Politechnico di Milao: A few fast facts

Krystel – Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy: Semester 1, 2016

Dreaming of an Italian Exchange? Why not head to Milano?

Fashion capital of Italy and gelato to-die-for. But that’s not all Milan has to offer; here is a list of interesting facts about Milan, from QUT student Krystel who spent 6 months studying in this beautiful city.

Piazza del Duomo (Milan Cathedral), Milan

Piazza del Duomo (Milan Cathedral), Milan

The first Politecnico university was established November 29, 1863, by Francesco Brioschi, a politician, mathematician and hydraulic engineer.

Initially, the university was specific to Civil and Industrial Engineering only.

It focused on scientific and technical teachings, and was based on the same model as German and Swiss polytechnic universities.

1865, architecture joined the school.

View from the Florence Duomo Bell-tower

View from the Florence Duomo Bell-tower

Students renamed the school ‘The Brioschi Asylum’ due to strict disciplinary provisions, and classes were held through from Monday to Saturday

In the first year, there were only 30 students and seven auditors, and the first graduates reduced to 25 students.

The first female student enrolled 1888, however, the first female to graduate was not until 1913.

Female student enrolment increased over the years, however, in the mid 1940s, out of approximately 9500 graduates, only just over 100 females graduated.

At the end of the 1990s, women accounted for over 50% of the students registered in Industrial Design.

If you want to hear more about Krystel’s Italian Exchange experience. Keep an eye out for the next part of her story on the QUT Gone Global Blog.

For more information on QUT Student Exchange Options visit our website.

Exchange in Bocconi, Italy: Part 2

I lived in an apartment around 5 minutes from Bocconi with six other guys. I found the apartment on a Facebook group for exchange students and the rent was around 850 dollars per month. It was a very modern and clean apartment and I got to live with guys from Italy, Germany, Mexico and the United States. The cost of living in Milan is around 25% cheaper than Brisbane. I would say that the rent is about the same, but groceries, public transportation and entertainment is a lot cheaper.

Since I am an international student, I get a fixed amount every semester from the Norwegian government. I decided to use my Norwegian bank account since I was only going to be there for one semester. If you are planning to go on exchange for a longer period, I would recommend getting an Italian bank account. It was pretty easy for me to adjust to Milan and Italy because I had been there several times before and since I lived with six other guys I could just ask them if I was wondering about something.

During my exchange my heart started to beat out of rhythm so I decided to go to the hospital. The facilities were a little bit old, but they treated me very well and were very professional. For travel tips I would recommend going to Cinque Terre (on the coast), Nice (in France) and Venice (two hours east).

Do as much travelling as you can afford. I feel that the exchange experience has changed me a lot as a person and also a student. Since Bocconi was a pretty prestigious university in Italy and Europe there was a lot of good students and teachers you can learn from. You also feel like a stronger person when you have lived in a country that does not speak your native language. Life feels a little bit easier when you return to your home country. I would strongly recommend Bocconi as an exchange university.

Exchange in Bocconi, Italy : Part 1

I am from Norway, and Bocconi was one of the universities I had considered before I chose to study at QUT. Bocconi is famous for being one of the best universities in Europe and has a strong focus on economics and finance.

It was hard to not speak Italian in Milan, but at Bocconi almost all students spoke English pretty well. Their teaching methods were a little bit different than on QUT. They like to get to the point as fast as possible. I would recommend all students considering going on exchange to Italy to at least learn some basic Italian. I believe that the more Italian you speak, the better your experience will be. There were also very few assignments and you had the option to the final exam two other times if you failed the first time.

There are three different Bocconi buildings and you will likely have classes or exams in at least two of them. All of the buildings are located in the city and are approximately five minutes apart from each other. To be honest I like the Gardens Point campus better because you have everything you need at one place and it feels more like a community then the Bocconi campus. When it comes to the city it is a very old and beautiful city.

They do have a big emphasis on fashion, so you might get some weird looks if you are wearing the “wrong” clothes. Soccer is the main sport and the two big teams are AC Milan and Inter Milan. They both share the same arena, San Siro, located in the western part of Milan. Bocconi is located south in Milan. In the centre you have the famous church Duomo and one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, La Galleria (Vittorio Emanuele II). A little bit north of the centre you have an old castle called Castello Sforzesco.