Known as the business capital of Italy, Milan is the place to study abroad for Business majors. This great city is home to Italy’s main stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and famous international businesses like Giorgio Armani, Bugatti, and Pirelli. Our Business Studies Program allows you to take courses in Business, Finance, Marketing, Economics, and Banking at the top Italian universities.
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, or combine your coursework with a hands-on internship. Take a course in Italian economics at one of the top business schools in the world. All IES Abroad courses are taught by well-known experts in their fields, and are conducted in English. We also offer a guest lecture series and an extensive list of field study opportunities that help you learn more about the Italian business culture.
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.
Milan will also be your classroom. When you’re not in class or at your internship, discover why high-end designers want to be here and corporations conduct business here—everything you do will be part of your learning experience. Welcome to study abroad!
With an international internship, you’ll have hands-on work experience with major global companies like Ernst & Young and Cargill. Or, perhaps you’ll learn how to manage fashion and luxury brands in the city known for its couture fashion houses. No matter what internship you choose, the experience will not only be valuable to your study abroad experience, but to your career as well.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
For students enrolling ONLY in IES Abroad courses.
For students enrolling in partner institution courses.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses in Business, Italian Language, and Culture, along with a wide array of electives, taught by our world-class professors. Course options at prestigious local universities enhance not just what you learn, but how you learn it, and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. As a student in the Business Studies Program, you will have the option of taking courses at a number of renowned Italian universities.
You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
The IES Abroad Milan Business Studies program offers an exciting combination of academic opportunities. To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
For Business Studies students, IES Abroad will cover the cost of two courses at partner institutions in the total program cost. Any additional courses taken at partner institutions will come at an additional cost to the student. Students can choose to take a course at the following partner institutions:
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuorewww.unicattolica.it
With five campuses throughout Italy (Milano, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Roma, & Campobasso), Cattolica enrollment nears approximately 42,000 students. From 68 students in 1921 to the 30,000 currently enrolled, the Cattolica campus in Milan fosters a major academic community of 12 departments, 19 internal departments, and 35 research centers. Located in the old city center and founded in 1921, the Cattolica is one of the largest private universities in Europe.
Sample Courses at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore:
English-taught business courses:
Italian-taught business courses:
For further information on Italian-taught courses and to get an idea of what types of courses may be offered, click here. Choose the facoltà you are interested in, and you may see a list of courses for each laurea listed on the Guide delle Facoltà.
Location & Commute Time
The Università Cattolica, located in the old city center, occupies the former cloister of the medieval church of Saint Ambrose, Milan’s most famous basilica. It is also a short walk from Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church where Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is located. The surrounding neighborhood of winding, narrow streets blends with the Renaissance architecture of the Cattolica and its charming courtyards. The Cattolica campus is a short five-minute walk from the IES Abroad Milan Center.
Voted “number one worldwide in the specific category of value for money” by Forbes, Università Bocconi is one of the most prestigious European schools of Business, Economics, and Finance. You may apply to enroll in up to three courses each semester. Università Bocconi offers a wide range of English- and Italian-taught business courses, which are taught on a semester basis; thus, courses are available to both semester and academic-year students.
After acceptance to IES Abroad, you must complete additional steps to be eligible for admission to Bocconi.
Sample Courses at Università Bocconi:
Registration & Advising
Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Exact course availability is determined shortly before the start of each semester. For this reason, it will not be possible for you to officially register until your arrival in Milan.
While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market.
Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. Participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Placement depends upon availability, your background skills, your resume, and language ability.
We organize field study trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a better understanding of the Italian culture and society. Past field study excursions include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Milan, it will feel like home.
Homestays - A limited number of placements are available in Milanese homes. This is a priceless opportunity to learn about Italian families first-hand and engage directly with Italian culture.
You will have a private room at your homestay, where you will receive breakfast and dinner daily, and you can eat your other meals at the university cafeterias, bars, or restaurants. Commuting time from a typical homestay to the IES Abroad Milan Center can range from five to 30 minutes.
Apartments - Share a furnished apartment in the city with three to six students. These apartments are single-sex, and you generally share a bedroom with another student.
