Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers summer sessions for students who want to make the most of a summer in Italy while receiving credit for courses in a variety of topics!

Students can take courses in Business, Media and Communications, International Relations and Italian Culture on the university's main campus in Milan. Health Science courses are offered on the university's Rome campus. Agribusiness and Food Science courses are offered on the university's Piacenza campus.

The summer program is divided into three sessions, and each session has a duration of two weeks. Students may enroll in one course per session (there are multiple courses offered each session). 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, founded in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, is one of the most comprehensive and complete higher education institutions in Italy. Università Cattolica excels in the diverse study opportunities that it offers in the humanities and sciences, and the university values and promotes an interdisciplinary approach. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is ranked as the 12th best university in Italy, and among the top 500 globally by QS World University Rankings.

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Course Description

The summer program is divided into three sessions, and each session has a duration of two weeks. Students may enroll in one course per session - there are multiple courses across three campuses offered each session.

Each two-week course is worth 6 ECTS (3 U.S. credits) and has 45 contact hours. Students will have classes 4 days per week and will participate in site visits related to course content 1 day per week. All courses and material are taught entirely in English. 

View a sample of Cattolica del Sacro Cuore's academic offerings and course structure for Summer 2019. See below for a snapshot of sessions and courses open to ISEP students. Summer 2020 course information will be available by early November 2019. 

COURSE OFFERINGS Session 1: June 10 - June 21 Session 2: June 24 - July 5 Session 3: July 8 - July 19

- Business: Social and Eco Entrepreneurship


- Business: The Fashion Market - Structures, Players and Success Factors


- Marketing & Communication: Mass Communication and Media Industries - the Italian Style in Producing and Managing TV, Ads and Music


- Cultural Studies: Italian Cuisine History and Cooking Lab - a first step to becoming an Italian Master Chef

- Business: Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship


- Marking & Communication: New Frontiers in Brand Communication and Consume Engagement


- Marketing & Communication: Brand Strategy Experience - a Professional Approach


- Cultural Studies: A Mafia Story - Its Representation in Literature, Cinema and Television


- International Relations: International Order and World Politics

- Business: Business, Government and the Global Economy


- Marketing & Communication: Understanding the Consume - Theories, Trends and Values for an Effective Communication Strategy


- International Relations: Understanding the Middle East - Regional and International Identities, Interests and Strategies 

Rome - Health Sciences: Global Health and Epidemiology - Health Sciences: Health Policy and Management for Universial Coverage No course offered session 3
Piacenza - Agribusiness & Food Sciences: The Global Wine Market - Trends and Strategies - Agribusiness & Food Science: Food Production - Tradition and Innovation - Agribusiness & Food Science: The Global Wine Market - Trends and Strategies


IMPORTANT FEE INFORMATION: The ISEP Direct fee listed is the program fee for one two-week course session. Students participating in multiple sessions will receive a discount for each additional session. For your reference, please see below for Summer 2019 multiple-session program costs. Summer 2020 program costs will be available by early November 2019. Contact your ISEP Student Advisor with any additional questions.

Program Length Total Program Fee Tuition Housing
2 weeks (1 session) $3,500 $2,950 $550
4 weeks (2 sessions) $5,700 $4,800 $900
6 weeks (3 sessions) $7,700 $6,550 $1,150
8 weeks (by request) $9,500 $8,000 $1,500

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(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture: Recommended!

    Agricultural Business Operations Agricultural Economics International Agriculture Viticulture and Enology

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    European Studies Italian Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Communications Business Management Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Marketing

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Mass Communication/Media Studies Radio and Television

  • Health Sciences

  • History: Recommended!

    European History History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism Recommended!

    Culinary Arts

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Recommended!


  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

    Sustainability Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Fashion/Apparel Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

Please indicate the session(s) you are interested in below. Your session/course selections will be finalized when you complete your ISEP course list. Your ISEP invoice will be adjusted accordingly depending on the number of sessions you ultimately enroll in. 

The courses Federico Fellini and Contemporary Italian Cinema, Creative Storytelling: from Literature to Cinema and other Forms of Fiction and Session 4 (July 22 - August 1) Food Productions: Tradition and Innovation are not open to ISEP students. 

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