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Faq - Study abroad program

Where can I find the the link to the application?
Before starting the application online procedure, check if your home institution has already a partnership agreement in place with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore by looking at: List of EU Partner Institution - List of non-EU Partner Institution
If a partnership agreement is in place, talk to your Advisor and ask him/her to e-nominate you to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. UCSC will proceed in acknowledging your e-nomination and will send you back a link to the application online.

If there is no partnership agreement in place, please proceed in filling the application.

When is the application deadline?
Applicants are required to submit their application by May 15 in order to study at UCSC 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.

What are the documents I need to include into 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 you Home University
  • 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 do I 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 UCSC. 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 UCSC 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 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 lacking of required supporting documents and in case further information from your side is needed to complete the application assessment.
Please be sure to read carefully the text of the acceptance notice.

Being a Study Abroad student, how many courses can I choose from the two Curricula: UCSC Academic CV and UCSC International CV?
Being a Study Abroad student, you are free to take the courses you want both from the UCSC Academic Curriculum and the International Curriculum. Please note that the average workload per semester is 30 ECTS (about 4 courses).
  

Being a Study Abroad student, 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 Università Cattolica 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 In find courses from the UCSC International Curriculum?
Courses from the UCSC International Curriculum are listed on the UCSC International website. By clicking on the course title the course outline is displayed. Please note that the list of courses is subject 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 course is on a first come first serve basis. UCSC Academic Curriculum does not require a registration to courses.

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

I have never studied 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 UCSC 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 UCSC.

Is the Italian Language Course included in my tuition?
If you are a Study Abroad student the course is included into your benefits and you won’t have to pay to enroll. You will receive an e-mail asking you to proceed to answer to an online survey.

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).
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?
UCSC organized 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 email informing on the orientation dates and asking for your attendance is sent out before your departure from home country/university by e-mail. 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 to 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 6, 2020 and attend a dedicated info session on January 7, 2020.

How do I look for an accommodation in Milan?
UCSC International will send you a specific communication on accommodation solutions available in Milan.
UCSC 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 UCSC will send you.
In addition, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European student association which has a representation at UCSC 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.