Design, Fashion & Digital Arts

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)
Milan, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Design, Fashion & Digital Arts

  • Location


  • Host University

    Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)

    The Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti is a nexus for the Fashion and Design industry. If you attend this university, you will be taught by faculty who are renowned designers in the Fashion and Design fields. NABA alumni have been placed with leading companies in the industry, and the university has been recognized as one of Europe's Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design by Domus Magazine, as well as in the field of Business of Fashion in the Global Fashion School ranking. Located in the heart of downtown Milan, you're just a short walk away from several great neighborhoods like Porta Ticinese and Zona Navigli. The Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) was founded in Milan in 1980. It is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

  • Term

    Fall 2 2023

  • Program Dates

    Aug 27, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 01, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 15, 2023

  • Credit

    180 - 225 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • Apply Now

Study Abroad Program Description

The Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) is an incredible opportunity if you’re a student of Fashion and Design! Milan is world renowned for being the center of the Fashion industry and studying at NABA will put you at the nexus of the industry's current trends. Students will spend time at the NABA campus in downtown Milan together with international students. Programs are a combination of theoretical and project-based courses, taught by an experienced faculty composed of reputed designers and creative professionals. Studying at NABA, you can take courses in: Fashion Design, Product Design, Interior Design, Fashion Management, Fashion, Architecture, Graphic Design, and more. NABA’s summer program offers cumulative knowledge of the industry, giving a view of the most significant market trends, and focuses on a current topical project theme. Summer courses are 2-week intensive research and project courses. Courses are offered in English.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.
  • You must have already completed two semesters of college by the program start date.
  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.50, you may still be considered for acceptance. You will also have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.
  • What's Included

    Comprehensive Advising and Support

    24-Hour Emergency

    Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

    Airport Reception

    Visa Support

    Tuition at the Host University


    Bridging Cultures Orientation

    Full-Time Resident Staff

    On-Site Offices

    Internet Access

    ISA Discovery Model


    Cultural Activities


    Official Transcript from the Host University

    Professional Development Toolbox

    Scholarship Opportunities



    Contact Hours

    180 - 225

    Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

    12 - 15

    Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

    18 - 22

    Academic Information

      • You will take between 180 to 225 contact hours in this session.
      • Eligibility for courses may be subject to prerequisites and/or a portfolio submission.
      • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
      • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancelations.
      • Some courses may require additional fees.
      • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
      • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
      • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.
      • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA). The transcripts from NABA will reflect contact hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

    Please Note: The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form.


    Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
    Design, Fashion, and Visual & Digital Arts
    Fashion Design
    45 Contact Hours
    Fashion Styling & Communication
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    Graphic Design
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    Interior Design
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours
    45 Contact Hours

    Support & Funding

    U.S. Team

    Lillian Nguyen

    Program Manager, Italy


    Luca Garotti

    Resident Director, Italy

    Andrea Senatore

    Student Services, Italy

    Funding Your ISA Program

    Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

    Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

    As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

    View all Funding Options


    ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. All ISA apartments are conveniently located along public transit routes with travel times to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ranging between 20 and 40 minutes. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Italy and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Milanese!

    We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


    The ISA Milan program includes comfortable housing in shared, fully-furnished apartments. There are generally one or two student apartment units per building and neighboring residents are typically middle-class Italian families who own their apartment. Most ISA apartments have 2-3 bedrooms, lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Bedrooms are typically double-occupancy and each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs, and furnished sitting area. Many apartment units include a laundry facility in house or on-site. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university. All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments. Meals and laundry service are not included. *A $250 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

    Independent Housing

    You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you'll receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. *All housing assignments are based on space available and student responses on the Housing Questionnaire.

    You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



    ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not be able to visit on your own. The destinations shown below are a sample of some of the possibilities, which are finalized in the time leading up to the start of your program.

    Florence & Verona

    First, you'll visit Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Visitors have every reason to be captivated by Verona's charm and sophistication. You’ll enjoy the view from Juliet's balcony as well as visit one of the largest and best-preserved Roman Arenas in existence. The Arena also is home to many festivals throughout the year. Don’t forget to leave a love letter on the wall of Juliet’s house!

    Next, explore Florence, the "Cradle of the Renaissance." You'll take guided tours of art museums, enjoy views of the Ponte Vecchio, and wander through the central square to marvel at Brunelleschi's towering Duomo and Ghiberti's golden Gates of Paradise. Spend the afternoon walking through the bustling San Lorenzo market where you can find everything from pasta and vegetables to purses, belts, and shoes.

    Lake Como

    Acclaimed as the most beautiful of the Italian lakes, Lake Como has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries and is known as a top destination for the rich and famous. You'll become enchanted by its charming, mountainous shoreline and sun-kissed natural beauty. The forked lake is one of the deepest in Europe (410 meters). Known for its grand picturesque villas, castles, and vineyards, Lake Como provides something special for everyone.

    Cultural Activities in Milan

    The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Milan. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Milan special.

    These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included visit to the Duomo, tours of museums (La Scala, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.) and San Siro stadium, a Flamenco Show at Piccolo Teatro, and viewing flamingos at Villa Invernizzi. 


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