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  • Milan, Italy
Why Milan?

Known as the business capital of Italy, Milan is the place to study abroad for Business majors. Home to Italy’s stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and famous global companies like Giorgio Armani, Bugatti, and Pirelli, Milan offers a dynamic international business setting.

What You'll Study

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. All IES Abroad area studies courses are taught by experts in their fields, and are conducted in English. We also offer a guest lecture series and an extensive list of course-related excursions that help you learn more about the Italian business culture. Round out your study abroad education with a required Italian language course that is tailored to your skill level.

Our Business Studies Program allows you to take courses in Business, Finance, Marketing, Economics, and Management taught by faculty from the local Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi and Politecnico di Milano. Choose to enroll in a course at a local university—such as the AACSB- and EQUIS- accredited Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, one of the top business schools in the world—and learn about international business alongside Italian and international students.

Take an elective course in Art History, Political Science, or Photography to create a diverse course load, or combine your coursework with an internship. Through an optional internship, you will gain hands-on work experience, from business and consulting firms to fashion and luxury brands. No matter what internship you have, the experience will not only be valuable to your study abroad experience, but to your career as well.

Daily Life

Milan will 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. Take full advantage of Milan with course-related excursions designed to compliment 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, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian business culture, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city.

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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Why Milan?

Known as the business capital of Italy, Milan is the place to study abroad for Business majors. Home to Italy’s stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and famous global companies like Giorgio Armani, Bugatti, and Pirelli, Milan offers a dynamic international business setting.

What You'll Study

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. All IES Abroad area studies courses are taught by experts in their fields, and are conducted in English. We also offer a guest lecture series and an extensive list of course-related excursions that help you learn more about the Italian business culture. Round out your study abroad education with a required Italian language course that is tailored to your skill level.

Our Business Studies Program allows you to take courses in Business, Finance, Marketing, Economics, and Management taught by faculty from the local Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi and Politecnico di Milano. Choose to enroll in a course at a local university—such as the AACSB- and EQUIS- accredited Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, one of the top business schools in the world—and learn about international business alongside Italian and international students.

Take an elective course in Art History, Political Science, or Photography to create a diverse course load, or combine your coursework with an internship. Through an optional internship, you will gain hands-on work experience, from business and consulting firms to fashion and luxury brands. No matter what internship you have, the experience will not only be valuable to your study abroad experience, but to your career as well.

Daily Life

Milan will 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. Take full advantage of Milan with course-related excursions designed to compliment 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, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian business culture, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city.

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.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 institutions 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 Italian language course (required, 4 or 6 credits)
  • English-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Business-related courses (in English or Italian) at partner institutions (optional, credits vary)
  • Internship and seminar (3 credits)
  • Service learning placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits each)
  • IES Abroad Italy Today Program elective courses (optional, 3 credits each)

Please note that some courses have prerequisites.

Courses

This is a full list of courses offered in Milan. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings for your term in your MyIESabroad account. The final course list for each term will depend on faculty availability, students interested in each course, and discipline diversity. 

