A real life experience

The history of the Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO for those who daily frequent and live it) is more than 160 years long: it covers the entire course of Italian socio-economic development. The University was born in 1859 from the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (Technical School for Engineers) and the Museo Industriale Italiano (Italian Industry Museum), which in 1906 became the Regio Politecnico di Torino (Royal Turin Polytechnic). 

Valentino Castle, a Savoy residence, is Politecnico’s historical venue. In 1958 the big complex in Corso Duca degli Abruzzi was opened and then expanded with the enlargement of the Cittadella Politecnica, a campus where classrooms, laboratories, education, research, and services coexist, hosting also research laboratories of large industrial groups and successful start-ups. 

The Politecnico di Torino has turned into an increasingly international school, where tradition and future, history and modernity weave together. Today, PoliTO is ranked among the European main technical universities, with over 36.000 students, 16% of whom come from more than 100 foreign countries. 

At Politecnico, teaching and research in the fields of Engineering, Architecture, Design and Urban Planning merge to offer concrete answers to students’ needs, promoting the internationalization of learning, research and technological transfer

Studying at PoliTO means gaining the expertise needed to face changes and help solving nowadays most crucial problems and open questions. This is also thanks to the fact that PoliTO shares with society research’s most relevant results, promoting cultural activities that are core for a polytechnic training, which includes research and technology, but also culture: literature, art, music, cinema and much more, adopting an increasingly open and multidisciplinary view.

This is who we are and where we want to go, in the words announced by our Rector during the launch of the Strategic Plan for the coming years:


A study experience at the Politecnico is also a real life experience: Turin is a university city with more than 100 thousand students, a human-sized city where services, public transports and residences are combined with the entertainment and cultural offer of a relevant administrative centre, enriched by its history and open to the future. Moreover, life in Turin is much less expensive than in other cities: considering accommodation, food, telephone, public transports and leisure time, the monthly cost of living in Turin is around 600/800 euro. PoliTO has even raised the possibilities to be entitled to the exemption of university taxes: studying in Turin really allows you to gain a high quality training at a reasonable cost.

Find out more about the student services offered by the city on the StudyinTorino portal.