Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Fall Semester Elective 2018
12 - 18 credits

Study abroad semester students at UCSC enroll in 3 - 5 elective classes from the variety of English-taught courses to complete a total of 12 - 18 credits. Course options include such titles as Luxury Business Insights, Creative Italian Storytelling, and Sustainable Growth and Appeal of the Italian Culture of Food. Students interested in completing Italian language courses can do so during the semester or enroll in an intensive 2 week language course that takes place prior to the regular semester start. Students also have the option of completing a part-time internship or earning an SAI Global Leadership Certificate as part of their program.

Application Deadline
June 15, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form


  • Complete a part-time internship
  • Course of interest: The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions
  • Earn a Global Leadership Certificate

Program Dates
September 9, 2018 – December 15, 2018
dates may differ as a result of add-ons

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above.

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 79+ or IELTS: 6+, or proof of attending school in English for 3+ years.

Business Studies
Fashion and Design
International Relations
Italian Culture
Media, Communications, Marketing
Media, Communications, Sociology and Psychology

Business Studies

3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: EC/PO 312 | Open
Pre-requisite: Prior study in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics is preferred.
The year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC). Since then, barriers to trade have been abated so that the European Union (EU) as the community has been renamed in the early 90s, is now considered a free trade zone. Moreover, in the late `90s some member countries have given up national currencies and adopted a single currency, the Euro, within the European Monetary Union (EMU). European integration therefore takes the form of a process of political integration, trade liberalization and monetary unification.

The aim of the course therefore consists in tracing the process of European integration from:
1. the political institutional viewpoint, with particular reference to the evolving political context, the progress of enlargement which has widened the membership of the EU from the original six members to the current 27 and the development of institutions embodying the different stages of integration;
2. the economic viewpoint, with particular reference to the benefits and costs of abating (both tariff and non tariff) trade barriers, and to the role of the labor market;
3. the monetary and currency viewpoint, with particular reference to the benefits and costs of establishing a monetary union, the different stages of monetary integration, the strengths and weaknesses of institutions designed to implement the monetary union.

Prior study in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics is preferred. In fact the discussion of most of the issues dealt with during the course requires the use of conceptual or analytical micro/macroeconomic tools. For the sake of clarity, in order to make the comprehension of the issues easier, a brief recapitulation of basic tools will be provided during the course whenever deemed necessary.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/EC 320 | Open
Pre-requisite: Principles of economics
The aim of this course is to analyze the key factors that affect the competitive position of a nation by investigating the economic forces that drive trade integration and how globalization is changing the macroeconomic scenario. The course will give some answers on the most important questions related to the international economy. What drives the competitiveness of nations? Are emerging nations competing unfairly due to lower wages? Should we be scared of Chinese competitiveness? What is the role played by multinationals in the world economy? What explains the current stalemate in the world trading system? How trading rules can be modified to help poorer countries to grow faster? What are the causes of the European debt problem? What are the likely consequences? The course will provide answers to these and other questions by mixing economic theory with facts and case studies. A strong emphasis will be placed on the role of government and international institutions in regulating trade and financial flows and in setting the needed standards.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/FI 315 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is relevant for students of business economics but also for those who (plan to) study international law and economics. The level of the presentation is somewhat formal and it is recommended that you have some familiarity with abstract reasoning
There are three ways a firm can be exposed to international financial markets and the risks related to them. Firstly, simply by trading internationally, it has introduced a new type of risk into its revenue stream associated with exchange rate uncertainty (as well as possibly other risks). If it is furthermore investing in fixed capital abroad, that introduces new types of risks, not only emerging in the markets as such but sometimes also of a political nature. Finally, by acquiring portfolios of foreign assets or by getting funds from foreign sources, the firm is essentially behaving like an international financial investor and again this will enlarge the dimension of the associated risks.

The purpose of this course is to equip the student with the basic remedies to understand the workings of international financial markets and to understand how a firm or investment fund can best operate in them. These markets share many features with national financial markets and the fundamental economic principles needed to understand both are essentially the same. The course offers a brief introduction to the economic theory of finance, including the essential concepts of expected return, risk and risk aversion and diversification. We shall also present, in the simplest way possible, the two approaches to pricing financial assets that have become standard in finance that of the CAPM model and that of arbitrage pricing.

