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Study in Milan, Italy

Population: 1,275,000

City overview

Milan may not get the attention of its flashier neighbours like Rome and Florence, but this pretty city is about more than just fashion and models – Milan’s beauty is more than just skin deep.

This is one of Italy’s great university cities, with more than 185,000 students calling it home. As the second largest city, Milan has something to attract every international student, from designer fashion and beautiful architecture to football fanatics and canal-side cafes.
Studying a graduate program in Milan will introduce you to a city full of creativity, passion and great food – this is the real Italy.

Education profile

As one of Italy’s most prominent student cities, Milan has some of the country’s most respected universities. There are seven universities in Milan, including the Politecnico di Milano, the city’s oldest institution which has been welcoming students for more than 150 years.

You could study a graduate program in Milan at the following institutions:

Most graduate programs in Milan will take a maximum of two years to complete. However, if you choose to study part-time, or choose a course with a different structure, you may find that your course takes longer than usual to finish.

Most programs will be taught in a mixture of English and Italian, so it’s vital that your Italian language skills are sufficiently fluent. Always check with your chosen university before completing your application if in doubt.

Immigration and visas

EU students are able to come and study in Milan providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

Life in Milan

Milan might not have not have the same beauty and charm as a Rome or Venice, but life here is typically Italia, from the morning coffee to the evening stroll.

Milan is the capital of clothing and design, so international students living here will spend plenty of time shopping. The most famous brands can be found in the famous quadrilatero della moda (quadrangle of fashion), which is the area between Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. This is where you’ll find brands like Armani, Gucci and Versace.

Shopping not your thing? Try one of Milan’s many musical delights. Milan is one of Italy’s centres of classical music, with a musical conservatory, symphony orchestra and several theatres playing opera and classical music throughout the week.

Working in Milan

Milan is Italy’s financial and economic centre, generating nearly 10% of national GDP. Major international companies like RAI, Sky, Yahoo! And Google have chosen to base their Italian operations in Milan while the city is also an important manufacturing centre for the automotive industry.

Tourism is also becoming an increasingly important industry as the city looks to grow its global appeal – international students in Milan may find their language skills come in handy when looking for part-time work in bars or as guides.


Most international students on a graduate program in Milan will choose to live in accommodation provided by the university initially, as this is the easiest way to settle into university life and get to know your fellow students and the area better.

Once you get more settled, you may want to move into your own private apartment or house share with friends. Milan has lots of different neighbourhoods and you should be able to find somewhere to suit your needs, but popular districts include:

  • Navigli
  • Citta Studi
  • Porta Venezia
  • Porta Ticenese

Weather and climate

Milan can be quite a cold city, particularly during winter. Snow is quite common and temperatures hover around freezing point for most of December, January and February, influenced by the proximity of the Alps.

Summers are humid and sultry, with frequent thunderstorms. Expect summer to be at its warmest between June and August.

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