Milan, Italy

Fashion Design & Merchandising

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning, Part-Time Internship
Length:
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance

Housing:

Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall

Credits:

15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:

English, Italian

Language Prerequisites:

None

Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:

Yes

About the Program

Our Fashion Design & Merchandising Program offers a holistic fashion experience. Encounter the sources of global trends in business, design, tailoring, fabrics and materials, modeling, and marketing. Learn about the business of fashion from local experts and professors from the best universities in Milan. Join the Milanese design and tailoring scene through practicum courses at professional fashion institutes offering hands-on lessons in clothing and accessory creation.

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Study at a Partner University

Take courses at one of our many partner universities.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Enroll in a fashion-related internship and seminar.

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Follow Your Academic Interests

Diversify your fashion studies with an elective course.

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Live with Local Students or Families

Live in a homestay, residence hall, or apartment.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 20 - May 10

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

Advisor Photo for Group Advisor Programs

Kaylee Brezinski & Rachael Grochowski

Once you’ve applied for a program, one of us will be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, we're here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️ study@IESabroad.org

About the Destination

Why Milan?

Fashion is in the air in Milan. As one of the “big four” fashion capitals (along with London, New York, and Paris), Milan is home to many high-end fashion houses such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and many others; and nearly all of the “big names” are represented. Prepare to be inspired by the Milanese standards of elegance and obsession with style—from the runway to the street.

Learn More About Milan

Get to Know Your New City

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Climb the Duomo

Make your way to the top for the best views of the city.

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Meet People & Get Involved

Make friends with Community Assistants.

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Enjoy the Milanese Aperitivo

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

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Root for Local Teams

Cheer on A.C. Milan and Inter Milan!

The Student Experience

A picture of Duomo Di Milano captured during my first week here
Astha Dave,

India- Bahrain- Rome- Milan

I love traveling alone, and just exploring the city by myself, so I knew Milan would be the place for me. With my love for fashion, and staring at cute shops...

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Housing

  • Apartment
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall

Apartment

Share a furnished apartment located in a safe and lively district with three to six IES Abroad students. Located on main public transportation routes, apartments are within a 40-minute commute to the Center, and each apartment offers fully equipped kitchens, Internet access, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. These apartments are single-sex, and you generally share a bedroom with another student. Single rooms in an apartment carry an additional cost. Apartment life is often 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. 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.

Academics