There are at least two aspects of international financial markets not shared with national markets. Firstly the markets for foreign exchange and the risk associated with these markets and secondly the so called country risks, risks associated with a particular country. Being aware of the nature of such risks and knowing how to deal with them is essential for being able to operate efficiently in international financial markets. We shall study how the markets for foreign exchange work firstly by studying brie by the different types of exchange rate systems one may find today as well as the links between international interest rates, inflation rates and exchange rate expectations and movements. The additional risks associated with foreign exchange markets call for special instruments with which the international firms can hedge their exposure and we cover some of these such as forward contracts, foreign currency futures, options and swaps.

For the firm, tapping international capital markets may allow it to obtain financing at a lower interest rate and, in general, at better terms. We shall both cover some institutional aspects of these markets as well as the theory of debt and equity financing in these markets. We shall also study these markets from the point of view of the investor who may be seeking better returns and a higher degree of diversification there. Finally we shall consider how the firm may deal with political and country risks, risks which are difficult to quantify but none the less very important for the in international firm.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 340 | Open
It is of common knowledge that SMEs (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises) are the pillars of the Italian economic system, but few know how they are run, what are their main characteristics, how they differ from MNEs (MultiNational Enterprises).

During the course students will discuss case studies of Italian firms and entrepreneurs operating in the traditional Italian industries, to get familiarity with their business models and the Italian entrepreneurial environment and develop possible solutions to management problems that may arise.

Moreover, in order to get a more intensive experience about Italian economic system, two field visits will be organized.

This course is expected to be highly interactive. Students are expected to proactively contribute to class discussion.

The learning goals of the course are:
a. to point out the main issues related to the design and the analysis of successful business models;
b. to explore the main dimensions of entrepreneurship;
c. to deepen knowledge about some peculiar Italian sectors
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 340 Lab | Open
In this course, students are not expected to learn what entrepreneurship is but rather they are expected to become entrepreneurs. During the first class, one or multiple business opportunities (possibly with one of the main Italian industries) will be selected as entrepreneurial project to be realized by the end of the lab. Over the course, students will be divided in teams, each focusing on a specific business idea. It follows that the successful launch of the business will be depending on individual responsibility toward the rest of the team. Class hours will be an opportunity for each group to synthesize ideas and information about the business model gathered during outside class hours and present it to the other teams. Occasionally, we could have a guest speaker with specific knowledge and experience about the industries we will be working in to get precious insights.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 350 | Open
This course deals with the concepts of Green Management & Sustainability, which are receiving increasing attention from all over the globe, with no exception in Italy. In this course, the Italian trend of establishing and scaling up entrepreneurial initiatives with environmental purposes is presented and analyzed through case studies, and field visits to selected Italian best practices. The course is aimed at providing the class with the basic information on current environmental global issues, focusing on how these themes have influenced the structure, practices and missions of many firms, representing at the same time a constraint, but more often a business opportunity. Practical and concrete examples of environment related practices as business opportunities will constitute the second part of the course.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 360 | Open
The course provides a theoretical and practical framework useful for addressing financial issues of entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups, and basically how to get financial resources. The course examines the entrepreneur’s and the investor’s perspective. Class participants will study the fundamentals of the Entrepreneurial Finance, the relevance of financial planning and how to approach different type investors’ organizations.

The first part of the course, Investors and Financial Resources, focus is on the early stages of company development, identifying key questions: if and why money should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom. Students are introduced to fundamentals of early stage investors such as business angels, incubators, crowdfunding. A special focus is placed on the impact and venture capital industry, including how funds are set up and managed.

The second part, Business Finance, key topics, provides an overview of business/enterprise main financial tools, useful to understand its present and future performance: main financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement) and business plan.

The course, also through working group activities, teaches how to present key financials and business plan (pitch) to potential investors, as well as provides useful elements on a company valuation analysis; including fundamentals of a deal structure and negotiation and due diligence,

Professors and guest speakers, with entrepreneurial and advisory experiences, will introduce students to the principle of finance applied to business planning; case studies to facilitate understanding of financial issues focused on entrepreneurial ventures will also be presented.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/PL 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: A background in the history of ethics may be helpful, although it is not mandatory.
Can we look at business enterprise and interest from the perspective of good and virtuous behavior? If so, besides personal profit is there something else which provides benefits that can be shared? Generally speaking, is there a link between entrepreneurial interests and ethics, or are these unrelated or even incompatible spheres? This course attempts to present concrete answers to these questions.

Although economics is widely thought to rest on standard (and value-free) theories of rational decisions, the course aims to examine the inescapable role ethics plays in entrepreneurship through an in-depth analysis and discussion of real contexts and challenges. Students will be guided to identify and reflect on ethical issues, as they arise in some paradigmatic cases in business ethics.

