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UK Exchange: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (ISEP Exchange)
Milan, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
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 Experience Type:
Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Business, Business Law, Classics, Communication, Economics, Education, Finance, French Language, German Language, History, Integrated Strategic Communication, International Relations, International Studies, Italian Language, Italian Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Library & Information Science, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Language, Spanish Studies, Theater
 Course Language:
English, Italian
 Minimum Language Requirement:
 Housing Options:
Apartment, Residence Hall
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Laurence Tuccori
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:
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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Fast Facts

Milano, Italy (pop. 1.26 million)
Student Enrollment: 25,000
Language of instruction: Italian
Italian Course information
English Assisted Study (EASY) Program
Summer Program


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. During its 2,000 year history, it has been a driving force for great social, economic, cultural and political events. Milan is also a city of art, with a wealth of monuments, palaces, churches and museums, not to mention, the Duomo and La Scala, the temple of Opera.

Program Type

Semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct academic year or semester programs

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally good.
ISEP Exchange is limited for International students.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is Excellent.

Program Dates

Semester 1: October to February; Semester 2: February to July. Students enrolled in the joint English and Italian program will finish in December unless they are also enrolled in 1-2 courses through a regular UCSC faculty.


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: Academic Immersion in Italian.

Banking, Finance, and Insurance Sciences; Business (accounting, economics, management, marketing); Education (adult education, pedagogy & planning for education, science of learning processes, sport & exercise sciences, sports science for prevention & rehabilitation); Foreign Languages and Literature (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish); Humanities (archaeology, architecture, art history, classics, communications, drama/ theatre, history, library science, literature, philosophy, theology/ religious studies); Law (business law, legal studies); Political Science (international relations, public relations & communication); Psychology; Sociology (social studies, social work).

Option 2: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: English Assisted Study (EASY) Program.

Students may develop their Italian language skills through intensive classes and everyday use while also following Business, International Relations, and/or Italian culture courses in English.

Information and Course Descriptions
Business and International Relation courses descriptions

Some students at the intermediate level may wish to take a combination of 1 or 2 courses at UCSC's main campus and the rest through the EASY program.

Housing and Meals

The primary accommodation for ISEP students will be off-campus housing in apartments. Students receive a stipend to cover meals at the cafeteria or to prepare meals. Married student and family housing is not available.


The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, founded in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, is one of the most comprehensive and complete higher education institutions in Italy. Università Cattolica excels in the diverse study opportunities that it offers in the humanities as well as scientific fields. Through the courses offered, combined with strong research programs, the university values and promotes an interdisciplinary approach that helps students gain scientific knowledge in a responsible and autonomous fashion.

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. Total enrollment: 30,000.

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ISEP Network

In addition to the program featured above, UK students may petition to participate on any exchange program within the ISEP network. For more information on additional ISEP Direct programs, visit the ISEP Search for a Program or the Directory of International Universities.


This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • Students will earn transfer credit from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.  The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the Education Abroad Academic Credit website. 

  • PRIOR to participating in this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the courses will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in the application materials.  
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the Education Abroad at UK office. Once received, the Education Abroad staff will coordinate the transfer of credits to UK.

  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) the term they are abroad.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.

  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.


Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).
Passport & Visa Requirements
  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Italy and have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the website of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in travel medical insurance via ISEP. For details on the coverage provided please visit the ISEP Health Insurance website. 

Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended dates via Education Abroad at UK. Please see the Education Abroad Health & Safety webpage for more information. There is an option to purchase the extended coverage in the application.


For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.