Learning Abroad Center
Duomo in Milan

University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

LAC Program

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

Program Details

Milan, Italy
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite



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

Housing locations are scattered throughout the city of Milan and are not on-campus as you might expect in the US. Because Milan is a large city, a commute of up to 45 minutes to and from campus is normal. 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. 

Program Structure

Program Level
Various levels

15 credits per semester



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)

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

Orientation Dates & Locations

Term Abroad Date/Time Location
Spring 2020 TBD TBD

Fall 2021

Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Program Start Late August
Program End Mid-December

Spring 2022

Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Program Start Early February
Program End Late May


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

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.


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.

Fall 2021

University Study in Italy: U Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $8,486
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or meals $4,224
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $13,310
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $13,310

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $115
Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,865
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $200
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeIncludes meals and additional funds in case of required quarantine. $3,000
Essential daily living expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,200

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $19,375
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Academic Year 2021-22


Complete pre-application advising.

US Passport holders require a visa to study on this program. In order to obtain a visa, you must have a valid passport. Due to COVID-19, passport processing times are currently delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.


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.

Program Contact

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

Jessica Hartnett or call at 612.625.2571