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FIT in Milan

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  • Fashion Design BFA

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 their entire third year, 5th semester (all specializations) or 6th semester (Knitwear/Sportswear), and/or the fourth year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program. Classes are taught in English at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi).


Knitwear & Sportswear


Approvals on an ongoing basis until 15-Jan*: Academic Year/Fall (5th semester)

Approvals on an ongoing basis until 1-Oct*: Spring 2019 (6th semester)

*Early applicants receive preference.


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of one semester of Italian: Students must have completed Italian 1 by the semester prior to their program start date.
  • Fashion Design: 3rd or 4th year (BFA) - Participation is contingent upon acceptance to the BFA program. Students are eligible to participate during their entire 3rd year, entire 4th year, 5th semester (all specializations) or 6th semester (Knitwear/Sportswear). Students may also complete both 3rd and 4th years in Milan.
  • Eligible students must obtain academic advisement and approval from their Study Abroad Faculty Coordinator
  • Must maintain a minimum of 12 credits each semester
  • Be qualified to obtain a Study Visa for Italy
  • Portfolio requirement: 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

2018/19 Academic Calendar

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


Arrangements are made for students to stay for one month at one of the Politecnico di Milano Residence Halls. Students have the option of remaining there for the entire academic year or, can make their own arrangements with other suggested Politecnico di Milano residence halls. Many student also choose to lease apartments in and around Milan. Housing support will be given at orientation upon arrival in Milan.

Study Visa

Students will be required to apply for a Study Visa for the duration of their stay in Italy. Students are encouraged to 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. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.

  • Coverage abroad: 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. 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.

  • Coverage in the US: Haylor Health Insurance

Program Budget

FIT in Milan Financial Budget Sheet

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


See the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.

Application, Instructions and Preparations