Marco Polo Programme

The "Marco Polo" programme was launched in 2004 by the Conference of Italian University Rectors, at the request of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, in order to increase the presence of Chinese students in Italian universities.

The University of Milan has joined the programme since its inception, given its academic and scientific focus on the geographical and cultural area of South-East Asia, particularly on China, the region's most vibrant economy.

Who is it for?

Chinese students pre-enrolling in Italian universities to attend a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme.

What is it?

One of the programme's priority actions is organising Italian language bridging courses.

Following an agreement between the Italian and the Chinese governments, Chinese students who pre-enrol in a degree programme and enrol in an Italian language bridging course at an Italian university will benefit from an expedited visa process.

Chinese students who have passed the final Italian course exam are exempted from the national Italian language test and can enrol in Italy without having to return to China.

Having developed valuable skills in teaching Italian for foreigners within the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Milan has become a venue for the Italian bridging course.

The Italian language course is open to students participating in the Turandot programme.

Italian language bridging courses

The course lasts 10 months, starting from 1 November 2018. The cost is € 4,000.

The course includes a final test and provides a B1/B2 level certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The fee covers lessons, teaching materials, accident insurance, and the China Desk service of the University of Milan coordinated by the Confucius Institute.

Language training will be complemented by tutoring activities with Chinese-speaking mediators and additional cultural activities. Moreover, at the end of the course the student can take the exam to obtain the CELI certificate from the University for Foreigners of Perugia (level B1/B2).

The exam will take place at the University of Milan.

For more information on the Marco Polo programme, on the Italian language and culture course, see the attached documents in Italian and Chinese.

For information on facilities for Chinese students and accommodation, visit the Calcif page, Marco Polo Courses (