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.

Fields of study:

Music (Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Music Theory and Composition, and Music History), Italian language


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; strong interest in music

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September – December, January – May


Required Courses (15-19 credits)

  • Italian Language (6 credits)
  • Four 3-credit courses in music, private instruction in music, internship,
    IES Italy Today electives, and/or university courses.

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Apartments with other American students and sometimes with Italian roommates
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.


Internships are available in non profits related to music


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES Milan - Music Tradition & Innovation