• Italy
    • Milan
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Art History Business Communications Cultural Studies Fashion Design Film History International Business International Relations Literature Music Political Science Psychology Sociology +4
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, BIPOC funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
Contact IES Abroad or see website for details: www.IESabroad.org/milan
What's Included
Accommodation Classes Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Visa
May 15, 2024
Apr 08, 2024
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About Program

Ciao e benvenuti in Italia! Milan is a wonderful blend of classic architecture and Italian culture as well as a global center for finance, education, commerce, design, and fashion.

With a wide range of majors to choose from, students can enjoy the flexibility to choose what program will best fit their academic goals. This study abroad opportunity welcomes students of all Italian language levels, whether they speak no Italian whatsoever or are fluent. Featured programs include Art, Music, Business, Italian Language, Design and Fashion, as well as Social Sciences.

Milan will be your classroom. Only in Milan can you marvel at the grandeur of the Duomo, see the artistic detail of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in person, and find classical manuscripts at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. In addition to the academics, students will also enjoy the ability to participate in field trips, ranging from a weekend in Tuscany to a ski weekend. Welcome to study abroad!

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

Today, and every day, we celebrate who you are and who you will become. We take pride in simply getting to know you, and look forward to adventuring through this incredible world with you.

Studying abroad as part of the LGBTQIA+ community can present unique opportunities and challenges in exploring a new culture, so we have compiled resources on sexual orientation, gender identity, and allyship to help prepare you and support you along the way.

Neurodivergent Support

Going abroad, whether this is your first time or your umpteenth, can be a trip both literally and figuratively. Seeing something new or being someplace unfamiliar has its own challenges, especially when it comes to mental health and physical accessibility. With IES Abroad, you won't handle these concerns on your own.

We have not only compiled resources on mental health, physical health, and self-care to help prepare you and support you along the way, but we also have a dedicated Student Affairs staff that are available for you to contact from the United States and once in your host country.

Accessibility Support

Going abroad, whether this is your first time or your umpteenth, can be a trip both literally and figuratively. Seeing something new or being someplace unfamiliar has its own challenges, especially when it comes to mental health and physical accessibility. With IES Abroad, you won't handle these concerns on your own.

We have not only compiled resources on mental health, physical health, and self-care to help prepare you and support you along the way, but we also have a dedicated Student Affairs staff that are available for you to contact from the United States and once in your host country.



As part of IES Abroad's Global Good Commitment, IES Abroad employs sustainability measures in the following ways:
-Moving toward more sustainable Headquarters and Centers abroad
-Producing printed materials mindfully
-Hosting events and conferences in LEED-certified buildings
-Purchasing carbon offsets for staff air travel
-The formation of the IES Abroad Sustainability Team - a dedicated group of volunteers responsible for implementing sustainable practices across our organization. The team comprises of members across our Centers, departments, teams. It is truly a global effort, and we are better for it.

Program Highlights

  • Experience the vibrant atmosphere, charming culture, and delectable foods native to Milan.
  • Choose to live in a homestay, local apartment, or dormitory; all three of which provide a unique cultural experience and connections to Milan residents.
  • Take an Italian language course (included) and explore optional internship opportunities and subject-related field trips.
  • Enjoy trips that highlight the true beauty of Italy, such as excursions to Tuscany, Sicily, the Alps, and Lake Maggiore.
  • Climb to the top of Il Duomo, stroll the fashionable streets of Via Montenapoleone, or wander the grounds of the Sforzesco Castle--all quickly accessible from anywhere in the city.

Popular Programs

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No matter what level of Italian you speak, we invite you to study here and experience Milan’s rich culture. You are placed in an Italian language course that’s been designed for you based on your language level. Our Italy Today Program offers you courses in liberal arts and social sciences, all of which address aspects of contemporary Italian society. You can also take courses at a local university—maybe you’ll even make some Italian friends while you’re at it.

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We provide one-of-a-kind courses that explore the world of business, as well as a wide variety of courses focusing on contemporary issues in Italy. Take an elective in Art History, Political Science, or Photography to create a diverse course load. Round out your study abroad education with the required Italian language classes that are tailored to your skill level. You can also enroll in a local university course to learn about international business alongside Italian and international students.

