If you come to Milano as an international student on an English-language programme, you will find that you can find your way around quite easily without speaking Italian. But speaking the local language always makes life easier and it may help you feel more at home, get to know more locals and gain insight into Milanese culture, customs and current events.

Learning Italian in Milano

Most of the universities and academies in Milano offer Italian languages classes for their students, in addition to that, many other language schools are present in the city.

Some courses prepare you for the official Italian as a Foreign Language Certificate (there are four official certifications: CILS, CELI, CERT.IT,  PLIDA) that some universities might require you to get.



find an Italian language School in Milano

The municipality of Milano created the website milano.italianostranieri.org. It hosts a comprehensive database of Italian language courses offered in the city.

Conversation for improving your Italian

Tandem programs & co.

If you already speak some Italian and are looking for a fun and simple approach for improving your Italian without spending money and sitting further in a classroom, organizations such as ESN organize language exchange programs where you can pair up with local people and have informal chats. You might even make friends along the way!

ESN is one of the main international students association. Its groups in Milano Universities have Tandem one-to-one conversation programs. They have even an app for that. Get in touch with them!

ESN Bocconi Milano ESN IULM Milano ESN Milano Bicocca ESN Milano Statale ESN Politecnico Milano ESN Unicatt Milano

Municipality of Milano Language Courses

The Municipality of Milano offers a wide range  of language courses, including Italian courses. 

Look for "Italiano per Stranieri" on the dedicated website