You can request to live with an Italian roommate who is either a college student or young working professional called a Community Assistant (CA). These assistants can help you with directions to scenic sites, lend a hand with Italian homework, share advice on the best places to go shopping, and offer many other useful hints and tips.
Not only do the Italian CAs live in roughly half of the apartments, but they also spend time at the IES Abroad Center answering questions and working for the program. If improving your Italian is your highest priority, you may also ask to live in an Italian-language only apartment.
Meals are not included, so you normally eat lunch at a local café or a university cafeteria, and prepare your own breakfast and dinner at home. Located on main public transportation routes near the Center, apartments are fully equipped with washing machines, Internet access, and other amenities.
Collegio di Milano - This residence for Italian and international honors students offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies. The facilities include a computer room, library, small gym, cafeteria, private park, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. Three meals are provided daily. Space is limited, and students are chosen by the Collegio based on academic merit. Because of the extra amenities, this option carries an additional fee. Visit their website for details.
Part of making you feel at home in Milan is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that prepares you, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a four-day orientation to get you familiar with the IES Abroad Milan staff, your fellow students, and the city of Milan. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
After orientation, you will participate in a two-week intensive language program designed to help you gain practical language skills and acclimate to the local environment. IES Abroad schedules several field studies and tours to introduce you to the history, culture, and surroundings of Milan.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Milan through cultural events, such as:
Although your adventure begins in Milan, our field trips take you to other great cities in Italy to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Milan. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.
1 Day | Fall
Don’t miss the beautiful city of Stresa, located on the shores of Lake Maggiore. It’s here you’ll take a ferry to the Borromean Islands to see enchanting houses and gardens of Isola Bella.
3 Days | Fall
Tour the Tuscany countryside and visit the medieval towns of Pienza, Siena, Montalcino, and Arezzo. Hear the Gregorian chant of the monks of Sant’Antimo Abbey and soak up the knowledge you will learn at the museum of wine.
4 Days | Fall
Experience the cradle of Western Civilization, the home of Magna Grecia, a unique place full of art, archeology, myth, history, folklore, and breathtaking sceneries. Visit baroque Catania, Europe’s highest active volcano, Etna; and the magical mountaintop town of Taormina.
3 Days | Spring
Dive into the culture and cuisine of Northern Italy with guided tours of Cremona, Parma, and Mantova.
3 Days | Spring
A charming town in the Alps is your destination for skiing, ice skating, and hiking on Europe’s highest mountain.
1 Day | Spring
Explore the Romanesque and Gothic heritage of Lombardy by visiting abbeys and castles located on the outskirts of Milan.
IES ABROAD MILAN
Via Carducci, 2620123 Milano, Italy
The IES Abroad Milan Center is located in the city’s bustling historic center, within walking distance of the Duomo, DaVinci's "Last Supper: and the Università Cattolica.
Want a peek inside the Center?! Take a look at blogger Jocelyn Wu's post "IES Center in Milan."
Roberto AndreoniIES Abroad Milan, Center Director
Roberto Andreoni holds a doctorate in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate degrees were earned at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and the Civica Scuuola di Musica Claudio Abbado. He previously served as the Director of the Civica in Milan. Dr. Andreoni is a Fulbright scholar and an active composer whose works are regularly performed and recorded. In addition to his responsibilities as Center Director, he also serves as the Music Coordinator for IES Abroad Milan.
IES Abroad Staff
Irene BaldoniAssistant Director
Laura CarreraInternship Coordinator
Luca BlumerStudent Affairs and Customized Program Specialist
Lorenza LazzariAcademic Assistant
Alessandra SpadaroAcademic Advisor
Manuela NigrelliHousing Coordinator
Anna SalandiniAccounting and Fiscal Administrator
Patrizio ArmeniLeading Across CulturesMasters in Economics & Finance, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome; Degree in Business Administration & Management, Luiss Guido Carli Univeristy, Rome; Research Fellow at Bocconi University, Milan
Marco CapovillaPhotographyDegree in Information Sciences, Università di Pisa; Doctorate from the Scuola Normale di Pisa; Researcher at the University of California – Berkeley
Laura CarreraInternship SeminarWorked for Hewlett-Packard for 16 years as Marketing Communication Specialist, responsible for magazines, catalogs and the Italian website. Now a Consultant in various areas: website start-up, stock exchange market, marketing communication, accounting, new media advertising, luxury merchandising. Degree in Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Anna CiardoDegree in Pedagogy and Education from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan; Diploma DITALS (Teaching Italian to Foreigners),Università per Stranieri di Siena
Silva CostanzoMusicologistDegree in Piano from the F. Dall’Abaco Conservatory in Verona, Degree in Music Ensemble from the Commission de Reconnaissance d’Experience des Ecoles Superieures des Arts, Professor at the Scuola Civica Milano.
Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Cattolica University in Milan, Assistant at Bucknell University, MA in Italian for Foreigners from Cattolica University in Milan
Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM), Milano; Professional Translator with a specialization in Insurance and Medicine
Enrico GirardiMusic History
Doctorate in Musicology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Degree in Modern Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Post-doctorate work at the Università Cattolica, Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi", and Accademia Internazionale della Musica, Milano; Music Critic for "Il Corriere della Sera"
Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan; PhD in Sociology from Univeristà degli Studi di Milano in Milan
Vocal CoachDegree in Piano and Harpsichord, Civica Scuola di Musica and Conservatorio “G.Verdi”, Milano
Sante MalettaItalian History
Doctorate in Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Roma; Degree in Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano; Lecturer, Philosophy, Università degli Studi della Calabria
Masters in Italian for Foreigners at Ca’ Foscari Venice, Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Degree in Philosophy, Università Statale, Milano; Professor of Graphics adn Digital-Virtual Design, IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), Milano
Kevin McManusArt History
Doctorate program at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Master’s in Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
MusicDegree in Literature from the University of Milan, Doctorate in Musicology from the University of Vienna, Associate Professor of Musicology and History of Music at the Universtiy of Genoa
Mara PerbelliniFilm Studies
Master’s in Screenwriting, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Degree in Letters and Philosophy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Founder of Studio metaphora, script development and consulting company
Art HistoryDoctorate in Art Criticism History, Università degli Studi di Milano
Liat RogelSocial Innovation and Sustainability
Doctoral program at Politecnico di Milano; Master’s in Service Design, Politecnico di Milano
Rocco RonzaPolitical Science, Sociology
Doctorate in Sociology and Social Research, Università degli Studi di Trento; Degree in Political Science, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Professor, Centro Interuniversitario Italiano, Pàsmàny Peter Catholic University, Budapest and the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Maria SepaItalian Literature
PhD in Italian Literature, Brown University; Degree in Letters, Università degli Studi di Roma; Consultant, Bompiani publishing company, Milano
Degree in Modern Letters, Università Cattolica di Milano; Diploma DITALS (Teaching Italian to Foreigners),Università per Stranieri di Siena; Master’s in Italian, Università Cattolica di Milano; Doctoral Program in Linguistics, Università Cattolica, Milano
Francesco TanzilliItalian Politics
Doctorate in History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Degree in History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Visiting Scholar, Notre Dame University and New York University
Degree in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi di Milano; Music consultant and publisher
Doctorate in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy, Scuola di Psicoterapia psicoanalitica (IPA), Milano; Degree in Clinical Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova; Degree in Applied Linguistics, Institute of Linguists of London; Director, International Studio of Mental Health, Milan Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyist
Patrizia ZanardiVoiceSoprano - Extensive international performances, Diploma Conservatorio "G. Verdi" Torino, Cum Laude, M.A Verdi's Repertoire, Conservatorio "G. Nicolini" Piacenza, Cum Laude, M.A Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music, Conservatorio "G. Nicolini" Piacenza, Cum Laude, Voice Prof. Conservatorio "G. Frescobaldi" Ferrara.
Donatella ZappieriManaging Fashion and Luxury Companies, International Business
Degree in Foreign Languages (English and French), Geneva University; PR manager and design director
Antonio ZottiPolitical Science
Masters in Political Theory from The London School of Economics and Political Science; PhD in Politics and Institutions from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Who else will you see around the Center? The Italian Community Assitants, or CAs. Check out some of our goofiest CAs in their video as they welcome you to Milano!