Skip to content
Study Abroad

The University of Scranton Study Abroad Program


  • Loading...

View All

Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Milan, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (SH)
Layout wrapper table for buttons
Layout table containing buttons
Request Advising
Layout table containing buttons
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines: - unrelated header
Dates / Deadlines:
Tabular data for Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
Year (SH) 2019-2020 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
Year (SH) 2018-2019 04/15/2019 04/30/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet: - unrelated header
Fact Sheet:
#i18n(14)# parameter/value output
Instruction Language: English, Italian Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: Italian/Advanced, Italian/Elementary, Italian/Intermediate
Glossary entry for program parameter 10385
Fields of study:
Communication, Economics, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Relations, Management, Political Science
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore
Credits/Term: 12-18
Glossary entry for program parameter 10386
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment, Foreign University Progam for International Students
Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Halls
Glossary entry for program parameter 10395
Prepare own food
Program Description:
Program Description:

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

A modern university formed originally in 1921, Cattolica's heart is located in a stunningly beautiful medieval building in downtown Milan.  Cattolica offers the ideal study environment for a summer or semester abroad program taught in English or Italian, or a prestigious degree taught in Italian and in some cases in English. 

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest private university in Europe and the most comprehensive and complete in Italy. With over 25,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff,  UCSC offers some of the most exciting and challenging academic programs in academic 
disciplines including Economics, Business, International Relations and Communications. Our distinguished faculty are well recognized experts for their teaching and their research.  

Our primary responsibility at UCSC is to develop and deliver innovative academic programs designed to expand the knowledge and potential of our students and those visiting us from other institutions of higher education from around the world. In line with our strategy of internationalizing the university UCSC has introduced the UCSC Milan Direct program dedicated to addressing the specific needs of the global student. The curriculum, interdisciplinary in nature, has been drawn from the university’s various areas of academic excellence. 

We take pride in the fact that UCSC is the first Italian university to provide coursework options in English including total access to the entire curriculum in Italian for non-exchange international students. Our academic offerings are complemented by high level of student services provided by a knowledgeable and dedicated professional staff.  International students at UCSC will have a semester long opportunity to be immersed in an Italian way of life and discover a world-class Italian city, Milan, located in the beautiful Lombardy region. 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Italy’s premier private university, has introduced UCSC MILAN DIRECT, a program of university courses taught in English and available to study abroad students and select exchange students. For the first time in Italy, international study abroad students may enroll directly in an Italian university and receive their education in English. Support services in English will also be available to all enrolled international students.  

Living in Milan provides a myriad of exciting activities in which to participate. With such rich cultural and religious history there are no shortages of fascinating sites to visit in Milan, such as the Duomo,the Castello Sforzesco, the Navigli, the Cimitero Monumentale, and many more. For sports fans, Stadio San Siro (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza), home to both AC Milan and Internazionale Milan, provides an intense and famous venue to attend soccer matches. Restaurants, bars, and night clubs also can easily be found throughout the city ensuring enjoyable night-life activities any day of the week. During the months of Spring and Autumn fashion shows are prominent in the city and La Scala Opera House hosts yearlong ballets, operas, and plays for those seeking a more elegant way to spend the nights.

Furthermore, Milan’s positioning in northern Italy allows for day/weekend trips to cities such as Genova, Venice, Torino, Florence and the Tuscany area, Verona, ski trips to the Alps, visits to lake Como, or hiking in Cinque Terre. Access to both the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ligurian Sea to the west provide equally magnificent opportunities to see the Italian coastline and visit neighboring countries.


The  UCSC MILAN DIRECT semester courses are designed for students who want  to increase their understanding of the political, business, cultural and  artistic environment  and heritage of Italy. The program comprises of courses  that define Italy’s  role within the European Union including her relationship  with  non  European countries.   All UCSC MILAN DIRECT courses in English are worth 3 University of Scranton.  
The language component of UCSC MILAN DIRECT requires students to take a minimum of 3 US credits of Italian language at any level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) without additional cost.  Students already fluent in Italian may enroll in any university-wide range of disciplines taught in Italian.

UCSC MILAN DIRECT provides a unique opportunity to:

• Study in a beautiful campus in the heart of the old Roman city  
• Live in an apartment in and around the Milan city center  
• Enroll directly at UCSC Milan, a prestigious research university  
• Attend classes in English and in an English language support environment  
• Access all UCSC university wide classes in Italian  
• Participate in an Italian language and culture program (all levels)  
• Learn about the European Union and its impact on Italy  
• Experience what makes Milan and the region great  

Courses in English offered at UCSC include the following: 

•  International Financial Markets  
•  Strategic Management of Small and Medium Enterprises  
•  The Italian Economy: Economic Miracles and Malaise  
•  Business, Government and the Global Economy 
•  The European Security Issue: Responding to Global Challenges  
•  The Political Economy of the European Union  
•  International Relations and the Middle East: A Comparative European Perspective  
•  Business of Art: Collection or Commodity  
•  History of the Italian Film Industry 
•  The Sceptre of Business in Literature: “Why keepest?” and “Why squanderest thou?” (Dante)
•  Total Business Communication: An integrated approach to Corporate Marketing 
•  Emotional Branding Strategies and Consumer Engagement  
•  Milan: European Media Center   
•  Visual Arts & Communication:  Renaissance to the 20th century  

Students who are at the advanced level of the Italian language may take any course offered at UCSC provided they have met the necessary prerequisite course requirements. 

