- Milan, Italy
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
No matter what level of Italian you speak, we invite you to study here and experience Milan’s rich culture. You are placed in an Italian language course that’s been designed for you based on your language level. Our Italy Today Program offers you courses in liberal arts and social sciences, all of which address aspects of contemporary Italian society. The courses are taught by highly qualified experts in their fields. You can also take courses at a local university—maybe you’ll even make some Italian friends while you’re at it.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. You take 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. You are also placed in a required Italian language course tailored to your proficiency level. Language courses are taught in Italian, and all other courses are taught in English or Italian.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- Think of your study abroad experience as a song—what will be the inspiration? See “The Last Supper,” one of the most influential works of the Renaissance. Witness some of the world’s finest performers at Teatro alla Scala, the world-renowned opera house. Observe fashion executives to see how successful businesses are run. No matter what you choose, your Milanese experience with IES Abroad will come together to make the perfect symphony.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 9 Reviews
- Nothing Was The Same02/10/20
Everything in Milan is so much better! The food, style, culture and language are so interesting in a way that made me want to continuously learn and experience more. My time abroad through IES has put me at peace with myself in a way I didn’t know was
possible. Give me a couple of years and I’m moving to Milan! I really enjoyed the IES classes that I took like Italian and Media Communications where we went on field studies that allowed us to really immerse in the culture and learn outside of the classroom. These hands-on experiences which included a cooking class at Eataly, having conversations with students at an Italian high school, going on set of a live Italian TV show and more, helped me to feel connected with Italian and Milanese culture beyond the surface level. I was also able to take a woman’s patternmaking/design class at a partner institution which has always been my dream and gave me a look into the Italian teaching style as well as the fashion industry. IES did a great job of ensuring that I had an internship somewhere that aligned with my experience and with what I was interested in doing. Although it had its ups and downs, I learned so much from my internship about the field it was in and about working within a different culture. I lived in the Collegio di Milano Residence Hall which gave me a completely different experience than many other students studying abroad. I lived with other Italian and foreign students, and 6 other IES students. The residence hall made my experience so much of what it was because of the incredible people I met. In the Collegio I was exposed to a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds everyday. I can proudly say that I have friends from all over the world now! The faculty at IES Milan also played a huge role in shaping my experience abroad. Each of my teachers truly cared about me as not just a student, but also a person. They went out of their way to offer advice, recommendations and helpful tips so that we could have the best possible experience in Milan. I love that IES Milan offers so many different opportunities for students to fully engage and connect with the culture. Without the classes, internships, living options and trips, my time abroad wouldn’t have been as successful or as life-changing as it was.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A once in a lifetime opportunity08/22/19
My experience IES Italy Today was absolutely incredible. As I arrived in Milan, I was extremely apprehensive to move to a new city especially one where I didn't speak the language or know anyone. I couldn't believe how quickly Milan became my home away
from home. Milan is probably my favorite city, from the gorgeous walk from classes to the duomo, the best gelato places, the most charming neighborhoods, and of course the sandwiches at Panini Durini (a chain coffee and panini shop that is the best- think of Panera but so much better). IES does an amazing job of having events for students to get to know each other especially in the beginning which was really helpful. I can't imagine my life without this experience and the incredible friends that I know I'll be close to forever. I really enjoyed my classes while abroad and loved the field trips and extra activities outside of the classroom to really gain exposure to the area and culture. I took classes in areas I would never be able to study at my home university, such as Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies and Investigating the Mafia in Literature, Cinema, and Media- such cool and different classes than my usual course schedule. IES also has amazing trips organized, I went on the Venice and Verona trip as well as the Parma trip and absolutely loved the time I spent with my friends. I would absolutely choose this experience over again in a heartbeat.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Semester Ever08/18/19
Study abroad was the best opportunity I have ever taken. I was able to grow as a person, and truly gain awareness of the culture around me. IES did a great job of helping us adapt to being in a new place and made the experience the best it could be
!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Milan04/27/14
