Olivia O’Connell is ISA’s Site Specialist for Italy.

Located in the northern region of Lombardy, Milan is Italy’s hub for fashion, international commerce, and business. It is known for being one of the country’s more modern cities, due partly to the fact that much of the area was bombed during World War II and had to be reconstructed and partly to the cosmopolitan vibe that is a result of its bustling industry. There is no shortage of modern and contemporary art in Milan, which provides a refreshing alternative to Italy’s wealth of Classic Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art. Milan is also home to many buildings that exemplify Gothic architecture, most notably, the Duomo, which is a main attraction in the city center.

A less well known fact about Milan is that it used to be a vivacious port city, despite being landlocked. In the 12th century, work began on a series of canals that allowed Milan to become one of the country’s largest inland ports. As time passed, many of the canals were filled in because of sanitation issues and the growing presence of roads and improved infrastructure. Today, only a few of these canals still exist, and they comprise an area in Milan called the Navigli, which is an Italian word for canals.

The two main canals, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, are lined with restaurants, pubs, live music, and cafés. The area attracts a younger crowd and is a great place to go for drinks or aperitivo – a genius Italian phenomenon that consists of ordering a pre-dinner drink that comes with nibbles (sometimes even a buffet). One bar in the Navigli that has a great aperitivo is the Manhattan where you can sit on the terrace facing the canal. There is also a boat on Naviglio Pavese that doubles as restaurant where you can wine and dine the night away. To make the area even more appealing, on the last Sunday of every month at the ripa di Porta Ticinese, there is an open air flea market.

With its canals giving visitors, and locals alike, a taste of Venice and its vast selection of eateries providing the perfect environment for people watching, the Navigli is a part of Milan you won’t want to miss.

Find out more about studying abroad with ISA in Milan



ISA will be hosting a free Webinar presentation titled, “ISA Scholarships and Fundraising,” for advisors, students and parents at 1:00 P.M., CST this Thursday, October 23. During the 30 minute presentation, we will explain the ISA scholarship application process, eligibility requirements, deadlines, fundraising opportunities, and answer any questions that participants may have regarding non-financial aid external funding. ISA offers more than $80,000 in scholarships every year to our program participants, and this Webinar is designed to inform participants about our scholarship opportunities.

This Webinar is free and open to the public. To join, follow this Webinar presentation link about 10 minutes prior to the presentation (12:50 P.M. CST, Thursday, October 23).



There are now even more reasons to study abroad in New Zealand, like some fantastic scholarships!

Education New Zealand has announced new scholarships for study abroad students, including $500 study scholarships, $2,000 travel scholarships, and a $15,000 scholarship with a free round trip flight!

To learn more about these awards and how to apply, check out Education New Zealand and Go Overseas.

Several New Zealand universities also offer scholarships particularly for ISA students.

For more information about these scholarships, go to the ISA Host University Scholarship page.

Don’t forget to also check out ISA scholarships and outside scholarships.



ISA will be hosting its third Twitter chat for advisors, students and parents at 11 a.m. CST Wednesday, November 5. The #ISAchat series is held the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. CST on Twitter. To join the conversation, simply search and tag the Twitter hashtag – #ISAchat. You can also use TweetChat to join in the conversation.

Join our third installment where we’ll be covering, “The Impact of Technology on Study Abroad.”

ISA will discuss:

  • Different ways technology has changed the study abroad experience.
  • Ways students can benefit from technology while studying abroad.
  • The best apps for students to use while studying abroad.
  • The best communication method students can use to stay in touch with their families.
  • Future technology trends in the study abroad field.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. CST and don’t forget to tag #ISAchat and be a part of the conversation.



Discover a Different Greece

October 20, 2014

Cori Cummings is the Site Specialist for Morocco, Jordan, India and Greece Greece is more than the birthplace of democracy and the Olympic Games. The allure of the country’s delicious cuisine, pristine beaches and endless adventures will make an traveler out of anyone. Although Greece offers a gorgeous, dream-like environment for travel, at ISA, we’re [...]

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An Insider’s Perspective: A Day in Buenos Aires – Part 2

October 17, 2014

Maddi Reising is the ISA Site Specialist, Argentina and Brazil Part two: Sunday I sleep soundly after a Saturday full of exploring, and wake up ready for more adventures. After a light breakfast and coffee,  I start my day at the MALBA (Mueso de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires), where I feast my eyes on the works [...]

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