Business ethics’ main models will be taken into account to provide useful tools to help order and understand what is discussed. Thanks to a two-fold approach the decision process will be explored - namely from the first person and third person view -– that is from the standpoint of both key players, and from the perspective of those who are involved or affected by their successful actions (or failures).
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion and Design

3.0 Credits
Design | Course #: IB/CM 320 | Open
Pre-requisite: Fashion products and fashion marketing, interest in fashion items.
The first part of the course provides an overview of making fashion. It starts from iconographic studies, it includes knowing how to read images and it ends with playing with colours and understanding their meanings. In this part of the course students have to understand what a brand is and where it has to be placed, using marketing tools, merchandising skills and communication awareness.

The second part is a Point in through communication. We will analyze some different paths like verbal and non-verbal communication. Through role-plays and team works we will go deeper into old and new networks for example paper and social networks. The last part of the course focuses on the function of products in fashion: we will create a new product and students have to recreate its universe studying new mood boards, concept boards, target and marketing plans. All this is fundamental for the fashion and will create a real awareness of it.

A great role is played by practical work and referring to a newly born and established brand, the students will have the possibility to apply theories to a practical field and they will be exposed to problem solving situations related to real cases relating to the fashion world.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion | Course #: IB/CM 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is introductory to fashion brand management and does not require any previous knowledge of those businesses. A basic knowledge of strategy, management, brand management and strategic marketing is a facilitating factor.
The course provides an overview of the luxury & fashion industry. The aim of the course is to address the main strategic and managerial characteristics related to luxury & fashion with a global focus, analyzing the new challenges that luxury & fashion are facing nowadays: the digital and the sustainability revolution.

Course objectives can be synthesized as follows:
- To get acquainted with the concept of luxury and fashion brand management
- To understand the main differences among the market segments
- To understand strategies at the level of product, distribution and communication;
- To analyze the new challenges that are reshaping nowadays the luxury & fashion: the digital challenge (social media communication, eCommerce) and sustainability.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion | Course #: IB/CM 310 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is introductory on the fundamentals of luxury as a business. It does not require any previous knowledge of this discipline. A solid knowledge of management (not limited only to marketing) is mandatory to attend the course.
The course provides an exploration into luxury with a business perspective. After defining the context, we will share the golden rules to start-ups and nurture a business with a luxury positioning. We will also discuss about the more relevant challenges that the key players are facing nowadays to compete successfully in a global marketplace.

Course objectives can be synthesized as follows:
- to get acquainted with the concept of luxury in a business environment
- to define the context in which luxury companies are operating
- to understand the fundamentals of managing a luxury business
- to analyze the upcoming challenges
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion | Course #: SO/CU 302 | Open
Modern Italian fashion and the role of Milan as a fashion capital are considered pivotal factors in the development of Made in Italy and they are identified with the diffusion of prêt-à-porter. This is the typology of fashion internationally known and often celebrated as the invention of the designers of 1960-70s. During the course this idea will be analyzed and discussed in order to reconfigure the origins of Italian fashion system: an organization established in the mid-twentieth century and related to a necessity for high-end mass marketing, and thrived on late-century global overconsumption. Practical sessions of research on the field will help detect how the main components of Italian fashion are now intertwined (i.e. adherence to the markings of a rich cultural heritage, an instinctive progression toward the globalization of fashion via various modernist aesthetics, and an ability to reinvent image ideals through advertising and promotion).
Contact Hours: 45

International Relations

3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: IR/PO 321 | Open
In recent years, the Middle East has arguably established itself as the center of international politics or, at least, as the region that no international actor can afford to stay away from. Why? How did this happen? This course will explore the politics of the plural Middle East from an international perspective, focusing on its features, internal processes, and the main problematic issues, while emphasizing its relationship with the West, itself a plural entity, and especially with Europe and the European Union. Through a preliminary clarification of the theoretical meaning of some of the basic concepts for political analyses of the Middle East (and by asking: Are they really useful? What do they enable us to explain/understand and what do they not allow us to understand? Are they culturally rooted?), the course aims to enable students to achieve a clear understanding of the main issues that have shaped and are characterizing the politics of the region, its role in contemporary international politics, as well as the strategies available and employed by the main international actors towards it. Finally, it aims to investigate the usefulness and the shortcomings of (Western) international relations and political science approaches and concepts to the region, highlighting both the differences and similarities between the Middle East and other political regions. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to comfortably employ a number of theoretical tools of political analysis to the study of the region, be familiar with its main current issues, and have gained a good knowledge of its trends and specific features. Lastly, students will be able to assess the effects on the region of the strategies that international powers can deploy towards it. The first part of the course will consist of lectures. In the second part of the course, and depending on the number of students, each session will be introduced by a student presentation (20-30 minutes), which can be supported by the assigned readings. The issues raised by the presentation and by the essential readings will foster a discussion, which will constitute the bulk of the class. The instructor will then conclude by briefly (10-15 minutes) summarizing the most important points made during the discussion.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: IR/PO 322 | Open
Pre-requisite: Background in Political Science/International Relations helpful, but it is not compulsory.
What is a Great Power? Who is a Great Power in contemporary world politics? Is it still possible to argue that the European Union, with its complex and decentralized political mechanisms, will affirm itself as one of the future world powers? How could Europe overcome the current crisis? Should the EU relaunch its project on a new basis? How should it answer to the “Brexit” and address the current unbalance vis-à-vis the United States? The aim of the course is to analyze the structures and institutions of the European Union with a special attention to the past and present developments of its foreign and security policy.

