PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Delight in the piazzas, enjoy the world-class culinary scene at the many cafés, roam the narrow streets of the Brera neighborhood, marvel at the Duomo, visit the world’s oldest shopping mall at Galerria Vittorio Emanuele II, grab a coffee at a café in via Dante, ride the iconic yellow trams, picnic in the vast green oasis of Parco Sempione, or join the cheering crowds at AC Milan San Siro Stadium, home to one of the best soccer teams in Europe.  

• Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest public university in Europe, offering an impressive range of innovative programs taught in English in the fields of economics, business, finance, business management, international relations, political science, and communications. 

• Milan is consistently ranked as the top student city in Italy by the QS Best Student Cities Ranking. Plus, Cattolica’s international curriculum, pre-semester Italian classes, and custom programs for study abroad students make it easy to maximize your time abroad. 

• With great train and air connections, Milan makes a great base for exploring Europe. 

LIFE ABROAD 

Youthful, fashionable, and energetic, there is an inspiring beauty to Milan. A mix of modern efficiency and Northern Italian tradition, it is the epicenter of fashion, design, and business in Italy. A wide range of academic options make this an excellent spot for studying, and despite the glitz of some neighborhoods, the city remains affordable and accessible for students. The beauty of Milan will even follow you to class—Cattolica’s campus was designed by Renaissance architect Bramante and is located in the heart of the historic city center near Roman ruins and the bustling financial center. 

LIVE 

Live at the Biccoca Social Campus in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Biccoca, bordered by Parco Nord, one of the largest parks in Europe! The newly built apartments offer modern living amenities and house a mix of students, young professionals, and young families. As an ISEP student, you’ll live in a double-occupancy room in a shared and furnished student apartment with free WiFi, a fully furnished kitchen, shared bathroom, and access to laundry facilities. Commuting to work and school is part of daily life for residents of Milan, and it’s easy to use Milan's robust public transportation system to navigate the city. Biccoca is in the northern part of Milan on the Purple metro line (4) about 45 minutes away from the Cattolica campus.  

DINE 

You’ll be just a 10-minute walk to a supermarket from your apartment, so it’s easy to grab groceries to cook in the modern kitchen with friends. Of course, Milan’s culinary experience can’t be missed, so try to budget eating out a few times a week. Sample traditional local favorites like risotto alla milanese (saffron risotto), or enjoy an “aperitivo” (a pre-dinner drink with a complimentary snack) in the place where this Italian ritual started! With bustling bars and a wide selection of accompanying (and delicious) appetizers, nowhere in Italy rivals Milan’s aperitivo options. For a truly local experience, be sure to stand at the café or bar counter, chatting with friends and nibbling on olives! Expect to spend about € 750 to € 1,000 on food during one semester. 

EXPERIENCE 

Make sure to join Cattolica’s Buddy Program, which pairs study abroad students with Cattolica students who have previously studied abroad. ISEP students love the support this program provides and highly recommend it! You can also join the Erasmus Student Network, which organizes trips to cultural and sporting events, city tours, nights out, aperitivos, and much more. Milan itself also offers plenty to keep you busy! Check out the flea market in Brera every third Sunday, walk through the glass-ceilinged arcade of the world’s oldest mall and do some window shopping, stroll along the canals in Navigli and grab a gelato, or enjoy Milan’s legendary nightlife. 

EXPLORE 

Northern Italy, home to Lake Como, the Italian Alps, Venice, the Dolomites, and the culinary powerhouse region of Parma, offers endless opportunities to experience the good life in Italy. Milan’s train connections are exceptional—you'll be just 2 hours from Florence, 3 hours from the Cinque Terre, 2.5 hours from Venice, and 3 hours from Rome. Venturing farther out, Geneva (Switzerland) is just 4 hours away, and Nice (France) and Monaco are just 5 hours away. 

IMPACT LAB 

Join the Study Abroad Impact Lab, a course created specifically to help you use your study abroad experience to build the skills needed to land your dream job. (The course costs an additional 25 Euros and is paid directly to Cattolica.) 

INTERN 

If you have prior knowledge of Italian, consider a part-time, credit-bearing internship in Milan! Worth 6 ECTS (3 U.S. credits) for 120-150 hours of interning throughout the semester. Students in the internship program will also take 1 - 2 regular courses, two Italian language courses, and a parallel course focused on skill development for the internship. Placements may be made in the fields of marketing, business, fashion, communications and journalism. (An additional fee of about $600 USD is required for the internship placement.) 

VOLUNTEER 

Serve as a Language Assistant and assist with foreign language lessons at local schools in Milan. You’ll spend 4-6 hours each week volunteering in primary and secondary school classrooms in Milan, working under the direction of the lead teacher. 

