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Erasmus+ Journal (Issue 4) 2015/16

Marco Störi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy, Mobility for Study, PHST

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1

20126 Milano


Erasmus Office


Coordinator: Prof. Lilia Teruggi, lilia.teruggi@unimib.it

About the university

The University of Milano-Bicocca was founded as autonomous organization on June, 10th 1998. In the Times Higher Education rankings 2015 dedicated to the best hundred universities with less than 50 years, the University was ranked 24th in the world, 1st in Italy.

The University of Milano-Bicocca was established on June 10, 1998, to serve students from Northern Italy and relieve some of the pressure on the over-crowded University of Milan. Groups of professors and researchers chose to come and participate in the enterprise. They were driven by their enthusiasm for the new, and by the chance to broaden academic horizons without having their work undermined by traditional methods of education. From the start, this very fertile climate became a unique training ground, which offered something new even in the most traditional disciplines.

Chosen courses

- Istituzioni di matematiche (8 ECTS)

   Mathematic course about arithmetic

- Educazione all'immagine con laboratorio (9 ECTS)

   Course about arts

- Didattica della lettura e della scrittura con laboratori e metodologia della ricerca pedagogica (10 ECTS)

   Course about acquirement of literary language

- Attività di tirocinio del III anno (5 ECTS)

   Teaching practice

Registration process

The registration process is very easy. There is a step-by-step instruction from the application to the departure on the website of the university: 


Review of my stay aborad

My stay in Milan was incredible - in a very positive way.

- Cultural terms

In my case the most importants improvements were the cultural experiences, the social and of course the language experiences. I lived in a residence together with many students from all over the world. Most of the students were spanish - also my roommate was from Madrid. I am very thankful that i could learn so much from these people. It's great to see different cultures and their habits. 

- Academic terms

The academic program at the university was very interesting. Beside the differnt system they have, also the courses i chose were usefull. The only course, which doesn't fit in this education very well, was in my opinion the mathematic course. The content of this course is not very easy and you can't use these things for primary school. It's very theoretical and you don't learn HOW to teach things.

However, the other courses were very interesting and I think I could gain some knowledge I can use in further jobs.

- Personal/social terms

The stay abroad definitely changed my personality in a positive way. I feel much more confident talking to strange people in different languages. In addition I became more independet. It's a new situation being so far away from home for the first time. You have to manage things on your own. But the good thing is: you will manage things on your own, because you have to. You always find a way.

Moreover I see the world with different eyes now. By meeting all these new people and talking to them, I see things in a different way. In this time i saw things I would never have seen if I wouldn't have done this stay aborad. I learned a lot - on the one hand by myself and on the other hand especially from the people I met and their attitudes. 

School practice

I did my school practice in the "Scuola Primaria Rovani" in Sesto San Giovanni. I was in a third class and the teacher called Paola Tassone, who was a very good teacher in my opinion. This school was an all-day school. So the children had school from 9:00 to 16:30. The school setting is not comparable to these in Austria, but this doesn't influence the education at all. The level of the pupils is very high. I think the content of the subjects (especially history, geography and other subsidiary subjects) is more difficult than in Austria. The italian children learn things they can really use in the future. Moreover the teacher doesn't treat the pupils like little babies. The way the teacher treated her pupils was excellent. She transmitted the perfect relation between "being children" and "behave like an adult". For example the children were allowed to play a lot at school - especially in the afternoon. But on the other hand the teacher talked about very serious things, like sexuality or how babies are born. And i was quite amazed about the fact that the children didn't laugh or made fun about this topic. They asked usefull questions and they were very interested. I don't know if a conversation like this would be possible in an Austrian class with eight years old.

All in all i liked the Italian primary school system. The children seem very mature and independent, but they also have enough time for "being kids".


I would definitely recommend to stay in a residence during the stay in Milan. There are two residences offered by the university. One is directly at the campus of the university (buliding U12) and the other one is about three kilometres away (buildung U22). I stayed in the U22 and it was a very good residence. There is a link to the residences directly on the website of the university (erasmus page). The costs are  € 300,- a month for a double room. You have a own bathroom and a own little kitchen in your room in the U22. In the U12 there is a shared kitchen, which is closed from 11pm to 5am. 

There are differnt ways you can go to Milan. If you want to go by plane, you should depart from Vienna. There is also the possibility to go by train (ÖBB) or by bus (Flixbus/Dr.Richard). The train for one way is about € 55,- to Graz and i takes about 12 hours. I think the bus is cheaper, but i don't know exactly how much.

If you have the chance to take your bike with you, do it! It's very useful to go to the university (~10 min. by bike).

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