*Global Leaders Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45


3.0 Credits
Internship | Course #: IN | Open
Pre-requisite: Internships are available to students in junior or senior class standing and require students to enroll in an Italian language semester course. Students without basic Italian language experience must also enroll in the pre-session 2 week Italian language course.
In this part-time unpaid internship, students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor. Students complete 120-150 hours of internship work in small and medium-sized organizations in business, marketing, communication, sales fashion, and journalism or with UCSC professors. Students may include intern in a company's office or conducting research or specific projects for the company.
Contact Hours: 120

Italian Culture

3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: CU 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students admitted to the course will be asked to pay the lab fee (approx. 80 euros) to cover the costs related to the apron and the kitchen tools/ingredients/utilities.
Italian food and wine are probably as famous as Italy's artistic and historical assets: you'll be surprised by the history behind the food, and how strictly related to the culture and heritage of an area a wine or a dish can be. Food is one of the cornerstones of Italian culture and even if times are changing and life is more and more frenetic, Italians still find a great pleasure in sitting at a table, at home or at the restaurant, and share a good meal together: this is because to the people of Italy, Italian food and wine are part of their culture and, very often, also of their own family history. Italian cuisine can be difficult to define, as recipes, tastes, ingredients and cooking styles vary enormously from region to region. One thing that most people will agree on though is that it is one of the richest and most delicious cuisines in the world.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to Italian culinary traditions and provide them with the opportunity to take part in "hands-on" cooking lessons under the guidance of one of Cattolica chefs.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: SO/LT 300 | Open
From its local origins in Sicily, the Mafia has become a global phenomenon and a widespread model of organized crime that threatens and corrupts the international economy, political systems and social environments. Yet film, television and literature have shown a continued fascination of the Mafia which has often been portrayed with romantic and even heroic connotations.

In this course we will explore the representations of the Mafia in Italy through literature, film, and television; in the 20th and 21st centuries. Combining the analyses of historians, sociologists, and intellectuals, along with the testimonies of victims, we will challenge the stereotypes through which cultural productions envision the Mafia, and more importantly, we will explore how the Mafia envisions the world, in particular what is its ethics, its relationships with law, politics, business and finance, its ideas of femininity and masculinity, its portrayals of children. Examining both the visions on and by the Mafia through cultural, socio-political, and historical perspectives, this course aims to deconstruct the mythological eye and instead form an analytical eye with which to investigate and better understand the Mafioso universe and power, and the cultural Italian identity as well.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 100 | Open
The aim of this course is to present the basics of spoken and written Italian. During the course students will learn how to communicate in simple, everyday situations and will be introduced to some aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 130 | Open
The aim of this course is to present the basics of spoken and written Italian. During the course students will learn how to communicate in simple, everyday situations and will be introduced to some aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 150 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is aimed at English-speaking students students who have a basic knowledge of Italian. Placement test required.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to new key structures and
vocabulary of Italian and to some aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 210 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is aimed at students who have a knowledge of Italian at pre-intermediate level. Placement test required.
The aim of this course is to help students acquire new structures of Italian grammar, learn new vocabulary and explore some aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 225 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is aimed at students who have studied Italian at lower intermediate level. Placement test required.
The aim of this course is to help students progress in learning new structures of Italian grammar and vocabulary and to explore aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 325 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is aimed at students who have a good knowledge of Italian language. Placement test required.
The aim of this course is to help students progress in learning new structures of Italian grammar and vocabulary and to explore aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ITLC 400 | Open
Pre-requisite: The course is aimed at students who have a very good knowledge of Italian language. Placement test required.
The aim of this course is to help students learn advanced structures of Italian grammar, vocabulary and to explore contemporary aspects of Italian culture. The course is strongly focused on communication: students will learn the language they need to interact with Italian speakers in real life situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Literature | Course #: LT/AR 320 | Open
Adaptations have long been a mainstay of Hollywood, Cinecitta and the television networks. Many of the most successful international films are indeed adaptations of novels, plays or true-life stories. We will analyze some of the most important adaptations of Italian Literature for the seventh art. We will try to discover masterpieces of Italian Cinema, understanding the changes from the source material to the new text and identifying the resistance of literature.

