Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome (Summer)

  • Rome, Italy
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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. 
This page is specifically for the summer options at the UCSC Rome campus. For more information on the Milan program: UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE (SUMMER)

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Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


  • Rome

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  • Summer

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Program Details

Academic Program


Social Work Perspectives on Global Health: and Epidemiology: From Policy to Practice

This unique 2-week course provides Undergraduate and Graduate students with an understanding of the implications of Health, Behavioural Health, Epidemiology, and Policy on Social Work Practice in the US and Europe. In addition to attending the 2-week UCSC Global Health and Epidemiology [described in detail below], students will attend a series of supplemental lectures exploring how Policy and the use of data can be used to inform the role of social work on Interprofessional teams and the coordination of care [Described below the Global Health Course Information].

UCSC Global Health and Epidemiology

The overall goals of this course is to introduce the students to the concepts and definitions of global health as well as global health challenges and global health governance. The course will enable students to understand the tools for measuring global health burden and major determinants of disease. Moreover, an overview on ethical issues raised in the field of global health will be provided, covering a wide-range of global bioethics topics and human rights issues. One part of the lessons will be focused on infectious diseases and outbreaks, but will also cover the topics of vaccination policies around the world. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be explored, placing particular focus on the global epidemic rise of these conditions and preventive measures. The increase in population movement has substantial public health implications, thus, the course will provide an overview of global migration and international experiences when addressing the health needs of migrants and refugees. Finally, the course will cover one of the major global emergencies related to environmental exposures and their profound impact on the population health.


Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

1. Describe the history, including societal and professional values, underlying policy and services related to selected substantive area:

2. Understand the political process of policy development and implementation;

3. Explain the effects of selected social policies on the delivery of services to families and children with special attention to diverse populations and oppressed groups

4. Identify and explain similarities and differences in the US and selected country health care delivery systems;

5. Develop skills for systematically analyzing health care  policies and their implications

6. Develop skills as a policy advocate, broker, and mediator to serve the needs of vulnerable adults and family systems.



Lecture, Discussion, Site Visits and Case Presentations. In addition to classroom instruction students will visit with a minimum of 3 care medical and social care providers.


Readings will be assigned at the time of registration and prior to travel to Rome, Italy.


Interprofessional Care Coordination

Undergraduate Student Option

UAlbany course equivalent: RSSW 499 (3 credits)

In addition to attending and meeting the requirements of the Global Health Class, Undergraduate students be required to attend all the supplemental lectures on Social Work and complete supplemental readings.

Assignment #1

Students will prepare a Reflection Paper integrating student’s reflection on their participation in this course.

Assignment #2

Students will prepare a Reflection Paper summarizing their experience completing the group presentation assignment for the Global Health Course.

[Grading Rubic will be provided for assignments].

Graduate Student Option

UAlbany course equivalent: RSSW 030 (3 credits) [Pending approval for Advanced Policy substitute]

There will be 2 assignments to meet the requirements for School of social Welfare Graduate Credit:

Assignment #1:  Students will apply the concepts/content from the Global Health Course to develop a Critical Analyses of the health policy related to one or more of the substantive areas covered in the Global Health Course [i.e., chronic care, dementia, substance abuse, severe chronic mental illness, etc.].

a. Overview of the 2 countries policy related to substantive area;

b. This paper will compare a minimum of 2 countries, one of which the US,

Part II. Prepare a paper that summarizes the role of social work practice I health or behavioral health care for the countries discussed in Part 1 of the paper.

Language of instruction: All courses will be taught in English.

Contact hours & credits: Each 2 week session: 45 contact hours per session / 3 U.S. credits each course

Please view the Summer 2019 course structure for additional details.

Note: this page is for Rome ONLY. Courses in Piacenza are NOT available. For more information on the UCSC Milan program, please review the UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE Summer option.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

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 undergraduate International Perspectives 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 for undergraduates. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Your Instructors

Your courses are taught by local faculty.

UAlbany professor Carmen Morano assists with this program. 


Università Cattolica can assist with housing selection through one of the following:

Villa Montemario

Giovanni Paolo II

More information will be provided during the application process. You can also arrange your own housing. 


There are many places to eat near campus. No meal plan is provided. 

Summer 2019

Estimate of Costs

Italy UCSC Rome Summer 2019

More Information

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.

Academic Requirements

Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students 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.

Experiential Learning

With the campus in the center of Milan there are countless events and activities to enjoy! The ESN organizes activities for students around Italy. 

Funding Opportunities

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 


Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay


About the City

Rome is a historical and cultural center of Europe! Home to the Colosseum and the Vatican, you can live in a city with thousands of years of history right outside your classroom door. 

For more information about Italy, visit the following website: The Italian Government Tourist Board

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. U.S. citizens do not need a visa if you are staying less than 90 days.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Summer programs: December

Summer 2019

Program Dates

Session 1:

06/10/2019 to 06/21/2019

Session 2: 

06/24/2019 to 07/05/2019

Please view the class calendars for additional details. 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.

Program Orientations

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 summer session pre-departure orientation will be conducted before the end of Spring UAlbany classes.

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.

Support Services

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.