Ready to Study Abroad?
Our admissions counselors can’t wait to help you!
Semester study abroad students at NABA have the opportunity to delve into design fields under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. Students choose 3 to 6 courses within one of the design-based concentrations: Fashion Design; Fashion Styling and Communication; Graphic Design; Interdisciplinary Design; Interior Design; and Product Design. Those with varying academic needs can also select courses across all concentrations for a total of 12 - 18 US credits.
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
Late August 2018 – Mid December 2018
Academic Year: Freshman (1st year) or above
Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Courses & Registration
NABA courses run Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choices as well as required alternate courses. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start.
|June 15 2018
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|May 1 2018
||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|June 1 2018
||SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
|July 1 2018
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|July 1 2018
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|August 1 2018
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Milan Linate Airport (LIN). SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
||NABA Academic Orientation
NABA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
||Fall Break (no class)|
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Milan
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$100 / course||$200 / course|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$600 / month||$1,000 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$250 / month||$350 / month|
|Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$250 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.
SAI welcomes students to Milan with aperitivi at one of the hidden and local trendy spots in the Naviglio district.
Duomo Rooftop and Milan Walking Tour
Students admire the architecture of the spire-laden Duomo up close as they walk among the buttresses and statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the rooftop. Following the tour, the group discovers the fashion district including the Galleria, Montenapoleone and La Scala.
Borromeo Islands Day Trip
Students visit the picturesque setting of the Borromean Islands, a small group of three islands and two islets on Lago Maggiore. The group enjoys a day on the lake discovering the various islands, with a lunchtime stop at the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori.
Enoteca Ronchi has been the “wine lounge” in Milan since 1865 and is synonymous with fine wine. Students enjoy an evening of wine tasting in this historic setting.
Weekend Excursion to the Apennines
Students enjoy a unique weekend in the heart of the Apennine mountains between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The group stays in Garfagnana, at the base of the Apennines, and spends the days exploring the surrounding park area including: Parco Orecchielle, the Fortezza di Verrucole, Castiglione di Garfagnana, Lago Vagli and the architecture of the Ponte Sospesso. The weekend offers the opportunity to see the diverse flora and fauna of Italy and its National Park and get a glimpse of Italian culture outside of the city.
Students take a guided tour of the Fondazione Castiglione, former studio of Designer Achilles Castiglione, considered one of the greatest and most innovative designers of the 20th Century. On top of viewing designs and prototypes, the tour gives an inside look at Castiglione’s design process.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, is considered one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Students visit the convent and enjoy an explanation of the painting’s influence on Leonardo Da Vinci’s history.
Students visit the Pirelli Hangar Biccoca, a contemporary art space in the Biccoca district of Milan. Formerly a factory that manufactured train carriages, the complex uses its original architecture to showcase art that is connected to the urban and public contexts.
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.
Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.
SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.