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The motto of the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (Libera University of Language and Communication), or IULM University for short, is a simple one: “Know, know how to be, know how to do.” It is on these three cornerstones that IULM University has based its teaching mission, taking inspiration from the principles of the United Nation’s UNESCO body. Taking strength from its vocation of integrating cultural knowledge and professional competences, IULM University has, from its very inception over 40 years ago, presented itself as a meeting point between the academic world and the national and international labor markets.

History of IULM University

The Italian-based IULM University was founded in 1968 by the Fondazione Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori, under the inspiration of Senator Carlo Bo and Professor Silvio Baridon. From the very beginning, the idea behind the project was to satisfy the demands of the labor markets based on analyses of current trends.

During the 1970s, IULM University concentrated its attention on the study of languages, an indispensable requirement for entering increasingly international markets and contexts focused on enhancing arts and culture markets. In the 1980s, the university became the first in Italy to perceive how the world of communication and the consumer society was evolving, and it consequently saw the need to update its courses by providing a specific series of tools. It is in this period that the school founded the Scuola Speciale di Relazioni Pubbliche.

The 90s decade marked the definitive strengthening of the position of IULM University in the field of communication. In addition to other moves, it was during this decade that the Faculty of Communication and Entertainment Studies was established alongside the University's first Faculty of Foreign languages and Literature. In 1998 the University took on its current name: Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM.

From the year 2000 to the present day, while continuing to pay close attention to the dynamics of the world of work, IULM University has remained determined in its aim to provide its students with cultural training through innovative courses of study.  Founded as a point of reference for teaching in the sectors of languages and communication, it has now also become a center of excellence in the fields of tourism and the exploitation of cultural heritage. With its 4 Faculties, First Cycle Degree Courses, Second Cycle Degree Courses, numerous Master's Courses and post-experience courses, the University offers a complete range of courses at all levels.

The Mission of IULM University

The mission of IULM University is to train and teach professionals capable of taking on the challenges and grasping the opportunities emerging from international markets and scenarios, while also shaping men and women aware of their own being and worth. IULM guarantees its students deep cultural awareness and a solid university education—a mix of theory and practice: it adopts an integrated approach, which has proved to be extremely useful not only in helping students successfully enter the world of work, but also in helping them find personal satisfaction in their lives.

IULM University has always seen itself as a pioneer: over the years it has been able to foresee trends and adapt to change, operating as a dynamic go-between in a constantly evolving system. Today it is a well-established institution in the socioeconomic mechanisms of its area of influence; a privileged condition that allows it to approach important non-academic bodies and institutions for the purpose of proposing joint projects that can produce added value for teaching and research.

IULM University by the Numbers

Although IULM University prides itself on being one of Italy’s finest higher education institutions in the fields of language and communication, its true success can also be expressed in numbers. Currently, IULM University boasts:

  • 44 Years of History
  • 4 Faculties
  • 79 Partner Universities
  • 51 Classrooms
  • 8 Rooms for Workshops
  • 241,000 books and periodicals in its library
  • 120 Residence beds
  • 56,000 audio-visual materials
  • And more…

The Campus of IULM University

The current site of the IULM University campus came into being in 1993 and has been in continual expansion ever since.  The campus is “a place where studying does not just mean being in a lecture room but means understanding, coming into contact with, and communicating with faculty and other students.”

As an example of the university’s international focus, the global architecture at IULM adds further value to the excellence of its teaching. The university’s grounds and structures are based on the American model and collectively stand out as an ultra-modern complex, one that is technologically advanced and equipped with the buildings and spaces to provide ample room for studying, research and congregating. Designed by Roberto and Lorenzo Guiducci and completed in 1993, the main building, located on Via Carlo Bo, is IULM University's core nucleus.  It is coated on the outside by red bricks and surrounded by a uniquely designed courtyard, and ties in harmoniously with the architectural traditions of Milan. Inside the main building, a system of escalators connects its six floors, which have been intentionally furnished according to a chromatic study to optimize concentration and study.

Between the year 2000 and the present day, a garden and five new buildings have arisen around the central building.  Within these structures are lecture rooms, research institutes, the university library, the canteen, the student residence and a new auditorium.  The campus is a mosaic of spaces that will soon be rounded off with the Knowledge Transfer Center, which can already be visited today via a virtual tour on the school’s website.

Information for International Students

The internationalization policy of IULM University is: “Know the world to build the future,” and the school actively encourages the exchange of students, graduates and teachers with foreign universities and companies.

IULM welcomes many foreign students and visiting professors each year and organizes activities under the auspices of European Community projects or in collaboration with inter-university networks to develop educational and research-oriented projects.

These efforts also translate into increased possibilities for IULM students to attend lessons and take exams abroad, encouraging them to try new and challenging experiences and pursue the enrichment that comes from exploring other cultures. It also gives graduates and undergraduates an opportunity to reap the benefits of precious and professionally qualifying work experiences. To this end, IULM has also taken part in several relevant projects and is granting scholarships for three-month to six-month work experiences in different entrepreneurial fields across Europe.

To facilitate student mobility and the academic recognition of studies abroad, IULM University has recently adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Initially conceived solely for credit transfer, the ECTS has evolved into an accumulation system to be used at all levels: institutional, regional, national and European.

Another outcome of IULM’s internationalization activities is the consolidation of the University’s network of relationships with other leading universities in Europe and also with many institutions and companies involved in offering work experiences.

All Programs Available:
  • Business
    • Public Relations
  • Communications
    • Communications
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Tourism
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Philology and Linguistics
    • Literature
Language of instruction


Type of school

Public University




Via Filippo da Liscate, 1, Milan, Italy, 20143