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As a music student in Milan, you have the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, soak up the local music scene, perform at a variety of venues, and attend a wide range of performances. At the Center, there is a full range of opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and performance majors, and partnerships with the Civica Scuola di Musica, the Conservatorio G. Verdi, La Verdi Symphonic Choir and Orchestra and more!

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Our Fashion Design & Merchandising Program offers a holistic fashion experience. Encounter the sources of global trends in business, design, tailoring, fabrics and materials, modeling, and marketing. Learn about the business of fashion from local experts and professors from the best universities in Milan. Join the Milanese design and tailoring scene through practicum courses at professional fashion institutes offering hands-on lessons in clothing and accessory creation.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.85
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The best months of my life

As part of the IES Abroad Milan Business program, I was immersed in the Italian culture while receiving an impressive education. I became friends with the locals and had one of my favorite professors throughout my whole college experience at IES. I traveled every weekend while still experiencing everything the beautiful city of Milan has to offer. It truly was the best time of my life. The administration is responsive and accommodating allowing for a supportive experience during a semester-long adventure.

What was your funniest moment?
I was told by a local Italian my friends and I had met that I should try his wine. Things got lost in translation and as I took a big swig I quickly realized that it was in fact Grappa, which is a vodka made from grape stems. Shared a laugh with some new friends and learned an important lesson!
  • Great location for travel
  • Public Transportation is some of the best in the world
  • Amazing history
  • Not as scenic as other locations may be
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My Time in Milan with IES Abroad

Last semester, I had the incredible privilege of embarking on a transformative journey in Milan with IES Abroad. This experience profoundly broadened my perspective, enabling me to immerse myself in a new culture and forge meaningful connections. Studying in Milan proved to be a pivotal chapter in my life, reshaping my outlook and fostering a deep appreciation for the diverse experiences I've been fortunate to encounter, courtesy of IES. My heartfelt gratitude extends to their program for the invaluable opportunities it has provided.

Residing at the Collegio di Milano offered me the chance to engage with both Italian and international university students, enriching my educational venture. Throughout my time there, I delved into various disciplines such as Art History, Italian history, and Transcultural Psychology, while also delving into the intriguing rehabilitation model at Carcere di Bollate. The vibrant local culture further enhanced my academic pursuits, creating a truly immersive experience.

Beyond academia, my time in Milan allowed me to hone my Italian language skills and deepen my understanding of global history through travels to nine different countries. Each journey enriched my love for world history, leaving an indelible mark on my personal growth. As I reflect on this remarkable chapter, I am profoundly grateful to IES Abroad for facilitating this life-changing opportunity. The memories, friendships, and mentorships I've acquired serve as treasured souvenirs of an unforgettable experience.

21 people found this review helpful.
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IES Abroad best experience of my life

I spent Fall 2023 studying in Milan through IES Business Studies and it was the best experience of my life! I took two courses through IES Abroad and two courses at partner institution, Bocconi University. IES Abroad did a great job facilitating an easy transition for all students to their new home in Milan. It was an amazing opportunity to meet different people from various parts of the world, some who have become my closest friends. This was my first time away from home, which was one of my biggest fears regarding studying abroad, but IES made the adjustment very easy as I was constantly surrounded by support and any assistance if I needed it. This experience was the most amazing way to meet different people and diversify your perspectives in many different aspects. I gained a new sense of appreciation for cherishing the simple things in life, which is a big part of Italian culture and am so happy I could bring that new perspective back home with me. I became much more independent through navigating my new life abroad, but of course had the support of advisors and IES Abroad staff to help me along the way.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Personally, I would recommend branching out to as many different people possible. I study at Santa Clara University, where many students also studied abroad in Milan so it can be a trend to stick with peers from your home university, but I would strongly recommended meeting students from other universities and locals as well. I met the most amazing group of people from universities across the US, and even many who lived in Milan as well. I have two of my close friends who live in Milan and attend Bocconi University, visiting me now at Santa Clara. The friendships you make abroad are so special and I strongly recommended branching out to locals and students from different universities.
  • Meeting amazing people and making strong friendships
  • Gaining a strong sense of independence
  • Diversifying my perspectives on culture, travel, life, and academics
20 people found this review helpful.
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The time of my life!

