F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.

Undergraduate enrolment

Before you enrol, you need to take and pass the TOL admission test, which takes place on our campuses on set dates. For further details, visit the website www.polimi.it.

The TOL admission test is divided into two different parts: the first part will test your knowledge and skills on logic, mathematics, statistics, and physics as well as your reading and comprehension; instead, the second one will test your English. To find out more, visit the website www.polimi.it.

The national high school syllabus contents, defined by the Italian Ministry for Education (MIUR), are what the test questions are based on. However, you can use the book POLItest, written by some of our Professors, for more in-depth preparation. For more details and information, visit the website www.polimi.it.

The number of people allowed registering for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Programme change every year. Once decided, it will be published on the University website.

To complete your enrolment, you must go through different steps. For more information, visit the website www.polimi.it.

Yes, you do. For this reason, the TOL admission test includes an English section (TENG). The TENG part of the test is mandatory, even if you already have English language certification.

Test results will appear on the Servizi Online webpage. For further information, click here.

You’ll recevive an OFA, in this very case an OFA IN ENGLISH. Find out more here.

The first-year courses are the ones that will pass on students the knowledge to succeed in all future exams. For this very reason, all courses are mandatory and cover all the basics, which will be the key to success in your second and third year. However, the only knowledge and skills required to register are the ones verified during the admission test, the same for all students despite the kind of secondary school from which you just graduated.

Postgraduate enrolment

Before you register, you must submit your application. Follow the steps explained on the webpage www.polimi.it. Your application will go through only after a careful evaluation of your previous academic career, and your undergraduate degree is approved. You will also have to pass an English test. For further details, please visit the Postgraduate Admission webpage on the website.

Application procedure is easy. Candidates must complete the following steps:

Please check the following webpages for further details about:

For extra information, please send an email to or .

Sending your reference letter afterwards is possible: your supervisor will have to send it via email at the address . While filling out the online modules, you will have to upload a self-declaration in .pdf format stating your reference letter will be sent by email at the address above.

To finalise the submission of your application, candidates must pay a non-refundable € 50 application fee. Detailed instructions about the payment will be available in the specific section during the application submission. The application fee is mandatory, non-refundable and cannot be waived.

No, it won’t. the evaluation of all submitted applications will occur only once received the application fee payment.

You can complete your enrolment both in the first and the second semesters. Meaning, you can send in your application also during the first or the second semester. However, remember that you must send in your application before enrolling.

No, you can not. You must enrol before the first semester starts. To finalize your enrolment in the second semester, you will have to submit a new application.

Yes, it is. However, beware that taking these exams does not guarantee you will be automatically registered. The Admission Committee will still be in charge of your admission to the Master Programme, meaning your resume, your academic career, and your motivation will still play a major role. Moreover, you still must submit your application to be evaluated, only after you have been awarded the required ECTS. Besides, under no circumstances taking Master Courses and passing the exams will result in having a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Yes, you can. Those who have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from other universities can apply to our Master’s Programme. The application will be evaluated according to your GPA (grade-point average) and “parameter S”, meaning the years between your first enrolment and your graduation day. Also, the Admission Committee will check if you meet the minimum requirements listed in the evaluation table of the Educational Rules, analyse your academic background, and evaluate your motivation. For further information, please visit the Admission requirements webpage.

Once admitted, the student will receive a Person Code to access the Online Services. After setting a password, you can also log in to the course TOL to take a self-evaluating test. From the Post-admission webpage, you can download the TOL guidelines to know more about the log-in procedure and the Text Resources file to fill any knowledge gap you might have.

Everything you need to know about the admission process (general requirements, steps, and deadlines) is on the following website www.polimi.it.

For all administrative issues (application process, deadlines, results, complaints, etc.) contact the Register’s Office of your campus: Milan Bovisa Campus, Piacenza Campus (second-year students only), and Lecco Campus. If you have any doubts about the academic requirements, please read the Educational Rules of your Programme. For further questions, contact the Professor member of the Admission Committee.

Yes, you must. In general, for your admission request to the Postgraduate Programme to be accepted, candidates are required to have an advanced English level. Know that by the enrolment deadline, you must hand in a copy of your language certificate (more details here) confirming your level of English meets the requirements. For further information, click on the following link https://www.polimi.it.

