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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Location Milan, Milan Italy
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Ranking

# 511-520

QS World University Rankings
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7

Undergraduate programs
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34

Postgraduate programs
International

1793

International students

With twelve faculties and five campuses across Italy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest non-state university in Europe. It has campuses in Milan, Brescia, Cremona, Piacenza and Rome.

Università Cattolica offers undergraduate, postgraduate degrees, as well as study abroad & exchange, summer, winter, and double degree programmes in a wealth of subject areas, including 200+ programmes taught entirely in Italian and 43 taught in English.

Highly employable graduates

Università Cattolica boasts excellent employability statistics. Of 9,231 students who graduated in 2015, 77 percent accepted a job offer within a year of graduation.

Università Cattolica is among the top 150 universities ranked in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

In 2018, the university hosted over 400 events on-campus with students and employers, including workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions and career fairs.

With over 4,000 agreements with employers, including organizations, foundations, associations and companies, Università Cattolica is ranked 1st in Italy for employers-students connections.

In 2018, students were offered more than 8,500 internships by the Institution.

Student services for international students


Università Cattolica prides itself in being a multicultural community, with over 4,400 international students on-campus representing over 100 nationalities in total.

To cater to its international student body, the International Student Services (ISS) office is a team of passionate support staff, advisors and mentors with first-hand experience of the unique challenges of studying abroad. They are here to offer assistance to students on any aspect of life  in Italy including academic matters, finding accommodation, applying for study visas and filling in administrative paperwork.

Università Cattolica also offers international and domestic students the chance to study abroad at partner institutions. To find out more, email the university at [email protected]

Apply for a chance to win a merit-based scholarship


Students applying to Università Cattolica at undergraduate and postgraduate level may be considered for merit-based tuition fee reductions.

Connect with Università Cattolica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

With twelve faculties and five campuses across Italy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is the largest non-state university in Europe. It has campuses in Milan, Brescia, Cremona, Piacenza and Rome.

Università Cattolica offers undergraduate, postgraduate degrees, as well as study abroad & exchange, summer, winter, and double degree programmes in a wealth of subject areas, including 200+ programmes taught entirely in Italian and 43 taught in English.

Highly employable graduates

Università Cattolica boasts excellent employability statistics. Of 9,231 students who graduated in 2015, 77 percent accepted a job offer within a year of graduation.

Università Cattolica is among the top 150 universities ranked in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

In 2018, the university hosted over 400 events on-campus with students and employers, including workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions and career fairs.

With over 4,000 agreements with employers, including organizations, foundations, associations and companies, Università Cattolica is ranked 1st in Italy for employers-students connections.

In 2018, students were offered more than 8,500 internships by the Institution.

Student services for international students


Università Cattolica prides itself in being a multicultural community, with over 4,400 international students on-campus representing over 100 nationalities in total.

To cater to its international student body, the International Student Services (ISS) office is a team of passionate support staff, advisors and mentors with first-hand experience of the unique challenges of studying abroad. They are here to offer assistance to students on any aspect of life  in Italy including academic matters, finding accommodation, applying for study visas and filling in administrative paperwork.

Università Cattolica also offers international and domestic students the chance to study abroad at partner institutions. To find out more, email the university at [email protected]

Apply for a chance to win a merit-based scholarship


Students applying to Università Cattolica at undergraduate and postgraduate level may be considered for merit-based tuition fee reductions.

Connect with Università Cattolica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

University information

Undergraduate

Entry requirements

  • Students need to hold a high school diploma, conferred after a minimum of 12 years of previous schooling (from the beginning of primary school to the end of high school) and that satisfies the requirements for entry into the university in the awarding country
  • If in the student’s home country admission to university level studies is subject to a special exam (e.g. Selectividad in Spain; Prova de Aferiçao or Prova Geral de Acesso ao Ensino Superior in Portugal; Veveossi Prosvassis in Greece), applicants will be required to provide evidence of having passed such selection with the required scores
  • The following qualifications need to satisfy additional criteria: American High School Diploma and UK Qualifications. For more information please visit > www.ucscinternational.it
  • Admission to the degree courses offered by the School of Economics is based on school performance, with a specific attention to the grades received in Mathematics


English language proficiency

Varies according to program. Check https://international.unicatt.it/ for details.


2-year Master of Science 

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS) and in a subject which is relevant to the chosen degree course. If you’ve undertaken less than 15 years of total schooling, you may not be eligible for admission to a graduate program
  • The degree has to be issued by a higher education institution which is accredited or recognized in the awarding country
  • Cattolica will evaluate candidates’ academic and personal background and decide if you meet the specific conditions for admission to the degree of your choice
  • The undergraduate degree must be obtained by the end of July 2018 (September for EU students)


English language proficiency

  • Have a TOEFL iBT overall score of at least 80 or an Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0 or;
  • Have successfully completed a degree program taught in the English language.

Cattolica’s TOEFL institution code is 2605.


1-Year Specialising Master Programme

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree, obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS)
  • Cattolica will evaluate candidates’ academic and personal background and decide if you meet the specific conditions for admission to the degree of your choice
  • The undergraduate degree must be obtained before the start of the program


English language proficiency

  • B2 level of English proficiency; either via a certificate (TOEFL/iBT, Academic IELTS) or via a Skype interview with the relevant Master committee

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

80

Maximum score

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

80

Maximum score

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

Students can enjoy an array of facilities at our different campuses. 

