Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica) is the largest nonstate university in Europe and, of all the universities in Italy, provides the most comprehensive range of research activities and courses at all levels. With more than 40,000 students across four campuses and 2,900 faculty and staff, Cattolica offers challenging academic programs in economics, business, finance, international relations, political science, psychology, arts management and communication. At the main campus in the iconic international city of Milan, students can choose from a variety of courses taught in English while they learn Italian language (various levels). They also can enroll in an intensive pre-semester course in Italian language and culture. Should they be proficient in the Italian language, students also have the chance to take courses taught in Italian.

Credit-bearing internships are available for students with a foundation of Italian language. Students can apply for a part-time internship during the semester or for a fulltime internship after a completion of their semester. The main areas where internships are available are business, communication, journalism, marketing, fashion and sales.

Cattolica website


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

List of International Curriculum (courses)

List of University of Academic Curriculum (courses)

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.

Housing and Meals

Students live in self-catered, shared apartments or in university residence halls. Students select their housing through Milan International Living Service ("MIL Service") and receive information to do so once they have been accepted by Cattolica. For more accommodation information, please visit the MIL Service website by clicking here.

Meals:  students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen or purchase meals at discounted rates in the university cafeteria.

Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.