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  • Exchange program in Milan

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  • Nomination and Application Process

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Exchange program in Milan 


In order to come to Cattolica for a semester or a year as an Exchange student, your home institution must be a Cattolica partner, either within Europe (List of EU Partner Institutions) or outside (List of NON-EU Partner Institutions) or an ISEP member institution (ISEP Network). To verify all the options available for you, and to have information about application procedure, please refer to your International Office. 

Milan is our largest campus and it is located in the very heart of Milan, surrounded by tree-lined boulevards, piazzas, basilicas and parklands.

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.

Program Options


To all International Students, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers two different curricula of study with a wide variety of courses. Students can choose to create their own semester of study by selecting courses from either of the two curricula:

    

  UCSC International Curriculum* UCSC University Academic Curriculum
Language of Instruction English

English and Italian

Curriculum details Click here Click here
Requirements
  1. Current enrollment at an institution of higher education
  2. Good academic standing
  3. Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher, or equivalent
  4. Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  5. English proficiency: for non-native speaker, applicants need to submit a min. TOEFL score of 79 iBT, an IELTS score of 6 or an equivalent certificate (First Certificate of English - Cambridge ESOL / ISE II - Trinity College, London); or have successfully completed a degree program taught in English; or currently studying in English at their home institution.
  1. Current enrollment at an institution of higher education
  2. Good academic standing
  3. Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  4. Applicants for UCSC coursework in Italian are required to have a good knowledge of the language (B2 level is recommended) and must provide an Italian Language Proficiency Report
  5. Applicants for UCSC coursework in English, if non-native speaker, need to submit a min. TOEFL score of 79 iBT, an IELTS score of 6 or an equivalent certificate (First Certificate of English - Cambridge ESOL / ISE II - Trinity College, London); or have successfully completed a degree program taught in English; or currently studying in English at their home institution.
Calendar September / December – February/ May September / February – February / July
Class Profile Mostly International Students Mostly Italian Students
Course Specifics
  1. Activity Registration Fee of 30 € for Exchange students only
  2. Required attendance
  3. Expected participation
  4. One midterm and final examination
  1. Attendance not formally required
  2. Three possible final examination dates for each course ** (courses from the Faculty of Economics – coursework in English – have two possible examination dates at the end of each quarter)
Registration Required before beginning of classes Course selection after beginning of classes; individual registration for examination required

* Erasmus+ students are allowed to take one course from the International Curriculum and will likely have to complement their course load with UCSC Academic Curriculum Courses in order to satisfy their home institution course load requirements.

** Non-European students can request an early exam session in December / May

UCSC International Curriculum


The courses within the UCSC International Curriculum will be mainly offered on a semester basis (both Spring and Fall); however, as changes may occur, applicants will be advised on the effective and definitive list of courses available two months before the semester starts.

The courses bear the equivalent of U.S. Credits, however within the European Exchange framework these same courses have the value of 6 ECTS. The conversion from US or ECTS credits to your credit system is defined by your home institution. Please refer to your Study Abroad Advisor for detailed information.

Please view the Academic Policies for the UCSC International Curriculum.

Business and Economics

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship: the Italian Perspective
Entrepreneurship Lab: Creating a New Business
Green Management & Sustainability
Entrepreneurial Finance
Business, Government and the Global Economy
The Economics of the European integration
The Globalization of Finance: Managing Returns and Risks
Business Ethics

 

International Relations

The European Union in the World: A Superpower in the Making?
International Relations and the Middle East: A Comparative European Perspective

 

Italian Culture: Literature, Theatre, Cinema, Music and Philosophy

Methods of Illusion: la Mise-en-scéne from Drama to Fiction and Visual Arts
Writers & Paintings Words and Colours: Italy and the Arts 
Creative Italian Storytelling: from Literature to Cinema to other Forms of Fiction
Dramaturgy: Written to be Spoken
Italian Cuisine and Language Course Lab: a First Step to Becoming an Italian "Master Chef"
The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions
A Mafia Story: Its Representation in Literature, Cinema and Television
Citizenship and Religion in a Multicultural Society: a New Clash of Identities in Italy and Europe
The “Snow Whites” vs the “Cookie Lyons”. Angel-women and Wicked Witches in the Italian Literature from the Italian Romanticism to the Present Day and in Contemporary Art Forms

