Admission requirements

Admission requirements
Admission to the degree programme in Biotechnology is capped pursuant to Law no. 264 of 2 August 1999. Applicants must hold an upper secondary-school diploma or equivalent foreign qualification pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004.
Candidates will be required to sit an admission test aimed at ascertaining their educational background and aptitude.

Admission assessment
The test required for admission to the degree programme in Biotechnology is TOLC-S, an online test delivered by the Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems (CISIA -, which must be taken before enrolment.
The TOLC-S test is made up of four sections, with questions on Basic Mathematics, Reasoning and Problem Solving, Reading and Comprehension, and Basic Sciences, requiring a level of knowledge and skills as provided by an upper secondary school education.
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The TOLC test includes an additional English section. The score in this section is a self-assessment tool and does not affect the merit ranking, nor does it replace the for-credit assessment of English language proficiency required by the degree programme (see the language assessment section).
You may sit the TOLC-S at the University of Milan or any other venue among those listed in the test calendar available at
Registration procedures and deadlines will be provided in the call for applications posted to the University website at
Only students placing themselves high enough in the merit ranking will be eligible for enrolment in the degree programme in Biotechnology.

Additional learning requirements (OFA) and remedial activities
Students who have not achieved at least 11 points in the basic mathematics module of TOLC-S will be required to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA). Students with additional learning requirements will have to carry out remedial activities organised by the University in the period between October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled the gaps in their knowledge. Students may not sit any second-year exams before passing the compulsory Mathematics exam.
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Admission of transfer or graduate students
Transfer students from a degree programme of the University of Milan, or another university, and graduate students will be waived from the test requirements only if admitted to years subsequent to Year I. To this end, they will have to submit a specific request for prior assessment of their academic records using the online service as shown in the call for applications. These candidates must provide a full transcript of records (listing exams, subject areas, credits, grades) and attach the course syllabi. For more details, please refer to the call for applications.
Call and deadlines

Places available: 250 + 8 reserved for non-EU citizens

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Session: 1

Application for admission: from 15/03/2022 to 13/06/2022

Application for matriculation: from 20/06/2022 to 30/06/2022

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 04/07/2022 to 14/09/2022

Application for matriculation: from 19/09/2022 to 26/09/2022

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Further information

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

The University provides:

  • no tax area for students on track with exams and not on track with exams for one year with ISEE certification until 20.000 €.
  • Fees exemption on account of merit, income or disability, or if they meet other specific requirements;
  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements;
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad;
Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides:

  • Part-time study 
  • Financial aid, refectory service, accommodation,
  • Awards and scholarships