Campus facilities

Sport facilities

Total students

25,771

UG students

72%

PG students

28%

International students

1,793

UG students

72%

PG students

28%

Total faculty staff

3,930

Domestic staff

96%

Int'l staff

4%

Student life

International Student Association (Milan campus)

Adapting to a different culture can be exciting yet challenging. Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is an invaluable support network for international students. It organizes numerous social and cultural events, tours and recreational activities, including:

  • Language sharing
  • Assistance in finding an apartment
  • Trips
  • Aperitivo and dinner
  • Cultural events
  • Sporting activities
  • City tours
  • Nights out


Moreover, International Students can benefit from a number of different sport activities, thanks to Centro Sportivo Universitario (CUS) and a special partnership Cattolica has in place with a trendy gymnasium located in different areas of Milan, cultural activities such as joining the Studium Musicale di Ateneo “Note d’inChiostro,” a music association on Campus and, volunteering activities thanks to our Centro Pastorale.

Smint Piacenza (Piacenza campus)

Smint Piacenza is a student association, comprised of both Italian and international students. The association helps students from all faculties get together, assists new students to become familiar with Piacenza and its surrounding area, as well as the campus, and in particular to make the most of the university experience through different activities.

Internship opportunities

Internships are not mandatory in all of our Master of Science degrees, though highly recommended in order to boost your University experience and gain new practical skills. Our career service, Servizio Stage & Placement is at your disposal for finding internship opportunities in your preferred field. Through the online platform, you will be able to access thousands of internship offers and contact the company/firm directly. There are no remuneration standards. Some internships may include a reimbursement (lunch and transportation), others may offer a monthly stipend, whereas some internships may not be paid. You will be able to view this information when browsing the different offers.

Career service

Your experience in Cattolica is the first step towards a fulfilling education, which will allow you to excel in the work field. Cattolica’s Career Service will accompany you through this journey: the dedicated staff will help orientate you along the paths of research, internships, and employment, providing highly valued information and support. We can safely say that numbers speak for themselves: over 7,500 internships are undertaken annually, and the Career Service boasts contacts with over 2,000 companies.

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #451- 500
  • 2014
    #451-460
  • 2015
    #=377
  • 2016
    #471-480
  • 2017
    #491-500
  • 2018
    #481-490
  • 2019
    #=491
  • 2020
    #501-510
  • 2021
    #511-520
  • 2022
    #551-560
  • 2023
    #511-520

Ranking criteria

22.4
Academic Reputation
31.6
Employer Reputation
47.6
Faculty Student Ratio
6.7
Citations per Faculty
5.9
International Faculty Ratio
8
International Students Ratio
62.6
International Research Network
20.1
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

Università Cattolica offers seven undergraduate courses fully taught in English:

  • International relations and global affairs
  • Psychology
  • Communication Management
  • Economics & Management
  • Finance
  • Food Production Management
  • Medicine and surgery


Browse all undergraduate courses here

For applicants whose first language is not English, to be eligible for undergraduate study at Università Cattolica, students must hold a certified high school diploma and proof of proficiency in English, such as:

  • At least 6.0 in the IELTS
  • 80 in the TOEFL iBT
  • B in the First Certificate of English


If you wish to apply for a course taught in Italian and are not a native speaker, you will need a B2 level Italian, which corresponds to 120 hours of language instruction. If you do not have proof of proficiency in Italian, you may be asked to sit an Italian language test.

Tuition fees vary. EU residents may be charged between €3,500 and €8,700 per annum (US$4,300-10,700) depending on the subject, while international students are charged €8,040 per annum (US$9,900).

The 6-year single-cycle degree in Medicine and Surgery ranges between €7,000 and €16,000 per annum (US$8,600-20,000) for EU residents (or non-EU residents with an EU generated income). The tuition for non-EU residents is €15,600 per annum.

To apply, select the program and submit an application form online.

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At Postgraduate level, Università Cattolica offers 19 one-year Specialising Master programmes and 17 two-year Master of Science programmes taught entirely in English, including:

  • Management (Arts| Data| Innovation & Technology| Luxury Goods| Healthcare)
  • Economics
  • Banking and finance
  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Advanced Global Studies
  • Corporate communication
  • Luxury goods management
  • Data science for management
  • Agribusiness, Food Production & Processing


Browse all postgraduate courses here

For applicants whose first language is not English, to be eligible for postgraduate study, you need  to hold an undergraduate degree obtained after at least three years of study from an accredited university and proof of proficiency in English. Check Cattolica's website for details.


Two-year Master of Science programmes cost EU residents between €3,600 and €8,800 per annum in tuition fees (US$4,500-10,900), depending on the degree program and household income, while non-EU residents are charged €8,540 per annum (US$10,600). Tuition fees for one-year specializing master programs range between €7,000 and €15,000 (US$8,600-19,000).

Special funding is available for EU and non-EU residents, applying for a one-year Specialising Master programmes.

To apply, select a program and submit your application online.

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