Location and Demographics
SUNY Oneonta offers a study abroad program at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan, Italy, in cooperation with the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI). Milan, known as the “fashion capital” of Italy, has an industrial appearance; however, there are several exceptional churches, cathedrals and theaters in the city to explore. Students are introduced to Milan and other major cities within Italy through cultural excursions organized by KEI. During the semester program, excursions are offered in Milan, Florence and Venice, and excursions during the Summer program are offered in Milan and one other city (either Florence or Venice).
The facilities at IED’s Milan campus include a lighting techniques laboratory, a fashion show theater, accessories and shoe lab, rapid prototyping lab, video, sound and photography labs, and a jewelry lab.
For more information about IED Milan, visit the KEI website and the Istituto Europeo di Design website
Students live in furnished apartments in a residential part of Milan. Apartments consist of a living area, kitchen, 2 to 4 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. Most bedrooms are double-occupancy. For more information about student life in Milan, view the Knowledge Exchange Institute website
Academics: Semester and Academic Year
The focus of the courses offered during the semester and academic year program is on Italian fashion design and merchandising. Courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each, unless specified otherwise in the course description.
During the first month of the program, students must enroll in the Made in Italy and Italian for Design courses. Academic year students enroll in the Fashion Industry Independent Project for the first month of the Spring semester.
After the first month of the program, students start taking elective courses. Students can enroll in up to 9 credits per semester (generally 3 elective courses). All available courses and syllabi for the courses are listed on the KEI website
Academics: Summer Program
Students take one 6-credit course during the 4-week Summer program that is offered at IED. The course descriptions and syllabi are available on the Knowledge Exchange Institute website
Application & Deadline
Program applications from SUNY students should be directed to the SUNY Oneonta Office of International Education. A completed SUNY Overseas Academic Programs Application is due to the OIE by March 1 for the Summer program, April 15 for the Fall semester and academic year programs, and November 1 for the Spring semester program.
Program applications from non-SUNY students should be directed to the Knowledge Exchange Institute by the appropriate KEI deadline. See the KEI website for the application deadlines for non-SUNY students.
Duration and Cost
Semester Cost Sheet
Summer Cost Sheet
Open to students of all majors, though ideal for Fashion majors. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.