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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Biomedical Engineering, Engineering
Program Description:

Milan Cityscape

Program Overview

Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region of Italy, and the most populous metropolitan area and the second more populous commune in Italy.  The Politecnico di Milano (English: Polytechnic University of Milan) is the largest technical university in Italy, with about 40,000 students.  It offers undergraduate, graduate and higher education courses in engineering, architecture and design.  Founded in 1863, it is the oldest university in Milan.  The university is ranked 11th for Design, 24th for Engineering and 14th for Architecture in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings.

Biomedical Engineering (BME) students have the opportunity to study in Milan, Italy with their peers at the Politecnico di Milano in a semester-long exchange program. This is an exciting opportunity to experience BME in the European context. The program is designed for students to travel during the spring semester of their junior year, and there are equivalent courses available at Politecnico di Milano so that degree progress is not delayed. The spring semester runs from late February through the first week of June.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Polytechnic University of Milan Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Students participating in this program are required to take the following courses at the Polytechnic University of Milan:

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The following courses satisfy biomedical engineering electives required for graduation:



  • 3.5 GPA and completion of BME 201 must be taken in the spring semester before the spring study abroad application deadline
  • Participation is contingent on satisfactory completion of BME 301, 303, and 313 in the fall semester prior to departure

Housing and Meals

You will live in a residence hall or student apartment.  Housing arrangements are made through the Polytechnic University of Milan Housing Services.  You will pay all housing fees directly to the Polytechnic University of Milan.  Housing within the residence halls is not guaranteed, however if a space in not available in a residence hall, the Polytechnic University of Milan will assist students in finding suitable apartments. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


Financial Ad & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more specific information about the Polytechnic University of Milan and the academic requirements for biomedical engineering majors contact Dr. Keefe B. Manning, Professor of Biomedical Engineering. To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 
You must complete the following materials in your application:
  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

An interview with Dr. Keefe Manning is also required prior to program acceptance.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 02/28/2019 06/30/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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