EIT Digital Education


The main application call for EIT Digital programmes 2021/22 is now CLOSED and will open again in November 2021 for 2022/23 admissions.

If you are enrolling in 2021/22 at Polimi in the local master degree in Computer Science and Engineering, you may still have the chance to join the EIT Digital double-degree programme starting at Polimi in September 2021 as a “parallel entry student“. Only a few places available!

Application call for 2021/22 (CLOSED)

If you choose POLIMI as one of your preferences for the first year, please consider the following instructions, according to your citizenship and country of bachelor studies. In particular, international applicants (graduated outside Italy) are required to submit also a local application on the Online Services of Polimi, in addition to the main EIT Digital application.

Consider your profile and carefully follow the instructions in the proper tab below

International Applicants with non-Italian degreesApplicants from Italian Universities (Laurea Triennale)

Specific Instructions for International Applicants

if you intend to select POLIMI as one possible entry destination in your EIT Digital study trajectory, and if you have a degree obtained outside Italy, you should submit also a local application through the Online Services of POLIMI in addition to the main EIT Digital application. Your POLIMI application will be linked by our Student Office to your main EIT Digital application and it will be subject to the final results of the general selection process at EIT Digital level.

For your Polimi application, consider the following deadlines for 2021/22:

Application Period 2 (NOT recommended for non-EU students requiring VISA) **CLOSED**

  • EIT Digital application period: from 10 February to 12 April 2021 h. 17.00 (CET)
  • Polimi application for International Students: by 12 April 2021 (*)

(*) In period 2, NON-EU/EEA candidates must submit their POLIMI application by 9 March 2021 as a local anticipated deadline.

How to apply at POLIMI level

Your local application through POLIMI Online Services requires only a few steps and it’s done entirely online.

  1. First of all, you need to register for POLIMI Online Services: https://www.polimi.it/en/online-services/
  2. Then, fill out the online application form on POLIMI Online Services, labelled: “Apply to a Master of Science programme (only for international and Italian candidates graduated abroad): Submit online application form, results release and enrolment
  3. All the EIT Digital candidates should apply for the local MSc programme in “Computer Science and Engineering” (regardless of their specific EIT study path)
  4. Upload the required documents (you can provide the same application documents that you are using for the main EIT Digital application on the Master School’s portal)

More information about the local application process: how to apply.

IMPORTANT: EIT Digital applicants don’t have to pay to Polimi the local application fee, nor the administrative fee. Please, ignore the last step with the payment request and ignore any automated reminders/emails asking for the POLIMI application fee. As such, your local application is considered only for the EIT Digital study tracks (within the MSc in Computer Science and Engineering) and your final admission to POLIMI is subordinated to the results of the central EIT Digital selection process.

Only if you intend to apply to Polimi for its local programmes and want to be evaluated independently of the final admission results on EIT Digital side, or even if you are applying also for other Polimi’s master degrees not related to the EIT Digital Master School, then in such cases the Polimi’s application fee and administrative fees are due, like for all the other Polimi applicants. In this case, your application can be considered also for the local master degree programme, in case your EIT Digital application is not successful.

Specific Instructions for Applicants from Italian Universities (Laurea Triennale)

If you have (or if you are completing) the Laurea Triennale in Italy, you just need to apply through the application portal of EIT Digital, following the deadlines of the EIT Digital application periods.

Application Period 2**CLOSED**

  • from 10 February to 12 April 2021 h. 17.00 (CET)

No additional local application to POLIMI is needed at this stage. If you are successfully accepted to EIT Digital Master School with Polimi as your first-year university, we will follow up directly with you about the next steps for enrolment at Polimi level. Registrations to Polimi open yearly from July to August, with enrolment in September. Bachelor graduation is required by October.

We strongly encourage you to get in touch with our dedicated staff in advance, for any advice on your application, writing to eitdigital@polimi.it. We are available for orientation interviews and we may provide guidance along the admission process.

This programme at Polimi is most suited for students coming from computer engineering studies (corsi di laurea triennale nella classe L-8 Ingegneria dell’Informazione)

If you are a student from Ingegneria Informatica at Politecnico di Milano, you can obtain the required academic documentation for your application (proof of current enrolment or degree certificate, transcript of records with all the exams passed), writing an email to eitdigital@polimi.it. We offer dedicated support to EIT Digital applicants, let’s get in touch!

