Innovation, Digital Studies and Creative Communication

Università IULM
Milan, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Innovation, Digital Studies and Creative Communication

  • Location


  • Host University

    Università IULM

    The Università IULM (IULM) is a center of innovation. Located a short distance from the Design District and Navigli area, the IULM is located in a well-connected and culturally vibrant area. The campus has beautiful modern buildings that house classrooms, a library, study centers, and a dining hall.  

    The university has an integrated academic approach, with a combination of theory and practical experiences.  

    The IULM is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research. 

  • Term

    Fall 3 2023

  • Program Dates

    Sep 19, 2023 - Dec 23, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    May 01, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 15, 2023

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Innovation, Digital Studies, and Creative Communication program at the Università IULM (IULM) is a great opportunity if you are a student of Business or Communication! Milan is one of the largest commercial and financial hubs in the world and studying at the IULM puts you in a center of innovation and entrepreneurship.  

At the IULM, you can take courses in Business, Digital Studies, and Communication. You will enroll in 12-15 total semester credits. The program offers courses taught in English (except for Italian language courses). There is no Italian language experience required for this program. Classmates are international and local students. 

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 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.

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


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information


  • You will be taking between 24 to 30 ECTS credits (12 to 15 semester credits) during this session.


  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancellations.


  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.


  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the Università IULM (IULM). Depending on the type of course (ex. if you are taking an Italian language course), the transcripts from the IULM will reflect contact hours and/or ECTS credits.


  • Depending on the type of course (ex. if you are taking an Italian language course), the transcripts from the IULM will reflect contact hours and/or ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution, and credit transfer is ultimately dependent on your home university.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by yourhome and host institutions, for the duration of the program.


  • If you have not completed a college semester of Italian language or the equivalent, you are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course while on this program.
  • Italian courses are offered from the Beginner to Advanced level.
  • You will have the opportunity to enroll in a pre-session 2-week intensive Italian language course for an additional cost. Contact the Italy Program Manager for more information about adding this pre-session course.


  • Enrollment in Italian courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the host university. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • We strongly suggest that if you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

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. Also note that courses are always subject to change.


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Università IULM

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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