IES-Milan: Business Studies

Program Details

Program Location Milan, Italy
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33014
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/19/25 to 05/10/25
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/19/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 05/16/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Milan: Business Studies

Known as the business capital of Italy, Milan is the place to study abroad for Business Majors seeking to gain an international perspective. What better setting for your career in International Business to take off than the home of Italy’s stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and famous global companies like Giorgio Armani, Bugatti, and Pirelli?

IES provides one-of-a-kind courses that explore the world of business, as well as a wide variety of courses focusing on contemporary issues in Italy. All IES Abroad area studies courses are taught by experts in their fields and are conducted in English. There is also a guest lecture series by industry experts and an extensive list of course-related trips that help you learn more about the Italian business culture. Round out your study abroad education with a required Italian language course that is tailored to your skill level.

The IES Business Studies Program allows you to take courses in Business, Finance, Marketing, Economics, and Management taught by local faculty. Choose to enroll in a course at a local university—such as the AACSB- and EQUIS- accredited Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, one of the top business schools in the world—and learn about international business alongside Italian and international students.

A wide variety of other disciplines are offered, as well, so you can supplement your business studies with a course focused on liberal arts, psychology, communication, and more. You can also combine your coursework with an internship or community-based learning placement, where you will gain hands-on work experience that will stand out on your résumé. No matter which you choose, the experience will not only be valuable to your study abroad adventure, but to your career as well.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Milan: Business Studies

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS) and ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

You take 15-19 credits per semester. Language courses are taught in Italian, and all other courses are taught in English or Italian.

  • IES Abroad Italian language course at your proficiency level (required, 4 or 6 credits)
  • English-taught IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Business-related courses (in English or Italian) at local universities (optional, credits vary)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad elective courses (optional, 3 credits each)
  • Internship and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Community-based learning placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
For more information on available courses, please see the IES website. Students looking for courses within the School of Business may also want to consult the Business Study Abroad Course Equivalency site, though please note that some courses may not be listed here.


Excursions are subject to change.

Even though your adventure starts in Milan, IES field trips take you outside the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Possible destinations include: Sicily, Tuscany, an Alps Ski Trip, a Culture & Cuisine tour, Lombardy, Verona or Venice.

IES also arranges course-related field trips to complement your courses and turn the city into your classroom. You may visit a local company, visit a museum, go to a show or concert, or do a behind-the-scenes tour of a local business.


IES arranges housing for students on this program. You may choose from a homestay, shared apartments, or a residence hall. Some options may carry additional fees.

See IES website for additional information.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes tuition and on-site orientation. 

Housing fee and meals are listed for a double room in an apartment.

Some housing and class options carry additional fees.  Please see the IES website for details.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,755.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,275.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,400.00
Local Transportation $70.00
Visa $65.00
Books and Supplies $150.00
Meals $4,100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IES-Milan: Business Studies

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email