Milan Cathedral and Cathedral Square

University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

  1. Program Details

    Study at a local university in Milan, Italy's second largest city. Take classes alongside Italian and international students, in either English or Italian.

    Location Milan, Italy
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.75
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    This program allows you to directly enroll in courses at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. You will choose courses from a wide range of fields at the university, taught either in English or Italian. The program is well suited to students seeking an affordable, integrated Italian university experience.

    Milan has historical roots, but is also a hub of business, fashion and so much more. 

    Housing & Meals

    You can choose to live in a single room in a residence hall, or a shared room in a student apartment. Whichever you choose, your housing will be organized before you depart. There is no meal plan; you can prepare meals in your apartment, or eat at local restaurants and cafes. Housing is guaranteed for students who apply by the deadline.


    University extra-curricular clubs and organizations offer numerous activities and excursions throughout the semester. Joining a student club is a great way to meet new friends, including local Italians. Optional excursions are available for an additional cost. Information on these activities will be shared with you as part of your orientation when you arrive in Milan.

    Faculty & Staff

    Faculty and staff at the University Cattolica del Sacro Coure are accessible and supportive. You will work closely with the International Office at UCSC before and during your experience abroad. 

    The International Office organizes an orientation for study abroad students upon arrival to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life. At this orientation you will receive information about campus facilities and support services, clubs and societies, and the Italian educational system. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

    15 credits per semester

    Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers a wide variety of courses in two different tracks. You are allowed to take courses on either or both tracks while you are in Milan.



    Enroll in an Italian language pre-session class to get a jump start on your langauge learning.

    International Curriculum


    Classes in the International Curriculum are all in English, are designed for international students, and will have a similar academic structure to a class you might take in the US. You will register for these classes as part of your pre-departure process.

    University Curriculum


    Classes in the University Curriculum are designed for Italian students, and will consist of mostly Italian students. On this track, there are courses available in English and Italian. If you want to take classes in Italian, you must have taken the equivalent of 4 semesters of college level Italian, and have received a B average or higher. Classes on this track will be in the Italian academic structure, and your registration will take place after you arrive.

    NOTE: Economics and Management courses offered on the University Curriculum are scheduled on a quarter system. Contact the Learning Abroad Center if you are interested in these courses for more information. 

    Finding Course Information

    For more tips on difference in terminology and finding course information, go to Finding Course Information for Host Universities.

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Fall 2021 Late August to mid-December May 1, 2021
    Spring 2022 Early February to end of May Oct 1, 2021

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    Academic Year 2019-2020

    Spring 2020

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s adminstrative fee and required UofM international health insurance.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name Crookston Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name University Study in Italy
    Track Name Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
    Country Italy


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received.  Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist. 

    Upon initial review of your application, the Learning Abroad Center will send you a link to the Cattolica's online application system. Create an account there, and upload the items requested. These items include but are not limited to:

    • Unofficial transcript
    • Course selection information
    • Digital photo
    • Passport Copy

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Whitney Westley Fisher or call at 612.625.8827.

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.