University Study in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Study at a local university in Milan, Italy's second largest city. Take classes alongside Italian and international students, in either English or Italian.
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.
15 credits per semester
Enroll in an Italian language pre-session class to get a jump start on your langauge learning.
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.
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: 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.
Orientation Dates & Locations
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
|Program Start||Late August|
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2021
|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, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.
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.
University Study in Italy: U Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milan
Fall Semester 2021
|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
|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|
|Travel clinic/immunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below*||$0|
|Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure||$1,865|
|Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country|
|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
|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.
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.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email to