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

    Summer 4 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 23, 2024 - Jul 20, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 05, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

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


    Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


    Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


    Academic Information


    • You will take 2 courses during this summer session.  Each course is a 2-week intensive course worth 45 contact hours each. 


    • PLEASE NOTE: You will choose one course from Session I and one course from Session II.
    • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a prerequisite and/or a portfolio submission.
    • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancellations.  If a course is full or cancelled, you will need to choose an alternate course.
    • Some courses may require additional fees.


    • The transcripts from NABA will reflect contact hours. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.  ISA recommends meeting with your home university advisors to discuss the transfer of credits before going abroad.  Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
    • 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.


    • 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.


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    Support & Funding

    ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


    Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

    Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

    U.S. Team

    Dana Guthrie

    Program Manager, Italy


    Luca Garotti

    Resident Director, Italy

    Raimondo Bernardi

    Student Service Coordinator, Italy

    Identity Resources

    Accessibility & Accommodations

    With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

    Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

    Destination Information

    Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

    Identity Blog

    ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


    All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

    If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

    Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


    ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. 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.

    Student Residence

    While in Milan, you'll be housed at a student residence. Student residences in Milan are quite different than dorms in the U.S. as they are not located on a college campus. The residence will be approximately 25 to 25 minutes by public transportation from the host universities.

    The apartments in the residence come in different sizes, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. Each apartment is fully furnished and includes a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom. Bedrooms are typically double occupancy. Each apartment includes one single bed per student. Towels and bed linens are included.

    Coin operated laundry machines are available in the laundry room located in the basement. 

    You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event 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.


    The city setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, visitors have every reason to be captivated by Verona's charm and sophistication. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, 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!

    Lake Garda

    On this excursion to Northern Italy, you’ll visit the beautiful Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake. Garda is blessed with a benign climate and diversity of landscape: from the fjord-like north, where the Brenta Dolomites drop sheer into the water, to the gentle hills of vineyards and olive groves, and the sea-like southern basin, fringed by beaches.

    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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