• Invigorating and bustling, Rome offers a delightful mix of new, old, and ancient, and makes the perfect base to experience Italian culture

• Take coursework in public health and epidemiology from the Italian perspective, a universal coverage, nationalized system

• From gelato at the foot of the Spanish Steps to a quick slice of pizza on your way to tour the Sistine Chapel, Rome offers some of the best examples of Italian cuisine, culture, and architecture in a walkable and friendly city

• Hop on the train to explore Tuscany, seaside towns, the mountains, or Venice—Italian trains make it easy to explore Italy’s other famous destinations


The  School of Medicine and Surgery at Università Cattolica is internationally acclaimed. Università Cattolica Agostino Gemelli University Hospital is currently ranked the best hospital in Italy and in the top 50 worldwide based on the World’s Best Hospital 2021 Ranking by Newsweek.

Excursions & Cultural Experiences

All students in the program participate in co-curricular site visits one day per week. The "SpazioVivo" Cultural Centre on campus organizes cultural and recreational activities. Among other things it promotes and organizes concerts, art and photographic exhibitions, theatrical productions, literary competitions, meetings with authors, and guided cultural tours.

Housing & Meals 

Students live in shared off-campus apartments. Meals are not included. Students will have access to grocery stores, cooking facilities, and a multitude of dining options with affordable meal choices.

Explore Rome 

A true cultural capital, Rome is know as the Eternal City and the cradle of western civilization. Wandering the picturesque streets, eating at one of the city's many pizzierias, cafes or trattorias, and people-watching in the piazza are all central to the Roman experience. An open-air museum, students can visit many of the world’s most breathtaking masterpieces, from Michelangelo’s ceiling in la Cappella Sistina to the beautiful attractions in Piazza Navona, la Fontana di Trevi, il Vittoriano, and il Colosseo. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Course Description

The summer program in Rome is divided into two sessions. Each session has a duration of two weeks. Students may enroll in one course per 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 are taught entirely in English. 

Summer 2024 courses and syllabi:

Session 1:

June 10-June 21

Session 2:

June 24-July 5

Global Health and Epidemiology

(Limited Capacity)*

Health Policy and Management for Universal Coverage

From Molecules to Cells: A Translational Path Towards Novel Therapeutics

(Limited Capacity)*


*Course assignments will be allocated based on course preference and submission timeline. 

You can view recommended course conversions between the UNICATT course names and possible transferable course names in the US here. 

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | 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.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The 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...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Health Sciences Recommended!

    Public Health

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 Application Instructions

Students with a GPA BELOW 2.75 should provide an academic reference and/or a statement explaining the low GPA and the status of the current semester and include it in the ‘additional documents’ section of their ISEP application. 

Students may request single room accommodations for medical reasons only. Please state this specific need and the reason in the “Other” tab within your ISEP application. Single rooms can never be guaranteed. 

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions


As indicated above, some classes in this program have limited capacity. We’ll do our best to help you register for your preferred classes. In order for ISEP to accomplish this, please indicate your preference of enrollment for the three courses in the order you would like to attend when completing your ISEP Course List after placement. 


- Please select your program length below (two or four 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. Official arrival date will be the Sunday before classes start. Official end date will be the Saturday after classes end. 

• Select the 2-week program option if: you intend to take only one course for a total of one 2-week session, regardless if it is session 1 or 2.

• Select the 4-week program option if: you intend to take both 2-week courses, spanning sessions 1 & 2.

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

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