Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
  • No. Students: 43302
  • No. Staff: 1272
  • Study mode: 86 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +390272342307

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (English: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart or Catholic University of Milan), known as UCSC or UNICATTor simply Cattolica, is an Italian private research university founded in 1921. Cattolica, with its five affiliated campuses, is the largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic University in the world.Its main campus is located in Milan, Italy, with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona and Rome.

The most important Catholic University in Europe and the only Italian University to boast an impressive national network with our five Campuses in Milan, Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia and Rome, where the Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli”.The univercity is esteemed for academic excellence, integrated in the European tradition as a place of cultural formation, able to contemplate and interpret the complexity of the society in which we live: a mission that translates into an educational syllabus focused on the formation of the person as a whole.

In the last 100 years the university shaped a significant quota of country's establishment: eminent representatives of institutions, politics and law, academics and intellectuals, entrepreneurs and managers, teachers and professionals, bishops, journalists, publishers and writers. Plus, many others, known and less known, who have helped to promote the prestigious reputation of Università Cattolica in Europe and around the world.

The University is organized into 12 faculties and 7 postgraduate schools. Cattolica provides undergraduate courses (Bachelor's degree, which corresponds to Italian Laurea Triennale), graduate courses (Master's degree, which corresponds to Laurea Magistrale, and specializing master) and PhD programs (Dottorati di ricerca). In addition to these, the University runs several double degree programs with other institutions throughout the world. Degrees are offered both in Italian and in English.

The Cattolica, according to a study of International Student Barometer, survey of a sample of 65 universities in Europe, is the second in Europe and fourth position at the international level among the most recommended universities by foreign students. 

Programs of international mobility that UCSC has with other universities include: UCSC dual degree (London school of economics, Thomas Jefferson University, Boston University, Cass Business School, Paris-Sorbonne University, Fordham University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dublin City University, Higher School of Economics), UCSC Exchange Programs (University of Geneva, Waseda University, Maastricht University, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), Premier Scholars Program (UCLA, University of Chicago), LaTE (University College London, Columbia University), Focused Programs Abroad (Stanford University, Boston University), UCSC International Thesis Scholarship. The university offers internships abroad in cooperation with such institutions as The Intern Group and the Emerald Cultural Institute.

  • Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

  • Faculty of Economics and Law

  • Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

  • Faculty of Literature and Philosophy

  • Faculty of Banking, Financial and insurance Sciences

  • Faculty of Economics

  • Interfaculty of Letters and Philosophy, Economics

  • Faculty of Psychology

  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

  • Interfaculty of Economics, Literature and Philosophy

  • Interfaculty of Economics, Medicine and Surgery

  • Faculty of Education

  • Interfaculty of Education Sciences, Medicine and surgery

  • Interfaculty of Economics and Law, Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

