Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

Politecnico di Milano, founded in 1863 is one of the most important university in Italy. It is a scientific and technological university which forms engineers, architects and designers.


Global Exchange School
  • Milan, Italy

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

March — July

Fall Semester

September — February

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Industrial Design

Exchange Website
University Website
Incoming Student Guide
Academic Calendar
Student Handbook

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Italian
  • English

Some English instruction


Academic Credits

POLIMI utilizes the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to award academic credit for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 2ECTS is equivalent to 1 RISD credit.

A full workload at Politecnico di Milano is 30 credits (ECTS) per semester. This normally equates to 3 or 4 courses per semester. Exchange students can select from 6 credits up to 30-36 credits per semester.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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