No, you do not. Passing or not the TENG part of the TOL admission test is only relevant when finalising your enrolment to the Undergraduate Programme. To apply to the Postgraduate Programme a language certificate is required.

No, you cannot. Even though you have been accepted in the first place, you’re not enrolled unless you attach a copy of your language certificate.

No, it is not. Admission is only possible when all the requirements listed in the Educational Rules are met.

If you do not meet all the requirements listed in the Educational Rules to apply to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, your only is to request an exceptional admission. You will have to explain the reasons why you are sending your application despite not meeting the minimum requirements.

You must log in your page of the University Online Services.

All students applying and admitted to our Master of Science programmes are automatically considered for a possible merit-based scholarship issued every year by Politecnico di Milano.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded after careful evaluation of the academic background of every newly admitted graduate. The main considered elements are the student’s CGPA and the consistency of the obtained Bachelor’s Degree with the MSc of interest. For further information on the requirements, visit the University website. Check the International Prospective Students page for further details on the number and amount of the scholarships awarded every semester.

No, there is not. Every newly admitted student is eligible for a scholarship after their application to enrol in the Postgraduate Programme has been accepted. No further action required.

Courses and tracks

Attending is not mandatory, except for some academic activities, such as laboratory activities. Still, attending is highly recommended because some courses allow students to take a midterm test. In the Educational Rules, you can find everything there is to know about lecture attendance. Be careful to check the right Educational Rules document, since the undergraduate version is different from the postgraduate one.

All details are on the specific pages in the Undergraduate Programme section of the website. Here you will find everything about the first and second-year mandatory courses and the third-year courses for both the Preparatory Track and the Professional Tracks – held in Milano Bovisa and Piacenza.

All tracks information is available on the specific pages in the Undergraduate section of the website.

At the end of the second year, the academic experience of the candidate is evaluated based on the number of awarded ECTS and grades. Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements to apply to the preparatory track must choose to attend one of the professional tracks. In this case, you can still apply to the MS Programme, but you still have to meet the minimum requirements. For this reason, you must take as many exams as the number of ECTS required to apply. Afterwards, your application will be evaluated and eventually accepted.

You must write your report within about 10 days from the end date of your internship, if not prior different agreement with your academic tutor, with whom you will have already discussed the topics to cover during your internship.

However, you will have to just bring it with you on your graduation day.

Title: prova finale Ingegneria Meccanica; supervisor: Cascini Gaetano.

All details are on the specific pages in the Postgraduate Programme section of the website. Here you will find everything about the first-year mandatory courses and the second-year mandatory and elective courses for all the MS tracks – held in Milano Bovisa, Lecco, and Piacenza.

In the Courses and Tracks section of the website, you will find detailed information on the courses held on all campuses: Milano Bovisa, Lecco, and Piacenza.

The Mechanical Engineering Programme Board is in charge of deciding the number of transferable ECTS. Firstly, the Board will carefully evaluate your previously taken course, the merit provided by the same professor who taught the module, and compare it with the new one. Afterwards, the Board will assign the course work required for the student to acquire the requested ECTS.

Before starting to write your Master’s thesis, you must fill in the form “Richiesta autorizzazione attivazione procedura svolgimento tesi di Laurea” and then hand it to the Teaching Office. You can download the form at the end of the Master’s Thesis webpage.

Horizontal competencies

The workshops are usually organised during both the first and second semesters, generally during the breaks in which student take their mid-term test. Please check the academic calendar for further information.

Students can register and attend workshops during both the first and the second semester, despite in which part of their timetable they added the Horizontal Competencies course.

You can attend as many workshops as you wish. They are free and have no limits in terms of the number of participants. Interested students can attend more than the 4 mandatory modules and then take all the tests or, eventually, decide which ones to take. Remember, no matter how many you take, only 2 ECTS will be awarded after you succeeded in at least 4 tests.

You will take a multiple-choice test. The 2 ECTS will be awarded after you passed all 4 of them.

Tests will be scheduled at the end of each semester, before the exam period. You can attend and take the test in just one semester or split them according to your timetable. Be aware that the test dates and the exam period change every year, so remember to check the academic calendar.

Yes, you can. Students can attend the workshop in one semester and take the test in the other one.

You acquire 0.5 ECT for a 4-hour workshop and 1ECT for an 8-hour workshop.

