IES Milan: Italy Today
About the Program
The IES Milan Center is located in the city's historic center, near the prestigious Università Cattolica. The Center contains staff offices, a student lounge, a faculty lounge, music practice rooms, a library, and audio and video facilities. Since the Università Cattolica is IES' main partner school, students have access to the many amenities it offers, 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.
Once a capital of the Roman Empire, Milan today is the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy and is not limited to its noble ruins. In the central Piazza Duomo, the architecture of past centuries blends with the neon lights of a modern metropolis. Study Abroad in Milan and experience how this modern city lives in the European present and leads Italy in fashion, music, culture, publishing, industry, finance, education, transportation, architecture and design.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, Italian, Literature, Music, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies
The IES Milan program begins with an orientation program broken into two unique, consecutive parts: a two-day off-site session held in a charming town outside of Milan, which includes group activities, a language placement workshop, and information sessions on all aspects of studying in Milan; and a three-week intensive language Program that begins after the two-day program and is designed to help intermediate-level students gain practical language skills, and to acclimate advanced students to the local environment. Several guest lectures and tours that introduce students to the history and geography of Milan are included.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Italian, including ITAL 2030 or higher, at Tulane with a grade of B or higher in the year prior to study abroad is encouraged, but not required.
- Completion of coursework with Italian Studies content is recommended, but not required
- For music majors significant preparation and approval of the Newcomb Music Department is required; students submit an audition tape upon arrival in Milan to determine placement
During the semester, students take 15-19 credits of coursework, including an Italian language course (4-6 credits). Course options are based on language proficiency, which is determined by an on-site language workshop during orientation. Students may also take courses at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica)
A full range of music opportunities are available for Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Composers, and Music Performance Majors. Using a highly customized approach, the IES Milan Director, an accomplished musicologist and active composer, works closely with qualified students to tailor a program that meets their musical needs and interests.
In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.
IES offers several music courses each semester. The Performance Workshop allows vocalists and instrumentalists to enhance the practice of chamber music, increase performance skills, and expand repertoire. The in-depth Music History Course generally explores a topic related to Italy or Europe. In addition, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica to facilitate enrollment in appropriate courses and ensemble work. The largest private music school in Italy, the Accademia includes schools of jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music. Advanced-level Italian language students may enroll in Theory and History classes, as well. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home.
In addition to other coursework, Music students typically take one to three Music courses each term, combining private lessons with Academia instructors with Theory courses at the Academia and IES. Since coursework is specifically customized, final arrangements are made during orientation week based on meetings between the student and the IES Director.
**A note to Italian majors and minors: Newcomb-Tulane students wishing to receive major and/or minor Italian credit for coursework completed on this program must seek prior approval from the Italian Department.
The program begins with a short orientation to help you become familiar with the IES Abroad Milan staff, your fellow students, and the city of Milan. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during orientation.
After orientation, you participate in a three-week intensive language program designed to help you gain practical language skills and to acclimate you to the local environment. IES Abroad schedules several excursions and tours to introduce you to the history, culture, and districts of Milan.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Students on the IES Milan program regularly immerse themselves in daily Milanese life through the following opportunities:
- Participating in language exchange with native Italian speakers
- Attending performances at Teatro Alla Scala Opera House
- Going to soccer games
- Visiting museums, sporting events, and local fairs sponsored by Italian peers
- Taking cooking lessons
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 heaven known as the “quadrilatero della moda.” From visiting the spectacular infrastructure created for the World Expo of 2015, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian design and fashion, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city.
Students at IES Milan have two options: Apartments and the Collegio di Milano.
Located throughout the city, furnished apartments will typically house three to five students. Generally, two students share a bedroom and apartments are single-sex. Some IES students are housed with an Italian roommate who is either a college student or young working professional. Meals are not included, so students normally prepare their own breakfast and dinner and eat lunch at the Università Cattolica's cafeteria.
A residence for Italian and international honors students, the Collegio offers single rooms with private bathrooms and balconies, and facilities include a computer room, library, cafeteria, and an auditorium for special cultural programs. This option includes three meals daily. Space is limited, and students are chosen by the Collegio, based on academic criteria. Due to the many amenities, this option carries an additional fee.
IES Milan: Italy Today
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