Once a capital of the Roman empire, today Milan is the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy. In the central Piazza del Duomo, the architecture of past centuries blends with the neon lights of a modern metropolis. Students in Milan experience first-hand how this modern city lives in the European present and leads Italy in fashion, music, culture, publishing, industry, finance, education, transportation, architecture and design.
Università Cattolica and Università Bocconi
In addition to classes taken at the IES Milan Center, students have the option to take two courses at either Università Cattolica or Università Bocconi. Please note that students taking courses at Bocconi must complete additional visa paperwork.
With five campuses throughout Italy, Cattolica enrollment nears approximately 42,000 students. From 68 students in 1921 to the 30,000 currently enrolled, the Cattolica campus in Milan fosters a major academic community. The Cattolica campus is a five-minute walk from the IES Milan study center.
One of the most prestigious European schools of business, economics and finance, the Universita Bocconi was founded in 1902 and is the first Italian university to grant a degree in Economics. For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. At the outset of the 21st century, Bocconi contributes to the advancement of European higher education by teaching business and economic knowledge to prospective managers and researchers all over the world.
The typical course load for students at IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies is 5-6 courses (15-19 credits) and students at the beginner and intermediate level of Italian must take at least 6 credits of language.
You may find the lecture-based teaching style of the Italian university very different from what you're used to in the United States. If you enroll in courses at Cattolica, professors may not provide a syllabus but will expect you to be knowledgeable on the topics covered in the course. At Bocconi, teaching in the classroom is often enriched by discussions, research projects, workshops and seminars, and testimonials of officials from companies and institutions.
Accommodations and Meals
Most IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies students will live in furnished apartments, located throughout the city, which houses 2-6 students. Apartments are single-sex, and usually two students share a bedroom. Students may request one roommate, but IES Abroad will not allow more than one roommate request. Some IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies students are housed with an Italian roommate who is either a college student or a young working professional. Meals are not included, so students normally prepare their own breakfast and dinner, and eat lunch at Cattolica's inexpensive cafeteria. Located on main public transportation routes near IES Abroad, the apartments offer washing machines and wireless internet access. IES Abroad can also facilitate requests for homestay assignments.
Special Program Features
The IES Abroad Milan center is located in the city's historic center, within walking distance of the Duomo, Basilica di S. Ambrogio, and the Castello Sforzesco. The Center contains multimedia classrooms, a student lounge, music practice rooms, and staff offices.
The Universita Cattolica, IES Abroad's main partner institution, provides IES Abroad students with access to its many amenities, 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.