I had the time of my life in Milan! I met some of my best friends and I am still in contact with them today. I took classes that were engaging and immersed me into the culture. I connected with IES Abroad staff and am still in contact with them. I had some of the best food and I took a cooking class to learn more about what ingredients/recipes are popular in which regions and why that is. Milan also has a big airport within a 1 hour train ride so I was able to travel every weekend (besides a couple I stayed in Milan) for pretty cheap. Hands down the best time of my life!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Book your top bucket list trips first but leave some weekends open so that you can travel with your new friends that you meet! I didn't book any trips beforehand. I really wanted to go to Greece but because I waited so long to book, the flights got really expensive and I didn't end up going to my top bucket list destination.
  • Amazing food
  • Great staff
  • Easy access to airport and train stations
  • Not a lot to do besides shopping and eating
21 people found this review helpful.
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Italy today review

As a student in the IES Milan program, I have some insights. First, the structure of the program was great. I arrived in Italy a few days before the program start day for fall 2023 with my family, just to get a feel of Italy. On the actual program day, I was met by two IES advisors at College di Milano (where I resided throughout the semester). They helped me put away my luggage, get integrated into Italian culture by taking my group out to different restaurants and set up my class schedule. I was also introduced to a group of other IES students that would become some of my closest friends throughout my stay in Italy. So when I say these mentors helped me throughout my stay...aaahhhh I appreciate them so much. I also like the way most classes were set up so that we had more free time to shop, go to museums, meet other IES students and explore Milan and beyond.

What was your funniest moment?
When I ordered a fridge that was too big for my room, and my IES spent two whole days to help me send it back, because I did--and still don't know--any Italian.
21 people found this review helpful.
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The Best Semester

I studied abroad in Milan to learn more about fashion. I love how I had the opportunity to be immersed into a hands-on environment to truly see what fashion is like. We went on field trips to Florence to see the Gucci Gardens and Feragamo Museum. We as well did field studies in Milan to see a variety of window displays and store interiors. It was a very exciting and educational experience.

I also met many friends abroad. I enjoyed traveling with them and going out each night. We loved to visit the Navigli for apreitvo (An Italian specialty).

  • Academics
  • Shopping
  • Night Life
49 people found this review helpful.
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Best Experience Ever!!

My study abroad in Milan was so so amazing. I got to see and experience that I never dreamed would be possible. I think that if I were to do it all over again and start from the beginning, I would still choose IES Milan a million times over. I actually went abroad by myself and I was so scared that I wasn’t going to make friends but with the orientation that IES held and the way they do housing, by the end of the first week I had made so many lifelong friends. IES has a class schedule where most weeks you don't have class on Friday’s so not only was I able to experience Italian culture, I was also able to travel to many different countries in the three months that I was in Europe. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who loves fashion, big cities, and pasta/pizza.

  • Food
  • Staff
  • Easy Travel
  • pick pocketing is veryyyyyy common
68 people found this review helpful.
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Best Program!!

Choosing IES Abroad Milan was the best decision I could've made! All of my classes were super intriguing (I was actually excited to go to class), the organized trips were fun and convenient, and everyone I met was super nice and supportive. Living in Milan was also much more convenient than I thought it would be -- access to other cities in Italy, as well as access to other countries in Europe was super easy. The food, the culture, the IES support system, and all of the fun activities that happen in Milan made my trip super worth it. You won't regret it if you choose IES Milan!

  • Support System
  • Healthcare access
  • Housing
71 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

For my particular program, there were a few different options for housing - homestay, apartment (with other American students), or Italian dormitory. I chose the Italian dorm, since I wanted to meet Italian students my age and be completely immersed in the language. I didn't have to worry about roommates, since I had a single room, but everyone shared the kitchen and other dorm facilities; it was...