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Milan, Italy

Fashion Design & Italian Culture

Summer '25 New Program!

Arts & Culture



3 weeks



Application Deadline

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3 weeks



Application Deadline

Enroll Now

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Program Overview
Explore Milan in style, designing your own pair of custom sneakers.

Strut into the heart of fashion in northern Italy, where every step inspires creativity and innovation. Milan’s decades-long tradition of craftsmanship and textile production is a fabulous backdrop to experience the design process—from conception to prototypes. Spend your mornings at Arsutoria, a world-leading school for footwear, researching materials, drafting sketches, and using design technology. After class, gain insights from industry professionals. In the end, design, assemble, and take home your own pair of customized sneakers! 

Meet local fashion entrepreneurs and visit ateliers (private artist workshops). Learn how to present your creations with a professional stylist. Draw inspiration from exhibits at the historic Palazzo Morando. Discuss fast-fashion and sustainability, too. 

When not working on your designs, stroll the streets of Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda, a neighborhood lined with boutiques and high-end fashion houses. On excursions, discover what other northern cities like Venice and Verona have to offer. In Milan, you’ll savor the chance to vivi la tua vita al meglio (live life to the fullest) and get a new perspective on fashion!

Academic Merit Award Available

Only the Academic Merit Award is available for this program. The CIEE Global Navigator Scholarship (GNS) is NOT available. If you want to apply for the GNS based on your academic merit and financial need, check out our Fashion Design & French Culture program in Paris.

The Take-Aways

Real-world Experience

Experience the fashion design process from your own sketches on paper to creating a custom sneaker prototype. Come home with the skills to create and present your own fashion designs.

Credentials For Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a portfolio documenting your creative process, and a sneaker design and prototype.

Life Skills And New Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.


Hours Of Expert Instruction


Weeks Pursuing Your Passion


Life-changing Experience

The Destination
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The Destination

Welcome to Milan, a cosmopolitan city at the heart of the world’s leading trends and prestigious fashion houses. 

Nestled in northern Italy, Milan is a city dripping with historic and modern charm, not far from the natural beauty of Lake Como and the Italian Alps. Its strategic location as the gateway to Europe has historically allowed the easy exchange of goods and ideas, shaping it into Italy's economic and financial capital.  

The city's legacy of craftsmanship and luxury dates back to the Renaissance, a tradition that continues to shape Milan's influence on international fashion and design. Today, Milan hosts one of the world's most famous Fashion Weeks and is a hub for renowned brands like Armani, Versace, Valentino, and Prada. 

Beyond fashion, Milan is celebrated for its contributions to Italy's art and culinary scene. Witness masterpieces like da Vinci's "The Last Supper" at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. Marvel at the Duomo, a Gothic cathedral boasting intricately carved spires that took almost 600 years to build. Savor local specialties like Risotto alla Milanese, a rice dish made with saffron and Parmesan cheese, and espresso, an art of brewing coffee refined in Milan.

Cultural Awareness

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.

Daily Life

Daily Life


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places.

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hands-on learning with expert instructors, fashion designers, and industry professionals
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators
  • Out and about for a cultural activity
  • Dinner at the hotel or in the community


  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites 
  • Quality time with friends


Hotel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Program Blogs


Pinoteca Ambrosiana

By Susan Henkel at CIEE

Pinoteca Ambrosiana or Pinoteca di Berea is the oldest museum in Milan. Beginning in 1618, la Pinoteca di Berea began as the home of the collected works of art for... keep reading


Exploring the Majestic Teatro alla Scala!

By Khadija Tirha at CIEE

In the heart of Milan's historic center, right across from Palazzo Marino, lies a world-renowned landmark that never fails to leave visitors in awe. We are talking about the Teatro... keep reading


A slice of Italy: our student's unforgettable Pizza workshop

By Khadija Tirha at CIEE

Last week, our students had the incredible opportunity to participate in a pizza-making workshop hosted by the renowned pizzeria "Rosso Pomodoro." As the largest chain of Neapolitan pizzerias worldwide, this... keep reading


Sample Activities

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Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Step into the iconic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping gallery, where Milan's fashion legacy comes alive. 
  • Visit D-house Urban Laboratory, in the heart of Milan, and witness how designers come together to work on projects and research new technologies in fashion and other local industries. 
  • Experience Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, one of the world’s most famous masterpieces, painted on the wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. 
  • Join in on a cooking class as a local chef shares his secrets to make a perfect Milanese dish. 
  • Stroll along the Naviglio Grande, the oldest canal in Milan, built back in the 12th century. Visit art galleries displaying the works of young Milanese talent. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience. 



  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to current high school students—Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Students must have completed Freshman year of high school before traveling on program.
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations, or contact us!


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Program Summer Session I 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $8,450
Program Summer Session II 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $8,450

What's Included

Interactive Classes


3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our 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...

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