IES-Milan: Italy Today

Program Details

Program Location Milan, Italy
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33014
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 05/16/24
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 09/03/23 to 12/20/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Milan: Italy Today

Ciao! Pack your bags and get ready to indulge in the culture of this modern city that is known for its world-class art, architecture, design, business and finance activities, and fashion. Absorb everything that Milan has to offer through IES Abroad Milan’s wide variety of courses, internships, and unforgettable cultural activities.

Milan will be your classroom. Only in Milan can you marvel at the grandeur of the Duomo, see the artistic detail of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in person, find classical manuscripts at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and feel the pulse of this world fashion capital by strolling through the designers’ retail haven known as the quadrilatero della moda, Milan’s fashion district.

No matter what level of Italian you speak, we welcome you to study here, all while exploring and living immersed in the rich culture of Milan. You will be placed in an IES Abroad Italian language course that’s been designed for you based on your language level so you can make the most of your time in Italy.

The Italy Today Program also offers courses in liberal arts and social sciences, all of which address aspects of contemporary Italian society. Courses are taught by highly qualified, local experts in their fields. You will take courses at the IES study center and you have the opportunity to take up to two courses at a local university to experience Milan like an Italian student.

Add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship or community-based learning placement and accompanying academic seminar. We work with a wide range of local and international organizations, and are always seeking new opportunities to find the best fit for your career goals.


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


IES-Milan: Italy Today

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.

  • 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)
  • English- or Italian-taught IES Abroad elective courses (optional, 3 credits each, see page 6)
  • Internship and seminar (optional, 3 credits)
  • Community-based learning placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)

Please note that some courses have prerequisites.

For more course information, please see the IES website.


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, the Alps, Northern Italy Culture & Cuisine Tour, Secrets of Hidden Lombary Tour, Verona & Venice. 

IES also arranges course-related trips to utilize the city as a classroom, you may find class takes place one day at a museum, consists of a visit to a local organization or business, or takes advantage of one of the many opportunities Milan has to offer! 


Housing on this program is arranged by IES. Students may choose between homestay, shared apartments, or a residence hall. Some options may carry additional fees.

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 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $16,770.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,275.00
Insurance $230.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Visa $65.00
Books and Supplies $120.00
Meals $4,700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,000.00
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: Italy Today

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