Ciao! Pack your bags and get ready to indulge your creative side in this modern city, known for its world-class art, architecture, design, and fashion. Absorb all that Milan has to offer through IES Abroad Milan’s wide variety of courses and internships.
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. The courses are taught by highly qualified experts in their fields. You can also take courses at a local university—maybe you’ll even make some Italian friends while you’re at it.
Milan will also 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. Welcome to study abroad!
We want you to feel at home in Milan. We invite you to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy through extensive learning opportunities around the city, by attending guest lecture series and classes at local universities, and going to social events and activities planned for you and your fellow students throughout the semester.
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.
You take 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
You are also placed in a required Italian language course tailored to your proficiency level. 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:
Courses for Beginning and Intermediate levels include:
Courses for Advanced level include:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
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 Italy Today students, IES Abroad will cover the cost of one course at a partner institution 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, the Cattolica is one of the largest private universities in Europe.
A variety of English-taught Business courses are offered; past courses have included:
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.
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 5-minute walk from the IES Abroad Milan Center.
Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicoccawww.unimib.it/go/102/Home/English
Bicocca is a state university that was officially created in 1998 as a sciences-oriented part of the original Università degli Studi di Milano.
Assistantship and Courses
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.
Location & Commute Time
The University is located in the northern part of the city. The commute time from Bicocca to the IES Abroad Center is approximately 30 minutes.
Istituto di Moda Burgohttp://www.imb.it/en/courses/short.html
For students interested in pursuing options in Fashion Design, a limited number of courses are available at the Istituto di Moda Burgo, a local and well-known school of fashion design. The Istituto di Moda Burgo developed from the increasing professionalization of the fashion design world in Italy.
Courses at Moda Burgo are taught in both Italian and English on a semester or academic year basis. There is no entrance exam but you must show sufficient aptitude for the subject during an interview with the instructor, who makes the final admissions decision. You may choose to study either of these areas, but not both:
Benefit from the one-on-one attention students receive from instructors in workshop-format courses.
Location & Commute Time
The Moda Burgo is located in east central Milan in the Piazza San Bablia. You can reach the Milan Center from the Istituto di Moda Burgo in 15 minutes by walking across Central Milan.
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. Once on-site, you are given a comprehensive course catalog as soon as it is made available from the IES Abroad 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.
Placement examples include:
The internship is complemented by a 3-credit seminar that offers contextual support to your practical work experience in the European setting.
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 numbers of 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 will have a private room at your homestay and you will receive breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy your other meals at university cafeterias, bars, or restaurants.
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 one of the university cafeterias 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 additional 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 familiarize you with the IES Abroad Milan staff and your fellow students. 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 participate in a two-week intensive language program designed to help beginning-level students gain practical language skills and to acclimatize them to the local environment. IES Abroad schedules several field studies and tours to introduce you to the history, culture, and districts 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!