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Cattolica International

Faq - Exchange programme in Milan

Where can I find the link to the application?
You should go back to your Home University Advisor and ask him/her to e-nominate you to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Università Cattolica will proceed in acknowledging your e-nomination and will send you back a link to the application online.
 

When is the application deadline?
Applicants are required to submit their application by May 15 in order to study at Università Cattolica for the Fall Semester or by October,15 for the Spring Semester.

Am I requested to submit the application in paper version?
No, the submission is online only.

Which documents do I need to include int the application?
You need to complete the application by including:

  • a passport size picture
  • the scanned version of your passport or other ID documents
  • the Transcript of Records from your Home Institution
  • the learning agreement/course request list duly signed by both the student and the home University
  • certificates assessing the knowledge of the English Language (if willing to take courses taught in English)
  • certificates assessing the knowledge of the Italian Language or the Italian Language Proficiency Report (if willing to take courses taught in Italian).

What are the English Language Proficiency requirements if I’m non-native English speaking?
Applicants for UCSC coursework in English, 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.

What is the Italian Proficiency Report and in which case I do have to submit the Report enclosed to the application?
The Italian Language Proficiency Report is required for applicants planning to pursue coursework, besides language courses, in Italian. The report needs to be completed and attached to the application. The first part of the report is to be completed by you. The second part of the report is to be completed by a language instructor and sent directly to Università Cattolica. Both parts of the report need to be completed.

What are the differences between the UCSC International Curriculum and the UCSC Academic Curriculum?
UCSC International Curriculum is made of courses offered on a semester basis (both Spring and Fall). The courses bear the equivalent of 6 ECTS, corresponding to 3 U.S. Credits.
Courses are all taught in English and classes are mainly made of international students.
Please note that since changes may occur in the list of courses offered per semester, applicants will be advised on the effective and definitive list of courses available two months before the semester starts.
UCSC Academic Curriculum is made of courses from the 9 Facoltà (Schools) at UCniversità Cattolica and over 30 curricula either at undergraduate and graduate level.
Students can both choose to attend UCSC Academic Curriculum taught in English in the field of Economics, International Management, Banking & Finance, International Relations and Political Sciences and Political and Social Sciences - Law. All the other courses offered are in the Italian Language. Students will have to prove their knowledge of Italian Language in order to take courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum taught in Italian.

When do I receive an acceptance notice?
An acceptance notice will be sent out in 1 month from the reception of your complete application. Nevertheless, UCSC International Staff may contact you if you have not completed successfully the online application process before the mentioned deadline. You can be contacted both in case of lack of required supporting documents and in case further information from your side are needed to complete the application assessment.
Please be sure to read carefully the text of the acceptance notice.

Being an Erasmus + students, how many courses can I choose from the two Curricula: UCSC Academic CV and UCSC International CV?
Being you an Erasmus + student, you can only take one course from the UCSC International Curriculum per semester. Students can complete their Study Plan by selecting courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum. Please note that the average workload per semester is 30 ECTS (about 4 courses).
 

Being an Erasmus + students, will I be able to change the courses I indicated into my Learning Agreement during the application process?
Yes, you can modify your Learning Agreement by adding and dropping courses once you are at Università Cattolica premises. Please turn directly to the UCSC International Staff to have your new Learning Agreement signed and in case you need advice on the courses.

If I selected courses from the UCSC International Curriculum, will I be able to change afterward the courses I selected into my Registration Form?
Yes, if you have selected courses from the UCSC International Curriculum, you will have a two-weeks ADD and DROP period once at UCSC premises that will allow you to modify your course list, upon availability of spots into the new course/es selected.

From the UCSC Academic Curriculum, can I take courses from all the Facoltà/Schools at UCSC?
Yes, students can choose to take courses from all the Facoltà (Schools) at UCSC. Despite this, we invite students to look up for courses in the subject area that best suits their home university requirements.

Where can I find courses from the UCSC International Curriculum?
Courses from the UCSC International Curriculum are listed on the website.
By clicking on the course title the course outline is displayed. Please note that the list of courses is subjected to update.

Are all the courses from UCSC International Curriculum in English?
Yes, all the courses from the UCSC International Curriculum are taught in English and students will mostly seat in an international classroom.

How do I look up UCSC Academic Curriculum courses?
In order to look up for courses of the UCSC Academic Curriculum, you have to search into the ECTS Guide.
Please consider that in order to look up for the course you will have to enter in order one of the options displayed in the fields: the Academic Year, the Campus, the Faculty, the Language of Instruction and click on SEARCH. All the courses available per Faculty will be displayed.
If you need to verify in which semester the course is offered please select from the drop down menu of the field PERIODO DI LEZIONE: Annuale – courses that last an academic year – 1° Semestre - courses scheduled in the Fall Semester – 2° Semestre - courses scheduled in the Spring Semester.

