This year’s summer is shaping up to be a really exciting, educating and rewarding experience and you can be part of all the fun. Two important events are coming up in Europe, they are the Universal Exposition EXPO 2015 and the Summer School 2015. The University of Milano-Bicocca will be organizing the summer school in connection to EXPO 2015 and the theme of this years summer school is “Experience Summer during EXPO”. What is an EXPO you might ask and why is it so important and rewarding? This article will explain in details the concept behind the Universal Exposition EXPO.

What is an EXPO?

A Universal Exposition also known as World Fair, World’s Fair or World Exposition and sometimes spelled expo for short is a large public exhibition. The character and theme of these exhibitions vary from one to another and are held in different parts of the world. There are three approved types of fairs: universal, international and specialized. They usually last from three weeks to six months. Since 1928, the Bureau International des Expositions BIE (English: International Exhibitions Bureau) has served as an international sanctioning body that regulates world’s fairs.


World’s fairs originated in the French tradition of national exhibitions, a tradition that culminated with the French Industrial Exposition of 1844 held in Paris. This fair was soon followed by other national exhibitions in continental Europe, and eventually the United Kingdom.

Tle last Universal exposition was ‘EXPO 2010 Shanghai China’ held in the city of Shanghai, China. The next Universal exposition will be hosted by Milan, Italy and the name of the exposition is EXPO MILANO 2015: Feeding the planet, Energy for Life.


Expo Milano 2015 is a not-for-profit Universal Exposition with some very distinctive and innovative features. It is not just an exhibition but a process, involving active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is sustainable, technological, thematic and focused on its visitors. Open from May 1 to October 31, 2015, the Expo will host over 140 participants. Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors.

Why this is exciting news?

Universal expositions are not a regular or yearly occurrence and the gap between two Universal expositions can be 5 or as much as 10 years! also the next Universal exposition EXPO 2020 will not be held in Europe but in Dubai.  Hence, if you want to study in Europe or are already studying in Europe this is an opportunity to experience something special and unique that comes along perhaps once in a lifetime.

What do I Benefit from Summer School & EXPO 2015?

The university of Milano-Bicocca, is organizing a summer school program in collaboration with EXPO 2015 based on the theme of the exposition: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

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All Summer School participants are granted with a free entry to the exhibition.

Visitors will experience a unique journey that peers into the complex theme of nutrition. They will have the possibility to take a trip around the world, sampling the food and traditions of people from all over the globe. Expo Milano 2015 will be the first Exposition in history to be remembered not just for its products but also for its contribution towards education on food and the planet’s precious resources.

A rich and rewarding mix of academic & cultural experience

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Summer School Programs at University of Milano-Bicocca are a wonderful opportunity for you to invest your summer in acquiring knowledge and skills across a wide range of academic disciplines – Economics and statistical Sciences, Law, Medicine and Surgery, Educational Sciences, Natural Sciences and Sociology.

Dedicated to university students, the university is offering 23 intensive summer courses of short duration – one or two weeks – for you to choose from. You will also receive full university credits for these courses recognised by your university. Over and above all summer schools will have a special theme dedicated to Expo 2015.

You are sure to find something that suits your interests and needs. From classroom sessions to a series of theme-related plenary lectures and/or evening talks and guided visits to Expo will help you explore new ideas and enrich your knowledge in your chosen subjects.

You are invited to explore your interest and immerse yourself in the Italian culture where learning is not limited to the classroom: locations themselves become a ‘living textbook’, allowing knowledge building and information exchange, in direct contact with local students, and fostering an appreciation and awareness of socio-economic reality, diverse cultures, people and ideas.

Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to be a part of EXPO MILANO 2015. To attend the summer school and the EXPO, the University of Milano-Bicocca is accepting applications from prospective students, students and professionals from around the world. Visit for details on available summer courses, how to apply, application deadlines and more.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity, see you at the EXPO 2015!