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Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Rebecca Dlubac

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


Opportunity Description

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano was founded in 1980, by artists for artists. The Accademia was the first and is the largest and most innovative private academy recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The academic degrees are recognized in Europe and over the world. Nuova Accademia's mission is to celebrate and cultivate the creativity of its students, and to help them turn their artistic passion into a fulfilling, productive passion.

Semester study abroad students at NABA have the opportunity to delve into design fields under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. Students choose 4 to 6 courses from the many design-based departments: Fashion Design and Marketing, Graphic and Visual Design, Interior Design, and Product Design.

About the Program

NABA's students, numbering more than 2000, come from all over Italy and over 60 countries worldwide.

NABA is located in the beautiful Navigli area of Milan. The area is named for its canals, which are framed by pedestrian streets and lined with shops and restaurants. Its modern campus consists of 12 buildings. All facilities, equipment and individual subject studios are updated consistently to keep students' work fresh.

Milan is Italy's financial, industrial, and commercial centre, and known as a leading global city. It hosts 11% of Italy's university students, and is filled with landmarks, museums, and theatres. Milan became a fashion capital in the 1980s, as several firms, such as Versace, became internationally successful. The city is well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world.


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.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)