Students who take part in the Double Degree programme of the Laurea Magistrale, for which they must apply in the third year of the Bachelor, will obtain the Degree title from the Politecnico di Milano as well as from the partner university, after having acquired the 150 to 180 of ECTS credits defined in the agreements between the universities.
Following the dissertation - in the ways agreed with the partner university - students will be awarded with two degrees with two separate markes.
The marks of the exams sat abroad are validated in the ways posted on the AUIC School’s website which involve a weighted score conversion tool.
Students cannot carry out periods of mobility, either short or for a Double Degree, in their countries of origin. Students who carry out a period of international mobility for study abroad during their Laurea may later apply to do so again during their Laurea Magistrale.
The universities available under the specific agreements for each Programme are posted on the Degree Programme (Manifesto degli Studi)
and on the International Mobility Agreements Map
Students are requested to read this information before submitting their application.
International mobility is supported by both the Politecnico and the European Union with the payment of a scholarship, the amount of which varies from year to year.
In order to be able to participate in international mobility programmes, either for short periods or for Double Degrees, students must submit their applications via the call for International Mobility, posted periodically on the Politecnico website and on the AUIC School’s website.
The selected students must agree with the Professor of Politecnico, Promoter of the partner university where they have been assigned, a Learning Agreement, i.e. a Study Plan equivalent to the teachings at the foreign university.
Students must complete at least 120 ECTS credits - out of the 180 required to obtain their Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) degree - at the Politecnico di Milano. The ECTS credits awarded for the Final Exam and for the Internship do not count towards the 120 ECTS credits required.
The Politecnico does not require a minimum number of ECTS credits, though this may depend on the partner university or on administrative restrictions to obtain a visa that may be necessary for non-EU countries.
For students who have not been selected for international mobility but who nonetheless wish to work on their thesis abroad, financial support is available thanks to the “Tesi all’estero” scholarship posted on the Politecnico di Milano website and the AUIC School’s website. https://www.polimi.it/en/current-students/tuition-fees-scholarships-and-financial-aid/scholarships-and-graduation-awards-non-dsu/scholarships-tesi-allestero/
International Mobility for Internships
The Erasmus+ for Traineeship Programme allows students to do an internship (which can replace the obligatory internship, or as an optional internship or post-graduate internship) in Europe for a minimum duration of 2 months thanks to a scholarship funded by the European Commission. https://cm.careerservice.polimi.it/career-program/erasmus-for-traineeship/
"FREE MOVER" student mobility
"Free movers" are defined as students who carry out international mobility by organizing their study period abroad independently.
This international mobility is not linked to an exchange program organized by the Politecnico di Milano.
The "free mover" mobility must be approved, for the purposes of credit recognition and further constraints, by a person in charge of the course of study and only the following activities will be recognized:
- attendance of courses
- carrying out thesis work
For information, students can contact the International Mobility Unit – Via Golgi 42, Milan.
Information on exchange programmes, double degree projects and international internships, European research and international relations projects are available at:
13. Quantitative data
The Didactic Observation Unit and the Evaluation Nucleus perform periodic analysis on the overall results analysing the teaching activities and the integration of graduates into the work world. Reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di MIlano.
Studies Service and University Assessment Commission carry out periodic analyses of the overall results and qualitative standards on Study Programmes monitoring educational activities and the ability of graduate students to find work. Reports and studies are available on Politecnico di Milano's website. http://www.polimi.it/ateneo/organi/nucleo-di-valutazione/
14. Further information
15.1 OFA - Additional Educational Obligations
The University regulations provide, in the first year of university, Additional Educational Obligations (OFA) resulting from weaknesses identified during registration.
15.1.1 English OFA - TENG
Starting from the Academic year 2008/2009, the University established the minimum level of knowledge for the English language, to access the Study Programmes, where such pre-requisite is not satisfied, an OFA (additional educational obligations) in English is assigned, which provides restrictions on the continuation of the University career.
For not having the English OFA, it must be submitted the certification of English knowledge level required.
In order to recover the English OFA, please refer to the guides available on the Web site of the University
15.1.2 Limitations related to the presence of English OFA
Students with OFA in English, at the submission of the study plan for subsequent years following the first one, will be able to insert only the teachings necessary to complete the educational offer of the first year.
