Next offered in-person Summer 2022! 


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, 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.


Following the program's application deadline, 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.

Piacenza: Students may be placed in one of two different student residences.

Rome: Students may be placed in one of two different student residences. 


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 44 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. 

Sample summer 2021 sessions, courses and syllabi:

COURSE OFFERINGS Session 1: June 14 - June 25 Session 2: June 28 - July 9 Session 3: July 12 - July 23

- 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

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

- Business: Business, Government and the Global Economy

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

- International Relations: Geopolitics and technological changes: the future today

Rome Health Sciences: Global Health and Epidemiology Health Sciences: Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage No Session 3 program in Rome
Piacenza Agribusiness & Food Sciences: Food Production; Tradition and Innovation Agribusiness & Food Sciences: The Global Wine Market; Trends and Strategies No Session 3 program in Piacenza
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: Recommended!

    Medicine Public Health

  • History: Recommended!

    European History History, Other

  • 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

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions


- Please select your program length below (two, four or six weeks) based on how many consecutive two-week sessions you plan to attend. 

- Your session/course selections will be finalized after placement when completing your ISEP Course Request List.

- The dates indicated below correspond to the full summer program period. Students should consult the table above for specific session dates. 

Contact your ISEP Student Services Officer with any additional application questions! 

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