 

Fashion and Design

Fashion Images and the City of Milan. A Sociological Perspective on Modern Italian Fashion
What is Design? The Fundamentals of an Italian Industry - Spring 2017
The Fashion Market: Structure, Players and Success Factors
Luxury Business Insights
A Fashion Brand: from Line Creation to Market Placement. A case study

 

Media, Communications, Sociology and Psychology

Federico Fellini and Contemporary Italian Cinema
Digital Journalism and Digital Media in Italy
Publishing, Publicity and Cultural Journalism
New Frontiers in Brand Communication and Consumer Engagement -  Spring 2017
"Green is the New Black": Asset and Appeal of the Value "Environment" in Global Business Communication
"Nutrition, Tradition, Environment": Sustainable Growth and Appeal of the Italian Culture of Food in a Global Business Communication Perspective -  Spring 2017
Reading Milan and Italian Cities: Place-making and Cultural Resources
Television, Adertising, Music: The Italian Approach to the Media
From Strategy to Effective Presentations - Methodologies to Write and Present Convincing and Engaging Communications
Are Individuals the Same in the East and West? Cultural Differences in Social Psychological Processes

 

 

UCSC University Academic Curriculum


Depending on the degree and type of program, the courses of UCSC University Academic Curriculum in English and in Italian may follow different calendars. Courses can be:

  1. Annual courses:
    End of September / End of July
     
  2. Semester courses
    Fall Semester: End of September / End of February (exams included)
    Spring Semester: End of February / End of July (exams included)
     
  3. Quarter courses - only for the Faculty of Economics and Management, Undergraduate (LT) and Graduate (LM) level
    I  Quarter: Third week of September / Mid of December (exams included)
    II Quarter: Beginning of January / Beginning of April (exams included)
    III Quarter: Mid April / End of July (exams included)

COURSEWORK IN ENGLISH

Students have the chance to choose among a variety of courses taught in English in the field of Economics, International Management, Banking & Finance, International Relations and Political Sciences - Law. For course listings and descriptions, please check our ECTS guide by clicking here.

Follow the Steps:

  1. Choose Anno Accademico 2016/2017 (Academic year 2016/2017)
  2. Choose sede di Milano (Milan campus)
  3. Choose the Faculty (Facoltà) you are interested in (PLEASE NOTE that the list is in Italian: check the translation before starting)
  4. Choose the Periodo di Lezione (Lesson period): either Annual - 1st Semester (courses for the Quarter I belong to this semester) - 2nd Semester (courses for Quarters II and III belong to this semester)
  5. Choose Lingua Inglese (English Language)
  6. Click on Cerca
  7. You will find the list of course taught in English. If you click on ea.ch of them, you will see the name of the professor who teaches the course
  8. By clicking on the name of the professor, you will find the number of credits, the schedule (Orario lezioni) and the description (Programma del corso). Note that LAUREA TRIENNALE (LT) means undergraduate level courses and LAUREA MAGISTRALE (LM) means graduate level courses.

 

 

COURSEWORK IN ITALIAN

Students with adequate Italian Language Proficiency may also choose courses from the 9 Facoltà (Schools) and over 30 curricula either at the undergraduate or graduate level. For course description and time table click here.

Follow the Steps:

  1. Choose Anno Accademico 2016/2017 (Academic year 2016/2017)
  2. Choose sede di Milano (Milan campus)
  3. Choose the Faculty (Facoltà) you are interested in
  4. Choose the Periodo di Lezione (Lesson period): either Annual - 1st Semester (courses for the Quarter I belong to this semester) - 2nd Semester (courses for Quarters II and III belong to this semester)
  5. Choose Lingua Italiano (Italian Language)
  6. Click on Cerca
  7. You will find the list of course taught in Italian. If you click on each of them, you will see the name of the professor who teaches the course.
  8. By clicking on the name of the professor, you will find the number of credits, the schedule (Orario lezioni) and the description (Programma del corso). Note that LAUREA TRIENNALE (LT) means undergraduate level courses and LAUREA MAGISTRALE (LM) means graduate level courses.

 

Upon arrival you will have two weeks to make the necessary changes to your learning agreement / course request list.