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.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 325 - The State of The Art: Contemporary Italian Artists From 1945 to Present Fall, Spring English 3
AH 340 - Cracking the Code: Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance Art in Milan, 1400-1550 Fall, Spring English 3
Art
Course Name Term Language Credits
AR/CM 260 - Multimedia and Interactive Communication for Art: Italian Case Studies Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
AR/CM 260 - Multimedia and Interactive Communication for Art: Italian Case Studies Fall, Spring English 3
CM 215 - Multi-Platform Visual Storytelling Fall, Spring English 3
CM 325 - TV, Communication & Media in Milan Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/IT 370 - Italian Conversation: Culture and Cuisine of Italy Fall, Spring Italian 3
Design - All Types
Course Name Term Language Credits
DS 223 - Italian Design: Theory and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES/SO 330 - Social Innovation: Strategies of Social and Environmental Sustainability Fall, Spring English 3
Entrepreneurship
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB/ET 361 - Business Plan for Startups: Italian Case Studies Fall, Spring English 3
Finance
Course Name Term Language Credits
FI 356 - International Financial Markets and Investments Fall, Spring English 3
FI 373 - Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance Fall, Spring English 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 330 - The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: In Between Authors and Genres Fall English 3
FS 340 - The Cinema of Milan: An Overview from Post-World War II Until Today (Italian-taught) Spring Italian 3
GS/FS 325 - Gender in Italian Cinema from Fascism to the Third Millennium Fall, Spring Italian 3
Gender Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
GS/FS 325 - Gender in Italian Cinema from Fascism to the Third Millennium Fall, Spring Italian 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 311 - The Great Age of Italian Cities from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance Fall English 3
HS 330 - Never Give In! Fascism, Anti-Semitism and Resistance in Italy, 1922-1948 Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB 326 - Principles of Marketing Management formerly IB 326 Marketing Management Fall, Spring English 3
IB 355 - Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies Fall, Spring English 3
IB 375 - Strategic Management Fall, Spring English 3
IB/ET 361 - Business Plan for Startups: Italian Case Studies Fall, Spring English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Italian
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/IT 370 - Italian Conversation: Culture and Cuisine of Italy Fall, Spring Italian 3
IT 101 - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Formerly IT100 Beginning Italian) Fall, Spring Italian 6
IT 102 - Italian Language in Context: Novice Abroad II (Formerly IT 150 Advanced Beginning Italian) Fall, Spring Italian 6
IT 105 - Italian Conversation: Speaking with Style Fall, Spring Italian 3
IT 301 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Formerly IT 200 Intermediate Italian) Fall, Spring Italian 6
IT 351 - Italian Language in Context: Independent Abroad II (formerly IT 250 Advanced Intermediate Italian) Fall, Spring Italian 6
IT 401 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Formerly IT300 Advanced Italian I) Fall, Spring Italian 6
IT 403 - Italian Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III (formerly IT 350 Advanced Italian II) Fall, Spring Italian 4
IT 451 - Italian Language in Context: Competent Abroad III (formerly IT 400 Advanced Italian) Fall, Spring Italian 4
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 311A - Literature and the City Fall, Spring English 3
LT 311B - Literature and the City (Italian-taught) Fall, Spring Italian 3
LT 328 - Investigating the Mafia in Literature, Cinema, and the Media Fall, Spring English 3
Music
Course Name Term Language Credits
MS 350 - History of Italian Opera Fall English 3
MS 360 - Staging Italian Opera (formerly Tutti all'Opera) Fall, Spring English 3
MS 375 - Music Performance Workshop Fall, Spring English 3
MS 381 - Music Theory Fall, Spring English 3
MS 382 - Composition Seminar Fall English 3
MS 385 - Giuseppe Verdi: Melodrama and Italian Identity Fall, Spring English 3
MS 390 - Workshop in Practice and Performance for Strings Spring English 4
VO/MS 391 - Individual Performance Studies Fall, Spring English 3
Photography
Course Name Term Language Credits
PG 300 - Photography: A Critical Introduction Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/SO 342 - The EU and the Process of European Integration Spring English 3
Psychology
Course Name Term Language Credits
PS 340 - Italian and American Approaches to Mental Health: A Comparative Study of the Bio-Psycho-Social Model Fall, Spring English 3
PS 360 - Transcultural Psychology: An International Perspective of Clinical and Diagnostic Challenges in the Assessment and Treatment of Culturally Diverse Patients Spring English 3
Research Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
RE 499 - Online Research Methods Seminar Fall, Spring English 1
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL 395 - Service Learning Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES/SO 330 - Social Innovation: Strategies of Social and Environmental Sustainability Fall, Spring English 3
PO/SO 342 - The EU and the Process of European Integration Spring English 3
Voice Performance
Course Name Term Language Credits
VO/MS 391 - Individual Performance Studies Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

Enrolling in a partner institution course is a great way to meet Italians and experience the Italian education 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. 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 the partner institution enrollment process.

Choose from the following partner institutions in Milan:

  • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
  • Milano Fashion Institute (MFI)
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca
  • Istituto di Moda Burgo

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Business, Economics & Management

http://www.unibocconi.eu/

Voted “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. The Università Bocconi also has AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. Università Bocconi offers a wide range of English- and Italian-taught business, economics, finance and management courses, which are taught on a semester basis

After acceptance to IES Abroad, you must complete additional steps to be eligible for admission to Bocconi:

  • Bring an official, sealed transcript, issued by your home university, to Milan.
  • Complete an online application for Bocconi prior to arrival in Milan. Course selection can still be modified once on-site. This application is released in mid-July for fall students and early to mid-November for spring students.

