Through IES, student musicians have the opportunity to work with world-class musicians, soak up the local music scene, perform at a variety of venues, and attend a wide variety of performances.  This program tailors education to the specific needs and interests of each student.  There is a full range of opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and performance majors.

“My piano teacher was the best teacher I have ever had...I really couldn’t have asked for more. I really grew as a person, had some amazing experiences I will remember forever, and now have a very new and different perspective of culture and society because of my stay in Italy.” - Kyle D. ‘16

Fields of study:

Music (vocal performance, instrumental performance, music theory and composition, and music history), Italian language


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement); strong interest in music

Language Prerequisite:



15-19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
IES Abroad Italian language course (4 or 6 credits)
Four courses in music, private instruction in music, internship, IES Italy Today electives, and/or university courses. (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Internships are available in music education, music management and marketing, music production/studio, and music therapy.


Apartments with other IES Abroad students and with Italian roommates called Community Assistants (CAs), Homestays with Italian families


Apartment: Students typically cook breakfast and dinner for themselves and eat lunch at university cafeterias or nearby restaurants.
Homestay: Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host family.  Students eat lunch at university cafeterias or nearby restaurants.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


late August-December, January-May


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Milan - Music: Voice, Composition & Instrumental