Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is Italy’s premier private university and recently ranked 11th across Italy’s 90 universities. With over 42,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, Cattolica offers some of the most exciting and challenging academic programs.
While being hosted at an Italian university, this program is designed for students who want to increase their understanding of the political, business, cultural and artistic environment and heritage of Italy. The program is comprised of international students from all over the world, and offers courses that define Italy’s role within the European Union as well as Italy's relationship with non-European countries. This program provides a unique opportunity to:
Take classes in English
Take introductory Italian language
Learn about life and culture in Milan and Italy
Live with international students in an apartment in and around Milan
Access all UCSC university wide classes in Italian (for students with appropriate Italian langauge skills)
Experience other nearby Italian cities and cutural sites
Upon arrival in Milan, students participate in several welcome orientations during which they will learn how to obtain a permesso di soggiorno (residency permit), a monthly pass for public transit, as well as receive registration and course enrollment information. Tours are given, and students will meet fellow international students.
Sacro Cuore is the ideal campus for students who want to be immersed in the Italian culture, or for those wishing to take courses in English but who are interested in Italian language. Students who have not taken Italian will take a two-week 3-credit "crash course" in Italian language upon arrival. There is also the option to continue Italian language course during the semester. Marquette students normally enroll in academic courses taught in English. As Italian 102 and higher at UCSC is normally is taken by non-US students, previous MU students suggest taking Italian 101 at Marquette before attending the program. This allows you to meet more international students during the Italian crash course. Content courses at USCS focus primarily around the humanities, social sciences, and communications.
The International Curriculum courses are for international study abroad students and are all taught in the same building. The University Curriculum, some courses which are taught in English, are primarily taken by Italian students which make them a great opportunity to meet locals!
NOTE: Not all courses listed on the above website are offered every semester. The final semester course list will be sent out by UCSC staff to students about 2-4 weeks before the semester start.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
A brochure with the course list can be found here
Marquette course equivalencies can be found here
For more academic information please visit their academics page
Sacro Cuore works in collaboration with MIL Service to offer students dorms or access to off-campus apartments. The costs for apartments are paid directly to Sacro Cuore before the start of the program. The apartments are fully furnished with full kitchens and are normally shared by three or four students. MIL Service can also provide students with cell phones for their semester in Milan.
Marquette students will get discounted meal tickets for the university cafeteria, but there are also a variety of restaurants to eat at around campus and in Milan. Students should expect to pay approximately 550 euro a month in food costs as the price of living in Milan is slightly higher than in Milwaukee.
Please reference the above "Budget Sheets" link
Known as the business and fashion center of Italy, Milan provides students with the range of professional and social activities. With such a rich cultural and religious history there are no shortages of fascinating sites to visit in Milan, such as the Duomo, the Castello Sforzesco, the Navigli, Brera, and many more. For sports fans, Stadio San Siro (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza), home to both AC Milan and Internazionale Milan, provides an intense and famous venue to attend soccer matches. Many restaurants and social venues can also be easily found throughout the city ensuring enjoyable activities any day of the week. During the months of spring and autumn, fashion shows are prominent in the city and La Scala Opera House hosts yearlong ballets, operas, and plays for those seeking a more elegant way to spend their evening. Furthermore, Milan’s positioning in northern Italy allows for access to Genova, Venice, Torino, and Verona, the Alps, the beautiful Lake Como, or to hiking in Cinque Terre. With the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ligurian Sea to the west, it provides equally magnificent opportunities to see the Italian coastline.