No registration is required for courses belonging to the UCSC University Academic Curriculum. Students will be invited in specific info sessions upon their arrival to complete their Study Plan and to Register to the exams.

Program Dates


Application Deadline

● Fall / Full-year Application Deadline: May 15
● Spring Application Deadline: October 15

Academic Calendar

UCSC International Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall 2016)

Arrival 1: August 31, 2016
Orientation 1: September 1-2-5, 2016
Italian pre-session intensive language course: September 5, 2016 – September 16, 2016

Arrival 2: September 12, 2016
Orientation 2: September 13-14-15, 2016
Beginning of classes: September 19, 2016
Fall Break: October 31, 2016 – November 1, 2016
Public Holidays: November 1, 2016; December 7-8, 2016
End of classes/exams: December 16, 2016
 

Semester 2 (Spring 2017)

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 

View here a day-to-day program of 2016/2017 academic year.
Note that the day-to-day program is subject to change at any time. It will be confirmed upon arrival.
 

UCSC University Academic Curriculum

Semester 1 (Fall 2016)

Arrival 1: August, 31 2016
Orientation 1: September, 1-2-5 2016
Italian pre-session intensive language course: September, 5 2016 – September, 16 2016

Arrival 2: September, 12 2016
Orientation 2: September, 13-14-15 2016
Beginning of classes: September, 19 2016
Public Holidays: November 1, 2016; December 7-8, 2016
End of classes: December 23, 2015 
Christmas Holidays: December 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Examination Session: January 9, 2017 – February 4, 2017  

Semester 2 (Spring 2017)

Arrival 1: January 30, 2017
Orientation 1: January 31,- 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 13, 2017 – April 17, 2017
End of classes: June 1, 2017 
Public Holidays: April 25, May 1, June 2, June 3, 2017
Examination Session: May 29, 2017 - July 22, 2017
 

View here a day-to-day program of 2016/2017 academic year
Note that the day-to-day program is subject to change at any time. It will be confirmed upon arrival.
 

Please note that the courses from the School of Economics – English coursework – are organized in quarters:

  • Quarter 1: September 19 – December 23 (Including mid-term and final exams)
  • Quarter 2: January 9 – April 12 (Including mid-term and final exams)
  • Quarter 3: April 18 – July 22 (Including mid-term and final exams)

Students planning to take courses of the second quarter have to arrive in Milan by the beginning of January, 2017. ISS will inform students who have selected courses of the second quarter on the date they should arrive in Milan.

Pre-arrival and Orientation 


Please read here information about pre-arrival and orientation in Milan.

 

Italian Language Course


Please read here information about the Italian Language Course in Milan. 

 

Nomination and Application Process 


Please read here information about nomination and application process for exchange programs.

 

Housing


Please read here information about Housing in Milan. 

 

FAQ


APPLICATION

Where can I find the link to do application?
You should go back to your Home University Advisor and ask him/her to e-nominate you to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. UCSC will proceed in acknowledging your e-nomination and will send you back a link to the application online.

When is the application deadline?
Applicants are required to submit their application by May 15 in order to study at UCSC for the Fall Semester or by October,15 for the Spring Semester.

Am I requested to submit the application in paper version?
No, the submission is online only.

What are the documents I need to include into application?
You need to complete the application by including:

  1. a passport size picture
  2. the scanned version of your passport or other ID documents
  3. the Transcript of Records from your Home Institution
  4. the learning agreement/course request list duly signed by both the student and the home University
  5. certificates assessing the knowledge of the English Language (if willing to take courses taught in English)
  6. certificates assessing the knowledge of the Italian Language or the Italian Language Proficiency Report (if willing to take courses taught in Italian).

What are the English Language Proficiency requirements if I’m non-native English speaking?
Applicants for UCSC coursework in English, need to submit a min. TOEFL score of 79 iBT, an IELTS score of 6 or an equivalent certificate (First Certificate of English - Cambridge ESOL / ISE II - Trinity College, London); or have successfully completed a degree program taught in English; or currently studying in English at their home institution.