This course includes a creative experience through literature and cinema: the writer's lab. Each student will be given tools to write a story and develop it into a short film screenplay. This course provides the student with a new knowledge of Italian humanities, from literature to theatre, from cinema to biography. It is a great opportunity to discover the Italian culture through the arts of time: poetry, literature, play writing and screenwriting. And also a great opportunity to learn creative techniques in writing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Literature | Course #: LT/AR 330 | Open
The course will provide an insight into the major feminine characters portrayed in Italian literature and culture of the XIX and XX centuries concerning texts and other peculiar forms of Italian arts, as cinema and opera. The students will have the opportunity to explore different literary archetypes comparing them with contemporary stereotypes on womens role in society welcoming a comparative approach. From the femme fatale to the angel of the house, from the disappointed lover to the maternal role, the course will develop an awareness of continuities and differences in representing femininity in contemporary culture with a special focus on the Italian background. Its purpose will be to encourage a critical approach to contemporary society throughout selected material and by involving students participation.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Literature | Course #: LT/CU 301 | Open
It is generally acknowledged that Italy played a major role in the English Renaissance. This course intends to make students familiar with the major Italian literature masterpieces that most influenced the European Renaissance, one of the most fascinating periods for Literature and the Arts in the whole continent. The reading list includes such master authors as Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Chaucer and Machiavelli along with visual Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, and other contemporary authors such as Pasolini and Benjamin Britten whose works echoed and enhanced the splendors of Italian Renaissance.
Contact Hours: 45
The course will focus on the notion of mise-en-scene that is, on the staging process and on how this concept can be extended from drama to other artistic fields, such as fiction and visual arts. From the use of play-within the-play devices to the open artificiality of contemporary works, many masterpieces have been questioning the relationship between life and art, examining the power of imagination and how it works on stage and off stage to produce an illusion of reality. The course will therefore focus on the themes of illusion and deception, as metaphors of the staging process, examining alongside the motifs of artifice and seduction also involved.

While disguising, deceiving or seducing, characters such as Cervantes, Don Quixote, Mozarts Don Giovanni, Flauberts Emma Bovary or the dramatic and solitary mask of Pirandello's Mattia Pascal express the mechanisms of production in a continuous play between deceivers and deceived. Their fictional life mirrors the basic steps involved in the staging process, but in the end come to question the very notion of identity and reputation. The course addresses the points of contact between the methodological practices of various disciplines (for example, art history, dramaturgy, film studies, linguistics, philosophy, et cetera).

In order to study from within the methods of production of Milanese theaters, the course will also include field trips to the workshops of the most famous Opera House in the world, Teatro alla Scala, and visits of actors from one of the most representative theatre in Milan, Il Piccolo Teatro.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Theatre | Course #: LT/AR 316 | Open
This course is ideal for those who have an all-round interest in the theatre. The program combines the theory and practice of drama and creative development through a combination of theoretical seminars and practical workshops with Stefano Guizzi, actor of the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. The two approaches are seen not merely as complementary but as indivisible in the study of drama and theatre.

The theoretical part involves the study of drama from the printed page to the actual staging and will focus in particular on the typical Italian genre, La Commedia dell’Arte and its great influence around the world over the centuries. Students will thus explore the ways in which the changing forms of theatre and cultural shifts in Italian society have influenced the development of drama into its present diversity as well as the theoretical elements involved in the creation of performance.

Students will be encouraged to build a script based on a renaissance canovaccio and oriented to the actual staging of a short play. Parallel to the historical and theoretical course, the actor Stefano Guizzi will be teaching practical classes, introducing the students to Commedia dell'Arte and to the basic techniques of acting with masks. This part of the course will explore physical and vocal training, improvisation techniques, the use of masks on stage. We will approach the main characters of Commedia (Arlecchino, Colombina, the Magnifico, the Capitano, the Dottore...), tracing them throughout European theatre in their numerous metamorphoses. The students will practice on a "canovaccio" (scenario) from the XVIIth Century, writing and staging their own "Scene Di Commedia."

