From ancient Ambrosian Chants to cutting-edge multi-media installations, Italy has always been at the forefront of musical innovation. 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.
Whether you’re fluent in Italian or you can only say ciao, you are welcomed with open arms by the IES Abroad Milan Center staff. 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, the Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra (spring only), and La Verdi Symphonic Choir.
In Milan, you get an education tailored specifically to your musical needs and interests. Enjoy being surrounded by some of the world’s top musicians and educators—including the Center Director who is an active composer and music scholar whose pieces are performed worldwide!
Milan will be your classroom. Envision yourself catching an opera at La Scala or working as an apprentice with some of the top musicians in the world. You can work with an instructor who can help you hone and develop your area of study, immerse yourself in the operatic tradition, play in an ensemble, and take courses in music theory or history at one of IES Abroad’s partner institutions.
We also help you with instrument rentals and studio time arrangements in Milan. You are invited to attend performances on a regular basis, from productions at La Scala to smaller concerts at intimate venues throughout the city. You can even enroll in a music internship, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning. We want you to feel at home in Milan, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city.From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
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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.
While in Milan, you are placed in classes and ensembles to enhance not just what you learn, but how you learn it, and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. Milan features many highly-qualified local instructors for both voice and instrumental performance, composition, and theory to enrich your learning experience.
Also, you may use concert venues for recitals, and attend concerts and rehearsals of professional performance organizations such as La Scala, Milano Classica, La Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Italian musical productions. In addition, we help you with instrument rentals and studio time arrangements—all rental costs will be covered by IES Abroad.
You must take 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits 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:
The cost of all music-related lessons and partner institution courses in included in the program fee.
In recent years, our music students have worked with more than 60 top Milanese faculty and ensembles. This program offers a full range of high-level music options including:
Instrumental Performance: (All Instruments)
Music Theory and Composition
Private Instrument and Voice Instruction
Past students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles
Composition, Music Theory and TechnologyPast students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles
Music HistoryPast students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles
Ensembles and ChoirsPast students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles
Based on level and language ability, IES Abroad places each student with some of the best teachers in the country for both individual instruction and ensemble work. Most of these teachers currently work for prestigious institutions like the orchestra of La Scala, top Italian conservatories and universities, as well as private academies.
In rare cases, students may have to stay in Milan for final performances. IES Abroad allows students to remain in their housing through the day following their last exam or performance.
For Music: Tradition and Innovation students, IES Abroad will cover the cost of all music-related courses at partner institutions in the total program cost. Any additional non-music courses taken at partner institutions will come at an additional cost to the student.
Our Milan Music Program allows you to take courses at the best music institutions in Milan. The institutions that most frequently welcome U.S. semester and full-year students are:
Fondazione Milano "Civica Scuola di Musica"www.fondazionemilano.eu/musica
The largest private music school in Italy, the Scuola Civica di Musica includes schools of:
Our Music Coordinator may arrange for you to tak instrumental technique and performance classes here, as well as English-taught composition, theory, or history course.
Based on the number of contact hours, you earn 2-3 credits per course for instruction, private lessons, and ensemble work. Either audio or video files/web links are required with the application. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English.
Conservatorio G. Verdi
Founded in 1807, the Conservatorio G. Verdi is the largest music school in Italy, enrolling 2,000 students each year. Some of Italy’s most famous musicians have graduated from or taught at the Conservatorio. Individual instruction may be arranged with faculty from the Conservatorio, based on your skill level.
Based on the number of contact hours, you earn 2-3 credits per course for instruction, private lessons, and ensemble work. Either audio or video files/web links are required with the music application.
Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra: String Orchestra Assistantship (Spring only)
The string orchestra assistantship is designed to offer undergraduate string performers the opportunity to enhance their orchestral practice of both early Baroque and Classical repertoire, including relevant chamber music literature when applicable. Music students also increase their performance skills and are introduced to performance practice with original instruments. Milano Classica, a renowned chamber orchestra that has been active on the professional Milanese scene since 1992, welcomes U.S. college students to participate in their concert season at the beautiful Palazzina Liberty Hall.
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.
IES Abroad Milan organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Italian culture and society.
IES Abroad co-sponsors attendance at concerts and rehearsals of professional performance organizations, such as La Scala, La Verdi, and Milano Classica. Some past examples include:
Other past course-related excursions included:
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. Meet with the music Coordinator to review the music courses and activities that IES Abroad Milan has prepared for you.
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. You also meet and begin working with your tutors, teachers, and ensembles during informal auditions.
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.