What is the Italian Proficiency Report and in which case I do have to submit the Report enclosed to the application?
The Italian Language Proficiency Report is required for applicants planning to pursue coursework, besides language courses, in ITALIAN. The report needs to be complete and attached to the application. The first part of the report is to be completed from you. The second part of the report is to be completed by a language instructor and sent directly to UCSC. Both parts of the report need to be completed.

What are the differences between the UCSC International Curriculum and the UCSC Academic Curriculum?
UCSC International Curriculum is made of courses offered on a semester basis (both Spring and Fall). The courses bear the equivalent of 6 ECTS, corresponding to 3 U.S. Credits.
Courses are all taught in English and classes are mainly made of International Students.
Please note that since changes may occur in the list of courses offered per semester, applicants will be advised on the effective and definitive list of courses available two months before the semester starts.
UCSC Academic Curriculum is made of courses from the 9 Facoltà (schools) at UCSC and over 30 curricula either at undergraduate and graduate level.
Students can both choose to attend UCSC Academic Curriculum taught in English in the field of Economics, International Management, Banking & Finance, International Relations and Political Sciences and Political and Social Sciences - Law. All the other courses offered are in Italian Language. Students will have to prove their knowledge of Italian Language in order to take courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum taught in Italian.

When do I receive an acceptance notice?
An acceptance notice will be sent out in 1 month from the reception of your complete application. Nevertheless, UCSC International Staff may contact you if you have not completed successfully the online application process before the mentioned deadline. You can be contacted both in case of lacking of required supported documents and in case further information from your side are needed to complete the application assessment.
Please be sure to read carefully the text of the acceptance notice.


CURRICULA and COURSES OFFER

Being an Erasmus + students, how many courses can I choose from the two Curricula: UCSC Academic CV and UCSC International CV?
Being you an Erasmus + student, you can only take one course from the UCSC International Curriculum per semester. Students can complete their Study Plan by selecting courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum. Please note that the average workload per semester is 30 ECTS (about 4 courses).

Being an Erasmus + students, will I be able to change the courses I indicated into my Learning Agreement during the application process?
Yes, you can modify your Learning Agreement by adding and dropping courses once you are at UCSC premises. Please turn directly to the UCSC International Staff to have your new Learning Agreement signed and in case you need advice on the courses.

If I selected courses from the UCSC International Curriculum, will I be able to change afterwards the courses I selected into my Registration Form?
Yes, if you have selected courses from the UCSC International Curriculum, you will have a two weeks ADD and DROP period once at UCSC premises that will allow you to modify your course list, upon availability of spots into the new course/es selected.

From the UCSC Academic Curriculum, can I take courses from all the Facoltà/Schools at UCSC?
Yes, students can choose to take courses from all the Facoltà (schools) at UCSC. Despite this, we invite students to look up for courses in the subject area that best suits their home university requirements.

Where I can find courses from the UCSC International Curriculum?
Courses from the UCSC International Curriculum are listed on the UCSC International website: http://www.ucscinternational.it/spend-a-semester-with-us/exchange-in-milan under the right tab UCSC International Curriculum.
By clicking on the course title the course outline is displayed. Please note that the list of courses is subjected to update.

Are all the courses from UCSC International Curriculum in English?
Yes, all the courses from the UCSC International Curriculum are taught in English and students will mostly seat in an international classroom.

How do I look up UCSC Academic Curriculum courses?
In order to look up for courses of the UCSC Academic Curriculum, you have to search into the ECTS Guide at the following link: http://ects.unicatt.it/ects/index.html?lang=en&search.anno=2015
Please consider that in order to look up for the course you will have to enter in order one of the options displayed in the fields: the Academic Year, the Campus, the Faculty, the Language of Instruction and click on SEARCH. All the courses available per Faculty will be displayed.
If you need to verify in which semester the course is offered please select from the drop down menu of the field PERIODO DI LEZIONE: Annuale – courses that last an academic year – 1° Semestre - courses scheduled in the Fall Semester – 2° Semestre - courses scheduled in the Spring Semester.

Are all the courses from UCSC Academic Curriculum in Italian?
No. The UCSC Academic Curriculum has the majority of courses taught in Italian and a few number of courses taught in English in the field of Economics, International Management, Banking & Finance.

