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Come study in this world-class city filled with delicious food, beautiful architecture, and famous art! Milan offers students a unique view into Italy's capital of fashion and design as home to some of the world's biggest fashion labels. Enroll in courses from the best Italian academy of fine arts (QS World Rankings 2021, 2022) covering fashion, design, visual arts, and more!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation



Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • C.V. and portfolio as required by area of study
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 8, 2024 - May 4, 2024 $17,900 Nov 1, 2023 No Extension Dec 1, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Milan programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Lake Como

    Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Como is a destination that has enchanted artists and travelers for centuries. Visitors will marvel at the spectacular views and exquisite natural scenery, in addition to nearby splendid villas adorned by lush gardens. Surrounded by the Alps, its banks host enchanting villages such as Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo and Menaggio.

  • Venice & Verona

    Venice is one of the most well-known and romantic cities in the world. Famous for the canals and beautiful Piazza San Marco, the city welcomes visitors and scholars to explore its winding streets, walk the numerous bridges connecting section to section, and to soak up the magic of this city on the water. From the 13th to the 17th centuries, Venice was one of the most important cities in Europe. Its strategic location made Venice an important center of trade between the East and the West, and art and culture blossomed as well, leaving a legacy of amazing artistic and architectural treasures to discover throughout the winding streets and canals.

    Verona was home to most famous lovers in history: Romeo and Juliet (visitors can still find their famous balcony here). Today’s Verona has much more to offer than just references to Shakespeare, including the Roman Amphitheater (which is still used today for operas), the market at Piazza delle Erbe (once the Roman forum), and the medieval streets by the Adige river. Lake Garda is the biggest of the pre-Alpine lakes and the largest in Italy. The beauty of the countryside, the Mediterranean vegetation (vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards), and its mild climate make Lake Garda one of the most thriving health and tourist centers in the country. One can find remnants of many different historical periods in the cities and villages around the lake, such as Roman ruins, medieval churches and beautiful liberty villas.

  • Florence

    Florence is a city that welcomes visitors, artists, and students to walk its streets, to relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences and to glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Florence is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Some of the medieval artisan traditions are still alive today, as seen in the daily open-air markets. API introduces students to the sights, sounds, and art that embrace a visitor at every turn in the flowering city of Florence.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Learn from industry-leading professionals with both classroom style and project-based work opportunities. Located in one of the liveliest sections of the city, NABA's Milan campus offers students a wide variety of amenities including specialized laboratories for students to use state-of-the-art tools and elevate their work! NABA's course options set students up for success to position their education into career building opportunities.


Students receive transcripts from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) upon completion of their program.

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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Tommaso Bernardini

    Tommy will be your Resident Director in Milan and a resource for you while in Italy!

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Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)'s semester course offerings include the following areas of study:

— Creative Technologies
— Design
— Fashion Design
— Film and Animation
— Graphic Design and Art Direction
— Painting and Visual Arts
— Set Design


NABA's Academic System is based on CFA credits (1 CFA = 1 ECTS): 1 CFA credit corresponds to approximately 25 total learning hours, including self-directed study. At the end of their session, students will receive a transcript with credits for all the subjects successfully completed from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti.

Courses at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Semester)

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Courses at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Semester)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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  • Classes in English
  • Best Italian Academy in Fine Arts (QS World Rankings 2021 & 2022)

Students in Milan will be in shared, fully furnished API apartments. Bedroom options include single or double accommodation. These apartments will typically house 2-8 students, single gender or mixed. All apartments include wi-fi connection.