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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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

Università Cattolica offers undergraduate, postgraduate degrees, as well as study abroad & exchange, summer, winter, and double degree programs in a wealth of subject areas, including 200 programs taught entirely in Italian and 27 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 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

In 2017, 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 2nd in Italy and 67th in the world for partnerships with employers.

In 2017, students were offered more than 8,500 internships by the Institution.

Università Cattolica scored 84.3 percent in the “Partnerships with employers” section of the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, ranking among the top 28 percent of universities.

Student services for international students

Università Cattolica prides itself in being a multicultural community, with over 3,250 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.

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

Campus facilities

Sport facilities

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.


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 >
  • 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

For applicants whose first language is not English they will need to provide one of the following certificates at the time of application:

  • Academic IELTS with a score of at least 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80
  • First Certificate of English (FCE) with a minimum B Grade or Certificate of Advanced English Cattolica’s TOEFL institution code is 2605.

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 Master Program

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

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.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 30,263


International students - 2,360


Total faculty staff - 1,600


Total students - 30,263


International students - 2,360


Total faculty staff - 1,600


Postgraduate Program

6,000 - 8,000
The fees above are an indicative annual course fee in US dollars. Please note that course fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.
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Campus Locations

English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.