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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/28/2018 12/14/2018
NOTE: Dates are TENTATIVE dates at this time. Check back for confirmed dates. Dates listed include Italian pre-session intensive language course.
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 06/12/2018 07/20/2018
NOTE: Dates listed include three sessions of 2 weeks each for most programs. Certain programs have different dates that extend to August 3.
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Specific dates will be released at a later date.

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Gemignani, Christine Program Director: Gemignani, Christine
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Off Campus Cumulative GPA: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: EXPRO Program Type: Direct, Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Piacenza)

Program Features

ItalyWhy Italy?

Cattolica, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest private university in Italy and in Europe. It is a prestigious comprehensive research and teaching university, recently ranked number 11 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 and disciplines, in areas of medicine and health sciences, economics, business, international relations, political science, psychology and communications.




A modern university formed originally in 1921, Cattolica's heart is located in a stunningly beautiful medieval building in downtown Milan. Cattolica offers the ideal study environment for a Summer or semester abroad program taught in English or Italian, or a prestigious degree taught in Italian and in some cases in English. [city]

• 4 campuses (Milan,* Rome, Piacenza-Cermona,* and Brescia)
• 12 schools
• 30 English-taught undergraduate courses
• 2 English-taught undergraduate programs
• 1 English-taught Medicine & Surgery program
• 10 English-taught graduate programs* campuses offering courses in English

In the very heart of Milan, surrounded by tree-lined boulevards, piazzas, basilicas and parklands, sits Cattolica, a world class University.  The iconic international city of Milan offers a timelessness and graciousness which has inspired the imagination of geniuses for centuries, from Leonardo da Vinci to many of the world’s greatest fashion designers.  Milan, a city of culture and style. A living, vibrant city. And a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for students from around the world to experience a contemporary education within an unforgettable place. Click here for more information on the Milan Campus.

Piacenza is a typical town of ancient Central-Northern Italy. It holds a key position in the Italian food valley, where many leading companies are based, and boasts a strong identity and refined culinary traditions. Piacenza is synonymous with mouth-watering flavors and outstanding beauty.  And as a college town, Piacenza is safe, liveable, diverse and informal. Its strategic location makes it ideally situated for studies including agribusiness and business. 

Located only 50km from Piacenza, is the city that speaks through music - Cremona.

For two centuries, the city has been home to the most sought-after luthiers, artisans who are recognized worldwide for the quality of the string instruments that remain closely linked to Cremona’s historical figure, Antonio Stradivari.  Beauty, tradition and music make Cremona unique. Cremona is recognized for its medieval and traditionally stunning center, which includes the highest medieval clock tower in Europe, and its delectable pastries and produce.  Throughout history the city has been an important agricultural base, with abundant farms and culinary specialties such as Torrone, Italian nougat, that is recognized around the world as quintessentially Italian. And with such a rich agricultural tradition, Cremona is the preferred city for those searching for academic excellence in agribusiness. Click here for more information on the Piacenza-Cremona Campuses.



ItalyWhat courses?

Courses in Milan
Courses in Piacenza

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED (EXPRO if you're on the exchange).
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts

Language requirement
Classes are taught in English. Students attending UCSC do not need to know any Italian language.

Students may choose to take Italian language courses. A 2-week pre-sessional course and a semester long Italian language course are available to study abroad students at no additional tuition charge. If students are proficient in Italian language, they may take courses that are taught in Italian.

Spring Semester 2017 Calendar
Arrival 1: January 30, 2017
Orientation 1: January 31, 2017- February 1-2, 2017
Italian pre-session intensive language course: February 6, 2017 – February 17, 2017

Arrival 2: February 13, 2017
Orientation 2: February 14-15-16, 2017
Beginning of classes: February 20, 2017
Spring/Easter Break: April 10, 2017 – April 17, 2017
Public Holidays: April 25, 2017; May 1, 2017; June 2, 2017; June 3, 2017
End of classes/exams: May 26, 2017 

Click here for more program dates.


Cost and Scholarships

ItalyHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for Spring 2018 is $6400. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, and ISU's CISI health insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Please be aware that in this program, withdrawing from the program involves the following penalties beginning at 2 months prior to arrival assessed by Milservice for housing (in addition to the standard ISU withdrawal penalties). Students should ensure that they are in "Committed" status in ISUAbroad by these dates:
2 months to 45 days prior to the move in date: 75% refund,
45 days to 30 days: 50% refund,
30 days to 2 weeks: 25% refund,
2 weeks to check-in date: no refund.

Scholarships can be found here.



ItalyWhere will I live?

UCSC provides the following housing options for ISU students:

1. Single room in off-campus residence hall

2. Shared room in apartments in the city. Shared student apartments typically house 2 to 8 students. Apartments are furnished and include kitchens. Single bedrooms are available for an additional fee.

For additional information on housing:

Click here for more housing information.


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Important information on arrival and ground transportation options can be found on page 12 of the Student Guide.