In order to be able to include in the study plan the educational offer related to the second year, the OFA must be fulfilled within the deadline set by the university for submission of the study plan. Students that complete the OFA after that date, and in any case before the deadline set by the university for the half-year change of the study plan, will be able to include in the study plan only the teachings of the second semester.
15.2 Submission of Study Plan
The student is required, under its own responsibility, to submit the individual study plan. The plan is taken by the school as supporting document for all purposes. Its completion also certifies the conformity of the choices made by the student with the rules specified by law and provisions of the Study Programme Regulations.
Students enrolled in subsequent years will have to submit the study plan by the dates provided by the Academic Calendar. If they do not fulfill this duty, a study plan will be automatically assigned (up to a maximum of 60 Ects) and it will take account of any compulsory courses to attend, they will also be enrolled in Laboratories of the II and III years with allocation upon availability.
15.2.1 Additional payment
Through the resolution of the Board of Governors, the allocation of additional payment of 100,00 Euro is provided for failure in submitting the study plan within the deadlines provided in the Academic Calendar. The payment will be required with the second installment.
15.2.2 Allocation of students to different sections of Programmes and Laboratories
The assignment of students to possible different sections of the courses - monographic, integrated and Labotatory of 1 year - is carried out by alphabetical order and it is defined by the offices; Laboratories of 2 and 3 year and courses for which is expected the allocation by merit, on the basis of the options expressed by the student (see section 14.6 of this Regulation "Allocation criteria ..."); the allocations, once established, cannot be changed.
15.3 Change of Study Plan
Before the start of the second semester, in a period indicated in the academic calendar, the possibility will be given to modify the Study Plan. It will only be possible to intervene on the courses offered in the second semester (excluding courses with merit allocation) with the following opportunities:
- change 2-semester optional courses;
- add 2-semester courses, excluding laboratories;
- eliminate 2-semester courses, excluding laboratories;
- pass non-compulsory 1-semester courses added to the study plan in excess in September.
15.4 "Free” credits
The exams related to courses of the 2° semester, included again in the plan and passed in the February session as the last exam session of the previous academic year, will "free" some credits that can be included in the plan during the half-year change.
Given that the half-year change excludes the inclusion of laboratories, we recommended to those who think of free credits, to include the laboratories during the plan presentation in September and delay the inclusion of single-subject or integrated courses to the half-year change.
15.5 Courses as extra
Students can include in the study plan courses as extra chosen among those available in the training offer of the first level study programmes.
15.6 Allocation criteria for sections, optional courses and laboratories
The student will have to express a number of options equal to the number of available sections.
The placement of students in laboratories will be based on their position in the ranking list and according to the order of the options expressed.
The student who does not express the options on time, he/she will be placed in the section with fewer participants, compatible with a balanced distribution of the educational workload.
The options, expressed by the students on sections and laboratories, will be ordered according to a merit ranking list, and based on the following criteria:
Year of registration
The score obtained in the admission interview
Order by decreasing values of the parameter G
n G= Vi•Ci
where Vi is the score obtained in the i-th exam, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the i-th exam and n is the number of exam taken.
The score 30/30 cum laude will be calculated as equal to 33/30. Available places will be allocated according to the merit ranking list based on the first option expressed by the students.
Students not yet placed after the first evaluation will be assigned, by the same method and according to the availability of the remaining places, to the laboratories.
To avoid that any delays in registration or validation of exams taken could penalize the students, the parameter G will be calculated on the career acquired in the summer session.
For students enrolled in the first year, during the second phase of registration, the assignment to laboratories will not be carried out by merit, but according to the availability of places.
15.6.1 International Mobility
For all students coming back from the International Mobility, it will not be possible to take into account the scores if not already validated on the plan before the allocation.
15.7 Priority of courses and study programme progress conditions related to passed exams
In addition to what provided on degree programmes about course progression, the Study Programmes can apply the following types of priorities approved by the Academic Senate:
It does not define any formal restriction. It aims to provide students with useful information about the sequence of courses, but it does not affect the composition of the Study Programme or exam registration
Priority of Study Plan composition
It defines a restriction that must be respected in the selection of courses when presenting the Study Plan. It is not possible to include in the Study Plan the course b if the course a has not been included (even if not passed). It does not affect the exam registration.
Priority of exam registration
It defines a restriction that must be met at the time of composition of the Study Plan and during the 'positive' exam registration (passed exam). It is not possible to register the exam b if the exam a has not been registered.
