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So you’re trying to pick your Erasmus destination for next year, but you’re not quite sure where you want to go? Cut it out! We’ve got the answer for you: MILAN! Milan is the place to be right now! Here’s why studying in Milan is going to rock your world!
In Milan there are many highly ranked universities such as Bocconi, for its Economics courses, the Politecnico, for Engineering, or the Accademia di Brera, for fine arts. Chances are you won’t find a better education anywhere else in Italy!
This might seem unimportant, but once you look at a map you realise that among the big cities in Europe, Milan is the only one that allows you to travel to almost anywhere in no more than a 2-hour flight: Greece, Germany, France, and the UK. The other big plus is that many low-budget airlines operate in the city: the most popular ones are Easyjet and Ryanair.
Although the tide is changing a bit, Milan’s not the best city for cyclists; in fact, it’s still a bit difficult to move around the city. Thankfully though, the city has a very good transportation system. Usually, services stops at around 00:00/01:00 AM on weekdays, but at the weekends there are many buses and trams till late at night and the early hours of the morning. For students, there is the possibility to get a monthly pass for less than 30 euros.
When you think of Milan, monuments are probably the last thing that comes to your mind. In fact, the common feeling is that art in Italy is something that belongs only to Rome, Florence or Venice. It will surprise you to discover that Milan has quite some beauties besides the big shopping areas. Apart from the famous landmarks such as The Duomo, the Palazzo Reale or Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, there are many wonders spread around the city, like the Sant’Ambrogio church with its ancient crypts or the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Studying abroad means opening up to new opportunities, and being in one of the most diverse and modern cities in Europe will help you do just that. Whether you want to keep doing what you like or try out something new, in Milan you will find what you’re looking for! If you like sports you’ll be able to practice them due to the large presence of parks and gyms. If cultural events are your thing, you’ll be able to choose between museums, theatres, or even opera thanks to the famous “Teatro alla Scala”. Lastly, if you’re interested in fashion, you’re in the right place: fashion week, or as they call it: “Settimana della Moda”, attracts hundreds and hundreds of designers and models every year.
Once you take some time to actually go around the city and discover its little secrets, you’ll realise that there are many public parks and gardens in the “grey and sad” Milano. The biggest parks are the Parco Sempione, with its famous Castello inside, just minutes away from The Duomo, the Parco Nord and the Villa Reale Park, in Monza. A smaller but really nice park is the Giardini di Porta Venezia, where you can also find a museum and an art gallery.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Italy is its cuisine. After eating the usual pizzas and lasagne, make sure you try Milan’s traditional dishes as well: “Risotto alla Milanese”, “Cotoletta”, “Cassoeula”, and the famous milanese cake: the Panettone.
Because its such a dynamic and lively city, Milan’s nightlife offers a wide range of opportunities for all tastes and budgets. The music scene in Milan is fantastic: you can go listen to a Classical music concert at La Scala or attend a DJ gig at Alcatraz. About the nightlife, in particular in the Navigli, Porta Venezia and Moscova areas there are many bars, pubs and discos that will make your nights epic.
Milan is known for being a dynamic city that even after 2000 years of history is still evolving. And yet in this constant change, where new buildings replacing the old ones, there is a balance between the rich historical heritage and modernity. And this is what makes Milan unique in Italy: a combination of both new and old.
In the rest of Italy, people from Milan are often seen as busy and serious people, but that is a misconception. The “Milanesi” might seem a bit introverted at first, but once they open up a little you’ll see that their principles of respect, helping and caring for each other are what made it possible for generations of people to integrate so well in the city. This makes Milano one of the most diverse and multicultural places in Europe and for this reason it is a great place to be in during your studies.
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