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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Communication, History, International Studies, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: Design
Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
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Program Design in Milan tab 1

This program will examine northern Italy’s prestigious history of product making and its current influence on design, fashion, and architecture. Travelers on this program will become ”cool hunters” as they learn about and chase the latest trends in design, fashion and business. In addition, you will visit and explore the rich history of northern Italy and why the world looks at Milan to see the future. Students who travel on this program can expect to
  • Collaborate with local design students at Politecnico di Milano during their Design Week
  • Expand their international design perspective and apply it to their own design thinking
  • Explore current trends and learn how to recognize emerging trends in design and fashion
  • Recognize the importance and influence of cultural branding 
Upon completion of the program, students will have developed both individual and collaborative projects that engage each of the week’s themes through careful reflection and story-telling.  Student deliverables include videos, posters, a campaign, and an analytical report on design trends.  Students will learn from internationally-recognized artisans and professionals based in Milan.


This program is based in Milan, Italy. Students will explore and experience the cosmopolitan and increasingly diverse city of Milan, Italy and its surrounding regions. This city has been at the leading edge of contemporary design and is always looking to the future through designers’ eyes. Students will collaborate with international design students, tour the city’s architecture, visit design offices and artisans, visit design and cultural landmarks in-and-around northern Italy and reflect on what they see and do within a collective digital diary. Students will visit such impressive sites as the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, the Fondazione Prada, and the Pinacoteca di Brera.


Students will be housed in a nearby hostel. Students will be responsible for most of their own meals.

Resident Directors

Jeffrey Haase 
Department of Design

Education Abroad Coordinator

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit Design in Milan tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Design 5798 (Study Tour Design Education Abroad to Milan, Italy) for Summer 2019.



Application Requirement Design in Milan tab 3

Successful applicants will be able to articulate a demonstrable interest in architecture, art history, product design, forecasting, contemporary design, and/or cultural branding. This interest should be explicitly referenced in answer to the following application questions:
  • What led you to select this particular study abroad program?
  • How will you prepare yourself for the difference in culture, academics, and so on?
  • How will your participation in this program help you reach your personal and academic goals?
Preference will be given to Design majors and minors.

Eligible students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs Design in Milan tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,581 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, excursions,in-country transportation, and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, meals, or personal expenses. 

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the 2019 budget sheet.  

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman
International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.


Information Sessions

  • Monday, September 17 from 5:30-6:30 in Enarson Classroom Building 100
Faculty-Led Programs in Italy in May Information Session
  • Thursday, November 1 from 1:30-3:30 PM in Enarson Classroom Building 160 


Design in Milan tab 5U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



I learned a lot about the way people live in Europe. I became more familiar and in touch with their culture and traditions. My biggest take away was an elevated sense of style and taste in design. I learned about the phenomenon of trends and the delicate balance between classical and contemporary art. I walked away with a sense of refinement and a new passion for design. 
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/10/2018
01/10/2018 05/05/2018 06/03/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative and include travel to and from the US.
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/04/2019 06/02/2019
NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized by Autumn 2018.

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