Università Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest private university in Italy and in Europe. It is a prestigious comprehensive research and teaching university, recently ranked number 11 across Italy's 90 universities. Cattolica offers some of the most exciting and challenging academic programs and disciplines, in areas of medicine and health sciences, economics, business, international relations, political science, psychology and communications.

Cattolica's heart is located in a stunningly beautiful medieval building in downtown Milan. Studying in Milan can be an exciting and challenging experience as well as an opening of your social and cultural horizons.


Campus facilities

The main campus is loacted in Milan and is an integral part of the local community. The bustling streets around campus are full of cafés, restaurants and shops. Yet hidden discreetly within its perimeter are picturesque gardens and courtyards, all of which add to the unique ambience and conducive study environment.


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.

I-Catt is an intranet system for students and faculty that provides information about university services and news, course and schedule planning, exam registration, and many more.


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.

Language Center – Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo

The Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo (SeLdA) offers a variety of support language courses to International and Italian Students, to faculty and staff. Currently the Language Centre also offers language training and instruction in the following languages: Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and German.

Other (Sports, gym, clubs)

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 a great 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.

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.

More information: http://www.cusmilano.it

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: End of September/beginning of October- Mid December

Exams: Mid January- Mid February

Spring Semester: Mid February - Mid May

Exams: Mid May- Mid July

Orientation Sessions

International Relations Office organises the orientation sessions to welcome international students to Milan and to give them useful information on the exchange program. The dates will be posted on the following wesite: http://milano.unicatt.it/facolta/giurisprudenza-facolta-di-giurisprudenza-calendario-accademico

The university organises a Welcome Day on two different dates: one for students taking the intensive Italian course before the semester and one for students not attending the intensive course, closer to the beginning of the semester. When you arrive, the International Relations Office (please see their website for opening hours) will issue you with a Student card that will give you access to the lilbrary, the students refectories and the computer labs.

Academic life


Each educational activity is awarded with ECTS credits. Each credit corresponds to 25 hours of work for the student, including all the types of activities requested (lessons, seminars, individual or group study, etc.).

The Universitiy grading system

The Italian university marks go from a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 30 with distinction.

Remember: In order to take exams you must first register for each of them via the univerisity system.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details




Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Università Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore.



Milan is a city of movement. People walk everywhere. Their sense of style ranges from casual sophistication to elegant design. Milan is a modern and progressive city, the commercial heartland of Italy, and headquarters to many of Italy’s multinational corporations and world famous brands. Yet despite the opportunities which accompany a busy and successful city, the essence of Milan is as true today as in centuries past. In short, Milan is a beautiful, cultured and dramatic city, a city which offers a multitude of features that tourists rarely discover.

Milan is the real Italy, from courtyards and window boxes to small and intimate museums, churches and laneways. Milan is a city to explore and a place to reflect. Milan is a city of trams and smart cars. It is  a city of people, a city full of life. The menus of Milanese restaurants have influenced the world’s finest cuisines. And the creations of Milanese designers have placed Milan alongside New York, Paris and London as a home of global fashion. A bustling city on the one hand; yet quiet, contemplative and conducive on the other.

Eating habits:

Milan is one of the world's trendiest cities, not only in terms of clothing and accessories. The original blend of various national traditions makes it an important part of the global culinary scene. Lombardy's cuisine is heavily based on the region's most famous produce, which is cheese. The multitude of varieties available includes excellent grana padano, mascarpone, gorgonzola, and crescenza. The area of Milan grows its own kind of rice, which is used as a base for delicious Northern Italian risottos. cooking is done with butter, gives its name to several dishes: minestrone alla milanese, a soup of green vegetables, rice and bacon; risotto alla milanese, rice cooked with saffron; cotoletta alla milanese, a fillet of veal fried in egg and bread-crumbs with cheese; ossobuco, a knuckle of veal with the marrow-bone; panettone, a large fruit cake containing raisins and candied lemon peel.

Useful links:

> www.atm-mi.it

> http://www.trenitalia.com/

> http://ciaomilano.it

> www.vivimilano.it

> http://www.easymilano.it/

> http://www.comune.milano.it


A taxpayer code is a personal identity document which lists an univocal alphanumerical code necessary for a series of economic or tax related activities such as receiving payments, opening a bank/post office account, registering with the Italian Health Service and completing enrolment at the University. You MUST obtain your taxpayer code upon your arrival to Italy. You need to go to the Local Revenue Office (Agenzia delle Entrate) where you will be asked to complete an application form and to present requred documents. Please seek advice with the Servizio Relazioni Internazionali at UCSC as to what documents are required.

For more information pleave visit the IPO Study Abroad pages of Blackboard and view the Country Information Packs.  Click here to log into Blackboard.


Housing is not provided by International Student Services (ISS) nor do they directly organise accommodation for students.

If you need temporary accommodation upon arrival, here are the links to some youth Hostels in Milan:

> www.ostellobello.com

> www.ostellolacordata.com/it

> www.lambrate-hostel.it

> www.letretorri.it

Catolica housing: MIL Service

> Student apartments

> Dorms


If you will not automatically be placed in Cattolica housing, then you will have to find alternative housing solutions.

> http://milano.bakeca.it/

> www.secondamano.it/

> www.kijiji.it/

Student associations ESEG and ESN offer students a free service for their living arrangements in Milan.

MILS ervice

Milano International Living Service (MIL Service) was founded in 2007 in order to respond to the high demand for housing: every year more and more students come to Milan from all around the world to spend a semester or a whole year studying at one of the prestigious Universities in Milan. For more information please visit: www.milservice.com

Cost of living

Università Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore suggests the following per semester:

(not including meals)*

From 2700 to 3900 €


From 750 to 1000 €

Personal expenses

From 200 to 400 € per month


200 €

Local Transportation

102 €

* Depending on the area, the kind of room (single or double) and
eventual program benefits the cost may vary

** University provides you with a badge which allows students to eat
in the cafeteria a full lunch for 3,50 €.

Average price for:

Pizza + Beer :

€ 15

Cinema ticket

€ 7,50

Ice Cream

€ 3


€ 5


Students who have been nominated to study at Università Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore will be sent information how to complete an online application.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

UCSC recommends that Non-E.U. participants take an international insurance before their departure. The health insurance should cover medical and repatriation.

Students that do not have an international insurance upon arrival will be required to sign up for a local insurance policy. The international Student Services will assist those requiring local insurance.

N.B.: The local insurance does not provide coverage for medical evacuation or repatriation.

Visa requirements

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a visa to study in France. All other nationalities need a visa and should contact the Consulate General:

38 Eaton Place, London SW1X 8AN, Tel: 020 7235 9371; http://www.conslondra.esteri.it/Consolato_Londra


Registration and Stay Permit

In compliance with Italian law, all international students should follow a registration procedure if  they are remaining in Italy for more than 90 days.

European and EU-equated students

All exchange students will have to obtain a Permit of Stay within 8 days of their arrival with the Police headquarters (details on the university's website).

If you are spending 3 months or less in Italy you do not need to proceed with official registration.

If you are spending more than 3 months in Italy, you must register at the local Registry Office (Anagrafe).



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Italy
Language of tuition: English,Italian
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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