SUMAS launched its new campus on 1st December 2019 in Milan, a city known for its top quality universities, fashion and culture. The campus is located at the innovation and cultural center BASE Milan, centrally located in the fashion, art and design district of Milan.

The SUMAS campus at BASE Milan will offer the same internationally recognised (ACBSP) undergraduate and graduate programs as SUMAS Switzerland, with the addition of first hand local fashion and design market experience.

Here are just some of the reasons you should consider studying at the new campus:


1 – Milan is transitioning into a green city!

Italy is setting an example for other countries by introducing academic sustainability modules and  making it mandatory for climate change to be studied in high school curriculums. Milan, according to a 2019 article in Forbes, is “‘going green’ in a major way to fight against climate change and improve the quality of life of its 1.4 million citizens. Local authorities have announced plans to plant 3 million trees by 2030.”

Over the past few years Milan has already made great strides in incorporating greenery into the city. One such example is the Bosco Verticale, a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan which have utilised thousands of trees and plants grown on the outside.
Milan’s commitment to “going green” makes it the perfect city to study sustainability.


2 – The Fashion capital of the world!

Considering Milan’s status as a fashion capital of the world, the campus is especially suited for those with interest / seeking a career in sustainable fashion. Milan holds an annual fashion week, design week and, of late, there has been more and more of a focus on sustainable fashion.

During the 2019 Milan Fashion Week, a Green Carpet Fashion Awards was held organised by Eco-Age, an international sustainability fashion consultancy. According to Lifestyle Inquirer, the event was “an Oscars-style awards ceremony for sustainable fashion,” with awards received by the likes of Valentino and Stella McCartney. The concept behind the awards: to focus on “swapping climate-destroying luxuries for ecologically-friendly fashion.”


3 – Experience a campus that is a hub for activity!

The SUMAS campus at Base Milan is set to be a prominent hub for activity, ensuring all of your student needs are met, while having access to a number of facilities, events and cultural insights.

The campus includes:

  • campus accommodation for students
  • a student lounge and recreational facilities
  • an onsite bistro
  • a fashion laboratory for student practical classes on campus
  • a music recording studio on the campus for aspiring music artists

The campus is home to MUDEC (museum of cultural arts) and Google with regular activities and seminars taking place every week related to sustainability and other cultural topics such as fashion, music and art!

The Base Milan campus also provides access to many important networking initiatives and invaluable practical experiences. In fact, brands that have recently taken part in events at BASE Milan include Moncler, Gucci and Timberland.


4 – Milan is one of the best student cities in the world!

Aside from the delicious food (think authentic pasta and pizza) and lively nightlife, there is a reason why Milan was voted one of the best student cities in the world.

Milan’s vibrant scene is not only a hub for fashion but for finance, research, media and the arts. It is home to some of the top universities in the world which means that at any given time, the city is bustling with students from Italy and abroad.

Being a hub for so many industries also gives local and international students access to incredible training, internship and job opportunities.


5 – Explore all of Europe!

With its central location in the heart of Europe,  Milan is the perfect starting block to explore surrounding cities and countries with most European capitals accessible within a two hour flight! Milan is close to superb beaches and not far from stunning mountains for the avid skier and snowboarder! Milan is also located a quick train ride away from Switzerland, the home of cheese, chocolates and where the second SUMAS campus is located. According to SUMAS founder and president Dr. Ivana Modena, the Milan campus will not only “provide students global transfer opportunities between Switzerland and Italy during their studies” it will also “create the perfect environment for international students to work together, share ideas, and complete practical projects related to fashion, art, design, business and sustainability.”


For questions and more information contact: Giorgia Galbiati, Milan Campus Coordinator – – +39 342 802 0203



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