Are all the courses from UCSC Academic Curriculum in Italian?
No. The UCSC Academic Curriculum has the majority of courses taught in Italian and a few number of courses taught in English in the field of Economics, International Management, Banking & Finance, International Relations and Political Sciences and Political and Social Sciences - Law.

Do I have to register to courses before coming over to Italy?
UCSC International Curriculum only requires that you proceed to the online registration. UCSC International Office will send to students who selected courses from the UCSC International Curriculum specific emails communication to allow them to create their own ICATT credentials, have a look at the courses schedule and proceed to the online registration. 
Please note that the Registration into the courses is on a first come first serve basis. UCSC Academic Curriculum does not require a registration to courses.

When is the Registration to UCSC International Curriculum courses going to start?
You will be advised on the registration process two months before the semester starts.

I have never studied the Italian Language, despite this can I take courses from the UCSC Academic Curriculum - Italian Coursework?
Yes. If you cannot submit an Italian Language Proficiency Report and have not an adequate level of Italian knowledge (B2 according to European Language Framework), you must enroll into the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course and/or the Semester Italian Course offered at Università Cattolica premises. You will receive specific information on both courses before your departure from home country/university by e-mail.
The Pre-session Intensive and the Semester courses are worth 6 ECTS each for 45 hours courses each.

How do I enroll in the Italian Language Course?
You will receive an e-mail with all the details after the acceptance notice at Università Cattolica.

Is the Italian Language Course included in my tuition?
If you are an Erasmus + student or an Overseas student the course is not included in your benefits and you will have to pay to enroll.

What should I do if the Italian Language Course it is included?
If it is included you will receive an e-mail asking you to proceed to answer to an online survey.
If you do not answer by the deadline you will not be allowed to take the Italian Language Course.

Are the program dates the same for the UCSC International Curriculum and the UCSC Academic Curriculum?
No, you are invited to look up for program dates (start and end dates as well as exams sessions) on the UCSC International website.
Be sure to check the correct dates for your Semester and Curriculum.
Please note that non-European students can request an early exam session in December/May.
 

When am I expected to come over to Italy for the beginning of my exchange/study abroad period?
Università Cattolica organizes two Orientation Events at the beginning of each semester.
The first orientation event is compulsory if you decided to take the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course, to enroll in the Internship Program or to enroll in the Study Abroad Impact Lab.
A specific e-mail informing on the orientation dates and asking for your attendance is sent out before your departure from home country/university. Please be sure to answer back indicating your preference otherwise you will not receive the detailed program of the orientation.

I saw there are two orientation events per semester, how do I know which one I should attend?
It is up to you to select the orientation event that best suits your schedule.
Please note that if you decided to take the Pre-session Intensive Italian Language Course, to enroll in the Internship program or to enroll in the Study Abroad Impact Lab, you must take part in the first orientation event only.

Additionally, if you intend to take courses from the Faculty of Economics – coursework in English – 2° quarter courses, please do note that you will have to come to Milan by January 2, 2020 and attend a dedicated info session on January 35, 2020.

Do I need a VISA to come to Italy?
If you do not have a European passport or European citizenship a VISA for study reason is required. UCSC International will send out to your Home University International Office/to ISEP Central Office/ to you directly two Invitation Letters: 1 in Italian and 1 in English.
Please note that the statement ‘the student will be accommodated at the University International dorm in Piazza Buonarroti, 30 – 20149 Milano’ is a standard address in order for you to receive a study visa.
 

What is the Permit of Stay?
The permit of stay is a document you will be asked to apply for upon arrival in order to be legally registered for you to stay in Italy.

How should Id deal with the Permit of Stay once in Italy?
During the Orientation Events, a specific session on the Permit of Stay is organized and the UCSC International Staff is at disposal to help and support you in filling in the documents requested for the Permit of Stay issuing.
Please remember that, in order to get the permit request filled you need the following documents:

  • passport and photocopy of student’s personal data page and VISA
  • photocopy of VISA documentation and of any letter issued and stamped by Consulate
  • the certificate of enrolment/Admission Letter issued by Università Cattolica
  • photocopy of health insurance coverage
  • a revenue stamp (Marca da bollo) of €16 (to purchase at any tobacco shop)
How do I look for an accommodation in Milan?
UCSC International will send you a specific communication on accommodation solutions available in Milan.
Università Cattolica offers its international students a limited number of off-campus apartments and rooms in a residence through MIL Service (Milano International Living Service).
If you look for temporary solutions upon your arrival, please turn to the Pre-arrival guide that Università Cattolica will send you.
In addition, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European student association which has a representation at Cattolica too. You will meet ESN at the Orientation Event and on Campus to receive support in the research of accommodation.
 

I am an ISEP students, are meals included in my program?
If you are an ISEP EXCHANGE student meals are included in your benefits. ISEP DIRECT program do not include meals.