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Founded in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest private university in Italy and in Europe. With over 42,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, Cattolica offers some of the most exciting and challenging academic programs. In fact, it was recently ranked number 11 across Italy's 90 universities.
Study in Milan, the second largest city in Italy and the country's fashion capital! It's rich cultural and religious history, amazing architecture and prime location in Northern Italy make Milan an ideal study abroad destination. Milan is also home to two of the most important Italian and European soccer teams, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Its stadium at San Siro, the Giuseppe Meazza, holds 80.000 seats and sells out regularly during the Serie A, the national league championship and the UEFA Champions League games. San Siro is also the largest venue for concerts during the late spring and summer months.
There is a wide range of academic offerings and course flexibility for study abroad students. Visiting international students can participate in the UCSC Milan International Program, designed specifically for study abroad students who want to increase their understanding of the political, business, cultural and artistic environment and heritage of Italy. The courses taught on the Milan International program are in English and focus primarily around the humanities and social sciences, with a few business and communications options. All classes are worth three credits. Students in theses courses will be with only study abroad students. More information about the course offerings can be found here.
Visiting study abroad students can also enroll in regular University courses alongside Italian students. Some are taught in English, but students with adequate knowledge of the Italian language (determined by a Language Proficiency Report) may choose to take advantage of the opportunity to immerse themselves by enrolling in classes taught in Italian. No registration is required for courses belonging to the UCSC University Academic Curriculum. Instead, students will be invited to attend specific information sessions during orientation to complete their Study Plan and to register for the course's exam. More information about the University Academic Curriculum can be found here.
While no prior knowledge of Italian is required for the courses taught in English, students may choose to supplement their international or university classes with an Italian Language and Culture class. There are two options available:
Pre-Semester Intensive Course
There is a pre-session intensive option that starts at the beginning of each semester in September and in February and provides a basic knowledge of Italian language. This course is especially suited for students with no prior knowledge of Italian or students with some prior knowledge in Italian who need to brush up on their skills before the beginning of the semester. The Intensive Language and Culture courses is offered two weeks prior to the start of the semester, and students will need to make arrangements to arrive early to take this course. For the duration of the semester, students who select this intensive language course would only be enrolled in four courses.
There is also a semester-long option that is meant to provide linguistic support to students taking UCSC regular courses taught in Italian. Although the semester course is a stand-alone course, it is advised, at least for those taking courses in the UCSC regular curriculum to enroll in both the pre-session intensive and the semester course to maximize their Italian language learning experience during their studies at UCSC.
UCSC offers a unique academic and professional opportunity to study abroad students through an internship program called "Design My Career." This program is meant for students who wish to undertake a professional experience in a culturally-diverse environment as part of their academic curriculum. During the semester, all interns will participate in a required Italian Language Course (appropriate to their level), 2-3 academic courses, three months of a part-time internship, and workshops and assessment. The core of the program is the actual professional experience, which will take place in Milan in a carefully selected Italian or international organization. Placements will depend on the student's qualifications and the company's needs that semester. Students work for a total of 120-150 hours.
To participate in the internship program, students must be juniors or seniors and have the written permission of their Department Head or Associate Dean (as per the course approval process). If you meet the qualifications and are interested, please submit a copy of your resume through the on-line application process.
Housing and Meals
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore does not have any on-campus housing, but instead recommends that international students find suitable off-campus housing through the Milano International Living Service (MIL). MIL has two main housing options:
"Buonarroti" student dorm:
Located in Milan's city center (about 15 minutes away from the University), within walking distance to a metro stop
Single rooms with private bathroom, desk and storage space
International students located on one floor, with Italian students on other floors
Wifi and A/C
Laundry facilities, study spaces, game rooms and computer labs
2. Fully-furnished apartments located throughout Milan:
Shared bedrooms and shared common areas
Co-ed (unless you specifically request same gender roommates during the application process)
Linens, Wifi, utilities (water and electricity), a cleaning service, basic cable television, plus extra amenities such as a DVD player and kitchenware all included
Apartments vary in size and location, but basic amenities will remain the same.
Students will apply for housing through MIL Services after they are officially accepted into the program and will pay their housing fees directly to MILS. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible (after being accepted by UCSC Milan) as apartments close to campus tend to fill first.
Since Milan is a large, metropolitan city, students should expect to use the metro and other forms of public transportation often (particularly if they are living in an apartment) and should budget accordingly for commuting costs. However, past students have found the public transportation system in Milan easy to use and affordable.
There are campus facilities, student associations and social activities for students to get involved in while at UCSC Milan. In addition, students interested in practicing their language skills and getting to know locals can arrange to participate in a visiting family program. Mentor Program
Students who study abroad during the spring semester have the opportunity to stay for the UCSC Summer program, serving in a Mentor capacity to incoming study abroad students, and receive 50% discount on summer tuition. Interested students should also understand the Non-SJU Summer Study Abroad policy for academic credit, and extending your stay at USCS. Speak to an advisor before starting this process!
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the UCSC website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.
Things to Remember Before Applying
You must meet with a CIP advisor before beginning your application.