  • Faculty of Foreign Language Sciences and Literature

  • Faculty of Law

  • Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences

  • Interfaculty of Literature and Philosophy, Education Sciences

  • Interfaculty of Banking, Financial and insurance Sciences, Economics

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart history

History of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in dates

  • 1921: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is inaugurated on 7 December.  Lectures in two faculties - Social Sciences and Philosophical Sciences - commence in the Milan campus, in via Sant'Agnese 2.
  • 1924: Università Cattolica obtains legal recognition from the Italian State as a free university. Two faculties are constituted: Law and Philosophy Arts and Philosophy.
  • 1926: The School of Political and Social Sciences is founded. In 1931 it becomes a Faculty of Political, Economic and Commercial Sciences and in 1936 it becomes the Faculty of Political Sciences.
  • 1936: The School of Education, established in 1923, becomes an autonomous Faculty of Education (from 1996: Faculty of Education).
  • 1947: The Faculty of Economics opens with daytime and evening programmes.
  • 1951: Opening of the Faculty of Agriculture at the Piacenza campus with programmes for the 1952-53 academic year.
  • 1953: Inauguration of the Piacenza campus.
  • 1958: Establishment of the ‘A. Gemelli’ Faculty of Medicine and Surgery with programmes commencing in Rome during the 1961-62 academic year.
  • 1961: Inauguration of the Rome campus.
  • 1964: Opening of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic and of the ‘Armida Barelli’ School of Professional Nursing.
  • 1965: Inauguration of the Brescia campus with the Faculty of Education.
  • 1968: The Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences is established at the Brescia campus and programmes commence in 1971.
  • 1984: Programmes at the Faculty of Agriculture commence in Cremona.
  • 1990: The Faculty of Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences opens in Milan and the degree programme in Economics commences in Piacenza.
  • 1991: The Faculty of Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures (since 2001 Faculty of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures) opens and the programmes commence at the Milan and Brescia campuses for the 1990-91 academic year.
  • 1993: The degree programme in Psychology, within the Faculty of Education, commences at the Milan campus.
  • 1995: The degree programme in Law commences at the Piacenza campus. The School of Advanced Studies in Economics and International Relations (ASERI) is established.
  • 1999: The Faculty of Psychology opens in Milan.
  • 2000: The Faculty of Law (Piacenza Campus) opens. Inauguration of the “Agostino Gemelli” School of Advanced Studies in Psychology (ASAG). The first programmes in Health Economics and Management commence on the Rome campus.
  • 2001: The Faculty of Sociology is inaugurated in Milan.
  • 2002: School of Advanced Studies in Communication and Performing Arts (ALMED) opens.
  • 2004: Inauguration of the ‘multifunctional complex’ at the Rome campus.
  • 2005: The School of Advanced Studies in Business and Society (ALTIS) and the School of Advanced Studies in Agricultural and Food Economics (SMEA) are established.
  • 2007: Establishment of the University Centres.
  • 2008: The School of Advanced Studies in Environmental Studies (ASA) is established.
  • 2009: The School of Advanced Studies  in Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS) is established.
  • 2012: The Faculties of Political Science and Sociology unify to create Faculty of Political and Social Sciences in Milan; the Faculties of Economics and Law at the Piacenza campus are merged into a single Faculty.

To all international students, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore offers two different curricula of study with a wide variety of courses. 

Admission Requirements for courses in english 

  • Current enrollment at an institution of higher education
  • Good academic standing
  • Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher, or equivalent
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  • 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.

Deadlines: September / December - February / May

Registration: Required before beginning of classes

Admission Requirements for courses in english and italian

  • Current enrollment at an institution of higher education
  • Good academic standing
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  • 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
  • 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.

Deadlines: September / February - February / July

Registration: Course selection after beginning of classes; individual registration for examination required


Catholic University of the Sacred Heart is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Milano (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Lombardia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia, Roma. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is a very large  coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 98 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

According to QS World University Rankings 2018, Cattolica is ranked 481 overall. Globally by subject, as of 2017, Cattolica is among top 100 in law and legal studies, top 150 in economics and econometrics, top 180 in agriculture and forestry, top 200 in accounting and finance, top 250 in business and management, etc. In addition, the university is ranked between 81 and 90 in graduate employability.UCSC is a part of a series of international networks including: LLP – Erasmus Network, UCSC International Bilateral Agreements, ISEP Network, International Network of Universities (INU), Fédération des Universités Catholiques Européenes (FUCE), Fédération Internationale des Universités Catholiques (FIUC), and International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS).


According to the 2019 Graduate Employability Ranking (a survey that analyses the best 500 universities in the world in terms of employability), among the 758 universities surveyed Università Cattolica has ranked  first in Italy for the active presence of companies in its campuses, and  ranked 58th worldwide. Moreover, Università Cattolica is the fourth university for the number of students interviewed by recruiters. For 2019 QS World University Ranking by subject, Università Cattolica belongs to the top 200 universities of the world in 3 macro areas: Arts & Humanities; Social Sciences & Management and Life Sciences & Medicine.