What We Love About Milan 

Milan is for the young and ambitious! Unlike Rome and Florence, Milan is a city of locals, not tourists, and it’s easy to settle into daily life and feel like you belong. A great spot for foodies, fashionistas, or anyone who wants to travel (a lot) on sustainable and affordable public transportation, it offers the glamour of a big city with the culture and tradition for which Italy is known worldwide. 

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Course Description

Cattolica offers an impressive range of innovative programs in the fields of Economics & Business, Accounting & Finance, Agriculture, Psychology and Linguistics, as well as Philosophy and the Arts. Students can choose to engage in one of two tracks or mix and match.  The International Curriculum features classes taught uniquely in English, and the Academic Curriculum offers most classes taught in Italian, with some exceptions in the fields of economics, finance, business management, international relations, political science and law. 

Students with prior knowledge of Italian studying in the fields of business, marketing, Fashion, Communication and Journalism can incorporate a credit-bearing internship into their program for the semester. 

The chart below highlights some of the more popular classes ISEP students have taken in the past.  Use this to get starting on planning your own program abroad at Cattolica! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 24-30 CFU which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course is usually worth 6 CFU.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Business – International Curriculum 

 
 
 
 

Business – Academic Curriculum 

 
 
 
 

Communication 

 
 
 
 

Psychology 

 
 
 
 

Social Sciences 

 
 
 
 

 
Additional Courses to Consider 

 
 
 
 

Business Ethics 

 
 

Corporate Finance 

 
 

Digital Journalism & Digital Media in Italy 

 
 

Social Psychology through Theatre 

 
 

The Economics of European Integration 

 
 

What is Design? The Fundamentls of an Italian Industry 

 
 
 
 

Business, Government, and the Global Economy 

 
 

Business Law & Financial Regulation 

 
 

From Strategy to Effective Presentations 

 
 

Human Strengths and Well-being 

 
 

The European Union in the World 

 
 

The Fashion Market 

 
 
 
 

Entrepreneurship Lab 

 
 

Brand Management 

 
 

Television, Advertising Music: the Italian Approach to the Media 

 
 

Social Psychology in Action 

 
 

International Relations and the Middle East 

 
 

Luxury Brand Insights 

 
 
 
 

Green Management and Sustainability 

 
 

Business Strategy 

 
 

Green is the New Black: Asset and Appeal of the Environment in Global Business Communication 

 
 

Cultural Differences in Social Psychological Processes 

 
 

Roman Law & Common Law: Two Jurisprudential Traditions in Comparison 

 
 

The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | GGlancy@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer 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.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    European Studies Italian Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Fashion Merchandising Finance

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Publishing Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Italian Language and Literature

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Culinary Arts

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Fashion/Apparel Design Film Studies Playwriting and Screenwriting

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • 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 Application Instructions

Students interested in Interning at UCSC should include the following documents in the 'additional documents' section of their ISEP application:

Resume/CV (Example found here)

Cover letter (Example found here)

Students are required to submit a supplemental application after placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Most students will be reuquired to obtain a visa to attend this program for a semester or one year. Please see visa guidance in the ISEP country handbook here

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Undergraduate
(in Italian)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Asian Studies Asian-American Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies German Studies Italian Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies Slavic Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Actuarial Science Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Construction Management Economics Entrepreneurship Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management Insurance International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership Real Estate

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism Public Relations Publishing Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Informatics

  • Education:

    Adult and Continuing Education Community College Education Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Health Teacher Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Reading Teacher Education Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Special Education Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Teaching Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Teaching Individuals with Mental Retardation

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Modern Greek Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History Historic Preservation and Conservation History, Other Medieval and Renaissance Studies Museology/Museum Studies

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Court Reporting Criminology Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation Forensic Science and Technology International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Juvenile Corrections Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis Legal Assistant/Paralegal Legal Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Library and Information Science

    Archival Administration

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Behavioral Sciences Biopsychology Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Decision Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology Dispute Resolution Educational Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies Work and Family Studies

  • Sports Studies

    Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Cinematography and Film Production Design and Visual Communications Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • Number of language semesters completed 4
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students interested in Interning at UCSC should include the following documents in the 'additional documents' section of their ISEP application:

Resume/CV (Example found here)

Cover letter (Example found here)

Students are required to submit a supplemental application after placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Most students will be reuquired to obtain a visa to attend this program for a semester or one year. Please see visa guidance in the ISEP country handbook here

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in Italian)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies African-American Studies Asian Studies Asian-American Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other European Studies French Studies German Studies Italian Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies Slavic Studies United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Business:

