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Milan Music: Tradition & Innovation

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Milan, Italy


This program welcomes music students of all Italian language levels and offers a full range of opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and music performance majors through Music courses at the IES Abroad Center.  The Center Director, who is an active composer and music scholar, tailors a program that meets your particular musical needs and interests. Music students typically take one to three Music courses each term, combining private lessons with Scuola Civica instructors with music composition, history and theory courses at the IES Abroad Center. Students also have access to non-Music courses in Communications, Film Studies, History, Literature, Political Science as well as a credit-bearing internship option.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IES Abroad application by the program's deadline

Languages: Italian, English

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students are required to take one Italian-language course or one course taught in Italian on the program.


Students choose from the following housing options:

  • Student apartments with 3-6 other IES students
  • Collegio di Milano, a residence hall for Italian and international honors students (additional cost)
  • Limited number of homestays in Milanese homes throughout the city

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $30,315

Billed by Northwestern: $18,665

  • Tuition: $16,165
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $11,650

  • Housing: $4,235
  • Meals: $3,120
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $140
  • Books & supplies: $300
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Residence permit: $210
  • IES insurance: $200
  • HTH: $145


Study Abroad Guide