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  • Milan, Italy
Why Milan?

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.

What You'll Study

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 and Orchestra.

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!

Daily Life

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. From viting the spectacular infrastructure created for the World Expo of 2015, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian art and music culture, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city.

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-related 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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Why Milan?

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.

What You'll Study

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 and Orchestra.

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!

Daily Life

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. From viting the spectacular infrastructure created for the World Expo of 2015, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian art and music culture, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city.

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-related 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.

$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.

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 Symphonic Choir & Orchestra, 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 most courses are worth 3 credits. 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:

  • English-taught IES Abroad music courses (required, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad Italian language course (required, 4 or 6 credits)
  • Private instruction in English or Italian (credits vary)
  • English- or Italian-taught electives at a local music institutions (optional, credits vary)
  • Internship and Seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • String Orchestra Assistantship (optional, 3 credits, spring only)
  • IES Abroad Italy Today or Business Studies Programs elevtive courses (optional, 3 credits each)

The cost of all music-related lessons and partner institution courses in included in the program fee. Please notes that some courses have prerequisites.

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:

Vocal Performance

  • Acting for Singers (Arte Scenica)
  • Choir options in Gregorian, A Cappella, Chamber, Gospel or Symphonic Choir
  • Diction
  • Individual instruction with qualified local instructors
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Staging Opera

Instrumental Performance: (All Instruments)

  • Individual Instruction in Classical/Jazz with qualified local instructors
  • Individual Tutoring in Advanced Musicianship & ear training
  • Music Performance Workshop
  • Student orchestra at the Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Orchestra Assistantship and Introduction to Baroque performance practice with the professional Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra (strings only)

Music Theory and Composition

  • All levels of theory courses (in Italian) and/or tailor-made projects on theory studies (in English)
  • Composition seminar and/or individual composition lessons
  • Contemporary Composition in Italian Music and Literature

Music History

  • History of European Vocal Music
  • History of Italian Opera

Courses

Private Instrument and Voice Instruction

Past students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles

  • Bassoon - Valentino Zucchiatti, Professor, Accademia de La Scala
  • Cello - Silvio Righini, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Clarinet - Maurizio Longoni, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Luigi Magistrelli, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milan; Fabrizio Meloni, First Clarinet, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra
  • Double Bass - Lutz Schumacher, La Scala and Lugano Radio Orchestras, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Paolo Rizzi, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Flute - Paola Fre, Professor, Istituto Musicale “Vittadini”, Pavia
  • French Horn - Hermes Pecchinini, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica, Conservatorio “V. Bellini”, Palermo
  • Guitar - Simone Fontanelli, Professor, University of Mozarteum, Salzburg (Classical); Marco Pisoni, Professor and Director, Accademica Musicale di Brera, Milan (Classical); Riccardo Bianchi, Professor, Civici Corsi di Jazz (Jazz); Walter Muto, Student Services, IES Abroad Milano (Folk)
  • Harp - Mara Galassi, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica (Baroque); Luisa Prandina, First Harp, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra (Modern)
  • Oboe - Guido Toschi, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Percussion - Andrea Dulbecco, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milan
  • Piano - Mariagrazia Bellocchio, Professor, Istituto Superiore “G. Donizetti”, Bergamo; Silva Costanzo, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Angela Lazzaroni, Co-Director, Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan; Victoria Terekiev, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Lorenzo De Finti, Professor, Scuola Svizzera, Milan; Editor, Radio Svizzera Italiana (Jazz)
  • Saxophone - Ausonio Calò, Professor, Conservatorio “N. Piccinni”, Bari; Mario Marzi, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Milan; Giulio Visibelli, Professor, Civici Corsi di Jazz (Jazz)
  • Trombone - Fulvio Clementi, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Como
  • Trumpet - Gabriele Cassone, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Cantelli”, Novara; Andrea Giuffredi, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Francesco Tamiati, First Trumpet, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra
  • Tuba - Fulvio Clementi, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Como
  • Viola - Mauro Righini, Professor, Conservatorio “G. Verdi”, Turin
  • Violin - Carlo Lazzaroni, First Part, “Il Giardino Armonico” Consory, Founder, Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan; Carlo Feige, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Francesco Parrino, Soloist and Private Instructor
  • Vocal Coaching - Maurizio Carnelli, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Giovanni Fornasieri, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musical; Angela Lazzaroni, Co-Director, Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan
  • Voice - Patrizia Zanardi, Professor, Conservatorio "G. Frescobaldi" Ferrara; Vincenzo Manno, La Scala Chorus, Milan; Janet Perry, Professor, Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland
  • Acting for Singers - Antonello Madau-Diaz, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica

