Natacha Fabre, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

When I arrived to Milan,  I didn’t expect how enjoyable my stay will be. Italian people were so kind and helpfull to me, and as Milan is a cosmopolitan city, it was easy to meet other foreign people to share everybody’s values.

Photos and text by Natacha Fabre

The university was a big change in comparaison to GEM because it takes place in an old convent

I really enjoyed to live as an italian student!

Italian food is great, there are the best coffees and ice-creams ever, but also pasta and pizza, and the concept of « aperitivo »; when you buy a drink at the bar, you get a free access to a buffet composed by many typical dishes

Milan is also famous for its ‘fashion and design weeks’ when creativity of different shops contributes to this lively event

Italy is a beautiful country for landscapes so we took the opportunity to road-trip arround, especially to the sea-side which is not too far from Milan



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Ciao Bella Italia!

Sarah Lueken: “Milan was interesting. I was fascinated by the train station; a mix of beautiful, old architecture and new, modern technology (picture…a giant electronic screen on the front of a gothic-style chapel. So wrong, it’s right). The train ride through the city had me mesmerized as well.”

Chocoholics Unite: The Eurochocolate Festival

DUSA Blog: “The chocolate festival was, albeit fattening, an awesome experience. The people were friendly, the city was beautiful, and the “noms” were delicious. If you’re looking for indulgence while traipsing through Europe in Autumn, look no further than the Eurochocolate Festival.”

This Italian Girl is Ready to Depart

IU Overseas: “Everyone loves an Italian girl.” I had the witty phrase plastered across everyday items ranging from clothing to notebooks back when I was still young enough to consider a screen-printed T-shirt a fashion statement.”

Adventure, Admiration, Arrival in the USA!

Ciao, Ciao Italy: “Where to begin – because it’s been way to long and the list of excitement clearly is way over my head to sit down and explain all the fun I had the last month studying abroad.”

First Day of School!

IU Study Abroad Blog: “When 8:58 rolled around, I decided to go inside. For the next 5 minutes, I sat there all alone.  Then I started to have a minor panic attack.  What if the class is cancelled?  This is something that happens often in the Italian university system, or so I’m told.”

Bella Venezia!

Adventures in Italy: “When we got off of the train and walked through the train station this was the first thing I saw. My first thought when I saw it was, “This is B-E-A-UTIFUL!” I don’t know what I loved about being there the most.”

National Geographic – Milan Photo Gallery

National Geographic: “Love is in the air around Milan’s landmark cathedral, or Duomo, noted for its mix of architectural styles—from Gothic to baroque—and more than 3,000 statues.”

Florence vs. Bloomington

From I to U: “Italians begin and end the day at bars, that is, coffee bars. Here, espresso is a habit, not a drink. This came as great news because back in Bloomington, my friends and I need our morning cup of coffee to wake up and our late night Starbucks runs to fuel productivity.”

The Beauty of Italy in 50 Stunning Photos

Pxleyes: “The following showcase enchants us with the beauties of this country and its people. A perfect traveling destination: sight seeing, relaxation, culture, history, good food, coffee and museums. Perfect both for religious people and for the more eccentric ones, looking for adventure, romance and mythology.”

Pack Light, Feel Better: Seven Travel Tips

QGOSS: “I love traveling light. The lighter, the better. Next month I will be traveling through Europe for a month and a half with nothing but my backpack. Note: I’m a college student, a recent college graduate who enjoys couch surfing and hostels. This isn’t for everyone. So how does one go about traveling light?”

Getting help with study abroad options

Textbooks and Passports: “Created in 2010 in response to a lack of readily available information in the UK about studying abroad, The Student World holds fairs throughout the year with exhibiting universities from across the world.”

10 Corporations That Have a Major Hand in Higher Education

Online Colleges: “BP has contracts with Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MIT, and more. The energy company regularly engages in multimillion dollar contracts for university research, including a 10-year, $500 million investment in Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute.”


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