Program Site: IES Abroad Milan Center in the city's historic center and several Italian universities
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 cumulative USC GPA and at least two semesters of college-level Italian with a B average or above. The Italian courses to meet the language requirement for program eligibility must be taken for a letter grade.
Description: Once a capital of the Roman Empire, Milan is now the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy. Although it is the city where Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper and Verdi composed music still heard at La Scala, modern Milan leads Italy in fields such as fashion, music, publishing, finance, industry, architecture and design.
Academics: Upon arrival students participate in an intensive language workshop which determines course placement. (USC students must have completed two semesters of college-level Italian before attending this program.) Low-intermediate and intermediate students take Italian language plus IES area studies courses taught in English (in art history, film studies, history, international business, international relations, literature, music, political science, psychology, and sociology). High intermediate and advanced students take Italian language and select IES area studies courses taught in Italian (in art history, history, literature, and political science). Advanced students are strongly encouraged to choose one or two direct enrollment courses at one of IES Abroad's Italian partner universities, especially the Università Cattolica.
Sample IES courses :
- Art in Northern Italy from the Baroque to the Present
- Italian Conversation: Culture and Cuisine of Italy
- Post-Industrial Business in Milan: The Case Of Fashion
- Filmmaking in Milan: Discovering the City through Italian Cinema
- Issues in Italian Politics since 1945
- Italian and American Approaches to Mental Health: A Comparative Study of the Bio-Psycho-Social Model
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica): Social sciences and humanities courses taught in Italian. Sample courses include:
- Storia dell' arte Moderna
- Relazioni internazionale
- Filosofia Politica
Course Load and Credit: Students take between 5 and 6 courses per semester, one of which must be Italian language. The maximum number of units granted per semester is 18.
Activities and Other Program Features: One- to four-day excursions to locations in Italy such as Cinque Terre, the Dolomite Alps, Tuscany and Sicily. Throughout the semester, IES arranges cultural events and guest lectures; previous activities include attendance at ballet, opera, and musical performances at La Scala Opera House, as well as lectures on the Sociology of Fashion and other topics pertinent to Milan.
IES can also arrange internships for students seeking international work experience. Previous placements have included fashion designers, newspapers, business consulting firms and financial institutions. The internship is complemented by a required seminar course that offers contextual support to students’ practical work experience. USC credit for internships is not guaranteed; please click here for internship guidelines.
Since the Università Cattolica is IES’ main partner school, students have access to many of the amenities it offers, including one of Italy’s largest libraries, study rooms, a travel agency and cultural and sports activities.
Accommodations: Students may live in an apartment, homestay, or dorm. Apartments are located throughout Milan. These are furnished apartments that typically house two to six IES students. Apartments are single-sex, and two students generally share a bathroom. In some of the apartments there is an Italian roommate who is either a college student or a working professional. Students either prepare their own meals at home or eat at the university cafeteria. There are also a limited number of homestays available where students are provided daily breakfast and dinner. This option carries an additional fee. Thirdly, the Collegio di Milano is a residence hall for Italian and international honors students. The Collegio offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies. Amenities include a computer room, library, cafeteria, small gym, music room, auditorium for special cultural programs, weekly cleaning service, and a doctor on call. This option includes three meals daily. Space is limited and students must apply to be accepted. This option also carries an additional fee.
Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from early September to late December, spring semester runs from mid-January to late May. Students who take university courses should expect to stay up to one month longer to complete finals.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 4/15/13
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.