Lectures, seminars and tutorials are complemented by scene-study workshops and field trips to milanese important theatres such as Teatro alla Scala and Piccolo Teatro.
Contact Hours: 45

Media, Communications, Marketing

3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: CM/MK310 | Open
Nowadays, green economy is one of the pillars of a global corporate vision, but we may easily say that the attention to preserve, protect and communicate environment and its fruits as a value is one of the "genes" of Italy. The course introduces green marketing and communication with definitions, perspectives and best practices of eco-efficiency, sustainability and green washing in all the topics of total business communication, conventional and unconventional, comparing global and glocal strategies - with a peculiar glimpse on Italian ones-by case histories, analysis, and management tools created in group projects.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: CM/SO 350 | Open
Careers in publishing, journalism and publicity have always attracted people with talent and energy. Those with a love of literature and language, a respect for the written word, an inquiring mind, and a healthy imagination are naturally drawn to an industry that creates, informs, and entertains. For many, publishing or journalism is more than a business; it is a vocation that constantly challenges and continuously educates. For people who have always worked on school publications, spent hours browsing in bookstores, or who have subscribed to too many magazines, choosing a course like this one is a logical means to combine personal and professional interests.

This course provides an introduction to some aspects of book publishing, to journalism and publicity. Students will learn the fundamentals of editorial acquisitions and editing, the importance of publicity and how cultural journalists usually work on books. Students will be required to think like publishers and to work as publicists seeking creative marketing and press strategies to stay ahead of the curve for consumers' time and attention.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media | Course #: CM/SO 300 | Open
Television, advertising and music have had and still have great influence on everydays life, habits and behavior in Italy. Since its beginning in 1954, television moulded popular culture; in the ’80s advertising proposed a new lifestyle for a generation and music provided the ever changing soundtrack for young and adults. The course will focus on these three different industries that will be studied and analyzed both from the point of view of history and theory and from a practical and productive one. In-class lectures, visit to a television production studio, and meetings with professionals of advertising and music industry will enable students to understand the basic skills and the Italian peculiarities in using the analyzed media.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media | Course #: CM/SO 320 | Open
The course intends to give students an overview on digital media with in-depth analysis on best practices and a specifical focus on the Italian situation. Students will be asked to analyse and comment texts concerning multimedia convergence and the evolution of languages and formats from web 1.0 to web 2.0. Best practices in the field of digital journalism and digital media will be analysed and students will be asked to comment examples of digital media products and to use some of the emerging tools for content curation. A part of the course will be focused mainly on the Italian scenario.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media | Course #: FS/CM 310 | Open
The course will introduce students to the magic world of the director superstar Federico Fellini, who influenced the art of cinema all over the world.

Here is a quotation from American director David Lynch, to give an example of how influential Fellini was to international directors: If I had to choose films that represent, for me, examples of perfect film making, the first would be, for the way Federico Fellini managed to accomplish with film what mostly abstract painters do, namely, to communicate an emotion without ever saying anything in a direct manner, without ever explaining anything, just by a sort of sheer magic.
After meeting the Master, students will discover the main trends and filmmakers in contemporary Italian cinema. Since cinema is a mirror to our world, students will learn a lot about contemporary Italian society through the seventh art.
Contact Hours: 45

Media, Communications, Sociology and Psychology

3.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PS/SO 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: A background in Social Psychology and Research Methods may prove helpful, but it is not compulsory.
We live in a world defined by cultural diversity, and, thus, multicultural experiences and identities have become a regular component of many individuals lives. Cultural psychology has uncovered that culture plays crucial roles in psychological processes: patterns of individual behavior and underlying psychological processes are shaped within specific cultural contexts.

The course aims to examine how topics fundamental to psychology identity and social relations, the self, cognition, emotion and motivation, and development are influenced by cultural meanings and practices. The goal is to explain the ways in which human cultural constructions organize and direct human acting, feeling, and thinking in different social contexts.

*Global Leadership Certificate Program approved course
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PS/SO 310 | Open
Pre-requisite: A background in Psychology and Research Methods may prove helpful, but it is not compulsory.
The development of our life is embedded in a series of actions and interactions with others. Every day we meet and communicate with familiar and unfamiliar people, enter social situations with short-term immediate goals, and these are linked to broader long-term goals and ultimately to more fundamental motives (such as establishing social ties, understanding ourselves and others, gaining and maintaining status, defending ourselves and those we value, and attracting and so on).