Italian Language and Culture Courses 

Each semester UCSCoffers each semester Italian Language and Culture courses at alllevels (beginner to advanced) either as a pre-session or semester course. Students may also opt to take both. The Italian Language and Culture pre-session is 3  University of Scranton credits. The Italian Language and Culture semester course is offered during the academic semester and is also worth 3 University of Scranton credits.
Campus Facilities

Library and Bookstore
As in any university, the library is the place where study, research and cultural contact all meet. The library system of the Università Cattolica is one of the most prestigious in Italy. It is currently supported by all kinds of modern technology, including an electronic catalogue that can be consulted over the web.
Computer rooms and internet access
Computer halls around campus allow for internet access either on fixed desktops or personal laptops (wall connection or Wi-Fi if available). Computer rooms are usually open all day until 9:00 PM. Cattolica provides wi-fi in areas of the main building. Some areas of the main cloisters have wi-fi from 7.00 am until 10.00pm.
Sport Center
The CUS (Centro Universitario Sportivo) has 11 division teams, athletics, rugby, tennis, sailing, swimming and water polo, ice hockey, rowing, canoeing, volleyball, softball and basketball, and a number of fitness courses that are open to any student at any level.CUS Milano is the perfect place for anyone who loves sport: it offers the chance to participate in the various activity sections and sports clubs either on a recreational or a competitive basis.
And that's not all: CUS Milano also organises tournaments between the various university faculties, and both summer and winter international sports meetings with representatives of foreign universities and campuses.

Services & Activities

The campus offers a complete range of services, all of which share a common goal: meeting the needs of a large student population. The campus may best be described as “a city within a city,” where finding your way and learning the ropes is easy thanks to effective tutoring services and competent academic  advisors and coordinators.


The city of Milan offers a wide range of housing options. UCSC has limited on-campus housing.The university works with Milano International Living  Services (MIL), a housing service located on campus, that places students in shared apartments across de city. The fully furnished apartments 
provided through MIL include wireless Internet connections, utilities (water and electricity), bimonthly cleaning, basic cable and television, a DVD player, television set, and kitchenware. 

Extra-curricular Activities

At UCSC there are two prominent students organizations, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and Exchange Student Erasmus Guide (ESEG), working to assist all international students studying at UCSC. These associations often organize trips to the many sites within Milan and the surrounding areas, giving students the opportunity to experience these in the comfort of well-organized and informative excursions. Additionally, ESN and ESEG can assist student athletes interested in joining club teams at UCSC. Whether exploring on one’s own or joining a student organized event, opportunities to experience Milan and Italy are infinite when studying at UCSC.  

Services & Activities

The campus offers a complete range of services, all of which share a common goal: meeting the needs of a large student population. The campus may best be described as “a city within a city,” where finding your way and learning the ropes is easy thanks to effective tutoring services and competent academic  advisors and coordinators.


Upon arriving in Milan, the International Relations Office will host several “Welcome Day” orientation sessions. These sessions are designed to provide the  particulars of attaining a Permesso di Soggiorno (Residency Permit), the ATM monthly pass for public transit, opening a bank account, information on doctors and hospitals, information regarding registration and enrollment in courses, and other useful information about the city of Milan and the UCSC campus. Students will be taken on a tour of the campus and surrounding areas and will be familiarized with campus facilities such as the campus cafeteria and the university library. Furthermore, students will be introduced to ESN and ESEG student staff and will also have an opportunity to meet fellow international students to talk about how they are adapting to a new city, country, and culture.

Health Services

The university health center, located on campus, provides all enrolled students with medical/nursing care and psychological counseling. 

International Office Student Advisors 

The International Office Student Advisors will assist all international students from the very first contact and throughout the students experience at Cattolica. The support services include assistance with admissions, enrolment, housing, academic advising, access to health and welfare services, visa and residency permit applications and financial questions.


Every degree-seeking student enrolled at the university will be paired with a tutor, whose responsibility is to assist him/her with integrating the university environment and to provide support in case of need. More specifically the tutor can help with questions regarding the degree curriculum and requirements, the scheduling of exam dates or sessions, the university services, and assist in solving any administrative difficulty encountered. The overall role of the tutor is also to encourage the formation of study groups.



Layout wrapper table for buttons
Layout table containing buttons