Milano Fashion Institute (MFI)

Fashion (spring only)

http://www.milanofashioninstitute.com/

For students interested in pursuing options in Fashion, a limited number of courses are available at the Milano Fashion Institute, an inter-university consortium founded by three Italian Universities: Università Bocconi, Politecnico di Milano and Università Cattolica. While the Politecnico faculty teach classes that explore the design, style and materials-related aspects of the fashion industry, the Bocconi faculty teach classes that study the marketing, economics, branding, financial aspects of the fashion business and the Cattolica faculty focus on the sociological as well as communication trends connected to all fashion-related phenomena.

Courses are taught in English and are offered in the spring semester only. Course topics include fabrics & materials, product design, experience & store design, buying and visual merchandising, and fashion press & PR.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Liberal Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

www.unicattolica.it

FFounded 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:

  • Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance & Insurance
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • Language & Literature
  • Education Sciences and Sociology (Educational Sociology)
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Humanities & Philosophy
  • International Economy and Relations
  • Law & Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences & Social Services

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.

Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca

Natural Sciences, Physics & Math

www.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. Furthermore, eligible students can take part in science lab research teams (together with Italian graduate students), supervised by a graduate Italian researcher. 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 & Design

http://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:

  • Fashion Design - Jewelry Design, Men’s Wear, Women’s Wear, Children’s Wear, Beach Wear, Underwear, Theater Costume, Accessories and Shoe Design
  • Pattern Making - Computer Cad-Cam, Pattern Making, Men’s Wear, Women’s Wear, Children’s Wear, Beachwear, Underwear, Wedding Dress

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Milan is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Milan, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service learning placement consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and research on the issues of your host community.

IES Abroad Milan partners with the local city government’s immigration department to provide a range of service learning opportunities from working to grant asylum to immigrants to developing job-training programs.

Field Trips & Events

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. Here are a few possible destinations:

Sicily

3 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 scenery. Visit baroque Catania; Europe’s highest active volcano, Etna; and the magical mountaintop town of Taormina.

Tuscany

3 Days | Fall

Tour the Tuscany countryside and visit the medieval towns of Pisa, Siena, and Montalcino. Hear the Gregorian chant of the monks of Sant’Antimo Abbey and savor unique wine and cheese while admiring the Tuscan countryside.

Alps Ski Trip

3 Days | Spring

A charming town in the Alps is your destination for skiing in Europe’s highest mountain range.

Culture & Cuisine of Northern Italy

3 Days | Spring

Dive into the music, culture, and cuisine of Northern Italy with guided tours of Cremona and its violin makers, Parma and its parmesan cheese factory, and a family run agriturismo for dinner.

Secrets of Hidden Lombardy

1 Day | Spring

Explore the Romanesque and Gothic heritage of Lombardy by visiting abbeys and castles located in the Lombardy region.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Excursions

We organize course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a better understanding of the Italian culture and society. Possible course-related trips may include:

  • Sit in on IES Abroad Milan’s prestigious guest lecture series with noted local scholars and public figures.
  • Study the works and projects of Leonardo da Vinci, then see his painting, “The Last Supper.”
  • Visit the headquarters of Italian daily newspapers (Corriere della Sera and Gazzetta dello Sport) and attend a TV show taping (Mediaset).

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

The program begins with a short orientation to help you become 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.

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.

Get to Know Your New City

Climb the Duomo

After you’ve explored this spectacular Gothic cathedral, make your way to the top of the Dome for the best views of the city.

Meet People & Get Involved

Make friends with Community Assistants, local university students who help you get to know Milan.

Enjoy the Milanese Aperitivo

Happy hour in Milan means, when you buy a drink, you get dinner for free!

Cheer On A.C. Milan

Catch a professional football match at San Siro stadium.

Travel!

Embrace Milan’s central location with weekend trips to nearby destinations.

Housing

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

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 or shared 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 40 minutes.

Apartments

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.

Some apartments are also shared with 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 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, and a washing machine.

Collegio di Milano - Residence Hall

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, security system, kitchenette, and an auditorium for special cultural programs.

Breakfast and dinner are provided daily and lunch is available on weekends. Space is limited and students are chosen by the Collegio based on academic merit. Because of the extra amenities, this option carries an additional fee.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Milan through cultural events, such as:

  • Attending business-related guest lectures and excursions
  • Participating in language exchange with native Italian speakers
  • Attending performances at Teatro Alla Scala Opera House
  • Going to soccer games
  • Visiting museums, sporting events, and local fairs sponsored by Italian peers
  • Taking cooking lessons

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $14,150 $3,610 $230 $17,990


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$14,150
$25,455
$3,610
$7,220
$230
$455
$17,990
$33,130

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.