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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Mini-Term
  • Costs Sheets: Mini-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
UTK Materials Engineering in Milan

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This is a mini-term program. Additional information will be posted on this program page and updated as soon as 2021 details are confirmed. The program details and costs found within are subject to change. Please check back often.

Priority Application Deadline: Applications submitted by November 12, 2020 will receive priority consideration for early acceptance. The anticipated standard application deadline (final deadline) will be February 18, 2020.

Program Description

This mini-term study abroad course will be taught in Milan, Italy and will focus on the design and manufacturing of bicycles and the rich culture of bicycling in Italy. The course will connect the fundamental concepts of Materials Science and Engineering to bicycle design and manufacturing. Examples and case studies related to these topics are very relevant of the processing, behavior, and design considerations of engineering materials.

Europe in general has a culture that is much more welcoming and safer for bike commuters and recreational riders. Italy, and Milan in particular, is an important hub of bicycle culture, history, and manufacturing. Class instruction will occur in the canal district of central Milan on the campus of the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) with half-day trips to bicycle manufacturers and local museums. The Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology has an entire floor dedicated to the history and technology of materials engineering and is of particular interest.

Program Highlights


  • Excursions and Field Trips
    Giro d'Italia

    Excursions and field trips are planned to view the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) multi-stage bike race and to nearby, scenic Lake Como where students can choose to ride bicycles in the Pian di Spagna nature reserve or take a boat tour of the lake. These activities will give students opportunities to experience European bicycle culture and enhance our classroom and site visit discussions about the importance of materials considerations to design and manufacturing of bicycles. Other potential sites of interest in Milan include the Santa Maria delle Grazie church (site of The Last Supper fresco), the Brera art gallery, Duomo, Sforza Castle, and The Royal Palace.

    • Tour of Milan and the Duomo
    • Museo Nazionale della Scienza a della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
    • Museo del Ciclismo Madonna del Ghisallo
    • Day trip to Lake Como and Magreglio
    • Overnight excursion to Giro d'Italia

Eligibility Requirements

  • Program is open to freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Students must have taken CHEM 120 prior to the study abroad program.

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for MSE 201: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (3 credit hours).

  • MSE 201: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering is the first (and for many, the only) materials science and engineering course that UT engineering students complete.
  • The objectives of the course are to introduce the concepts of materials processing, structure, and properties and to understand the correlations that exist among them. MSE 201 is required for six of the eleven B.S. programs in the College of Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, Nuclear).

Program Housing

Students will live in double or triple occupancy rooms in shared student apartments.

Housing is included in the program fee.

Cost Information

Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Dr. Kevin Kit
Program Director, Associate Professor
322 Perkins Hall
Email: kkit@utk.edu

Dr. Kevin Kit

Michael Saenz
Programs Abroad Coordinator
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
Email: msaenz@utk.edu

Michael Saenz

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid Options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Unique Funding Opportunities to this Program

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