During the following semester, students are allowed to re-take the same test or attend a new workshop and take that one test instead.

Passing the test will only result in completing a two-ECT course. These tests will not be taken into account when calculating your GPA.

The goal of the workshops is to teach the students those essential soft-skills when working as a mechanical engineer. If you think you can learn these skills by yourself and prove it by taking and passing the test, you might as well not attend.  

Course switching, University transfer, and Second Degree

Firstly, you must apply. Follow the steps of the course switching process described on the University website. The Course Switching and University Transfer Committee of the Mechanical Engineering Study Programme Board will be in charge of evaluating your application and your academic career. Later they will decide whether to accept or deny your request.

Firstly, you must apply. Follow the steps of the transferring process described here. The Course Switching and University Transfer Committee of the Mechanical Engineering Study Programme Board will be in charge of evaluating your application and your academic career. Later they will decide whether to accept or deny your request.

You must follow the same admission procedure as anyone applying for the first time to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

You must apply. Your application will go through the same evaluation process as anyone applying for the first time to be accepted in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

The Undergraduate Programme Educational Rules provide some information on the ECTS transfer. The final evaluation of the student’s previous academic career will define which and how many already awarded ECTS can be re-awarded and the additional course work required.

Yes, sometimes they can. When transferring from another University, the modules you passed are compared with the modules of your new programme. Some ECTS might be directly re-awarded based on the course work-load. Sometimes just a few ECTS are, meaning you must complete the assigned extra course work to acquire the extra-required ECTS to complete the course module. However, when all the module ECTS are directly awarded, the grade will not be taken into account when calculating your GPA.

You can find all the steps on how to apply to get a second Bachelor’s Degree, such as in Mechanical Engineering, on the following website www.polimi.it. After passing the TOL admission test, read the Undergraduate Educational Rules document for all information about ECTS transfers. For further questions, contact one of the professors of the Course Switching and University Transfer Committee of the ME Programme Board.

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Loss of the student status

The document “Guidelines for students’ career” states that a student can lose the student status on progress grounds. More precisely, when the total number of years after the first enrolment exceeds the doubled standard number of years of the Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programme. Therefore:

  • 180 ECTS (BS) = 3 years à loss of your student status after more than 6 years  
  • 120 ECTS (MS) = 2 years à loss of your student status after more than 4 years 

This evaluation lays its basis on the ratio between the amount of awarded ECTS and the standard number of ECTS every student is supposed to be awarded per year, namely 60 ECTS. Once past the time limit, each student yet not graduated will be automatically removed.

After being removed, the student must apply for reinstatement. Afterwards, an ad-hoc Commission elected by the Director of Studies will evaluate the request.

If you have chosen to withdraw or you have been removed, you can apply for reinstatement. By logging in the Politecnico di Milano online services, you must submit a request to have your previous academic career reviewed – see Students with a former university career. After careful evaluation, your ECTS will be re-awarded under the following conditions:

  • Less than 35 ECTS awarded: the student will be reinstated only after taking and passing the TOL admission test again, but beware that none of your previously awarded ECTS will be re-awarded;
  • More than 35 ECTS awarded: the student will be reinstated if he/she has been awarded more than 15 ECTS per year since the first enrolment.
  • More than 35 ECTS awarded: the student will not be reinstated because he/she has been awarded less than 15 ECTS per year since the first enrolment. The student will be accepted again only after passing the TOL admission test. Moreover, none of the previously awarded ECTS will be re-awarded. The only exception to this rule can be made for the courses that somehow still have the same code.

NB: same rules will be valid for students reinstated after they ask for a Withdrawal from Study. 

Events for students

The events organised for future students are many and diverse, spread all over the academic year. The most relevant one is the Open Day, organised both in Milan and Piacenza. For further information, visit the following websites: http://www.poliorientami.polimi.it (IT) or www.polimi.it (EN).

Yes, there are. Organised in collaboration with the Career Service for both undergraduates and postgraduates, these events help students having a closer look at working environments and meet with some corporate representatives. Some of these meetings, held in Milan as well as in Piacenza and Lecco, allow students to meet HR representatives of famous companies. They will pass on some pieces of advice on how to prepare for future interviews or sometimes even hold some mock interviews and give immediate feedback.