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Polytechnic University of Turin

4.0 out of 5 (58 ratings / 31 reviews) Turin, Italy
For more than 150 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the International and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (13)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Business & Management (1)



The Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic) was founded as institution in 1906, but its origins go back further. It was preceded by the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers) founded in 1859 after the Casati Act, and by the Museo Industriale Italiano (Italian Industry Museum) founded in 1862.


Over the past, Politecnico di Torino has developed an educational programme based on a sound cultural structure and a rigorous and deep analysis of the taught disciplines. 

Today, teaching is delivered according to a variety of methodologies, including frontal teaching, experiential learning (e.g. ateliers, workshops, project work, laboratories, etc.) and other educational methods (e.g. student teams, study visits, etc.). 

Furthermore, Politecnico di Torino aims to explore innovative educational approaches and review our educational contents and development of new pedagogical methods, without jeopardizing its traditional sound educational framework.


Four different “places” (loci) where research is conducted can be identified. They include not only well-established institutional entities, but also the workplaces where our researchers operate every day:

  • Individual researcher, who generally consider individual work as a significant opportunity for research flexibility and freedom.
  • Research groups, which are considered by researchers to be the most effective locus of research.
  • Departments, perceived as the "home” where each researcher develops his/her own career.
  • Interdepartmental structures, perceived as a place which favours the opportunities mentioned above (i.e., sharing of assets, research programmes, and cultural fields).

University Ranking

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Housing services

Politecnico di Torino has signed some agreements with housing companies to help international students in finding an accommodation.

In the framework of the above-mentioned agreements, exchange students can benefit from a priority booking on the accommodation offered by the housing companies. 

The other students, out of the exchange programs, can consult the offers in the housing companies website.

Library services

In order to facilitate the access to university books and other educational work, EDISU Piemonte runs two libraries. All students enrolled in the Universities of Piedmont can gain admission to this service by taking along an enrolment certificate for the current academic year. 

Medical services

  • The immigration law requires you to take out a health insurance during your stay in Italy.
  • As an alternative, once in Italy you can take out a private insurance through an Italian insurance company, that will cover urgent medical assistance (surgery and accidents) in the Emergency Room (Pronto Soccorso) of any hospital.

Student Life

Campus life

Campuses of the Politecnico di Torino draw inspiration from the structure of Anglo-Saxon ones, with multipurpose buildings for teaching, basis and applied research and services to the students in Turin, and a regional network of technological centers (Alessandria, Biella, Mondovì, Verrès), dedicated to research activities, technological transfer, specialist education and services to the region.

Sports facilities

C.U.S. Torino (Centro Universitario Sportivo) organises physical training and sports activities for students and academic staff. Students can practice different sports, the most popular being soccer, skiing, swimming, basketball, tennis, volleyball and aerobics.

All sporting events are conducted at the C.U.S . facilities and grounds in different areas of the city.

Special events are organised for foreigners and easy terms are applied, please check with the C.U.S.

Student Reviews

Overall evaluation
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Between the positive things I found about this institution was the commitment of most of the professors with the success and proper understanding of their students. The university has though not a satisfzing structure for the number of the students they host and that's easily identifiable every day on the lack of space for all. Another very negative aspect of this...

Moving from home to acquire confidence
Enrico D'Alessandro rated 3 out of 5 stars

I was born in Catania and moving to Turin has been the biggest challenge I ever faced. I arrived here at the age of 18 to start my bachelor degree, I remember well I was so afraid to not be good enough to attend it because the Polytechnic represents a national excellence and most of the students retire even before the end of the first year. Nevertheless I have passed the...

Never give up
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Exhausting but enjoyable

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