• Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, known as UCSC or UNICATT or simply Cattolica
  • Private research university
  • Founded in 1921
  • Has five affiliated campuses – largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic university in the world
  • Degrees are offered in both Italian and English
  • 40,000+ total students – the Milan campus has over 20,000 students and offers the majority of the progammes in English
  • 165+ different nationalities


  • Beautiful main campus in Milan
  • Most of the buildings, colleges, and campus facilities are located in St. Ambrose district, within the city centre of Milan
  • Satellite campuses in Rome (medical campus), Cremona, Brescia and Piacenza
  • Milan is Italy’s financial, commercial and industrial centre with an international population
  • The world’s capital of design and fashion brands and hosts many annual events which leads to many exciting internship opportunities
  • Milan is a central transport hub with 3 airports, high speed train links and is a 2 hour drive from both the Alps and the Ligurian coast


  • A wide range of degrees across 12 faculties – 8 are located in Milan
  • 3 year undergraduate degrees in English are offered in Milan: Communication Management, Economics and Management, International Relations and Global Affairs, Finance, and Psychology.
  • Food Production Management is also offered at the Piacenza campus
  • A six year Medicine and Surgery degree is offered at the Rome campus – 80 students
  • The number of international students in each class ranges from 30% (Finance) to 75% (IR and Global Affairs)
  • The Medicine and Surgery degree has a Double Degree option with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA and the BSc Finance with Bangor University, UK.
  • Cattolica’s MD is valid academically in all of the EU and many other countries for residency study or professional activities (students must check local regulations in regard to getting a licence to practice)
  • Cattolica has 580+ partner universities in 82 countries so there are many opportunities to participate in study abroad and exchange programmes
  • Internships are not mandatory, but highly recommended and the careers service is available to help students identify suitable opportunities – remuneration for work varies between employers.
  • The Careers Service also offers presentations, careers fairs, recruiting days, CV writing courses, selection process workshops, and more.


  • Use the Cattolica online application portal
  • Complete the application form – you are able to select a 1st and 2nd choice of programme
  • Upload: passport, official high school transcripts, evidence of language proficiency if required, a motivation letter, and a CV
  • Application fee = €75 / €160 for MD Medicine and Surgery
  • All international applicants must have been awarded a high school qualification after 12 years of previous global schooling, and after at least two years of attendance within the same national education system (this is required by all Italian universities)
  • Requirements: 3 APs in relevant subjects / min of 3 A levels in relevant subjects / IB – the full diploma is required
  • For all BSc degrees candidates whose GPA is 75% or above (31 for IB) will be given priority admission
  • Medicine and Surgery applicants are required to pass the Cattolica Entrance Exam, ranking within the top 50 (non-EU) or first 30 (EU).
  • No Italian is required for any of the English-taught programmes
  • For BSc Economics and Management, Finance, and IR and Global Affairs students may need to satisfy specific Maths requirements.
  • Applications open (except Medicine) in mid November and then there are a number of deadlines – Priority (Jan), Deadline 2 (Feb), Deadline 3 (March), and the Final deadline in May
  • Applications for Medicine open in October and the deadline is in March. The Entrance Exam held in March and the results are published in April
  • Non-EU medicine applicants can take the Entrance Exam remotely whilst EU students will be examined at a test centre in Italy or abroad


  • The tuition fee is determined by residency, not citizenship
  • The yearly tuition fee is divided into five instalments
  • Non EU = €8,340 / €16,200 for Medicine and Surgery
  • EU = €6,000 / €7,055 – €17,141 range for Medicine and Surgery depending on the financial background of the student
  • EU residents may apply for regular financial aid and additional scholarships provided by EDUcatt.
  • Non-EU partial tuition fee scholarships are available – €5,300. Click ‘yes’ on the application to be considered.
  • Non-EU medical students can also apply for financial aid and scholarship opportunities provided by EDUcatt.
  • Cost of living in Milan: €10,000 – 12,000 / Other campuses: €8,000 – 10,000
  • Students on a study visa may work up to 20 hours a week during their studies – many part-time employers will expect students to have a good knowledge of Italian


  • Students are expected to find their own accommodation
  • But, the university facilitates the search by providing placement options at residences or other housing types in the city, and a list of recommended private housing providers specialised in international student accommodation.
  • Each city campus will have different options


  • As with many European universities, international students considering coming to Italy should be aware that there are far fewer organised campus activities than on offer at universities in many other parts of the world
  • Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS) is an association that promotes sport and physical education for university students in Milan. There is an information point for Cattolica students on campus
  • “Studium d’Ateneo – Note d’inChiostro” is the centre of the musical community on the Milan campus with a highly reputed choir that is annually seeking new singers, and an orchestra eager for musicians to join the ensemble. It also organises concerts, courses, seminars, academic laboratories and summer schools.


  • The International Student Services Office assists exchange / study abroad / double degree international students – 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 is also paired with a tutor to offer support and help with adjusting to university life

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