Choosing Your Program: Which City in Italy is Right for Me?

Jessica Pino is a Senior Site Specialist for Europe. Jessica works with students studying abroad in Florence, Milan and Rome.

When you think of Italy, you probably think of pasta, ancient ruins, wine, and fashion; but these are just a few aspects of Italy. When deciding where to study abroad in Italy, ask yourself: which city is best for you?


What’s great about this city? Florence is an artists’ haven. This small city has preserved the essence of the Renaissance and gives the impression of living in an outdoor museum.

Perfect for… first-time travelers, art lovers people who prefer a smaller city that’s easy to navigate.

What’s unique about this city’s university? The Florence University of the Arts and APICIUS International School of Hospitality give students a hands-on approach to learning. With small classroom sizes, students have the possibility of establishing close relationships with their professors.

Great for students hoping to take courses in… advertising, art history, business, digital media, fashion design, culinary arts, hospitality & tourism, dietetics & nutrition, photography or studio art.

Programs: ISA offers Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Intensive Month and January Term in Florence.


What’s great about this city? Milan is the economic and commercial hub of Italy and home to the Italian stock exchange and many large industries. This city appears to be more modern than most other Italian cities, as much of it’s architecture was devastated during World War II.

Perfect for… students interested in a faster-paced medium to larger city. Show a general interest in Business and Fashion and who are looking for a more modern European city.

What’s unique about this city’s university? Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest private university in Europe and the largest catholic university in the world. The Milan campus has 25,000 students, including 2,500 international students.

Great for students hoping to take courses in… banking & finance, business, communications, economics, fashion merchandising or Italian culture.

Programs: ISA offers Fall, Spring, Academic Year and Intensive Month programs in Milan.


What’s great about this city? Rome is the capital of Italy and the largest city in Italy. It’s also home of the Vatican City State. Rome is a bustling metropolis that truly has something for everyone.

Perfect for… Students who want to be in a large and diverse Italian city, with easy access to travel in and around Italy and Europe.

What’s unique about this city’s university? The American University of Rome is a small university with a 19-to-1 student to faculty ratio. It’s also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which makes transferring credits a breeze.

Great for students hoping to take courses in… business, communications, classics, history, international relations, film or politics.

Programs: ISA offers Summer, Fall, Spring and January Term programs in Rome.

Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.