Business, Communications, Italian Culture & Courses with Locals
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.
Academic Year 2 2019
Sep 08, 2019 - Jun 02, 2020
May 10, 2019
48 - 72 ECTS Credits
2.75 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
In addition to courses designed for international students, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) gives you the chance to take courses with locals in English in the fields of Business, Economics, and Banking and Finance. If you have an advanced knowledge of Italian language, you can choose to take courses with locals in Italian in a wide variety of disciplines. You have the opportunity to enroll in a pre-session 2-week intensive Italian language course worth 6 ECTS credits (3 semester credits). Many students find this helpful as they prepare for a semester of taking courses with locals taught in Italian. Contact the Italy Program Manager for more information about adding this pre-session course. In courses with locals, you will study alongside local Italian students, allowing you to experience full cultural and linguistic immersion.
You will enroll in a total of 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 semester credits) per semester. No Italian language experience is required for this program; however, if you have not taken Italian language courses before, you are strongly encouraged to choose language as one of your courses on this program. Language level will be determined by a placement exam issued by UCSC. Courses are taught by local and international faculty. Some courses may require additional fees. Classmates are local and international students.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
- If you have not taken Italian language, you are strongly encouraged to choose language as one of your courses on 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 also have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.
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Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
48 - 72
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
24 - 36
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
36 - 54
- You will take between 48 to 72 ECTS credits during this session. Classes meet Monday - Friday.
- If you have not completed a college semester of Italian language or the equivalent, you are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course while on this program.
- Italian courses are offered from the Beginner to Advanced level.
- If you are interested in taking coures taught in Italian with locals, you will be required to submit a Language Proficiency Report. An Italian language placement test will be administered by UCSC. Generally, courses taught in Italian have a pre-requisite of five semesters of college-level Italian or equivalent.
- You will have the opportunity to enroll in a pre-session 2-week intensive Italian language course. Contact the Italy Program Manager for more information about adding this pre-session course.
- Enrollment in Italian courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the host university. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
- We strongly suggest that if you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, to prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework
- 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 cancelations.
- The courses with locals listed below are a sample of the complete academic curriculum catalog available. See "Go to Host University Course Search Here" for a link to the complete university catalog.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Italy Program Manager.
COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
- 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.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution, and credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
- 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.
- 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.
The courses listed on our ISA website are only a sample of what the university offers. Please see the full UCSC Course Catalog linked below for additional courses with locals. Below are the steps on how to search for courses using the host university's course catalog.
Please be sure that you are searching in English. If the webpage is in Italian, you can link on "English" on the upper right hand corner.
Choose the Academic Year for your program.
Choose "Milano" for your campus.
Choose the "Faculty" that you are interested in.
Choose the "Scientific disciplinary sector/Field of study" that you are interested in. Please note that this criteria is not necessary to search for courses and only serves to narrow search results.
Choose the "Lesson Period."
- "Annual" refers to the Academic Year.
- "1 ° semester" refers to the Fall Semester.
- "2 ° semester" refers to the Spring Semester.
Choose "English" or "Italian" for your language of instruction.
Choose "First Cycle Degree (LT)" as your type of degree.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. All ISA apartments are conveniently located along public transit routes with travel times to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ranging between 20 and 40 minutes. 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.
The ISA Milan program includes comfortable housing in shared, fully-furnished apartments. There are generally one or two student apartment units per building and neighboring residents are typically middle-class Italian families who own their apartment. Most ISA apartments have 2-3 bedrooms, lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Bedrooms are typically double-occupancy and each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs, and furnished sitting area. Many apartment units include a laundry facility in house or on-site. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university. All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments. Meals and laundry service are not included. *A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the classic, rustic, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips and two day trips to the following destinations.
Florence & the Chianti Region
Explore the "Cradle of the Renaissance," taking guided tours of art museums, views of the Ponte Vecchio, and wandering through the central square to marvel at Brunelleschi's towering Duomo and Ghiberti's golden Gates of Paradise. Spend the afternoon walking through the bustling San Lorenzo market where you can find everything from pasta and vegetables to purses, belts, and shoes. Continue on to the Chianti region and tour a vineyard, sampling world famous Italian wines. Enjoy the picturesque views of the valleys and surrounding hillsides that stretch out into the distance.
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.
Take a gondola ride in the city paved with canals! You will experience the many sides of this mysterious and stunning city, from Doge’s Palace, to the Ponte di Rialto and Campo del Ghetto, to the grandeur of St. Mark's Square, which Napoleon referred to as the "greatest drawing room in Europe." The Queen of the Adriatic has changed little since the medieval era when it ruled a Mediterranean empire spanning all the way to Constantinople. The riches of that empire are still evident in the illustrious palaces, churches, and bridges of Venice.
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.