Founded in 1921, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), or Cattolica, is the largest private university in Europe. The university has been granted five stars by QS Stars, a global university rating system. Cattolica's Milan campus hosts over 27,000 students per year and is located in a beautiful 8th-century monastery, with cloisters redesigned by Bramante in the late 1500s. The school is an integral part of the local community of Milan, attracting students from within Italy as well as from around the world.
U.S. School of Record
St. Norbert College (WI)
— starting Fall 2023: St. Martin’s University (WA)
Language of Instruction
English, with some courses in Italian.
Mixture of about 27,000 degree-seeking and study abroad students from Italy and around the world.
The bustling streets around the UCSC campus are full of cafés, restaurants and shops. Yet hidden discreetly within the school’s perimeter are picturesque gardens and courtyards, all of which add to the unique ambience and study environment. SAI students at Cattolica join others from around the world in elective semester and summer courses offered in English across the liberal arts curriculum. Cattolica prides itself on the strong community that is fostered with both degree-seeking and visiting students. Visiting students have access to the school’s international student center, health center, sports facilities and international student associations.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.