Composition, Music Theory and Technology

Past students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles

  • Composition: Roberto Andreoni, Director, IES Abroad Milano; Professor, Conservatorio “N. Piccinni”, Bari; Filippo Del Corno, President, Fondazione Milan; Professor, Conservatorio, “G. Tartini”, Trieste; Simone Fontanelli, Professor, University of Mozarteum, Salzburg; Luca Francesconi, Professor, Musikhögskolan, Malmö, Sweden; Carlo Pessina, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Giovanni Verrando, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica, Conservatory of Lugano; Michele Tadini, Professor, Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique, Lyon
  • Music Theory: Roberto Andreoni, Director, IES Abroad Milano; Professor, Conservatorio “N. Piccinni”, Bari; Andrea Melis, Professor and Director, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica; Yoichi Sugiyama, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Conducting: Renato Rivolta, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Computer Music, Music Technology: Michele Tadini, Professor, Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique, Lyon; AGON Ard Magnetica (Massimo Marchi, dir.); Kernel Studios (Massimo Avantaggiato, dir.)
  • Ear Training: Yoichi Sugiyama, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica
  • Musicianship: Marco Pisoni, Professor and Director, Accademica Musicale di Brera, Milan; Yoichi Sugiyama, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica

Music History

Past students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles

  • Diego Fratelli, Professor, Milano Civica Scuola di Musica (Middle Ages, Renaissance)
  • Gianluca Capuano, Conductor and Researcher (Renaissance, Baroque)
  • Marco Pisoni, Professor and Director, Accademica Musicale di Brera, Milan (General)
  • Francesco Maria Colombo, Conductor (Opera, 18th and 19th centuries)
  • Enrico Girardi, Professor, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (Opera, 20th century)

Ensembles and Choirs

Past students have studied with the following faculty/ensembles

  • A Cappella Choir Coro CLU (Pippo Molino, cond.)
  • Baroque String Consort Orchestra Milano Classica (Gianluca Capuano, cond.)
  • Ensemble Workshop Simone Fontanelli
  • Gospel Choir Civici Corsi di Jazz (Giorgio Ubaldi, cond.)
  • Jazz Band, Jazz Theory Fabio Jegher
  • Strings Assistantship Orchestra Milano Classica
  • Symphonic Choir I Civici Cori (Mario Valsecchi, cond.), Nuova Polifonica Ambrosiana (Fabio Locatelli, cond.)
  • Symphony Orchestra La Verdi per Tutti (Jader Bignamini, cond.)
  • Wind Ensemble Silvano Scanziani

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.

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)

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.

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:

  • Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado
  • Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
  • La Verdi Symphonic Orchestra and Choir
  • Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra: String Orchestra Assistantship (Spring only)
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado

www.fondazionemilano.eu/musica

The largest private music school in Italy, the Scuola Civica di Musica includes schools of:

  • Jazz
  • Choral
  • Classical
  • Contemporary
  • Early music

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 Giuseppe 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.

La Verdi Symphonic Orchestra and Choir

The Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of La Verdi was founded in the autumn of 1998 under the musical direction of Romano Gandolfi, and is made up of 100 members who perform a wide range of musical repertoire, ranging from symphonic to chamber and polyphonic works, from Baroque to Twentieth century modern music. The Choir typically sings with the Symphonic Orchestra of Milano Giuseppe Verdi, but also collaborates with various national and international symphonic groups. La Verdi provides an opportunity for you to work shoulder to shoulder with professional performers and participate in rehearsals and concerts that fit with your voice or instrument.

An audition by either an audio or video file or web link is required, along with the music application. After the Music Coordinator has received your audition material, they will arrange for an in-person live audition with the conductor which will take place when you arrive in Milan.

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.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

www.unicattolica.it

Founded 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. There are a few Italian-taught music history courses available to students with the appropriate language background.

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 migrants 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

IES Abroad Milan organizes course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of Italian culture and society. Possible course-related trips may include:

  • Attending concerts and rehearsals of professional performance organizations, such as La Scala, La Verdi, and Milano Classica.
  • A lecture by Daniel Barenboim on “Die Walküre”
  • Lectures and performances on topics such as folk music, composition awards, and installations
  • Attending Mito Festival
  • Visiting La Verdi

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 music performances at the Teatro Alla Scalla Opera House
  • Enjoying music sessions with your fellow classmates
  • Going to soccer games
  • Visiting museums, sporting events, and local fairs sponsored by Italian peers
  • Participating in a language exchange with native Italian speakers
  • 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.