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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian NC State Students Only: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None Additional Requirements: None
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enroll, Exchange Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: None
High Impact, Experiential Opportunities: Internship Opportunities Duration: Academic Year, Semester
Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
Program Description:

The main campus of Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan is an integral part of the local community.  The bustling streets around the campus are full of cafés, restaurants and shops.  Yet, hidden discreetly within the boundaries of the campus are picturesque gardens and courtyards - all of which add to a unique ambiance and productive study environment.  

Milan is a modern and progressive city-the commercial heartland of Italy.  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, and 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 lane-ways.  Milan is a city to explore and a place to reflect; a city of trams and Smart cars; a city where beautifully dressed people ride scooters to work and where thousands of runners exercise daily in the parks.

Milan is a city of people and is full of life.  The menus of Milanese restaurants have influenced the worlds finest cuisines and the creations of Milanese designers have placed Milan alongside New York, Paris and London as a home of global fashion.  


Cattolica is a renowned international Catholic institution.  It is a complete university within a prized central location.  The Milan campus is in the very heart of the city, where Renaissance architecture sits alongside such historic monuments as the Basilica di Sant' Ambrogio.  Although the university was inaugurated in Milan in 1921, its home is a magnificent 18th century monastery which remains the centerpiece of the campus today.  
The Milan campus offers hundreds of programs, with a number of degrees and courses offered in English.  The campus is highly accessible with adjacent tram and bus lines and a rail station that is just a few minutes walk away.

The university also has a second campus in Piacenza. Students who have advanced Italian language skills and wish for a complete immersion experience should consider the Piacenza campus as an option.

At UCSC there are two different tracks in which students can take courses: the International Curriculum and Regular University Courses. Students can choose to take courses in one or the other or a mixture of both. Please note, however, that due to the academic calendar, during the Fall term, ONLY courses in the International Curriculum are available. Please see date notes below. Further, students can enroll in English coursework, Italian coursework, or a mix of both.  Students enrolled in the USCS International Curriculum (courses in English) usually enroll in four area courses and one of the Italian Language options.  Students taking coursework taught in Italian are advised to enroll in the intensive Italian pre-session course. For more information on the differences between programs, see the UCSC website linked below.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at USCS.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive.  Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad.  Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.

Students arrange their own housing independent of the university. One option is the Milano International Living Service (MIL Service) which offers single or shared rooms in a residence hall off-campus or fully furnished apartments off-campus. UCSC has a website dedicated to the housing options that they recommend. If students do not wish to use any of the recommendations, they may also look into other websites dedicated to finding housing in Italy.

Travel Docs

Students will need to obtain a long term study visa prior to arrival in Italy and a residency permit after arrival. In order to apply for a visa, students will need to appear in-person at a consulate or honorary consulate, likely either in Charlotte, NC or Philadelphia. Though it is not possible to appear at a consulate more than 90 days before the start date of programs, students should familiarize themselves with visa requirements throughout the application process. Once admitted by both NC State and the host institution, students need to begin the visa application process immediately. 


Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.

Highlights Dates
** For Fall semesters, ONLY the Direct Enroll / International Curriculum option is available. **
In general, this program runs:

"International Curriculum"
  • Fall - August through December
  • Spring - January through May
  • Academic Year - August through May
Regular University Courses in English OR Italian
  • Fall - Term not available due to dates
  • Spring - February through late-July
  • Academic Year - September through late-July

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 08/26/2019 12/13/2019
NOTE: Please note that depending on department, program dates may vary per student - even on the same program. See the host institution website and, after acceptance, materials given to you by the host institution for your exact program dates.
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 09/29/2019 02/03/2020 05/29/2020
NOTE: Please note that depending on department, program dates may vary per student - even on the same program. See the host institution website and, after acceptance, materials given to you by the host institution for your exact program dates.

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