Academic year 2021-22
Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission to the degree programme in Biotechnology is capped according to the provisions of Law no. 264 of 2 August 1999. Applicants to the programme 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 entrance 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 problems, reading comprehension, basic sciences, requiring a level of knowledge and skills as provided by upper secondary school.

Test structure and topics:

The TOLC test includes an additional English section. The score in this section does not affect the merit ranking, nor does it replace the for-credit assessment of English language proficiency required by the degree programme. However, it is a student self-assessment.

You may sit for 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 high enough in the merit ranking will be eligible for enrolment on 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 have 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 October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled their gaps. Otherwise, they may not take any second-year exams before passing the 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 only if admitted to years subsequent to the first. To this end, they will have to submit a specific request for prior assessment of their academic career using the online service stated 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. The request for career assessment must be submitted by 10 June 2021.

The outcome will be notified via e-mail by 15 July 2021.

Students admitted to the first year will be required to take the test and register for the call.

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 15/03/2021 to 14/06/2021

Application for matriculation: from 17/06/2021 to 29/06/2021

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 01/07/2021 to 13/09/2021

Application for matriculation: from 19/10/2021 to 21/10/2021

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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