Milan comes to life in the early summer, when the Milanese and tourists alike enjoy the architecture, sidewalk cafés, shops, street artists, open-air cinema, outdoor concerts, and the special sense of beauty and fashion that make Milan famous around the world. As one of only a few American programs in Milan, we offer you the opportunity to integrate into the daily life of Italy’s most creative city.
From May to October 2015, the city of Milan will host the World Expo of 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Take full advantage of Milan with course-related excursions designed to complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society. From visiting the spectacular infrastructure created for the World Expo of 2015 to surveying Italian design and fashion, you’ll explore the innovative nature of this city.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
Enroll in a 3-credit Italian language course and a 3-credit area studies course for a total of 6 credits. Placement in the Italian language course is determined by an online predeparture language
assessment. Disciplines 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.
IES Abroad Milan organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Italian culture and society.
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.
The furnished apartments are single-sex and typically house three to six IES Abroad students (possibly with an Italian roommate). Meals are not provided but apartments offer fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers. Internet access and a washing machine are provided and apartments are located close to public transportation.
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 two-day orientation program includes a day-long tour of Milan and will introduce you to the staff, students, IES Abroad policies, and daily life in Milan. Orientation sessions include:
The Milan staff organizes optional field trips to places of historical and cultural interest during the summer program.
In the past, students have traveled to:
Field trips, excluding some meals and local transportation, are included in the program fee.
About the Center
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 del Sacro Cuore.
Want a peek inside the Center?! Take a look at blogger Jocelyn Wu's post "IES Center in Milan."
For more than 17 years, Roberto Andreoni has been the Director of the Milan program. Dr. Andreoni holds a doctorate in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his undergraduate degrees at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and the Civica Scuola di Musica. He has previously served as the director of the Civica Scuola di Musica in Assago and Milan. Dr. Andreoni is an internationally recognized composer whose works are regularly performed, published, and recorded. When Dr. Andreoni isn’t busy directing the Milan program, he also serves as the Music Coordinator for IES Abroad Milan and is a professor of Composition at the Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni in Bari. During Fall 2010, he was the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for Music and Italian Studies at Scripps College.
IES Abroad Milan Staff
Irene BaldoniAssistant Director
Luca BlumerStudent Affairs and Customized Program Specialist
Laura CarreraInternship Coordinator
Emanuela FerriAcademic Assistant
Manuela NigrelliHousing Coordinator
Anna SalandiniAccounting and Fiscal Administrator
Alessandra SpadaroAcademic Advisor
Who else will you see around the Center? The Italian Community Assistants, or CAs. Check out some of our goofiest CAs in their video as they welcome you to Milano!
IES Abroad Milan Faculty
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.
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.
Frederico Della BellaBusinessMBA, MIP Politecnico di Milano; Business professional in China MBA Program Exchange, School of Economics & Management, Beijing, China; MS in Telecommunications Engineering, Politecnico di Milano; Degree in professional photography, CFP Bauer, Milano
Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, 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 Bologna, Sommerhochschule Diploma from the University of Vienna, Associate Professor of Musicology and History of Music at the University 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
Francesca PolaArt & LiteraturePhD in Contemporary Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Master's in Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Degree in Italian Modern Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Art HistoryDoctorate in Art Criticism History, Università degli Studi di Milano
Liat RogelSocial Innovation and Sustainability
ABD 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
Carlotta SoffiantiniItalianPhD in Linguistics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; Master’s in 'Teaching Italian as Second Language', Università Cattolica, Milano; Diploma DITALS 'Teaching Italian to Foreigners', Università per Stranieri di Siena; Degree in Italian Modern Literature, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Simona StanisciaVisual CommunicationArt director and graphic designer freelance; Master of Arts in Graphic Design, London College of Communication, UAL- University of Arts London; Degree in Letters and Philosophy, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna.
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 ZanardiVoiceRenowned international performer; Cum Laude Diploma Conservatorio "G. Verdi" Torino; 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" of 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