The course aims to examine our everyday social behavior and show the main psycho-social processes and the key factors shaping human acting, feeling, and thinking. A special focus will be on the role played by the culture in influencing the way we think of ourselves and act with others.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Psychology | Course #: PS/SO 320 | Open
Pre-requisite: There are no academic requirements. It is desirable the students wishing to participate in this course are happy with the idea of sharing personal experiences with the group and are not embarrassed with the idea of acting out small sketches on stage in the presence of their peers. This does not mean, on the other hand, that any specific acting experience or talent is needed. It must be clear that students will not be judged based on their acting skills because the aim of the course is to analyze social-psychological processes.
This course aims to tackle four classical topics of Social Psychology through innovative teaching methods involving drama practice.
Contact Hours: 45
Nowadays, green economy is one of the pillars of a global corporate vision, but we may easily say that the attention to preserve, protect and communicate environment and its fruits as a value is one of the “gene” of Italy. The course provides a theoretical part about evolution and state of the art of corporate communication and country culture and introduces green marketing and environmental communication with definitions, perspectives and best practices of sustainability and greenwashing, comparing global and glocal strategies by essays readings, case histories analysis, meetings with guest speakers and management tools creation in group projects. Sustainable food will be a special focus in the last part of the course.

This course is expected to be highly interactive. Students are expected to proactively contribute to class discussion and to the building of concepts step by step by means of individual and group assignments.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: CM/MK 340 | Open
We are witnessing a new scenario where everyone (profit and non-profit companies, both public and private) can create value, contributing to the economic and social growth of the community. This active change with participatory and collaborative dynamics involves a plurality of subjects. Thus, the gradual affirmation of a model centered on human evolution postulates the impossibility of progress for a society without a development in the real (subjective and objective) capacities of people.

If there is a point on which the post modernity advocates converge, it is the centrality of consumerism in contemporary culture. Antony Giddens stressed that consumerism can represent at the same time the cause and the solution of the crisis of identity of the post traditional society. In the last decade a new generation of educated, digital and open to change consumers seems driven by a new concept of well-being, far beyond materialism and individualism.

This ' conscious consumption ' trend implies that in the purchase funnel consumers consider, besides price and product, also values and purposes of the brand.

Since 2014 the largest consultancy companies (Deloitte, Edelmann, Nielsen...) confirm the affirmation of a purpose driven consumer, that need to be engaged through brand's values sharing, and the global CEOs now know it: in 2016, 80% claimed to invest in a sustainable change to support reputation and trust to their company. It is therefore not surprising that more and more socially sensitive topics are being exploited in brand communication strategies to enable companies to stimulate a favorable attitude towards the brand. The growth of new communication tools, such as content marketing, native ADV, branded content & entertainment, creates the ideal space to evolve the brand on the symbolic level and make it express its views on the world, inserting it into the collective cultural heritage (Daniel Bo).

The Purpose Brands course by Elena Grinta will demonstrate how direct advertising and content marketing /native ADV / branded content & Entertainment /experiential marketing are different powerful branding tools when brands walk the talk: what the brand says, through every media, its recit, to quote Paul Ricoeur is in full agreement with what the brand is, its Histoire; otherwise, violations of the ethos, which imply a collision between the imaginary created and communicated and the reality of the facts, can imply enormous damage, sometimes irreversible, for the entire business.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: CM/PS 300 | Open
Pre-requisite: A basic knowledge of business and management is a facilitating factor.
The ability to convey one's ideas effectively, based on a thought out strategy and to present these ideas orally in a compelling manner, is recognized as an essential cross functional leadership skill in any business environment. This Course is designed to build both written and oral business communication skills by providing the tools and methodologies, which ensure documents are logical, convincing and presented with impact. Special focus will be given on how to create an effective Power Point presentation and deliver it in front of an audience.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Leadership Certificate
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with the SAI Global Leadership Certificate (GLC), designed to enrich students’ experiences and to acknowledge their academic and service work by providing an additional credential beyond a university transcript. Students enrolled in the Global Leadership Certificate program broaden their awareness of global issues and deepen their knowledge of the host community’s role in an increasingly interconnected world through exploration of research, engagement in community service and interaction with experts and leaders. Students interested in applying for the GLC should select the program at application. GLC applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Program Add-On: Pre-Session 2 week Italian Language Course
Semester students have the option to add an intensive 2 week 3 credit Italian language and culture course that takes place prior to the semester start (for a maximum of 18 US credits over the semester). The course meets 5 days per week for a total of 45 hours, and is best suited for students with no prior knowledge of Italian, or those with some basic knowledge. Students can also pair this pre-session course with a regular semester Italian language course in order to maximize language learning. Please note: students enrolled in this program add-on will arrive in Milan on August 26, 2018.

