While foreign students represent 30% of those enrolled in the Politecnico de Milan, the Milanese university must take the Italian exam from the master’s level.
Foreign students who continue their studies at Politecnico of Milan must necessarily learn Italian. The exam on Dante’s language becomes compulsory from this year 2021/2022 for all foreign students enrolled in the laurea magistrale (bac + 4). This, even though today, 41 out of 45 courses are not in Italian. And for good reason, during the last ten years, the Politecnico has focused on the development of the teaching of English.
“If English allows all young people to choose the Politecnico in Milan, the teaching of Italian becomes to retain those who have settled in our country”, explains Ferruccio Resta, rector of the renowned university. “The aim is to attract talent from abroad and ensure that they contribute to the growth of the country”, he adds. Engineers, architects and designers, who must be able to work in Italy.
Italian, an obligation in other Italian universities?
While Italian courses are generally offered to foreigners in Italian universities, passing the exams does not make them a condition for being able to obtain a diploma. No Italian test is required at Cattolica University or Humanitas for example.
The Politecnico of Milan thus joins the Bocconi in making the examination of Dante’s language compulsory. At Bicocca University in Milan, the Italian test is only necessary for students who have chosen the international science courses.