For any doubt, take a look at the specific FAQ about applications. Should you need any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us: eitdigital@polimi.it

The EIT Digital programmes in Data Science, Fintech, Digital Manufacturing, and Human-Computer Interaction & Design implemented at POLIMI are specific study tracks within the MSc in Computer Science and Engineering. Therefore, this entry university is best suited for applicants with a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering (or equivalent background). This means a strong base of ICT, computer science, programming courses but also the basics of engineering fields, including physics and math courses at academic level.

Study trajectory: entry and exit university

In your EIT Digital application, you can express up to three preferences as entry university and three preferences as exit university. We invite you to put Politecnico di Milano once, as your first preference for the entry university. On the exit-year side, select up to three universities that you would like to attend for the second year, in the order of your preference. In the end, based on the availability of places at each university and on their evaluation of your application, you will receive a study offer on a specific trajectory of entry-exit university combination.

Required documents for your EIT Digital application

Check directly on the EIT Digital website the documentation that you need to prepare for your application.

Language requirements for Polimi as entry university

If you choose Polimi for the first year, make sure that you have a valid English proficiency test, that you need to submit at the same time as your EIT Digital application through the EIT Digital portal. Here is the list of accepted English tests for Polimi. Ensure that your English certificate also meets the requirements of the chosen exit university. Only if you select an exit university in Spain, France, Sweden or Finland, you just need to satisfy the entry requirements for Polimi, as they don’t have further English conditions for exit-year students. The other exit universities may have different English requirements even for the second year, we invite you to check on the EIT Digital website under the section University-specific language tests and exemptions.

Tips for improving your CV and Letter of Motivation

On the EIT Digital application portal, among the other required documents, you also need to upload a CV and a letter of motivation with a business idea that shows your entrepreneurial mindset and potential as tomorrow’s innovator. Here is some advice for you!

Your CV

Your CV should address these questions: What do I know and what have I studied? What experience do I have? What are my skills?

Consider mentioning:

  • Education, previous and current studies, main subjects chosen
  • Other learning opportunities, such as extracurricular courses, training courses, crash courses, exchange programmes and study experiences abroad
  • Hackathons, competitions, prizes and awards
  • Relevant projects you have worked on, both in the academic context or outside university
  • Training and jobs, internships, also temporary and voluntary work, sports and artistic activities
  • Technical skills, programming languages, soft skills
  • English proficiency and other languages

Important: make your CV easy to read and clear, with an appealing layout! Online you may find very pleasant and nice CV templates to start with.

Your Letter of Motivation with an innovative/business idea

For the EIT Digital application, consider that you need to write a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) which should contain both your motivations and an innovative/business idea, possibly related to the programme you are applying for (eg. Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction and Design, Fintech).

For the business idea, focus on a real problem, address specific needs and propose your solution exploiting, for instance, data science, interactive technologies and interfaces, or applications of financial technology. Depending on your topic, the emphasis may vary, still you may consider the following as general guidelines:

  • What problem is your idea addressing, and why should we care?
  • What is the concrete output? Eg. an app, a service, a tool, a product…
  • What are the key strengths of your solution?
  • How does it meet the initial needs and requirements?
  • What are the stakeholders and what value are you bringing to them with your solution?
  • Are there possible competitors and how is your solution positioned? What competitive edge?
  • What impact could your solution have? Is it societally relevant?

We suggest that you always personalise a motivation letter according to the recipient, in this case to the EIT Digital Master School, avoiding general phrases, such as “to whom it may concern”. Be focused and address it to the EIT Digital Selection Committee, referring to the key features of this programme. Try to communicate why this is the ideal programme for you and why you should be an ideal candidate for it! Find the right balance between ambition, determination and humility. Your letter shouldn’t convey arrogance nor meekness, but show your willingness to learn, to step out of your comfort zone, and commitment to move to the next level in your study and professional career!

Find here also some general tips about how to write your CV and cover letter, provided by our Polimi Career Service. These indications will turn out to be very useful when the time comes to apply for future job positions!

Best of luck with your application!

Polimi Staff for the EIT Digital Master School