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.