Milan glass skyscrapers
Milan, Italy

Business + Culture

Study Program Part-Time Internship

Tentative Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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39 weeks

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Tentative Dates

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15 weeks

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Take your studies to Milan, the world capital of business, finance, fashion, design, media, and publishing! Designed for students with a background in business, this rigorous study abroad program makes one of Italy’s most popular cities your home away from home while giving you insight into critical international business and economic issues.

When class is in session, you'll study at CIEE Milan’s partner school, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), one of Italy’s most esteemed private research universities. In addition to taking courses at UCSC, you’ll also have the option of taking classes at CIEE Milan. All courses are delivered by highly qualified CIEE and Cattolica faculty.

Outside the classroom, you will have every opportunity to experience all Milan has to offer through co-curricular excursions and activities organized by CIEE to enhance your studies and provide you with a nuanced intercultural perspective of Italy.  

Unique Experiences

Apply Your Language Skills

in an internship at an Italian company

Explore the Lombardy Region

from Brescia to Bergamo

Shop to Your Heart’s Content

at The Galleria of Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall

6th

Largest Tram Network in the World

80 +

Museums and Galleries in the City

600

Years To Build the Duomo de Milano

Experience
  • sunset in milan aerial view
  • terminal in milan italy ceiling
  • Milan canal at night

Your Destination

Say hello to Milan, the second-largest city in Italy and the country’s unofficial fashion capital. Home to some of Italy’s major fashion brands, a booming wine industry, the oldest shopping center in the world (the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II), and a thriving international student community, there is plenty to experience and explore in the cosmopolitan city of Milan.  

When you study abroad in Milan, you call the Lombardy region of northern Italy home. Here, you’ll have every opportunity to enjoy one of the city’s many study spaces such as the University Biblioteca Statale di Milano (the largest academic library in Italy), go shopping in one of more than 200 shops and boutiques, indulge in one of nearly 6,000 restaurants, and much more while immersing yourself in the local culture.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Milan. 

The Culture

Milan lake como sailboat

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in Tuscany, including Florence, Siena, or Pisa 
  • Explore Lake Como, the most beautiful of the northern Italian lakes   
  • Take excursions to iconic Italian towns, like Bologna or Verona 
  • Hang out with local students to have an aperitivo or to watch a calcio game  
  • Give back to the community by volunteering with a local organization 
Milan business distrcit

Projects

Internship: Build new skills and intercultural competencies with a for-credit internship in English. Gain on-the-job experience in a company within a variety of industry sectors. Students who are part of an internship program have a weekly classroom component that provides academic support to their practical experience. 

Directed Independent Research: Qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity can pursue a research project of their own design. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Milan Director and home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Italy.  

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Milan Study Abroad Pros and Cons

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

If you’re considering studying abroad in Italy and have Milan as one of your top city choices – first, good thinking, and second, keep reading as we outline the pros... keep reading

Housing
Academics

Academics

The Business + Culture semester program is designed to serve students interested in taking business courses abroad through courses at CIEE’s partner institution, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, renowned for its business programs, CIEE courses, internship opportunities, and related co-curriculars. 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC): Affectionately known as Cattolica, UCSC is aprivate Italian research university dating back to 1921. Its main campus is located in Milan,  with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona, and Rome. The university is organized into 12 faculties and seven postgraduate schools. In the renowned QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, Cattolica’s ascendency placed the university in formidable company, with 16 disciplines ranked in the top 300 in the world, or higher.      

GPA

2.75

Additional Requirements

Two semester-long, college-level courses in micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, mathematics, or statistics are recommended. 

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

All students take five to six courses, for a total of 15-18 U.S. credits. At least one of those courses must be a business course, and at least one course should be a host institution course; up to three courses can be taken at Cattolica. Courses can otherwise be a combination of CIEE and host institution courses.   

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credit; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise indicated 

  • CIEE Language Courses: 3 – 4 U.S. semester/4.5 – 6 quarter credits; 45 – 60 contact hours

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Courses: Typically 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits, 45 contact hours, unless otherwise indicated 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and continuous assessments. Most CIEE courses combine lectures with local field trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture. 

Class Format

CIEE courses are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Class attendance is mandatory, and absences affect final grades.  

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday. Two different curricula of study with a wide variety of courses are available to international students.  

  • The “International Curriculum” (in English) is mostly with international students. Attendance is required; participation in class is expected. 
  • The “Academic Curriculum” (regular courses in English or in Italian) is mostly with Italian students. Attendance is not formally required but strongly recommended and exams take place at the end of the trimester. 

Grading

Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and examinations.  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Italian  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Agriculture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Agriculture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Below is a sample of courses. Course offerings may vary from semester to semester.

BUSINESS COURSES

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – International Curriculum
International Curriculum courses are 6 ECTS credits (3 U.S. credits), and they all run in both the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise specified:

  • Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship: the Italian Perspective
  • Entrepreneurship Lab: Creating a New Business
  • Green Management & Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Business, Government and the Global Economy (Spring only)
  • Business, Government and the Global Economy (Fall only)
  • The Economics of the European integration
  • The Globalization of Finance: Managing Returns and Risks
  • Business Ethics
  • Leadership Coaching: Bringing Potential to the Stage of Work
  • The Human Side of Business
  • Diversity at Work: Working Better by Working Together

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Academic Curriculum
Academic curriculum courses are regular courses from the School of Economics and Management, in English or in Italian. They bear a varied number of ECTS credits. They are offered in the Fall semester only:

NON-BUSINESS COURSES

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – International Curriculum
International Curriculum courses are 6 ECTS credits (3 U.S. credits), and they all run in both the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise specified:

International Relations:

  • The European Union in the World: Crisis or Transformation?
  • International Relations and the Middle East: A Comparative European Perspective

Italian Culture: Literature, Theater, Cinema, Music, Philosophy, and History:

  • Methods of Illusion: la Mise-en-scéne from Drama to Fiction and Visual Arts
  • Writers & Paintings, Words and Colours: Italy and the Arts (spring only)
  • Creative Italian Storytelling: from Literature to Cinema to other Forms of Fiction
  • Drama: "The Word to the Action" in the Italian Commedia dell'Arte
  • The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions
  • A Mafia Story: Its Representation in Literature, Cinema and Television
  • The Female Character in Italian Contemporary Literature and Culture (fall only)
  • Italy, a Country to Savor
  • The Italian Foods of the Future

Fashion and Design:

  • Fashion Images and the City of Milan. A Sociological Perspective on Modern Italian Fashion
  • What is Design? The Fundamentals of an Italian Industry (spring only)
  • The Fashion Market: Structure, Players and Success Factors
  • Luxury Business Insights
  • A Fashion Brand: from Line Creation to Market Placement. A case study
  • Managing Sustainability in Fashion and Luxury
  • Fashion and Gender: an Ever-changing Relationship (spring only)
  • Made in Italy: Shaping Italian Lifestyle through Fashion and Food (fall only)

Media and Communications:

  • Federico Fellini and Contemporary Italian Cinema
  • Digital Journalism and Digital Media in Italy
  • Publishing, Publicity and Cultural Journalism
  • "Green is the New Black": Asset and Appeal of the Value "Environment" in Global Business Communication (fall only)
  • Television, Advertising, Music: The Italian Approach to the Media
  • From Strategy to Effective Presentations - Methodologies to Write and Present Convincing and Engaging Communications
  • "Luxury for Sustainability": How Values Meet and Cross in Corporate and Brand Communication (spring only)
  • Personal Marketing Performance skills at work
  • What Makes Us Global? Cultural Interconnectedness Effective Management
  • A Sensorial Journey Towards Intercultural Competences

Sociology, Psychology, and Law:

  • Are Individuals the Same in the East and West? Cultural Differences in Social Psychological Processes - Spring only
  • Discovering the Mystery of the Ordinary Life. Social Psychology in Action (fall only)
  • Roman Law and Common Law. Two Jurisprudential Traditions in Comparison (spring only)
  • Human Strengths and Well-being (spring only)

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 15 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 39 weeks Start Date * End Date *
Program Spring 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Spring 2025 15 weeks Start Date * End Date *

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,456**

Housing = $6,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,160

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $240

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500††††

Personal expenses = $250†††††

Total Costs = $3,610

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500^^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Full-semester students only. To be paid at Italian consulate in US

††††If no consulate in your home area

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,456**

Housing = $6,000

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,160

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $240

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500††††

Personal expenses = $250†††††

Total Costs = $3,610

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500^^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Full-semester students only. To be paid at Italian consulate in US

††††If no consulate in your home area

†††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Stephen Marth

Center Director

Stephen joins CIEE with over a decade of experience in the study abroad field in Italy. He has lived and worked in Bologna and Rome, where he served first as...

Angela Lavecchia

Academic Director

Angela holds a BA in Foreign Languages and a MA in Comparative Literature from Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Promotion...

Beatrice D’Alimonte

Student Life Manager

Beatrice holds an MA in International Education from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is passionate about creating inclusive programming and empowering learning environments for students from diverse backgrounds and identities.

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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