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 variety of performances.
Whether you’re fluent in Italian or you can only say ciao, you’ll be welcomed with open arms by the IES Abroad Milan Center staff. At the Center, you will find a program with a full range of opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and performance majors, in partnership with both the Civica Scuola di Musica, the Conservatorio G. Verdi, and the Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra (spring only).
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 also 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. Welcome to your life as a study abroad student in Milan!
At IES Abroad, we want you to make the most out of your time in Milan. You are paired with an instructor who can help you hone and develop your area of study, have the chance to 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. You are invited to attend performances on a regular basis, from productions at La Scala to smaller concerts at intimate venues throughout the city.
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 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 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, La Verdi, Milano Classica, and Italian musical productions. In addition, we will help you with instrument rentals and studio time arrangements—all rental costs will be covered by IES Abroad.
You take 15–19 credit hours 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.
You create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
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
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. Students can choose to take a course at the following partner institutions:
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:
A music application and audition audio file or video file/weblink are required, and private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English.
If you don’t have experience with the Italian language, you may enroll in technique and performance classes. Advanced Italian is required for theory courses, although some English-taught theory courses may be arranged as an independent study. Based on the number of contact hours, you earn 2-3 credits per course for instruction, private lessons, and ensemble work.
Location & Commute Time
The Scuola Civica di Musica is located near the Piazza Firenze, which is north of the city center, about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from the IES Abroad Milan Center. The commute time from the Scuola Civica di Musica to the Milan Center is approximately a 40 minute walk or 15-20 minutes by metro.
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, or you may apply for full instruction.
Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra: String Orchestra Assistantship
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 will also increase their performance skills and introduce them 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.
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 your background, your resume, and language ability.
IES Abroad Milan organizes field study trips 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 field 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.
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 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 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 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!