All students that still have not passed the exam of the Integrated course in Mathematics, when presenting the Study Plan of the third year, they cannot include in the Study Plan Urban planning laboratory 3.
In performing the exams, it is strongly recommended to respect the sequence suggested by the composition of the study plan, in progression of the years of study and their semesters.
15.8 Commitment and verification of course attendance
For all Study Programmes, 70% of attendance to Laboratories is compulsory. The certificate of attendance, which is necessary to access its assessment test, is given by the professors responsible for the Laboratory. Any other attendance obligations will be indicated by the Study Programmes in line with directives of the School. Such obligations will be published on the website of the School (www.auic.polimi.it) and communicated to the students by the professors responsible of the courses at the beginning of the programmes. Consistency of attendance rules is guaranteed for all sections of the same course. Attendance verification is up to the professor responsible for the course based on criteria in line with educational organization, that will be communicated to students at the beginning of the programme. These criteria can be related to the presence in the classroom and active participation of the student.
For the courses, which do not have compulsory attendance, the examination method provided for non-attendee will be communicated both through the publication on the professor's page, and with a communication at the beginning of the programme.
15.9 Score evaluation
It is guaranteed, through appropriate forms of coordination, the homogeneity of checking procedures of learning among all sections of the same course, in line with the directives of the Study Programmes. The main related directives are the following:
- professors can plan in-course tests. They can be seen as an evaluation or as a contribution to the final evaluation. These procedures will be made known through the website of the School and communicated to the students by professors responsible for courses at the beginning of them; In any case, the failure or unsuccessful carrying out of in-course tests does not preclude the student to sit the next three exam sessions expected.
- the in-course tests of Laboratories, which require compulsory attendance, will be considered as an additional contribution to the final evaluation and will consist of an evaluation of the progress in project activity. Students, who have not obtained the attendance, will not be admitted to the exam sessions and must attend again the Laboratory.
In order to take the exam, students are required to always register for the exam sessions.
It is forbidden to take exams of a course or laboratory to which you are not regularly enrolled. Based on the evaluation tests, the exams of the students can be:
- passed, with the assignment of a score;
- postponed, to a later evaluation;
- to sit again, if they have not fulfilled the obligations of the Study Programme or passed the exam within the third exam session; in this case, course attendance is not valid and the student must attend again the programme.
For each course (programmes or laboratories) there are three exam sessions. There are at least two exam session dates, both can be used by students.
Graduating students must use only the first date in order to allow the completion of procedures required to access the Degree exam session.
15.10 Self-certification of passed exam
In case that, when submitting the study plan, an exam already taken (of which therefore the score is known) is not yet registered in career, the student can self-certify the exam.
In order to consider the exam taken as valid, it is necessary that the student is officially enrolled on the programme or laboratory and to the related exam session. It is not allowed to self- certify a course of which the exam has not yet been sat when completing the plan. A false declaration has the effect of prohibiting registration to the exam sessions of self-certified course, and it implies the cancellation of the course or laboratory and the impossibility to put it back until the next a.y.
15.11 Conclusion of the Study programme and Graduation
In order to graduate, students must have acquired the credits related to the courses provided by the Degree programme and also the credits, as defined by the Study Programmes, related to:
- optional student activities;
- traineeship activity;
- degree examination (refer to paragraph 7.5).
15.11.1 Optional student activities
They can be chosen within the training offer of the Study Programme or out of it. It means that the first ones are automatically approved. Any other choices must be firstly authorized by the School that, having assessed the conformity and consistency, gives, for each specific case, the number of educational credits. To acquire credits related to optional activities of the student, for each Study Programme, a wide number of optional courses has been activated. You can replace optional courses with workshops offered by the School AUIC (Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering) up to a maximum of 8 credits only if your study plan complies with the minimum table values required by existing law.
The student must always verify possible overlaps before the selection of optional courses.
Workshop activities are of two types:
- workshops recognized as optional courses or excess course;
- workshops recognized as a traineeship.
In relation to degree sessions, workshops can be accredited only if they end at least a month before graduation day
Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) students cannot request the accreditation of a workshop attended while being enrolled in a Laurea Triennale (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme; if the workshop has been carried out as an “excess course” during the Laurea Triennale (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) programme, it cannot be validated within the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme.
