Milan Piazza Duomo at sunset
Milan, Italy

Semester in Milan

Study Program Part-Time Internship

Tentative Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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15 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Spend your semester living and learning in the fashion capital of the world, Milan! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Semester in Milan program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Italian culture.  

When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses (in English or Italian) at CIEE Milan and CIEE's renowned partner institutions, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Milano Fashion Institute (MFI). You may also enroll in courses with a local flavor, like language, cinema, music, or fashion and design.

Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to participate actively in Milan’s local community. Immerse yourself in Italian culture with optional credit-bearing internships, volunteering opportunities, or language programs. Don't stop there; round out your study abroad adventure by participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Milan’s impressive cultural attractions and landmarks. 

Unique Experiences

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Visit the Last Supper Painting

created by Leonardo da Vinci in the late 15th century

Shop the Designer Boutiques

that encompass Milan’s high-end fashion reputation

Go to a Calcio Game

Milan’s professional football (soccer) team

80 +

Museums and Galleries in the City

600

Years To Build the Duomo de Milano

200,000

Visitors Attend Fashion Week in Milan

Experience
  • sunset in milan aerial view
  • 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 (like University Biblioteca Statale di Milano, the largest academic library in Italy), shop in one of 200+ shops and boutiques, indulge in one of nearly 6,000 restaurants, and so much more while immersing yourself in the local culture. Make Milan your home away from home with CIEE!

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 santa maria interior

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in nearby cities like Venice and Genoa  
  • Explore Lake Como, the most beautiful of the northern Italian lakes   
  • Take excursions to emblematic Italian towns like Bologna, Bergamo, or Verona  
  • Hang out with local students to have an aperitivo or to watch a calcio game 
  • Give back to the community and volunteer with a local organization 
  • Participate in a cooking and/or wine-tasting session to complement gastronomy-based courses 
  • Go on guided visits to Milan’s iconic monuments, like the Duomo or Santa Maria delle Grazie 
  • Participate in guided visits to some of Milan’s museums and galleries like Pinacoteca di Brera or Museo del Novecento 
  • Partake in language exchange activities with local students to practice your Italian language skills 
Milan glass skyscrapers

Projects

A for-credit internship (in English or in Italian) allows students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship program have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support to their practical experience.  

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research is for credit, and topics will be approved by the CIEE Milan Director and home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Italy.  

Program Blogs

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Housing
Academics

Academics

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore  
Affectionately known as Cattolica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is an Italian private research university that was founded in 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. This program offers a range of courses in English at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - International Curriculum Department, where students will learn alongside local and other international students. 

Milano Fashion Institute is the Fashion and Luxury School of Management for Fashion Specialists of the Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana in partnership with Italian and International Universities. A cutting-edge fashion school, MFI was founded in 2007 to create a university center of excellence at the service of the Fashion System. MFI offers masters programs only, and some courses are open to CIEE undergraduate students.

GPA

Milano Fashion Institute (MFI): Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 

Additional Requirements

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 courses for a total of 12-16 U.S. semester credits. At least one course must be taken at one of the host institutions (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore or MFI Milano Fashion Institute - spring only). The remaining courses can be any combination of CIEE courses and host institution courses, but courses from both host institutions can’t be combined. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 12-16 U.S. semester / 18-22.5 quarter credits (16 semester / 22.5 quarter credits recommended) 

  

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours  
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 placement hours  
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100 research hours  
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Courses: Typically 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours, unless otherwise noted 
  • Milano Fashion Institute Courses: Typically 1.5-2 U.S. semester/2.25-3 quarter credits; 21-32 contact hours 

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

CIEE courses are typically delivered in U.S. style, with carefully monitored attendance, regular assignments and exams, and participation all being important factors in grading. Local university classes can involve less guidance than U.S. students are accustomed to; syllabi can be less detailed and there can be fewer assessments.  

Class Format

CIEE courses are with CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Most courses combine lectures with local field trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture.  

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore classes can be scheduled Monday through Friday. This host institution offers an “International Curriculum” in English with international students.  

Milano Fashion Institute courses (available in the spring semester only) can be scheduled Monday through Friday. Classes are all in English, and they are with Italian and other international students. Most courses combine lectures with local field trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture. 

Grading

For CIEE classes, Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and continuous assessments. Class attendance is mandatory, and absences affect final grades. 

At Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, students are typically graded on a midterm, a final exam, and class participation. Attendance to class is required, and absences affect final grades. 

At MFI, students should expect to have some homework assignments and continuous assessments. Attendance in class is mandatory, and absences affect final grades and how students are graded. 

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.

Internship Opportunities

Gain real-world work experience, grow your professional network, and bolster your resume while interning at startups, NGOs, museums, galleries, and more in Milan. Search here for a more detailed list of internship opportunities.

Business, Finance, and Accounting 
Business development, corporate finance, investment banking, insurance, financial communications, real estate, human resources, and recruitment.

Law, Politics, and NGOs 
Government, non-governmental, organizations, think tanks, and advocacy groups.

Journalism, Publishing, and Editorial 
News, magazines, and literary agencies.

Interior Design and Architecture 
Studios.

Communication 
Businesses and studios.

Hospitality & Tourism 
Hotels, corporate events, travel/tourism companies, food and hospitality, food and sustainability, and specialist agencies.

Startups, Incubators, Accelerators, and Hubs 
E-learning, FinTech, apps, and e-commerce.

Fashion, Design, and Artisan Studios 
Studios. 

Museums and Galleries 
Art galleries and art museums.  

Note: Please keep in mind that securing a spot in any of these opportunities is not automatically guaranteed and depends on availability and the internship host organization's decision. This internship listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The internships, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Agriculture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

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

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

International Curriculum courses (all courses listed are 6 ECTS/3 U.S. credits, and typically run in both the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise specified):   

Business and Economics:  

  • 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  

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)  

Milano Fashion Institute (MFI)

Spring only
MFI courses are master’s degree courses (they will be transcripted as undergraduate courses at CIEE). They bear a varied number of credits based on contact hours. Credits listed below are U.S. semester credits:   

Fashion, Retail, and Innovation courses (spring only):

  • Fashion Business Models 
  • Fashion Research Methods & Trends
  • Italian Fashion System 
  • Fashion Marketing & Brand Management 
  • Brand & Luxury Management: Jewelry and Watches Management
  • Brand & Business Management: Fashion Business Management 
  • Brand & Business Management: Fashion Branding Strategies
  • Brand & Communication Management: Brand & Communication Strategies 
  • Brand & Sustainability Management: CSR Communication  

 

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
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI 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 Spring 2025 15 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Fall 2024 15 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date * End Date TBD*

*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 = $100

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $60†††

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

Personal expenses = $300†††††

Total Costs = $3,520

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. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

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 fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

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

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. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

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 fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

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

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.

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