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

    Spring 3 2024

  • Program Dates

    Feb 07, 2024 - Jul 05, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 10, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 15, 2023

  • Credit

    192 - 240 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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

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



Contact Hours

192 - 240

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information


  • You will be taking between 192 to 240 contact hours (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). The transcripts from the IULM will reflect contact hours. 


  • The transcripts from the IULM will reflect contact hours. 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 in the post-intermediate level in the spring semester.
  • 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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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

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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