In addition, Università Cattolica belongs to the first 300 universities in 13 specific disciplinary fields   among the 48 fields analysed by 2019 QS World University Ranking by subject: Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies (51-100), Medicine, Modern Languages and Law (101-150), Agriculture & Forestry, Communication & Media Studies, Economics & Econometrics, Psychology and Accounting & Finance (151-200), Business & Management Studies, Sociology (201-250), Education and Linguistics (251-300).

Accommodation in Milan

Cattolica has limited student housing, but fortunately, student housing options in the city of Milan are as numerous as they are varied. International students looking for accommodation can explore possible solutions on the websites of the UCSC.

Health services

General, specialist (gynecology, ophthalmology, diet) and preventative medical examinations are available to students. During the center's opening hours, the Nursing Service is always on hand to administer first aid, medication, and prescribed drugs, measure blood pressure, take body temperature, provide information about local health services, and give health advice. Access is free, no appointment needed.For specialized care: ophthalmology, gynecology, dermatology, visits are by appointment only.

International Office Student Advisors

The International Student Services Office assists exchange / study abroad / double degree international students from the very first contact and throughout the students experience at Cattolica. The support services include assistance with admissions, registration, housing, academic advising, access to health and welfare services, visa and residency permit applications and financial questions.


Every degree-seeking student enrolled at the university will be paired with a tutor, whose responsibility is to assist him/her with integrating the university environment and to provide support in case of need. More specifically the tutor can help with questions regarding the degree curriculum and requirements, the scheduling of exam dates or sessions, the university services, and assist in solving any administrative difficulty encountered. The overall role of the tutor is also to encourage the formation of study groups.


As in any university, the library is the place where study, research and cultural contact all meet. The library system of the Università Cattolica is one of the most prestigious in Italy.

Computer rooms and internet access

Computer halls around campus allow for internet access either on fixed desktops or personal laptops (wall connection or Wi-Fi if available). 17 computer rooms are usually open all day until 9:00 PM. Cattolica provides wi-fi in areas of the main building. Some areas of the main cloisters have wi-fi from 7.00 am until 10.00pm.

Language Center – Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo

The Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo (SeLdA) offers a variety of support language courses to International and Italian Students, to faculty and staff. Currently the Language Centre also offers language training and instruction in the following languages: Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and German.

Sport center

The CUS (Centro Universitario Sportivo) has 11 division teams, athletics, rugby, tennis, sailing, swimming and water polo, ice hockey, rowing, canoeing, volleyball, softball and basketball, and a number of fitness courses that are open to any student at any level. CUS Milano is the perfect place for anyone who loves sport: it offers the chance to participate in the various activity sections and sports clubs either on a recreational or a competitive basis. And that's not all: CUS Milano also organises tournaments between the various university faculties, and both summer and winter international sports meetings with representatives of foreign universities and campuses.

Art activity 

The musical community “Note d’inChiostro” offers to all students and international students the possibility to follow a music-cultural itinerary, with the collaboration of some of the professors of the Athaeneum together with some experts of the concerned disciplines.

Student assosiation 

UCSC International in collaboration with ESN is offering International Students the opportunity to join the Buddy Program. The Buddy Program is aimed at creating the opportunity for International Students to meet Cattolica domestic students in order to simplify the transition into the campus life and to help them get the best out of their cultural and social life during their study abroad experience. In addition, the program encourages Cattolica domestic students, offering them the opportunity to meet International Students, whilst developing intercultural communication and linguistic exchange. International Students will receive specific communication before their arrival inviting them to subscribe to the Buddy Program if they are interested in having a UCSC Mentor.

Reasons to choose the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart:

  1. Because, here, everyone can feel free to express their potential.
  2. Because, here, every path is an individual one, as is the perception of each person.
  3. Because, here everyone is given the chance to try their best.
  4. Because, here, every person counts and is part of a community to be nurtured with care.
  5. Because our history is made by our past but, above all, by today's commitment to shaping a new tomorrow.
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