Living in Milan provides a myriad of exciting activities in which to participate. 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. Restaurants, bars, and night clubs also can easily be found throughout the city ensuring enjoyable night-life 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 the nights. Furthermore, Milan’s positioning in northern Italy allows for day/weekend trips to cities such as Genova, Venice, Torino, and Verona, ski trips to the Alps, visits to beautiful Lake Como, or hiking in Cinque Terre. Access to both the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ligurian Sea to the west provide equally magnificent opportunities to see the Italian coastline.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is Italy’s premier private university and 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.
The UCSC Milan Direct semester courses are designed for study abroad students who want to increase their understanding of the political, business, cultural and artistic environment and heritage of Italy. The program comprises of courses that define Italy’s role within the European Union as well as her relationship with non-European countries. UCSC's Milan Direct program provides a unique opportunity to:
Minimum sophomore standing; 3.0 GPA
Courses taught in English and Italian
Upon arrival in Milan, students participate in several welcome orientations during which they will learn how to obtain a permesso di soggiorno, or residency permit, and an ATM 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 Italian language students who want to get immersed in the Italian culture. Students have the option to take an intensive pre-session Italian course as well as Italian language courses during the semester. These can be combined with other academic courses taught in Italian, if students have an appropriate level of language skill, or other academic courses taught in English. The courses at USCS in English focus primarily around the humanities and social sciences, with a few business and communications options.
In the summer USCS offers an intensive Italian language and culture course that lasts approximately one month.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Sacro Cuore works with students to find off-campus apartments. The costs for these apartments are paid directly to Sacro Cuore. The apartments are fully furnished with full kitchens and are normally shared by three or four students.
Marquette students will get discounted meal tickets at 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 $800 a month in food costs as the price of living in Milan is slightly higher than in Milwaukee.
Students are able to study at Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore for a semester or summer. Typically the fall semester is September to end of January and the spring semester is February to mid-July. The first summer session runs from mid-May to mid-June and the second summer session runs throughout July.
|Spring 2013||Summer 2011||Fall 2011|
|Arrival||Jan. 28||May 19 or June 30||Sept. 5 or Sept. 9|
|Orientation||Jan. 29||May 20 or July 1||Sept. 5 or Sept. 20|
|Optional Italian pre-session||Feb. 1-22||Sept. 8-23|
|Classes begin||Feb. 4 (English) or Feb. 25 (Italian)||May 21 or July 2||Sept. 26|
|End of English courses||May 10||June 22 or July 27||Dec. 16|
|End of Italian courses||May 12||Jan. 27|
A student visa is required for this program. A workshop will be held early after acceptances to help students apply for an Italian visa. Ultimately, procuring the visa is the sole responsibility of the student.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted to the program before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
*Other costs include a student fee, country-specific insurance and estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Semester Tuition and CISI Insurance costs are billed and paid through Marquette University’s Bursar Office. All other costs, including summer tuition and housing, are paid directly to Sacro Cuore by the student or are out of pocket costs. Meeting Sacro Cuore’s payment deadlines for these costs are the student’s responsibility.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.