Università degli Studi di Milano
UNIMI in a snapshot
The University of Milan is a public, multidisciplinary teaching and research institution. A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in the region, with approximately 65,000 enrolled students. The University has numerous centres, located in prestigious historic buildings and modern edifices. The University’s headquarters can be found in the old Ospedale dei Poveri (Hospital for the Poor) known as "la Ca' Granda" (the Big House), a 15th-century monumental complex situated in the heart of the historic city centre.
- forms professional economists and political scientists
- high-level analytical and operational skills
- open and critical vision of economic, political and social issues
- graduates will be ready to undertake a wide array of career paths in multinational companies, political institutions, public organizations
- students selected by ESL spend their first year in Belgium and their second year in Milan.
"Studying at the UCL was a fantastic experience. I was impressed by the high quality of its courses and professors, which give the edge you need to succeed once graduated. I managed to pass very demanding exam by learning everything I needed with a mix of teaching and individual studying and I eventually found myself ready to apply for the best PhD programs or to start looking for a job with top-notch economic knowledge and mathematical skills. I chose the second path which led me to move abroad and start working as an analyst in the financial sector. I had an unforgettable time in Louvain-la-Neuve and made friends who I will remember for a lifetime. I believe it's one of the best campus in Europe and the perfect place for both night-time fun and peaceful studying days in its huge libraries."
Dario Luciano Merlo, graduated in September 2010, currenlty works at Blomberg, London
"Being part of the Joint Degree Programme in Economics and Politics since almost 18 months, I can hardly tell anything negative about it. In my opinion, the main advantages are the following:
First, the programme allows you to effectively combine two matters of study. I have always been interested in Political Science, but my Bachelor was pure Economics. The Joint Degree Programme seemed like a natural choice. In Louvain-la-Neuve, I was able to take a course on Political Economy that combined the arguments of both disciplines. In Milan, the programme even foresees a course in Political Philosophy that I found very interesting. Additionally, there is the possibility to choose freely some elective courses as a function of one’s interests.
Second, the programme (and especially the exchange between the host and the guest university) is very well organized. A detailed plan of study anticipates the courses one can take at the guest university. There is no uncertainty whether a course will be credited at the home university or not. Inconvenient surprises (as I have sometimes experienced during my Erasmus) are thus excluded from the beginning. Another positive point concerning the organization is that there is one central contact person at each university (Pascale Schicks in Louvain-la-Neuve and Franco Donzelli in Milan) that takes care especially of the Joint Degree students. Therefore, if you have a question, you can be sure that it will be answered rapidly and competently. Finally, also the financial aid for participating students is well organized. Being one of the most expensive cities in Europe, it is almost impossible to live in Milan without a scholarship. The programme founders realized that and grant 8000 Euros to each student going to Milan.
Third, the programme allows you to spend your time in two cities that are very different from each other. Louvain-la-Neuve is a small and cosy city embedded in the calm Belgian landscape. No cars are allowed in the city and the biggest part of the population are students. Everything is very familiar and you immediately feel like home. I certainly developed a strong affection for Louvain-la-Neuve during my stay. Milan is, to some respect, the complete opposite of that. It is a big, fast moving and sometimes noisy city. However, large scale cities offer much more opportunities with respect to cultural activities, sightseeing, shopping, sports and going out at night. So it really depends on what kind of city you prefer. In any case, the programme allows you to get to know two places completely different from each other. The cultural enrichment is also stunning: Being myself a German, both the “student folklore” in Louvain-la-Neuve and the “Milan chic” were new to me. Furthermore, what comes automatically with living in a foreign country are, of course, the languages. By the end of my studies, I will be able to speak four languages fluently. This would not have been possible if I had stayed in Germany.
So, if you are interested to study with many international students in two different countries and to get to know the Belgian and the Italian culture, don’t hesitate to apply! It’s worth it"
Felix Arnold, 2d year master student