Istituto Europeo di Design


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 Campus

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.



Contact Us

OIE Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Mailing Address: Office of International Education SUNY College at Oneonta 111 Schumacher Hall Oneonta, NY 13820
USA Tel: 607-436-3369 Fax: 607-436-2475

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Prospective Students

Our Location Founded in 1889 in “Honor and Good Faith,” the College is strategically located in beautiful upstate New York. Oneonta is home to the Foothills Performing Arts Center and just 30 minutes to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The campus is surrounded by 360 degree mountain views and is close to the Catskill Mountains. Upstate NewYork is a four-season state with mild summers, cool nights, and beautiful spring foliage. Fall is colorful and winters offer plenty of snow, ideal for snowboarding and skiing. The campus is 4.5 hours to New York City (NYC) by bus and 1 hour from Albany, the capital of New York and a major shopping area.
Oneonta has a progressive, local and interstate bus system running 7 days per week with routine stops on campus. DowntownOneonta is walking distance from SUNY and has local shopping, unique gift shops, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and entertainment in this historic city. A nearby shopping mall is a short distance to the campus by bus.
The Albany International Airport is just over 1 hour away—The OIE office provides free airport pickup for new student arrivals. JFK International Airport is also within reach and has an Airtrack/railway/bus system direct to Oneonta.

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How to Apply

Starting Your Overseas Journey: Step-by-Step
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