Global Studies and Economics

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Milan, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Global Studies and Economics

  • 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

    J-Term 2022

  • Program Dates

    Early Jan, 2022 - Mid Jan, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Nov 01, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Nov 15, 2021

  • Credit

    6 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers a variety of courses related to Global Studies and Economics for the January term. The program offers courses taught in English. No Italian language experience is required for this program. All courses are taught by local university faculty and some require additional fees. Classmates are international students. 

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

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site Offices

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information


  • 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 institution.
  • 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.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Lillian Nguyen

Program Manager, Italy


Luca Garotti

Resident Director, Italy

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your 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. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, 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.

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.



Excursions are not included in this session, however, while you are abroad, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff.

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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