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FIT in Milan

Fashion Design BFA
Specializations: Knitwear and Sportswear

The FIT Fashion Design program in Milan offers FIT students the option to study in Italy, absorbing a distinctive cultural perspective while preparing for a career without global boundaries.

Students are eligible to participate and receive academic credit for:

  • full third year
  • 5th semester (all specializations)
  • 6th semester (Knitwear or Sportswear)
  • the fourth year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program

Classes are taught in English at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi).


Approvals on an ongoing basis until February 1: Academic Year/Fall (5th semester)

Approvals on an ongoing basis until September 19: Spring 2020 (6th semester)

Early applicants receive preference.


  • You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • You must complete one semester of Italian. All students must have completed Italian 1 by the semester prior to the program start date.
  • You must be a Fashion Design major, in the 3rd or 4th year of the BFA program. Participation is contingent upon acceptance to the BFA program. You are elible to study in Milan during the entire 3rd year, entire 4th year, 5th semester (all specializations), or 6th semester (knitwear/sportswear). You may also complete both 3rd and 4th years in Milan.
  • You must obtain academic advisement and approval from your Study Abroad Faculty Coordinator.
  • You must maintain a minimum of 12 credits each semester.
  • You must be qualified to obtain a Study Visa for Italy.
  • You must submit a portfolio. Portfolios should include both fashion artwork and actual garments from Fashion Art and Apparel classes. Further instructions will be specified once the online application is submitted.

Course Information

» Fashion Design in Milan Knitwear Curriculum
» Fashion Design in Milan Sportswear Curriculum

Academic Calendar

» 2020-21 Academic Calendar

Please note that field trip dates are yet to be confirmed. A finalized schedule will be posted when it becomes available. 


You have the option of residing at one of the Politecnico di Milano Residence Halls for the full duration of your program. Some students also choose to lease apartments in and around Milan independently. Housing support can be provided by the FIT in Milan staff.

Study Visa

You will be required to apply for a Study Visa for the duration of your stay in Italy. You should carefully review the Study Visa requirements. Supporting documentation will be provided after approval.

Health Insurance

FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:

1. Coverage abroad: FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.

  • UHC Study Abroad Insurance 
    Students will be enrolled and account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.

2. Coverage in the United States: FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Haylor insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S.-based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.

Program Budget

» FIT in Milan Financial Budget Sheet

A copy of this form may be taken to Financial Aid Services for a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor.


See the Scholarships and Financial Aid page.

Application, Instructions and Preparations

» How to Apply

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