The historic city of Milan is located in the central Po valley, which is Italy's richest, most populated and most economically active region. Milan has always been forward-looking. During its 2,000-year history, it has been a driving force for great social, economic, cultural and political events. Milan is also a city of art, with a wealth of monuments, palaces, churches and museums, including the Duomo and La Scala, the temple of Opera. Milan is consistently ranked as the top student city in Italy by the QS Best Student Cities Ranking!

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. 

The International Curriculum program is specifically designed for study abroad students, and it is a great fit for students who want an introduction to Italian life, culture and language, but want to study in English. The majority of your classmates will be other study abroad students, though the university has an active student population and a "buddy" program, with plenty of opportunities to meet local Italian students. ISEP students immerse themselves in Italian culture and daily life by taking classes at the university and living in a student apartment in the city. 


ISEP Students in Milan will be assigned accommodation by UCSC's housing partner, Milano International Living Service (MIL Service).  

ISEP Exchange students will live in the Biccoca Social Campus Residence. ISEP students are accomodated in double-occupancy rooms in shared student apartments. The residence houses students, young professionals and families, all located on dedicated floors of the building. 

ISEP Direct students will live in double-occupancy rooms in shared, fully furnished apartments in safe residential areas throughout the city of Milan. 

Both accomodation types include free WiFi, all utilities, a fully furnished kitchen, and access to laundry facilities. 

Students will commute from their apartments to the UCSC campus via public transportation. Commuting to work and school is part of daily life for residents of Milan, Italy's second-largest city.  Students use Milan's robust public transportation system to navigate the city, and all student housing is strategically located near metro, tram and bus stops. Commute times vary depending on apartment location, but 30-40 minutes is considered average. Detailed information about how to navigate Milan's public transportation system will be provided both in advance of departure and in detail during students' onsite orientation.


ISEP Exchange students receive a meal package that includes a specific combination of on-campus and off-campus meals. During the Welcome Orientation event ISEP Exchange students will receive a tailor made presentation on their meals benefits. Students receive a pre-loaded meal card that will allow them to enter the canteens at the university for 1 meal per day, and a pre-paid supermarket card that allows them to purchase groceries and organize the rest of their meals during the program.

ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits and will be expected to use their own funds for meals.  

All ISEP students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Program Website

Course Description

To find courses, view the UCSC International Curriculum page. 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. 


Website for Course Availability

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

  • Area Studies:

    European Studies Italian Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Business: Recommended!

    Business Management Economics Entrepreneurship 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!

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences


  • 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 Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

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. 

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