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.
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