Benvenuto a Milano!
Set in the picturesque northern part of Italy, Milan is a city of fascinating culture, style and fashion. Although it’s Italy’s second-largest city, Milan’s pockets of posh are found in its historic center, fashion mecca, culinary culture and dynamic vibe. Home to the Colonne di San Lorenzo, one of the few remains of the ancient Roman colony, Milan honors its Romantic roots with magnificent museums, architecture and modern masterpieces. It’s where the cosmopolitan and classy create the quintessential Italian experience!
Your Home in Italy
Experience Italy in a totally unique way! Unlike other international pre-college programs, ACA’s experience in Italy is not a homestay. Instead, students live and learn together, staying at the three-star Ibis Milano Centro Hotel, located right in the heart of downtown Milan. This incredible location places you just steps away from must-see landmarks like Corso Buenos Aires and the Duomo di Milano cathedral. The Ibis Milano Centro Hotel becomes your home away from home with in-suite bathrooms, televisions, housekeeping and air conditioning. Of course, ACA staff stay on-site, ensuring a safe and comfortable experience.
Soak Up the Italian Culture
ACA shows you Italy at its most awe-inspiring while providing you with a head start on your college career. Study fashion design or culinary arts at some of the most prestigious institutes in all of Europe! Enjoy hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art fashion studios and top-chef-style kitchens. Visit cultural attractions that let you experience this legendary city’s fascinating history firsthand. No prior Italian is required. Buon viaggio!
Playing It Safe
At ACA, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an eight-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA also uses chartered coach and taxi services to get around town—never public transportation. All ACA staff members are always equipped with cellphones.
For additional safety, ACA provides all students with local cellphones, allowing them to maintain easy contact with directors and staff!
The Ibis Milano Centro Hotel adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.
Parents will be reassured to know that Milan is a friendly city with all the modern medical and safety resources one would expect of a popular European tourist destination.
Savor the Sights, Shops and Incredible Cuisine!
There’s never a dull day in Milan! Take a stroll through the Brera district, where trendy boutiques and art shops line the narrow traditional alleys. Browse designer clothes and fabrics at Milan’s largest and most famous street market, Viale Papiniano. Soak up the sun in the city’s picturesque public gardens. Discover quaint plazas, inspiring galleries and magnificent museums. Sample traditional Italian specialties at truly authentic trattorias, stop into popular, wood-fired pizzerias and savor late-night gelato. Of course, a climb up to the roof of the Duomo, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, promises a view that will take your breath away!