I had the absolute best time in Milan thanks to IES. Everyone who worked there helped to show me an amazing side of Milan and made it such a wonderful experience. I got sick once and one of the CA's walked me to the university's health clinic and she
was super sweet and made me feel more comfortable. I took a film class, which was one of the best decisions I made, all of my professors were passionate about their subjects and were always available for discussions and questions after class. The housing is also unbelievable. I was in an apartment with four other American students and our Italian CA and I know I really lucked out with my roommates, but in terms of our living situation, all the other apartments I saw were the same amazing quality as ours. I also heard amazing things about the homestays not only the families but their apartments as well. In terms of academics, my favorite time was from a class outing. There was an extra credit outing that just ended up being me, the professor, and the guest speaker (an art historian) and we walked through this hidden museum and they explained to me the history of the city. I really cannot stress how wonderful everyone made my experience in Italy. I would choose the IES program every time.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Milan, you have my heart04/15/14
My experience through IES Abroad was one of the most memorable times of my life. I had the opportunity to live with a host family which was amazing. I was very impressed with the families that IES choose. They were all so nice and I don't know anyone
in our program who had a bad host family. I took the time to really learn about the culture and I tried to get a feel for what their daily life was like. The whole experience really changed my outlook on life and opened my eyes to all kinds of new things. If you go abroad I challenge you to push yourself to make the most of the experience. You can have peanut butter and drive your car for the rest of your life, so take your time abroad to go out of your comfort zone and try new things! My most memorable experience was traveling to Lake Como by myself. It is so fun to travel with friends but it was nice to take a break and explore on my own. The lake was so peaceful and it was nice to blend into the community since I was not traveling with a large group of American's.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The professors and staff at IES Milan were so wonderful and they made my transition so easy. My classes were exciting yet challenging. The city of Milan has everything a student could ever want. There is so much to do and see. Eating and shopping are
both amazing. I made some wonderful friends during my time in Milan who I am still great friends with today. The city of Milan has everything a student could ever want. There is so much to do and see. Eating and shopping are both amazing. I made some wonderful friends during my time in Milan who I am still great friends with today.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing experience, amazing program!03/27/14
Milan is an amazing city with so much to offer and IES did a great job of giving students information and opportunities to explore the city, and Italy in general. IES gave us free tickets to see an opera at the historic, world renown La Scala opera house,
took us on two trips outside of Milan, and provided support for traveling, events, and anything else a student might need. I had the amazing opportunity to intern at a non-profit organization in Milan and learned a lot about the culture through that experience. Milan of course has amazing shopping, for every budget, and I found a wonderful new surprise around every corner! The city is gorgeous and has a thriving economy and also many youngread moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Da togliere il fiato03/25/14
I really enjoyed my semester in Milan. The staff at the IES Center were very helpful and very willing to answer any questions. I didn't take any courses at the center aside from an internship course, but it was taught very well by Mrs. Laura Carrera and
I really appreciated the fact that there was an internship program. I lived in a dorm while I was in Milan, so I didn't meet many of the other IES students, but I did get the opportunity to live with 100 Italian students and I think that really made the difference in my time there. The program was very flexible and I was able to take classes directly at L'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. As such, I feel like I got a very accurate look at what life is like for an Italian student. Milan is also a very fun city and there were so many events going on throughout the year. My favorite was the Latinoamericando Expo at the Assago Forum in the summer! The time I spent in Milan was the best period of my life to date and I really thank IES for the opportunity to study there!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- La Bella Vita!02/25/14
Studying in Milan through IES was the greatest experience of my life. I learned so much about myself and about a new culture, tried so many new things, made so many memories and gained lifelong friends. It was definitely worthwhile!!! Best parts: living
in a city without so many tourists, the Italians, food/wine, lifestyle, traveling, IES community assistants, speaking a new language, having an internship in my field Academic value was a pro and a con. The workload was light, which was great for study abroad. Most of my classes were really great and I learned a lot, but others were not really worth my time.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend