Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Just click on a question to expand the answer.

How do I get to the city of Milan from the Milan Airports?

From Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP):

  • By train: with the Malpensa Express Train from T1 and T2 to Milano Cadorna, Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi. Further information: malpensaexpress.it/en
  • By bus: bus connections between the two terminals of Malpensa Airport and Milan Central Station and are operated by three bus lines: Terravision, Malpensa Bus Express (Autostradale) and Malpensa Shuttle (Air Pullman). Further information: terravision.eu; autostradale.it; www.malpensashuttle.it
  • By taxi: to book a taxi ride from Malpensa you can call the number (+39) 02 7777, which can be used by any citizen, calling both from landline and mobile or using the MiT app (Milan in Taxi). To directly contact one of the many active radiotaxi services for Malpensa airport, the telephone numbers of each operator are listed below:

Radiotaxi 6969 – Phone: (+39) 02 6969
Radio Taxi Freccia – Phone: (+39) 02 4000
Taxi Blu – Phone: (+39) 02 4040
Radio Taxi La Martesana – Phone: (+39) 02 2181
Taxi 8585 Autoradiotassi – Phone: (+39) 02 8585
ICTM Consorzio Taxi Malpensa – Phone: (+39) 0331 231312 e 800911333

From Milan Linate Airport (LIN):

  • By bus: the bus connection between the city of Milan and Linate Airport is operated by ATM and AirPullman.

To reach the center of Milan you should take the ATM Urban Line 73 to Milano Duomo. You can buy tickets through the App ATM Milano.

To reach Milan Central Station you can either take the Linate Shuttle or the Airport Bus Express. Further information: www.milano-aeroporti.it/linate-shuttle/en; www.airportbusexpress.it

  • By taxi: to book a taxi ride from Linate you can call the number (+39) 02 7777, which can be used by any citizen, calling both from landline and mobile or using the MiT app (Milan in Taxi). To directly contact one of the many active radiotaxi services for Linate airport, the telephone numbers of each operator are listed below:

Radiotaxi 6969 – Phone: (+39) 02 6969
Radio Taxi Freccia – Phone: (+39) 02 4000
Taxi Blu – Phone: (+39) 02 4040
Radio Taxi La Martesana – Phone: (+39) 02 2181
Taxi 8585 Autoradiotassi – Phone: (+39) 02 8585

From Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY):

  • By bus: the bus connection between the city of Milan and Milan Bergamo Airport is operated by many bus lines. For further information please check: milanbergamoairport.it/en/bus/
  • By taxi: to book a taxi ride from Milan Bergamo Airport you can call Radiotaxi at (+39) 035 4519090.

How can I find accommodation?

Various choices are available, such as rooms in shared apartments or rooms in private houses/apartments (landlord-occupied), student residences or studio apartments. You can check the following links:

Cerco alloggio: www.cercoalloggio.com
UniPlaces: www.uniplaces.com
AirBnb: www.airbnb.com
Immobiliare.it: www.immobiliare.it/en
Kijiji: www.kijiji.it
Bakeca: www.bakeca.it
Regione Lombardia: l15.regione.lombardia.it/#/campus

Estimated accommodation costs per month:

  • Single rooms in shared apartments: from 500 EUR

  • Twin rooms in shared apartments: from 300 EUR
  • Apartments and Studios: from 800 EUR

Please note that usually the first month rent includes a security deposit that can amount up to the equivalent of three months rent. Also note that sometimes the monthly rent amount does not include extra expenses (such as taxes or wi-fi).

How do I get to SUMAS from the Milan Central Railway Station or from Milan Duomo?

  • From Milan Central Railway Station: the best way to reach SUMAS Campus is to take the Milan Metro Line 2 (MM2 or Green Line) directed to P.za Abbiategrasso or Assago and get off at Porta Genova. SUMAS Campus is 10 minutes’ walk from there.
  • From Milan Duomo: to reach SUMAS Campus you can either take the metro or the tram line 14. In the first case, you should take the Milan Metro Line 1 (MM1 or Red Line) directed to Rho Fieramilano or Bisceglie and get off at Cadorna FN. Then take the MM2 directed to P.za Abbiategrasso or Assago and get off at Porta Genova. SUMAS Campus is 10 minutes’ walk from there. In the second case, you can take the tram line 14 directed to Lorenteggio (the tram stop is on Via Torino) and get off at the 8th stop, Piazza del Rosario. SUMAS Campus is 10 minutes’ walk from there.

