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.
You must take 15-19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credit unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in Italian, and all other courses are taught in English or Italian.
Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
IES Abroad Global Leadership CertificateIf you’re interested in global leadership studies, you can earn the IES Abroad Leadership Certificate by (1) enrolling in the core Leadership course (IB/IR393); (2) engaging in an internship or independent leadership project; and (3) submitting a final portfolio of your leadership work at the end of the term. When you successfully complete all components, you will receive a certificate.
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.
Enrolling in a partner institution course is a great way to meet Italians and experience the Italian edication system first-hand. As a student in the Business Studies program, two business-related partner institution courses are included in the program cost, provided that you meet the institution's requirements. Any additional enrollments after the first two courses or non-business-related enrollments will carry an additional fee.
All partner institution courses are worth 3 credits, unless otherwise stated. Specific course listings and descriptions are not available on the institutions' websites until shortly before the beginning of the term and may be updated frequently. The IES Abroad staff will assist you with this process.
Choose from the following partner institutions in Milan:
Università Commerciale Luigi BocconiBusiness, Economics & ManagementVoted “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. Università Bocconi offers a wide range of English- and Italian-taught business, economics, finance and management courses.
After acceptance to IES Abroad, you must complete additional steps to be eligible for admission to Bocconi.
Università degli Studi di Milano - UNIMI (Statale)
Liberal Arts, Humanities, & Social SciencesThe public University of Milan - UNIMI, also known as “Statale,” is one of the largest universities in Europe, with more than 65,000 students enrolled and more than 2,000 faculty members. The University’s departments are housed in important historic buildings in the center of Milan and in modern building in the area known as Città Studi (City of Studies.) Both Italian- and English-taught courses are available.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Liberal Arts, Humanities & Social Scienceswww.unicattolica.it
Founded in 1921, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is located in the old city center in the former ancient monastery of Saint Ambrose. It is also one of the largest private universities in Europe. 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 5-minute walk from the IES Abroad Milan Center.
A variety of English-taught courses are offered in the international department. For a sample course listing, please see the Cattolica website. please note that course offerings will change each semester.
Italian-taught courses are available in the following disciplines:
Most courses in the departments of Foreign Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Economics, Psychology and Education Sciences are semester courses. Most courses in the departments of Law, Sociology, and Political Science are offered on an academic-year basis. 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.
Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca
Natural Sciences, Physics & Mathwww.unimib.it/go/102/Home/English
Located in the northern part of the city, the Bicocca is a state university that was officially created in 1998 as a sciences-oriented part of the original Università degli Studi di Milano. Courses in Italian and English are available to students with a major or minor in Natural Sciences, Physics, or Math. Even if you have no previous study of Italian, you can participate in a unique science research assistantship at the Bicocca. Past students have assisted in the departments of Biology, Microbiology, and Experimental Medicine. In addition to serving as a lab assistant for 10 hours each week, you conduct independent research that is supervised by a member of the lab. You receive 3 credits for the combined research and independent study. Students with advanced Italian can take courses in the Natural and Social Sciences.
Istituto di Moda Burgo
Fashion & Designhttp://www.imb.it/en/courses/short.html
Students interested in pursuing options in fashion may enroll in a limited number of courses at the Istituto di Moda Burgo, a local and well-known school of fashion. Courses are taught in both Italian and English on a semester or academic year basis. You may select from courses in two categories:
Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.
Participating in an internship abroad helps you:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.
Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.
We organize course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a better understanding of the Italian culture and society. Past course-related 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.
Share a furnished apartment located in a safe and lively district with three to six IES Abroad students. These apartments are single-sex, and you generally share a bedroom with another student. Single rooms in an apartment carry an additional fee.
Apartment life is enhanced by a live-in Italian roommate called a Community Assistant (CA). These assistants can help you improve your Italian language skills, get to know the city of Milan, and integrate more fully into the local culture. The Italian CAs also spend time at the IES Abroad Center answering your questions and working for the program. If improving your Italian is your priority, you may request 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 offer fully-equipped kitchens, Internet access, a dishwasher, a washing marchine, and other amenities.
Placements are available in Milanese homes throughout the city. This is a priceless opportunity to learn about Italian families first-hand and engage directly with Italian culture.
You have a private room at your homestay and receive breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy your other meals at university cafeterias, bars, or restaurants.
Commuting time from a typical homestay to the IES Abroad Milan Center can range from five to 30 minutes.
Residence Hall - Collegio di Milano
Proficient and outgoing students may find their ideal housing at Collegio di Milano, a residence for Italian and international honors students that 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.
Breakfast and dinner are provided daily and lunch is provided on weekends. Space is limited, and students are chosen by the Collegio based on academic merit. 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 help you become familiar with the IES Abroad Milan staff and your fellow students. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation.
After orientation, you participate in a three-week intensive language program designed to help you gain practical language skills and to acclimate you to the local environment. IES Abroad schedules several excursions and tours to introduce you to the history, culture, and districts of Milan.
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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Milan through cultural events, such as:
Even though your adventure starts in Milan, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Possible destinations include:
Alps Ski Trip
3 Days | SpringA charming town in the Alps is your destination for skiing, ice skating, and hiking in Europe’s highest mountain range.
1 Day | Fall
Don’t miss the beautiful city of Stresa, located on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Take a ferry to the Borromean Islands to see enchanting houses and gardens of Isola Bella.
1 Day | SpringExplore the Romanesque and Gothic heritage of Lombardy by visiting abbeys and castles located on the outskirts of Milan.
3 Days | SpringDive into the music, culture, and cuisine of Northern Italy with guided tours of Cremona, Parma, and the Ferrari cars production facility.
4 Days | FallExperience 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 | 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.
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!