Program Add-On: Part-Time Internship
Semester students in their junior or senior year can apply for a part-time 3 credit internship to be completed as part of their elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and complete 120 – 150 hours of internship work, which could include interning in a company’s office or conducting research or specific projects for the company. Students completing an internship must enroll in an Italian language course during the semester; those with no Italian language experience must enroll in the pre-session 2 week Italian language course as well. Please note that students applying for a part-time internship should apply by the priority application deadline. For more information on internships see UCSC InternshipsPlease note: students enrolled in this program add-on will arrive in Milan on August 26, 2018.

Part-Time Internship Application Requirements
Students wishing to participate in a part-time internship during their semester should select the program add-on at application. Students must also complete the following steps:

  • UCSC internship application; emailed once the SAI application is received.
  • Resume and cover letter; sample of Italian/EU format emailed with the internship application
  • Skype interview

Courses & Schedule
UCSC courses are held 2 days a week, Monday through Friday. SAI students are free to enroll in any combination of elective courses. Please note that course offerings may change; applicants will receive the definitive list of course offerings two months prior to program start.

Course Registration
Students select preliminary courses upon submitting their application to SAI. Students then complete course registration via UCSC’s registration portal approximately one month prior to departure. Course schedules (days and times) are confirmed during orientation in Milan.

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2018
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2018
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
July 1 2018
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
August 1 2018
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
September 9 2018*
Regular Semester Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Milan Linate Airport (LIN). SAI airport pickup is provided between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 10 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 11 – 13 2018
UCSC Academic Orientation
UCSC holds week-long orientation activities. In addition to the mandatory orientation, students have opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors. Class registration also occurs during this time.
September 17 2018
Semester Classes Begin
September 28 2018
Last Day to Add or Drop a Class
October 25 – 31 2018
Midterm Exams
November 1 – 4 2018
Fall Break (no class)
December 7 – 8 2018
Holiday (no class)
December 10 – 14 2018
Final Exams
December 15 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 

* Students opting to add the Pre-Session Italian language course arrive on August 26, 2018.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Program Add-On: Part-Time Internship
Required for students participating in a part-time internship.
Program Add-On: Pre-Session Italian Language Course
Housing fee charged to students enrolled in the 2 week pre-session Italian language course.
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,200
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
Books, Supplies & Course Fees $80 / course $150 / course
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Milan
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Event
SAI welcomes students to Milan with aperitivi at one of the hidden and local trendy spots in the Naviglio district.

Duomo Rooftop and Milan Walking Tour
Students admire the architecture of the spire-laden Duomo up close as they walk among the buttresses and statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the rooftop. Following the tour, the group discovers the fashion district including the Galleria, Montenapoleone and La Scala.

Borromeo Islands Day Trip
Students visit the picturesque setting of the Borromean Islands, a small group of three islands and two islets on Lago Maggiore. The group enjoys a day on the lake discovering the various islands, with a lunchtime stop at the fishing village of Isola dei Pescatori.

Wine Tasting
Enoteca Ronchi has been the “wine lounge” in Milan since 1865 and is synonymous with fine wine. Students enjoy an evening of wine tasting in this historic setting.

Weekend Excursion to the Apennines
Students enjoy a unique weekend in the heart of the Apennine mountains between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The group stays in Garfagnana, at the base of the Apennines, and spends the days exploring the surrounding park area including: Parco Orecchielle, the Fortezza di Verrucole, Castiglione di Garfagnana, Lago Vagli and the architecture of the Ponte Sospesso. The weekend offers the opportunity to see the diverse flora and fauna of Italy and its National Park and get a glimpse of Italian culture outside of the city.

Design Tour
Students take a guided tour of the Fondazione Castiglione, former studio of Designer Achilles Castiglione, considered one of the greatest and most innovative designers of the 20th Century. On top of viewing designs and prototypes, the tour gives an inside look at Castiglione’s design process.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, is considered one of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Students visit the convent and enjoy an explanation of the painting’s influence on Leonardo Da Vinci’s history.

Gallery Visit
Students visit the Pirelli Hangar Biccoca, a contemporary art space in the Biccoca district of Milan. Formerly a factory that manufactured train carriages, the complex uses its original architecture to showcase art that is connected to the urban and public contexts.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

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.