Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Summer)
Founded in 1921, the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers students the chance to study with other international students from around the world. Although UCSC is a Catholic university, there are no religious requirements or obligations.
Università Cattolica’s summer programs are ideal to get a taste of Italy while studying in a traditional Italian educational context. Students will be able to choose from the following different areas listed below and combine them in a 4 or 6-week session.
You can take one class at a time and can stay for multiple session.
Language of instruction: All courses will be taught in English
Contact hours & credits: Each 2 week session: 45 contact hour per session / 3 US credits each course
Check out the course structure online here.
Note: Courses in Piacenza and Rome are NOT available.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
There are courses in business, marketing and communication, cultural studies and more. A full syllabus is updated and available online.
Review UCSC’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Your courses are taught by local faculty.
Università Cattolica can provide accommodation through Milano International Living Service (MIL Service) should students request it. Through a dedicated, team-oriented approach, MIL Service is committed to providing every student with the best residential experience. Their young and professional team is what makes the service competitive within the housing market since they understand the students’ needs and respond with a quick and concrete solution.
Check-in date: the Monday before the starting of the courses (from 10 am)
Check-out date: the Saturday after the end of the courses (by 12 pm)
Please review the MIL Service website for details.
Note: Housing in Rome is operated by a different company. More information will be provided during the application process.
There are many places to eat near campus. No meal plan is provided.
Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA are eligible to participate. Students with lower GPAs may be allowed to apply; please consult with us. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. No prior study of Italian is required. Freshmen can apply to this program but you must have completed at least 1 semester in college when starting your application.
With the campus in the center of Milan there are countless events and activities to enjoy! The ESN organizes activities for students around Italy.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
Check out these testimonials!
“I am BEYOND grateful for my experience at Cattolica! Living in another country forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and immerse myself into the Italian culture. In just four weeks, I learned more than I ever thought was possible. I cannot wait to go back and explore more parts of Europe!” -Makenzie Carroll, Communication/Sociology
About the City
You could keep visiting Italy for the rest of your life and still not exhaust what it has to offer. Few countries in the world offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return. The Italians are correct when they call their homeland Il Belpaese, the Beautiful Country!
Synonymous with style, Milan is the center of Italian fashion, finance, and industry. The largest concentration of industry, most major corporations, fashion house Armani, and countless banks establish Milan as Italy’s economic powerhouse. The city also boasts the fourth largest cathedral in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, and stunning operas at La Scala. Shopping is of religious significance in Milan and the world’s most famous designers have their flagship stores here. For more information on Milan and Italy, visit the following website: The Italian Government Tourist Board
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. You do not need a visa if you are staying less than 90 days.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
June 10 – June 21
June 24 – July 5
July 8 – July 19
Session 4 (unique to culture studies):
July 1 – July 19 or July 26
Check out the calendar for each class online here. Make sure you book your flights with enough time to check out of your housing. The dates above reflect the course dates, not your arrival and departure dates.
About the Program
Learn more about UCSC online here.
Check out this comprehensive online brochure for more information!
Flights: You book your own flights for this program. Make sure to only book your flights after you have been accepted. Refer to the housing section for more details on arrival times. It is important to note that you need to be present for the Friday afternoon exam time for your selected course. The exam times cannot be adjusted.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at UCSC, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. UCSC’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.