A state-run tertiary public academy of the fine arts, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Academy of Fine Arts of Brera) is situated right in Milan, Italy. Once sharing its main building in early 2017, it continues to share its history with Milan’s primary public museum for art, the Pinacoteca di Brera. In 1776, the academy was founded by Maria Theresa of Austria. As was quite the way in the era of the Enlightenment, it also shared space with several additional scientific and cultural and organizations and institutions.
Like other state-run art academies in Italy, the Accademia di Brera is run by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, quite like other state-run institutions in the country. There are three departments: Visual Arts, Design and Applied Art, and Communication and Education in Art.
With over 3,800 students enrolled, about 1,000 are studying on an international exchange. The academy is an active participant in the ERASMUS program, offering and working with exchanges for both students and teachers alike with countries in the European Union. Beginning in 2006, they also began to work with regions outside of the EU, like China, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia.
Consistently ranking as one of (if not the) number one university in the country, the Università degli Studi di Milano is a powerhouse. Its 60,000 students can choose from over 130 undergraduate classes across 9 schools and countless specializations. At 93 years old, it’s far from the oldest and most classical institution in Italy, but it is established as one of the finest.
Incredibly, the massive university occupies real estate in the very heart of Milan on the via Festa del Perdono. There are a few other buildings, but thankfully the university provides plenty of info on how to reach them so you don’t get lost.
The University of Milano-Bicocca is located a bit further out of Milan than UniMi, but only as far as the northern outskirts. It’s a young institution (just 19 years old) but boasts an impressive 32,000 students and eight separate faculties - it’s also growing at a considerable rate and was recently voted #21 on the Times Higher Education list of "top 100 universities under 50 years old" in the world.
It’s subjects include Law, Medicine, Economics and Sociology, among other academic programs, so check them out to see if your course is there. There is limited teaching in English, so you should get practising your Italian a good while before you go, though there may be intensive language classes you can attend before the start of classes.
As one of Europe’s premier business and management schools, Bocconi University is the places to study business in Milan. Admissions are now open for the 2018-19 year, so if you’ve got a passion for business and want to learn from the best, check out their range of programmes. It’s located inside the central part of Milan, so you’ll be within walking distance of all the great sights of the city.
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan is one of the most famous universities in Europe. It is the biggest Catholic university on the planet and the largest private university on the continent. With satellite campuses across Italy, the main buildings are in the heart of Milano. It is an absolutely first-rate institution with undergraduate programmes in various Business and Medicine fields, taught both in English and Italian.
The Polytechnic University of Milan has two main campus around the city, to the north/north east, as well as a few so-called "satellite campuses" at other Italian cities. It is generally considered the most prestigious technical university in the country, teaching engineering, design and architecture, with many different programmes within each faculty.
There are about 42,000 students across all campuses, so you won’t be short of pals! To find out which campus you would be based in, check out their campuses webpage - you don’t want to book flights to Milan city and end up studying in Lecco!