IES Abroad Milan Center
Fall / Spring Semester Program
Milan is one of the most stylish cities on the planet. Despite its fashion forward attitude, Milan is also a city with many important museums and wonderful monuments. The Castello Sforzesco Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which displays Leonardo's Last Supper or stroll through the Brera Museum which houses Madonna and Child and Pieta by Bellini.
This program is offered in association with the Institute for the International Education of Students, also known as IES Abroad. IES Abroad allows students to take classes in the American education style in a variety of locations around the world. You will be taking classes with fellow students from the U.S. spending their semester abroad in Milan.
The IES Abroad Milan Center is located in the city's historic center near the prestigious Università Cattolica and within walking distance of the Duomo, Basilica di San'Ambrogio, and the Castello Sforzesco. The Center contains multimedia classrooms, a student lounge, music practice rooms, a library, a faculty lounge, staff offices, and digital photo, audio, and video facilities.
Students also have access to the many amenities Università Cattolica offers, including one of Italy's largest and most important libraries, computer labs, study rooms, a student health center, travel agency, cultural and sports opportunities, and an inexpensive student cafeteria.
View the Pre-Approved IES Course Equivalencies to learn IES Abroad course equivalencies at USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
View the courses available on the Milan - Italy Today program by following this link and selecting "Academics" from the column on the left.
Please note: All Italian majors and minors studying abroad in Italy are required to enroll in an Italian course.
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Thomas.
All students are required to take an Italian language course during this program. Students at the beginning or intermediate level are required to take a minimum of 6 Italian language units. Students in the advanced language level will be required to enroll in four units of Italian grammar while in Milan.
BUSINESS STUDENTS : Students with an interest in business or economics may complement their semester with courses from Bocconi University or Università Cattolica. Courses may be instructed in either English or Italian. Students may take ONE course at either local university. Students choosing this option will enroll in the Milan Business Studies program.
Click here to view the courses for the Milan Business Studies program. Select "IES Abroad Courses" from the column on the left.
For Bocconi University Course Equivalencies, please view Milan Bocconi Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
Students will be housed in apartments throughout the city with young Italian professionals or students. Arrangements will be made by IES Abroad and payments for housing will be in the Program Fee assessed by IES Abroad. Generally two or three IES students live with one Italian roommate. The housing arrangements provide excellent opportunities for students to speak Italian on a daily basis. Apartments are furnished, and students share cleaning and cooking responsibilities with their roommates. Meals are not included in the housing costs.
Students looking to improve their Italian language skills or live like a local can explore the alternative housing option of living with a home stay family. Please note this may occur an additional fee for which the student is responsible.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee will be assessed by and paid directly to IES Abroad. Please see Program Cost
above to review details of fees associated with this program.
Students will be responsible for paying any supplemental course fees charged by the IES Abroad. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via IES Abroad and should be paid directly to IES Abroad.
Students wishing to upgrade their housing arrangements may be charged an additional fee as identified by IES Abroad.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for an Italian student visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The Italian student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.
IES Abroad offers several optional field trips in which students share the cost of the trips with IES Abroad. Learn more about the field trips by clicking this link and selecting "Field Trips" from the column on the left.
IES Abroad also routinely arranges cultural events and guest lectures for the general student body and for individual courses. Previous highlights include:
- IES Abroad Milan's Lecture Series with special guests who contribute expertise on various subjects
- Studying the work of Leonardo da Vinci, including a visit to see his fresco, The Last Supper
- An introduction to photography during a trip to an art gallery
- A comparative study of the Italian and American approaches to mental health through a visit to the Prison of S. Vittore in Milan
- Language Exchange with local Italian students and young professionals
- Student-sponsored soccer team
- Activities sponsored by Italian peers, such as visits to museums, local fairs in the Navigli area, football matches, and aperitivi