Where can I buy a local SIM card?

You can buy a local SIM card from one of the Italian telephone providers, at a local store (you can find these stores at the airport or train station, but also all over the city) or online: TIM, Vodafone, WindTre, Fastweb, Iliad.

How can I pay tuition fees?

Accepted students will receive a detailed invoice of the fee and due date for the pre-payment. In case of visa refusal, all fees are refundable, excluding the application fee.

You can pay your application fee by direct bank transfer. Just send it to the following account, quoting your name as the payment reference:

Account Name: Sustainability Management School – Milan SRL
Swift Code: FIBKITMMXXX
IBAN: IT80 O032 9601 6010 0006 7293 893
Account Number: 67293893
Bank Name: Fideuram
Bank Address: Corso di Porta Romana, 16 – 20122 Milano (MI) – Italy

Do I need a laptop within the campus?

SUMAS highly encourages students to buy a portable computer before their classes begin. Paperless Classes at SUMAS are a new educative reality that we promote. If you are not able to get a portable computer in time for your classes, contact SUMAS to assist you with ordering one.

Minimum Requirements:

PC running Windows 7/8 or a recent Macbook

Microsoft Office 2007-2013 (or equivalent)

Google Chrome / Mozilla Firefox

1.6 GHz processor, 4Gb RAM, external port for USB

Wifi

Do I need to have an Italian bank account?

We advise you to open a personal bank account to avoid carrying cash. Only a small amount of cash is required in case of accident or emergency. In order to open a bank account, you must have a residency permit.

You may be able to use your current card, although this option will be subject to high transaction charges.

The majority of shops and stores in Italy accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc). Some of them may require a minimum purchase for card payment.

Do I need any books or class materials to attend the lectures?

As we encourage paperless classes, you are free to use the SUMAS RESOURCE CENTER to find all required reading material for lectures (academic journal articles, online magazines and databases). Your login and password to access to the SUMAS SRC are given by the Academic Officer upon registration for the first term.

Please note that you may be requested by professors to buy hardcopies of books, if e-books are not available.

Students should bring their personal notebooks, agendas and pens, if needed.

What kind of clothing should I bring?

There is no uniform at SUMAS. The style is generally casual, do not change how you dress now, just come as you are!

In Italy, the climate varies considerably from the north to the south, and from the mountains to the level ground or coastal areas. In Milan, during the winter season temperatures can get as low as -2°C, but the average temperature is between 5°C and 10°C. It can rain a lot, and snow sometimes. During summer temperatures are usually around 25°C and 30°C, but can reach 35°C. Autumn and spring are mild seasons, with temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. Therefore, you should bring a warm winter jacket, sweaters, warm mittens, a hat, scarf, and other warm articles of clothing for the autumn and winter seasons, but also lighter clothing for the spring and summer seasons.

How do I get around the city of Milan?

The best way to get around Milan is to use the ATM urban system that includes bus, tram, and metro lines, and a bike sharing service called BikeMi. For information on all lines and how to buy tickets you can download the ATM Milano Official App or check: www.atm.it/en

What are the living expenses like in Italy?

Living costs vary greatly depending on the chosen standard of living, and in particular the chosen accommodation and location (Milan is one of the most expensive cities in Italy).

Students should plan on monthly living expenses excluding accommodation of at least 650 EUR.

Estimated living costs per month include:

Food: 200 EUR
Personal expenses: 250 EUR
Internet & phone: 50 EUR
Study-related expenses: 100 EUR
Local transportation: 50 EUR

At the beginning of your stay you should also take into consideration payments for your residence permit (around 250 EUR for foreign students).

Please consider that your living expenses in Italy will also include accommodation and health insurance if you are a non-EU citizen.

How does health insurance work in Italy for EU citizens?

The European Health Insurance Card or EHIC (Tessera Europea di Assicurazione Malattia or TEAM) gives you access to the Italian National Health Service (Sistema Sanitario Nazionale or SSN) and entitles you to benefit of necessary health treatments but for a complete health coverage you should obtain the S1 form before leaving your country. You can register with the SSN free of charge visiting one of the local health offices (Agenzia di Tutela della Salute or ATS, previously known as Azienda Sanitaria Locale or ASL). To register you will need a certificate of enrollment, the Italian tax code (codice fiscale), a copy of your passport or ID card, the S1 form, and to communicate the name of the general practitioner of your choice. For further information please visit: www.salute.gov.it/portale/cureUE/homeCureUE.jsp?lingua=english; www.ats-milano.it/portale/home or read the “Informa Salute” Leaflet

If you do not have the European Health Insurance Card or the S1 form, you can voluntarily register with the SSN upon payment of a subscription fee following the same procedure as non-EU students.

How does health insurance work in Italy for non-EU citizens?

You are required to have appropriate health insurance to enter Italy and obtain a long-term student visa (more than 90 days). Before leaving your country, you are strongly recommended to purchase a private health insurance policy with international validity certified by the Italian Diplomatic Representative abroad and translated into Italian or English. You might also consider to purchase WAI ITALY (Welcome Association Italy) private policy. Please note that the policy will be valid only after applying for the permit of stay. Please read carefully the terms and conditions. For further information visit: www.waitaly.net/en.

If you want to register with the Italian National Health Service (Sistema Sanitario Nazionale or SSN) you should visit one of the local health offices (Agenzia di Tutela della Salute or ATS, previously known as Azienda Sanitaria Locale or ASL). You will need to go to a post office and make a payment of 149,77 EUR to post office current account n. 379222, registered to: Amministrazione P.T. Regione Lombardia, specifying the following reason for payment “Iscrizione volontaria al SSN” (which means voluntary registration to SSN). You can use the payment receipt to apply for the Permit of Stay. After applying for the Permit of Stay, you should go to the ATS of your city area. To register you will need a declaration of enrollment, the Permit of Stay application receipt, the Italian tax code (codice fiscale), a copy of your passport, the receipt of the payment for the SSN subscription. For further information please visit: https://www.regione.lombardia.it/wps/portal/istituzionale/HP/DettaglioServizio/servizi-e-informazioni/Cittadini/salute-e-prevenzione/prenotazioni-ticket-e-tempi-di-attesa/assistenza-sanitaria-agli-stranieri/assistenza-sanitaria-agli-stranieri or read the “Informa Salute” Leaflet.

Am I eligible for discounts with my Student ID card?

Many students forget that their Student ID Card is a gold mine for savings. In many places, students get discounts at the movies, stores, museums, play houses, bars and even restaurants. For the students under 26 years old there are student discounts for public transportation.

So, take advantage of your Student ID Card and take it everywhere you go!

Can I work part-time while studying?

If you are an EU student you do not require a specific work permit to work in Italy, however, you cannot work for more than 20 hours a week.

If you are a non-EU student, you will require an international student work permit for working while studying, and you cannot work for more than 20 hours a week.

Can I travel around Europe during my stay in Italy?

Italy is part of the Schengen zone which means that once you have a valid student visa or residency permit, you are allowed to travel to the following countries without a visa: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Your residence permit process may take up to 3 months. Therefore, you should not make any travel plans abroad before receiving your permit.

How to request your Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

The codice fiscale is an identification code issued by the Ministry of Finance which is needed in order to open a current account or sign contracts. The code is generated using your name, date of birth and place of birth. Citizens residing abroad can request it to the Italian consular-diplomatic representation in their country of residence. In Italy it can be requested from your local Ufficio delle Entrate (Tax office). Remember to bring with you your passport and a photocopy of it and to fill in the form called AA4/8, that you can download here. Further information on how to get a codice fiscale and where to apply for it.

Residency Permit Information (EU)

You do not require a Residency Permit, but you have to register with your local civil record office. If you live in Milan, please follow this procedure.

Residency Permit Information (Non-EU)

You should apply for Residency Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) within 8 days of arriving in Italy.

First of all, you should get your Italian tax code (codice fiscale). Please request your codice fiscale to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country, because it is the easiest thing to do. Then you have to apply for your Permesso di Soggiorno at one of the offices that provide this service. Please read carefully the procedure at the following link: www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10717

Your residence permit process may take up to 3 months. Therefore, you should not make any travel plans abroad before receiving your permit.

Can I find SUMAS on any social networks?

Facebook

Join SUMAS on Facebook. Like our official facebook page  to keep up with events and become part of our social network.

Twitter

Follow SUMAS on Twitter @sumaseducation to be one of the first to hear about our news and organized events.

YouTube

Subscribe to SUMAS’ official youtube channel to watch videos from SUMAS.

LinkedIn

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