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, Education and Psychology, 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.

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.


Post-Acceptance students will be contacted by UCSC regarding the housing registration process. Students will receive housing options based on their program location, housing availability and the course(s) they choose.

Milan: Students may be accommodated in a shared student apartment or in a residence hall. 

- Apartments vary in size from 2 to 3 bedrooms, with two students per bedroom. All apartments in Milan are fully furnished and included a kitchen. All apartments included access to 24 hr high speed wireless internet, with all utilities included and bi-weekly cleaning service.

- Depending on the course(s) they choose and housing availability, students could also be placed in a student residence. Accommodations in the residences include shared bedrooms (2 students per room) with a private bathroom and a fully-equipped shared kitchenette.

Piacenza: Depending on the course(s) students choose, they may be placed in one of two different student residences. 

- Residenza Gasparini/Sant'Isidoro is located a 2 minute walk from the University main building. Rooms in the student residence are single use with a private bathroom. They are fully furnished with 24hr high speed internet and a weekly cleaning service. Students have access to common rooms such as TV room and kitchen. 

- Mulino degli Orti is situated at a short distance from the historic center and close to campus. Rooms are double use with a private bathroom and access to a shared kitchen. They are furnished with high speed internet and AC. 

Rome: Depending on the course(s) students choose, they may be placed in one of two different student residences. Rooms in the student residences are double-occupancy with a private bathroom. They are furnished with internet and a daily cleaning service. Towels and linen are provided and rooms have AC.


Regardless of host city, meal benefits are not included in ISEP's summer sessions at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and students will be expected to use their own funds for meals.  Students should budget accordingly and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad.

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Course Description

The summer program is divided into three sessions. 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 grants 45 contact hours. Students will have classes four days per week and will participate in site visits related to course content one day per week. All courses and material are taught entirely in English. 

For an example of courses generally available, view Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore's academic offerings for Summer 2020. Specific course information for summer 2021 will be made available in December 2020. 

See below for a snapshot of 2020 sessions and courses: 

COURSE OFFERINGS Session 1: June 8 - June 19 Session 2: June 22 - July 3 Session 3: July 6 - July 17

- 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 Consumer 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

-Education & Psychology: Intensive Education of Differences and Arts 

- Business: Business, Government and the Global Economy

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

- International Relations: Italian Politics and the International System; Resilience and Change

-Education & Psychology: Special Educational Needs 

Rome No Health Sciences course offered during Session 1 Health Sciences: Global Health and Epidemiology Health Sciences: Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage
Piacenza Agribusiness & Food Science: Food Production; Tradition and Innovation Agribusiness & Food Science: The Global Wine Market; Trends and Strategies No Agribusiness & Food Science course offered during Session 3


Please select your program length below (two, four or six weeks) based on how many consecutive two-week sessions you plan to attend.  Your specific session/course selections will be finalized when you complete your ISEP Course Request List. Contact your ISEP Student Advisor with any additional questions.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(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

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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