Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica is the largest private university in Europe, with 4 campuses (Milan, Rome, Piacenza and Brescia) and 14 Schools. In the renowned QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, Cattolica’s ascendency placed the University in formidable company, with 10 disciplines ranked in the top 200 in the world, or higher. Whilst at Cattolica we pride ourselves on our academic reputation, what truly distinguishes our University is the campus diversity. Our international student population is growing tremendously, both for Degree Seeking students and Short- term Mobility. Every semester we welcome about 500 students from all over the world that benefit from an international environment while studying in a very traditional Italian institution. Università Cattolica is located downtown Milan, which is not only the financial capital of the country but also one of the fashion capitals of the world.
Exchange levels: Undergraduate, Graduate
Language of Instruction: Italian and English
Language Requirement: 2 years of Italian for instruction in Italian
University Website: www.unicatt/.it
Length of exchange: Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Find out more about Italy
Italian is the primary instruction at Cattolica, however a few programs offer courses in English. Cattolica offers five main programs of study: Business, Economics, Communication, Social Sciences, and Psychology. To learn more about the courses taught in English visit Cattolica’s website at: www.unicatt.it/
Housing and Meals
The primary accommodation for Exchange students will be off-campus housing in apartments or single dorm rooms with a bathroom. Students placed in apartments will have a combination of university cafeteria plan and meal tickets to purchase groceries and use at restaurants around the city. Students placed in the dorm will have a complete meal plan at the university cafeteria.
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Italy. The cost of living in Milan is relatively higher than the rest of Italy. Students should expect to pay 700-1700 euro for accommodations depending on the district of the city. The cost of a Schengen Visa 60 euro. Financial aid can be applied towards living and travel expenses while on exchange. Students can apply as fee-paying for a Partner Direct program for 4,725 euros/semester.
Students will register for their classes up arrival to Cattolica. Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 15 weeks. Cattolica uses the European Credit Transfer System(ECTS). Students should enroll in 30 ECTS credits per semester which is equivalent to 15 UM credits.
The historic city of Milan is the capital of Lombardy in the central Po valley, which is Italy's richest, most populated and most economically active region. Milan has always been forward-looking. During its 2,000 year history, it has been a driving force for great social, economic, cultural, and political events. Milan is also a city of art, with a wealth of monuments, palaces, churches and museums, not to mention, the Duomo and La Scala, the temple of Opera. The city of Milan has received the Innovation prize of the European Cities contest 'Living Cities - Sustainable Urban Growth and Quality of Life', has been elected the number 1 destination to visit in the world by the New York Times, and was ranked number 1 as the smartest city in Italy during the Smart City Exhibition.
Semester 1: September 1st to late December;
Semester 2: February 2nd to late June.