Italian university to start teaching in English
Politecnico di Milano will teach and assess the majority of its degree courses in English from 2014.
The university believes it is at risk of isolation if it remains Italian-speaking, as higher education becomes increasingly globalised.
University Rector Professor Giovanni Azzone told the BBC: "Universities are in a more competitive world, if you want to stay with the other global universities - you have no other choice.
"We strongly believe our classes should be international classes - and the only way to have international classes is to use the English language."
The Italian institution calculates university fees on the basis of a students' family income, so could prove a cheaper option than many British universities for English students.
There is also a generous scholarship programme, under which certain international students will only be required to pay a tuition fee of €144.
Politecnico di Milano is regarded as one of the best European universities for Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design, and is considered a leading international research institution.
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