Business, Communications & Italian Culture

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Milan, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Business, Communications & Italian Culture

  • Location


  • Host University

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is located in the heart of the city in a 16th-Century monastery designed by Renaissance architect, Bramante. Near many of Milan's famous monuments and ensconced in the bustling financial, commercial, and industrial center of the city, the campus is subtly tucked within picturesque gardens and courtyards, which provides for an excellent environment in which to study. With connections to some of Italy's largest multinational corporations and world-recognized brands, you will be able to experience the energy of Milan's business sectors situated right around the campus. With its focus on international students, you will have numerous opportunities to experience European language and culture in one of the country's most powerful economic and cultural metropolises. The ISA office in Milan is located on the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore's main campus in downtown Milan.

    QS World University Rankings, a global university evaluation system, named UCSC as one of the top 200 universities in 10 fields of study. In 2013, QS awarded the university five stars for its achievements in employability, teaching, facilities, and engagement. In a survey sample of 65 European universities performed by the International Student Barometer, UCSC was declared second place and the fourth most recommended university by foreign students, demonstrating the university's expansive internationalization efforts. According to QS World University Rankings, the UCSC was decided in 2012 to be within the 450-500 best universities in the world, and was ranked 51-100 for Philosophy, 151-200 for agriculture and technologies, and 100-151 for Psychology.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 09, 2024 - Jun 22, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 10, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 25, 2024

  • Credit

    3 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers a variety of courses related to Business, Communications, International Relations, Italian Language and Culture, Media, and more. This program offers courses taught in English (except for Italian language courses). No Italian language experience is required for this program. All courses are taught by local university faculty. Some courses may require additional fees. Classmates are international students.

Semester 1A vs 1B:

  • In the Semester 1A programs, you will take a two-week pre-session Italian course.


  • The summer program options at UCSC allow you to choose from a variety of subject areas, such as Business, Media and Communications, and Italian Culture. The duration of your summer program and the amount of courses that you will take are dependent on the session. 
    • Summer 1 takes place in early summer for two weeks. You will take one course 
    • Summer 1 & 2 takes place from early to mid-summer for four weeks. You will take two courses. 
    • Summer 1, 2 & 3 takes place from early to late summer for six weeks. You will take three courses. 
    • Summer 2 takes place in mid-summer for two weeks. You will take one course. 
    • Summer 2 & 3 takes place from mid to late summer for four weeks. You will take two courses. 
    • Summer 3 takes place in late summer for two weeks. You will take one course. 

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must have already completed two semesters of college by the program start date.

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.75, you may still be considered for acceptance. You will have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities





Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information


  • You will take 1 course during this session. The course is a 2-week intensive course with classes Monday - Friday.


  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancellations.


  • Depending on the type of course (ie. courses with international students or courses with locals), the transcripts from the UCSC will reflect contact hours and/or ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institutions.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.


  • ISA offers course level recommendations for courses listed within the International Curriculum. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Cattolica's course level recommendations and course codes. International Curriculum course codes at the Cattolica are made up of a sequence of letters and numbers. The code starts with four letters which identify the area of study to which the course is associated. The remainder of the course code is made up of three numbers that reflect the level of the course:
    • 100-199 Lower-level, first-year course
    • 200-299 Lower-level, second year course
    • 300-399 Upper-level, third-year course
    • 400-499 Upper-level course
  • These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.


  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.


  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC). Depending on the type of course (ie. courses with international students or courses with locals), the transcripts from the UCSC will reflect contact hours and/or ECTS credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Please Note: The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change.


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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Dana Guthrie

Program Manager, Italy


Luca Garotti

Resident Director, Italy

Raimondo Bernardi

Student Service Coordinator, Italy

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Italy and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Milanese!

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Student Residence

While in Milan, you'll be housed at a student residence. Student residences in Milan are quite different than dorms in the U.S. as they are not located on a college campus. The residence will be approximately 25 to 25 minutes by public transportation from the host universities.

The apartments in the residence come in different sizes, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. Each apartment is fully furnished and includes a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom. Bedrooms are typically double occupancy. Each apartment includes one single bed per student. Towels and bed linens are included.

Coin operated laundry machines are available in the laundry room located in the basement. 

You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you'll receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. *All housing assignments are based on space available and student responses on the Housing Questionnaire.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not be able to visit on your own. The destinations shown below are a sample of some of the possibilities, which are finalized in the time leading up to the start of your program.

Lake Como

Acclaimed as the most beautiful of the Italian lakes, Lake Como has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries and is known as a top destination for the rich and famous. You'll become enchanted by its charming, mountainous shoreline and sun-kissed natural beauty. The forked lake is one of the deepest in Europe (410 meters). Known for its grand picturesque villas, castles, and vineyards, Lake Como provides something special for everyone.


The city setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, visitors have every reason to be captivated by Verona's charm and sophistication. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, you’ll enjoy the view from Juliet's balcony as well as visit one of the largest and best-preserved Roman Arenas in existence. The Arena also is home to many festivals throughout the year. Don’t forget to leave a love letter on the wall of Juliet’s house!

Cultural Activities in Milan

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Milan. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Milan special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included visit to the Duomo, tours of museums (La Scala, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.) and San Siro stadium, a Flamenco Show at Piccolo Teatro, and viewing flamingos at Villa Invernizzi. 


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