    Actuarial Science Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Construction Management Economics Entrepreneurship Fashion Merchandising Finance Human Resources Management Insurance International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership Real Estate

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism Public Relations Publishing Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    Informatics

  • Education:

    Adult and Continuing Education Community College Education Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Health Teacher Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Reading Teacher Education Secondary Education Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education Special Education Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Teaching Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Teaching Individuals with Mental Retardation

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Italian Language and Literature Latin Language and Literature Linguistics Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Modern Greek Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History Historic Preservation and Conservation History, Other Medieval and Renaissance Studies Museology/Museum Studies

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Library and Information Science

    Archival Administration

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Psychology:

    Behavioral Sciences Biopsychology Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Decision Sciences Developmental and Child Psychology Dispute Resolution Educational Psychology Forensic Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies Work and Family Studies

  • Sports Studies

    Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Cinematography and Film Production Design and Visual Communications Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students interested in Interning at UCSC should include the following documents in the 'additional documents' section of their ISEP application:

Resume/CV (Example found here)

Cover letter (Example found here)

Students are required to submit a supplemental application after placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Most students will be reuquired to obtain a visa to attend this program for a semester or one year. Please see visa guidance in the ISEP country handbook here

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Please note that all Exchange Students will be required to pay an additional 80€ enrollment fee and a 45€ activity fee to UNICATT directly. These fees are required and cannot be waived. ISEP Direct students do not need to pay either fee due to the programmatic structure. 

Università Cattolica offers both pre-session and in-session Italian language courses. Italian language courses are included in ISEP Direct program benefits, and available to ISEP Exchange students for an additional fee.  

ISEP students have access to a variety of course offerings. Please review the course tracts in detail to better understand which type of courses might be the best fit for you. Full time students typically take 24 to 30 ECTS per semester.   

International Curriculum: There is a set “menu” of courses to choose from, and all courses are taught in English. Most courses are available both fall (September – December) and spring (January – May) semester, but there is a note if it is only available one semester. Click on the course name to view the syllabus. All courses are worth 6 ECTS or 3 U.S. credits. The international curriculum is designed with international students in mind, therefore, most students in these courses will be other study abroad students.  

Academic Curriculum:  Most courses are taught in Italian, though there are some courses taught in English available in economics, finance, business management, international relations, political science and law. You can view the Course Catalogue and the Course Catalogue Guide. The exam dates for courses in the Academic Curriculum are often much later than the courses in the International Curriculum. If you select courses from the Academic Curriculum, you will be responsible for staying on your program until your exams are finished.  

The Fall semester goes from September - February and the Spring semester goes from February – July. All courses within the academic curriculum are taught alongside local Italian students but are open to international students.  Ultimately, the academic calendar and semester dates for the Academic Curriculum program depend on the specific academic department. Students should carefully review the schedule for each department they wish to take courses in.  

• The Faculty of Economics and Management operates on a quarter system. Students who plan to take courses in this faculty during the spring (January - July) semester, will have an earlier arrival date as Quarter II courses begin in early January. Students will be responsible for purchasing additional ISEP insurance (typically 1-2 additional months) to account for the early arrival and cover the entire period of their studies.  

• The Faculty of Law only offers year-long courses, and students only studying for a semester are generally not permitted to enroll in these courses.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible to take courses from BOTH the International Curriculum AND the Academic Curriculum, however, please keep in mind that the start and end dates of courses within the two programs will vary. You will be responsible for staying on program until you complete the final exams for ALL courses.  

INTERNSHIPS  

Internships are available to upper-level students in the fields of Business, Marketing, Fashion and Sales, Communication and Journalism. Other disciplines may be possible upon request.

The part-time internship awards 6 ECTS (3 U.S. credits) for 120-150 hours of interning throughout the semester. Students wishing to intern will also be REQUIRED to enroll in BOTH the Italian language pre-session and an Italian language semester-length course (6 ECTS each). Additionally, students will enroll in two Academic Curriculum courses OR two International Curriculum courses (as outlined above) at Università Cattolica to complement their part-time internship.

Please note that students participating in the internship program are responsible for paying an additional internship placement fee of 500 Euros directly to UCSC.  

Students should be aware that over 90% of Italian businesses are small or medium–size enterprises, so placements in large multinational companies are limited. If students are offered an internship placement, it may be the only option available. It is therefore important that candidates understand the need to be flexible. However, UCSC will take great care in finding the best match. These are unpaid positions, but some companies may provide other types of benefits (not guaranteed). 

Students should have a basic understanding of Italian, and enrollment in both Italian language courses is required. Interested students must submit a Resume and a Cover Letter to UCSC.  

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