Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Course details

77 students, of whom 47 are international*


*”International”= A diploma awarded anywhere in the world with the exclusion of: Italian high school qualification (Maturità) | European Bac. 

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

First year

  •  Fundamentals of neurobiology and genetics (8 ECTS)
  • Pedagogy (6 ECTS)
  • Sociology (6 ECTS)
  • Psychodynamics (8 ECTS)
  • Experimental psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Social psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Philosophy of psychology (6 ECTS)  
  • One foreign language to choose among (other than the mother tongue) (3 ECTS)
    • Advanced English
    • Foreign language (French)
    • Foreign language (German)
    • Foreign language (Spanish)
    • Italian for foreign students
  • IT skills (3 ECTS)

Second year

  • Interview and survey design (with practical activities) (8 ECTS)
  • Group processes and intervention (with practical activities) (8 ECTS)
  • Research methods and measurement process in psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Neuropsychology (10 ECTS)
  • Work and organizational psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Developmental psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Statistics for psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Elective courses (4 ECTS)
  • Practical Psychological Training (PPT) (4 ECTS)

Third year

  • Psychological testing (with practical activities) (8 ECTS)
  • Clinical interviewing (with practical activities) (8 ECTS)
  • Clinical psychology (8 ECTS)
  • Two elective courses among: (8+8 ECTS)
    • Communication and cognitive enhancement technologies
    • Health and sport psychology
    • Psychology of interpersonal, family and social relationships
    • Psychology of typical and at risk adolescence
  • Elective course (8 ECTS)
  • Practical Psychological Training (PPT) (6 ECTS)
  • Final dissertation (4 ECTS)
Graduates will be eligible to work as a junior psychologist in individual, groupal, organizational, and communitarian settings by applying psychological knowledge and techniques in order to support assessment practices and psychological interventions, to enhance health and well-being, to promote personal and social development of individuasl, groups, organizations, and societies. This curriculum is compliant with Europsy (the European qualification standard for psychologists) requirements (1st phase). Specific professional career opportunities include assessment and counselling for school psychology; psychoeducational programmes and rehabilitation for health psychology; planning and implementation in basic research; communication and marketing programmes; human resources selection and training. 
Classes for the academic year 2024/25 will start on September 30th, 2024.

Programme dates and academic calendar for academic year 2024/25 will be published in the month of July.
For reference find here the calendar of the Faculty of Psychology for the academic year 2023/24.

Welcome events are usually organized by the Faculty in the weeks prior to the beginning of the courses, confirmation and details will be available in early August.

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.