Do I have to register to courses before coming over to Italy?
UCSC International Curriculum only requires that you submit a Registration Form. A specific communication will be sent out to you if you have selected the UCSC International Curriculum field in your application. You will be asked to complete the Registration Form and to submit it via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please note that the Registration into course in on a first come first serve basis. UCSC Academic Curriculum does not require a registration to courses.

When the Registration to UCSC International Curriculum courses is going to start?
You will be advised on the registration process two months before the semester starts.

I have never studied Italian Language, despite this can I take courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum - Italian Coursework?
Yes. If you cannot submit an Italian Language Proficiency Report and have not an adequate level of Italian knowledge (B2 according to European Language Framework), you must enroll into the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course and/or the Semester Italian Course offered at UCSC premises. You will receive specific information on both courses before your departure from home country/university by e-mail.
The Pre-session Intensive and the Semester courses are worth 6 ECTS each for 45 hours courses each.

How do I enroll in the Italian Language Course?
You will receive an e-mail with all the details after the acceptance notice at UCSC.

Is the Italian Language Course included in my tuition?
If you are an Erasmus + student or an Overseas student the course is not included into your benefits and you will have to pay to enroll.

What should I do if the Italian Language Course it is included?
If it is included you will receive an e-mail asking you to proceed to answer to an online survey.
If you do not answer by the deadline you will not be allowed to take the Italian Language Course.

 

ACADEMIC and INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR

Are the program dates the same for the UCSC International Curriculum and the UCSC Academic Curriculum?
No, you are invited to look up for program dates (start and end dates as well as exams sessions) on the UCSC International website: http://www.ucscinternational.it/spend-a-semester-with-us/exchange-in-milan right tab: Program Dates.
Be sure to check the correct dates for your Semester and Curriculum.
Please note that non-European students can request an early exam session in December/May.

When am I expected to come over to Italy for the beginning of my exchange/study abroad period?
UCSC organized two Orientation Events at the beginning of each semester.
The first orientation event is compulsory if you decided to take the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course.
A specific e-mail informing on the orientation dates and asking for your attendance is sent out before your departure from home country/university by e-mail. Please be sure to answer back indicating your preference otherwise you will not receive the detailed program of the orientation.

I saw there are two orientation events per semester, how do I know which one I should attend?
It is up to you to select the orientation event that best suits your schedule.
Please note that if you decided to take the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course you must take part to the first orientation event only.

 

VISA and PERMIT of STAY

Do I need a VISA to come to Italy?
If you do not have a European passport or European citizenship a VISA for study reason is required. UCSC International will send out to your Home University International Office/to ISEP Central Office/ to you directly two Invitation Letters: 1 in Italian and 1 in English.
Please note that the statement ‘the student will be accommodated at the University International dorm in Piazza Buonarroti, 30 – 20149 Milano’ is a standard address in order for you to receive a study visa.

What is the Permit of Stay?
The permit of stay is a document you will be asked to apply for upon arrival in order to be legally register for you to stay in Italy.

How I should deal with the Permit of Stay once in Italy?
During the Orientation Events, a specific session on the Permit of Stay is organized and the UCSC International Staff is at disposal to help and support you in filling in the documents requested for the Permit of Stay issuing.
Please remember that, in order to get the permit request filled you need the following documents:

  1. passport and photocopy of student’s personal data page and VISA
  2. photocopy of VISA documentation and of any letter issued and stamped by Consulate
  3. the certificate of enrolment/Admission Letter issued by UCSC
  4. photocopy of health insurance coverage
  5. a revenue stamp (Marca da bollo) of €16 (to purchase at any tobacco shop)

 

ACCOMODATION IN MILAN

How do I look for an accommodation in Milan?
UCSC International will send you a specific communication on accommodation solutions available in Milan.
UCSC offers its international students a limited number of off-campus apartments and rooms in a residence through MIL Service (Milano International Living Service).
If you look for temporary solutions upon your arrival, please turn to the Pre-arrival guide that UCSC will send you.
In addition, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European student association which has a representation at UCSC too. You will meet ESN at the Orientation Event and on Campus to receive support in the research of accommodation.

I am an ISEP students, are meals included in my program?
If you are an ISEP EXCHANGE student meals are included in your benefits. ISEP DIRECT program do not include meals.


 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 
 

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