Educational credits earned from workshops may only be recognized if authorized in advance by the School Board, following a reasoned and supported programme proposal by a Professor (of the School or the Politecnico di Milano) coordinating the activities.
A list of the workshops accredited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering is available in the dedicated section of the School’s website and updated several times during the year: https://www.auic.polimi.it/en/workshop
In order to participate in workshops, students must follow the procedures indicated in each workshop summary sheet and refer to the relevant Professors indicated by the Professor responsible.
Students who have attended or wish to attend a workshop must observe the following procedures:
- students enrolled starting from the 2016/17 academic year, must have entered the “Workshop” line when completing the study plan.
- students enrolled in academic years prior to 2016/17, during Study Plan compilation, they may have entered the “Workshop” line or, alternatively, an optional course. Students may replace the optional course with attendance of a workshop. In this case, the appropriate Offices will do the change of line in the Plan during recording of credits.
Validation must be requested, at least one month before the graduation date, following the procedure indicated in the WORKSHOP section of the School website.
15.11.3 Traineeship activity
The internship is an experience that allows the student to acquire a first direct knowledge of the world of work, which is therefore useful to guide him in a more informed choice of his own training and professional paths. The internship is an experience generally carried out outside the university; however, the option of an "internal" internship that takes place within schools and/or departments is also contemplated, with the aim of allowing the student a closer observation of the world of university research.
The internship can be carried out during the degree course starting from the 2nd semester of the 2nd year, subject to inclusion in the study plan, and allows the student to acquire 4 training credits, with a total of at least 100 hours of activity.
While not in any way constituting an employment relationship, the internship represents in fact a significant opportunity for knowledge and experience, useful for guiding the student to a more informed choice of their training and/or professional path.
Internships can be carried out both at affiliated locations and facilities outside the University and within the School and/or Departments.
- within the offer presented on the Career Service website, where a calendar of meetings with companies in the sector is also published;
- independently presenting a professional firm or a company with which he has already come into contact;
- within the offer structured directly by the CdL.
Through the SAT managers, the Degree Course periodically organizes meetings with professionals, experts and representatives of the world of work, in particular in the following sectors:
- project (architectural firms, architecture/engineering companies, professional associations, etc.);
- culture and heritage (museums, cultural institutions, urban centres, architectural magazines, etc.);
- production (firms and companies in the construction sector, trade associations, etc.)
- real estate sector (real estate development agencies and companies, service companies in the field of facility/property management, etc.);
- public administration (local authorities, ALER, ARPA, Superintendencies, etc.).
In this relational and exchange context, the Degree Course organizes a specific offer of external and internal internships, as well as seminar cycles and training initiatives whose attendance allows the acquisition of 4 credits related to the internship.
The student can therefore choose to carry out their internship in one of the following forms:
- External internship in Italy or abroad, self procured or offered by the University;
- Internal practical activity (internal internship) to be carried out at the University structures and offered by teachers of the School;
- Recognition of Prior Activity (reserved only for those who work, for a period of more than six months, with a regular employment contract consistent with the professional figure targeted by the Degree in Architectural Design and carried out at the same time as enrollment in the Polytechnic);
- Erasmus internship (Erasmus) with participation in the competition, managed by the Career Service.
- Participation in professional courses. The lists of activated courses, the period of development and the methods of recognition will be published on the School website.
Any further information is available at the Internship Office of the School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction Engineering and in the specific section of the School's website: https://www.auic.polimi.it/it/studenti/carriera-studenti/tirocini
15.12 Access to Study Programmes of Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science)
The Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) in Urban Planning: City Environment Landscape allows to access the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science), Specializing Master of the first level and post-graduate training courses.
It is possible to admit by rights to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme in Urban Planning and Policy Design of the School all students graduated within 4 years of their first enrolment, and that by 30 September of the II calendar year from their registration, have acquired the N/V parameter required (ects/average, identified by their own study plan).
These required parameters are differentiated according to the year of access:
Students who registered in Academic Year 2010/11: N/V 104/27
Students that do not fulfil the required parameter will be selected as indicated on the Admission Regulations downloadable in the specific section of the School web site
15.12.1 Knowledge of the English language
From the a.y. 2006/2007, in order to be admitted to Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) Study Programme, the English language is a pre-requisite. The eligible certificates can be downloaded from the Web site https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229
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