Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Image of Building and Trees
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.
Location: Milan, Italy
Language of Instruction: EnglishItalian
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • Study Italian at one of the best universities in Italy
  • Experience life in Milan, a historic center of arts, culture, and business
  • Internship placements are available in Business, Supply Chain Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Consulting, Banking, Fashion and Sales, Legal Services, Translation and Editing, and Communication

Located in a stunningly beautiful medieval building in the heart of Milan, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is a renowned private higher education institution as reflected by its degrees, international reputation, rankings, and global network.

This dynamic yet traditional university offers young people not only the opportunity to engage in professional development, but to grow through personal experience promoting an interdisciplinary approach which helps students gain scientific knowledge in a responsible and independent manner.

Cattolica is where great minds connect. Where enthusiasm meets innovation. Where dedication creates outcomes.

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. In 2013 Milan was ranked as the top student city in Italy by QS Best Student Cities Ranking! Check out the New York Times' video: 36 Hours in Milan.

There are three program options at Sacro Cuore for semester or full year placements. Please clearly indicate on your Host Site Request List which option you prefer: 

OPTION 1 - ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Courses in Italian in the UCSC University Academic Curriculum. See below for course options. 

OPTION 2 - ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct: Courses in English through the UCSC International Curriculum or the UCSC University Academic Curriculum. See the section "Courses Taught in English" for more information. Students with an Intermediate level of Italian may combine courses in English with course sin Italian in this option. 

OPTION 3 - ISEP Direct only: Internship plus courses in UCSC International Curriculum and/or UCSC University Academic Curriculum: Students who choose this option will participate in a part-time internship, approximately 20 hours per week, for up to 12 ECTS units. Students must also enroll in two to three regular courses taught in Italian or English to achieve full-time status. ISEP Direct students may also enroll in Italian language courses which are included in ISEP benefits. For further information on this option please visit the UCSC Internship Website.

Courses available in OPTION 1 or 3: UCSC University Academic Curriculum (coursework 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 and Social Sciences (international relations, public relations & communication, social studies, social work); Psychology

ISEP Exchange

The primary accommodation for ISEP Exchange students will be off-campus housing in apartments or single dorm rooms with a bathroom. Students placed in apartments will have a combination of university cafeteria plan and meal tickets to purchase groceries and use at restaurants around the city. Students placed in the dorm will have a complete meal plan at the university cafeteria.


Married student and family housing is not available.

ISEP Direct

The primary accommodation for ISEP Direct students will be off-campus housing in apartments or single dorm rooms with a bathroom. Meals are not included, so students should budget accordingly.

UCSC International offers two orientation events for international students at the beginning of each semester. Students will be given useful information about Milan, UCSC campus, academic programs, registration, extra-curricular activities, and permit of stay procedures. During the orientation students will also meet student associations. 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Stop by 105 Lippincott for drop-in advising. Call the Study Abroad & Global Engagement office at 785-864-3742 to be connected with the program coordinator.

ISEP Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore webpage