The University of Milano-Bicocca was founded in 1998. It is a multidisciplinary university; the main research and teaching areas are economics, law, education, sociology, statistics, medicine, psychology and science. Following the national reform, the university consists of 16 Departments with cutting-edge laboratories and interdisciplinary research funded in the framework of national and international programs.

The University of Milano-Bicocca is one of the most dynamic and research- and innovation-oriented Italian universities. The main funding sources for research in Bicocca are external, for project-based research, which is confirmation of a high-perceived scientific and technological level of the university in the industrial world and the scientific community.

Spin-offs regard ICT, Biotechnology, Energy, Medicine, Environment, Nano-technology and Bio-markers.

Bicocca is 8th out of the 20 Italian Universities for financed projects within the EU Seventh Framework Program (analysis conducted by the “Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Commission”).

The University of Milano-Bicocca is 25th in the “THE 100 under 50” international ranking published recently by Times Higher Education. The ranking monitors the performance of young universities which could compete with the historical and unrivalled leaders of Anglo-Saxon and American academia.

Internationalization is one of the spearheads of Milano-Bicocca policy, and an essential component of the teaching and research process, aimed at enhancing international cooperation through exchange programs. The internationalization policy plan – approved and supported by the University Senate and the University Executive Committee – focuses on issues and priorities with regard to European and worldwide cooperation programs.

The University of Milano-Bicocca has made many international partnerships, both in Europe and abroad. These agreements make it possible for students at all levels of study, professors and staff to go abroad to exchange their knowledge with our international partners and bring new knowledge back home. Every year Visiting Professors and Researchers are welcomed to work at Milano-Bicocca and exchange foreign students enrich all courses of study.

As of now, University of Milano-Bicocca has signed 297 agreements in Europe, 46 in North and South America, 14 in Africa, 36 in Asia and 1 in Oceania.

In the frame work of these agreements the University of Milano-Bicocca has organized Summer School Student Exchange programs. Summer Schools are a very successful initiative providing students a meaningful International exposure, which fosters an appreciation and awareness of socio-economic reality, diverse cultures, people and ideas.

The University of Milano-Bicocca has the following double degree programs in the socio-economics area:

  • For the Master Degree Courses of Economics and Marketing: with the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and with the Universidad Catolica in Lima (Peru)

  • For the Master Degree Courses of Tourism Management: with the Russian Academy of Tourism in Moscow (Russia) and with the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

  • For the Master Degree Courses of Sociology: with the Universidad de Sancti Spiritus in Cuba.

  • Other Double Degree Programs in different countries are open to students in the science and biotech areas.

  • The Double Degree Program offers graduate students the possibility to spend a whole academic year abroad in order to receive a double degree from Milano-Bicocca and the partner university. In 2009 the University of Milano-Bicocca opened a Centre for Higher Education and Research, at the Maldives Islands (Magoodho, Faafu Atoll), that is considered a centre of excellence in the panorama of Italian scientific research. The centre studies the tropical ecosystem, the coral reefs and the impact of climate change on the local marine environment. Other research studies at this centre concerns marine biology, tropical marine ecosystems, green energy and tourism management.

University of Milano-Bicocca Key figures:

  • 32,000 students

  • 910 teachers (471 professors; 439 researchers)

  • 35 students/teacher

  • 66 Degree Courses (32 BA & 34 MS)

  • 8 Doctoral School with 29 PhD courses

  • 34 medical specialization degrees

  • 17 Masters’ short courses

  • 5% international students enrolled

  • 1,000 outgoing students and 800 incoming students every year, in the framework of international exchange programs

  • € 1,000,000 every year for exchange program scholarships

  • 71% BA and 80% Masters’ students take up employment within 6 months after graduating

  • A unique campus structure with 28 buildings in 300,000 sqm.

  • 650 beds in the University residence halls – 850 more beds in 2 years

  • Sport facilities (sport grounds, soccer and rugby pitch, tennis and basketball court, fitness, gym)


For more information, please contact:

University of Milano-Bicocca

International Office

Via Libero Temolo 4, Building U21, IT-20126 Milano

Tel. 39.02.6448.6012