Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Course details

Each course syllabus is available here.
Select the academic year, campus and Faculty to view and download the file. 

First year - Milan, Italy

  • Accounting for investor relations - 6 ECTS
  • Corporate finance - 3 ECTS
  • Speech communication - 3 ECTS
  • Statistical data analysis - 3 ECTS
  • English for business and finance (First level) - 3 ECTS
  • A second language among: - 6 ECTS
    • Français de la finance (First level)
    • Deutsch für die Finanzkommunikation (First level)
  • EU Financial systems and bank management - 6 ECTS
  • Economics of the EU - 6 ECTS
  • Principles of European Financial Regulation - 6 ECTS
  • English for business and finance (Second level) - 3 ECTS
  • A second language among: - 6 ECTS
    • Français de la finance (Second level)
    • Deutsch für die Finanzkommunikation (Second level)
  • Christian ethics in business - 0 ECTS


Second year - Lugano, Switzerland

  • Argumentation in finance - 6 ECTS
  • Financial communication - 6 ECTS
  • Communication strategies in financial disclosure - 3 ECTS
  • Banking strategies & wealth management - 6 ECTS
  • Sustainable finance and ethics - 3 ECTS
  • Online communication design - 3 ECTS
  • Current issues in international affairs - 3 ECTS
  • Investor relations - 3 ECTS
  • Conversations with industry experts on private banking* - 3 ECTS or Conversations with industry experts on investor relations* - 3 ECTS
  • Law and practice of capital markets - 3 ECTS
  • Thesis - 18 ECTS


*Students may choose one of the two courses, the other course can be chosen as an elective.

Elective courses

Students are required to take a total of 12 ECTS credits from the elective courses in Italy and/or Switzerland.


Elective courses in Milan

  • Chinese for business and finance (First level) - 6 ECTS
  • Arabic language and culture - 8 ECTS
  • Chinese for business and finance (Second level) - 6 ECTS
  • Corporate finance: law and practice - 6 ECTS
  • Fintech and sustainable finance: law and practice - 6 ECTS

Elective courses in Lugano

  • Advertising and consumer representations - 3 ECTS
  • Argumentation in conflict resolution - 3 ECTS
  • Brand management: strategic desing and creative applications - 3 ECTS
  • Comparative public administration - 3 ECTS
  • Digital corporate communication - 3 ECTS
  • Intercultural communication - 3 ECTS
  • Multimodal rhetoric - 3 ECTS
  • Social media management - 3 ECTS
  • The Swiss banking system: history, institutions and perspectives - 3 ECTS
  • User experience design - 3 ECTS
  • Internship* - 9 ECTS


* Students have also the option of completing a 9 ECTS elective internship starting from the summer between the first and the second year.

Graduated from the program will gain both the technical knowledge and the methodological tools to pursue a career in:
  • Investor relations and financial communication, both in private (financial and industrial sectors) and public institutions (EU Institutions, European Supervisory Authorities, etc.)
  • proxy advisors and shareholders engagement management
  • private banking and wealth management 
  • management and control in financial institutions
  • professional consultancy in investors relations and financial communications
The degree programme is offered jointly by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy (Faculty of Banking and Finance and Faculty of Languages) and Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society). The first year of the programme takes place in Milan, while the second year is hosted in Lugano.
Classes for the academic year 2024/25 will start on September 9th, 2024.

The calendar for the academic year 2024/25 will be available in July 2024.
For reference: find here the calendar of the Faculty of Banking, Finance and Insurance Sciences for the academic year 2023/24. 

If you are looking for a flexible and autonomous solution to learn Italian while studying at Università Cattolica, you can access the self-learning linguistic lab (CAP) of the SeLdA (Servizio Linguistico d’Ateneo) and benefit from a personalized language advisory service. 

In addition, SELDA organizes fee-paying Italian language courses, for more information contact SELDA from the dedicated iCatt function (in the homepage, box “request for information”).

Students are required to attend theology teachings aimed at offering a reasoned and critical knowledge of the Christian message.