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Italy: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Program type: Tuition Exchange

The University

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore was founded in Milan on December 7, 1921, by Father Agostino Gemelli. The university’s first courses in Philosophy and Social Sciences were held in the historic building located in via S. Agnese. These first courses, like all the courses that have followed, were inspired by Gemelli’s desire to promote cultural growth while fostering human and spiritual development. Since its founding, the university has become a central point of reference for the Milanese intellectual community. In 1968 approximately 30,000 students were registered at the university. This figure helps to illustrate how the Università Cattolica had developed into an important academic community, divided into 8 faculties: Economics, Law, Languages and Literature, Educational Science, Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences, Political Science and Psychology.

The Milan campus, located in Largo Gemelli, 1 and adjacent to the Sant’Ambrogio Basilica, represents the university’s historic campus, to which three newer Italian campuses have been added: in Rome, Piacenza and Brescia. The Milan campus also represents the university’s legal headquarters and administrative site for the institution as a whole.

Two indispensable principles underlie the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore: its prestigious academic tradition and the yearning for quality education of the young people who attend it. It’s a true campus, offering everything that makes university a unique and unrepeatable experience: study, research, the chance to meet the lecturers and to become part of the dialogue of an academic institution, contact with the outside world, and the opportunity to extend the personal development it offers through cultural and recreational extra curricular activities. Everything is designed to smooth the student’s path and to guarantee that help is at always at hand.

The City of Milan

The historic city of Milan is the capital of Lombardy in the central Po valley, which is Italy’s richest, most populated and most economically active region. Milan has always been forward-looking, and during its 2,000 year-long history, it has been a driving force for great social, economic, cultural and political happenings. This vitality makes it one of the most attractive cities in Europe! Milan is also a city of art, with a wealth of monuments, palazzi, churches and museums, not to mention, the Duomo and La Scala, the temple of Opera. To quote Milanes dialect, “Milan l’e on gran Milan” (Milan is a great city).

Academic Program

The University offers courses and degrees in:

Communication and Performance Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Approximately 25 courses are offered in English each semester in these various Faculties.

An Intensive Italian Language and Culture course is offered both prior to and during each semester. These courses do involve an additional fee, however, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in these courses, which are offered at the beginner, lower intermediate, and upper intermediate levels.

University Services

The International Office provides a two-day orientation at the beginning of each semester. Academic counseling is available in each academic department. The Orientation Office works to ensure that students have the necessary information to make the best decisions regarding the alternatives available to them, taking into account their particular abilities and ambitions.

The IT Service runs many multimedia laboratories on various sites that are equipped for teaching, research and practical work. Students are welcome to use the classrooms at the times displayed.

The Health Centre provides all registered students with medical care, nursing care and psychological counseling. During the centre’s opening hours, the Nursing Service is always on hand to administer first aid, medication and prescribed drugs, measure blood pressure, take body temperature, provide information about local heath services, and give health advice.

Extracurricular Activities

Sacro Cuore ensures that students have access to economic and organizational help with:

  • reduced price cinema, theatre and concert bookings
  • organising conferences, seminars, conventions and cultural exhibitions within the university
  • undertaking cultural tours in Italy and abroad
  • membership of the university sports centre (CUS)

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. It is very easy for students to become members of CUS Milano, the sporting body which has been promoting and organising sporting events of all kinds for Milan’s university community for more than fifty years: all they need is a photo card and their university matriculation document to gain access to a whole range of benefits and discounts with gyms, sports centres and shops. Card holders also have free access to the Idroscalo Multi-sport Centre, CUS Milano’s headquarters, where they run courses in all kinds of activities including canoeing, rowing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing and spinning.


The International Relations Office offers to the exchange students hosted by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan Campus a HOUSING Service. Students may live in dormitories or find other accommodation. Its staff will provide those students with on-site support in finding a permanent accommodation in Milan. This service will be offered after students’ arrival in Milan starting from September throughout the academic year. Non-university accommodation prices range from £250/300 for a double room to £450/500 for a single room per month. A deposit may or may not be requested by landlords.


  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late September-Late-January
  • Spring Semester: Late February-Mid-July