My study abroad in Italy was the best experience.
I studied at the top design school and lived in the fashion center of Europe.
I was surrounded by people from different countries who were serious about fashion and design.
I would recommend this program for sure!
Emma Trindel SUNY OneontaRead more reviews...
There is plenty to do and see in Italy.
Both Florence and Milan host many plays, concerts and sporting events.
There are numerous museums of contemporary, Baroque and Renaissance art, including one (in Milan) housing Leonardo daVinci's most famous painting, The Last Supper.
If you need a break from Milan and Florence, there are several picturesque small villages within an hour's train ride of both cities.
In Florence and Milan, students live in furnished apartments.
Apartments consist of a living area, kitchen, 2 to 4 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms.
Most bedrooms are double-occupancy.
Students can prepare meals in their apartment or dine out at one of many cafes and restaurants throughout Florence and Milan.
Living in Italy provides a great opportunity to learn how to cook Italian-style using healthful ingredients such as tomatoes, olive oil and garlic.
Grocery stores and open-air markets can be found throughout each city.
Getting around town
Florence has a very walkable city center.
Attractions, campus, restaurants, cafes, and markets are within a 10-25 minute walk.
Make sure to take a map, though, as the streets wind and change names often!
There is a bus system that runs through the city center and surrounding area.
The train station is within walking distance from campus and housing, making surrounding towns in Tuscany and popular cities Italy within reach.
Milan has a highly developed system of underground subways, suburban rail, trams and buses.
Passes and discounts are available for students.
Taxis are readily available, but can only pick up at designated taxi stands or called by phone.
Radiobus, a night service that crosses the line between taxis and buses, is a cheaper way to get around than taxis.
The service is booked by phone an hour in advance.
Phones & internet
KEI will provide you with a prepaid mobile phone shortly after your arrival.
The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started.
The Onsite Director will show you how to place calls and top-off your phone.
Internet is available on campus.
Some apartments also have Internet.
There are plenty of internet cafés in the city.