Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Spring 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 and/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
November 1, 2017 (October 15 Priority Enrollment)
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
February 11, 2018 – May 26, 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
Cultural Studies
Fashion and Design
International Relations
Literature, Theatre, Cinema, Music and Philosophy
Marketing, Media, Communication
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
The global economic crisis has threaten the accessibility of youth to easy-to-get and secure job positions in large, multinational companies. Such a rest in the labor market does constitute a major challenge in the Italian context. Within such a difficult context, entrepreneurship is emerging as one of the most powerful responses as an effective and valuable professional career alternative.

The entrepreneurial process and its main output the creation of Small and Medium Enterprises are at the core of this course. During the course students will discuss case studies of Italian firms, get familiarity with the Italian entrepreneurial environment and deepen their understanding of possible business models alternatives. Moreover, in order to get a more intensive experience about Italian economic system, two field visits will be organized. This course leverages on great interaction, which is enhanced through in-and-out-of-class-assignments and discussion.

The learning goals of the course are:
a) to explore the main dimensions of entrepreneurship;
b) to point out the main issues related to running a business, with a specific focus on SMEs;
c) to get familiar with the main dimensions of a successful business model;
d) 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/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

Cultural Studies

3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: CU 300 | Open
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 #: IT/LC 100A | Open
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Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 100B | Open
TBA - Coming soon
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 125 | Open
The course is aimed at students with a basic knowledge of Italian and will introduce them to new key structures of the language with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Students will also be involved in out of class activities which will offer them opportunities to practice the skills they learn in class. A wide variety of authentic listening and reading materials will be used extensively to provide insights into the customs and culture of Italy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 210 | Open
The aim of this course is to help students in acquiring new structures of the Italian grammar, to give them a quite wide and stable vocabulary and to introduce them to some classical topics of the Italian culture. The students, that already have a basic knowledge of the Italian grammar, are asked to actively participate to the lessons, to elaborate the content of the lessons through homework, field researches and group work.
The course is focused on communication: a pragmatic approach will be used, grammar and other theoretical aspects of the language will be discovered step by step together with the instructor. The students work equally on written and oral comprehension and on written and oral production. Students will also be asked to work in groups on a presentation about a cultural aspect of Italian life they choose. This will count as their final oral exam.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 225 | Open
The aim of this course is to help students in acquiring new structures of the Italian grammar, to give them a quite wide and stable vocabulary and to introduce them to some classical topics of the Italian culture. The students, that already have a intermediate knowledge of the Italian grammar, are asked to actively participate to the lessons, to elaborate the content of the lessons through homework, field researches and group work.
The course is based on a communicative and task based approach. The students work equally on written and oral comprehension and on written and oral production. Students will also be asked to work in groups on a presentation about a cultural aspect of Italian life they choose. This will count as their final oral exam.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 325 | Open
The aim of this course is to help students in acquiring and expanding new structures of the Italian grammar, to give them a wide and stable vocabulary and to introduce them to some topics of the Italian culture. The students, that already have a good knowledge of the basic and intermediate Italian grammar, are asked to actively participate to the lessons, to elaborate the content of the lessons through homework, field researches and group work.
The course is based on a communicative and task – based approach. The students work equally on written and oral comprehension and on written and oral production. Students will also be asked to work in groups on a presentation about a cultural aspect of Italian life they choose. This will count as their final oral exam.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: IT/LC 400 | Open
This course is designed for advanced students with a very good knowledge of the Italian grammar and with a wide and stable vocabulary. During the course the students will review the main advanced grammar topics, will read and write about Italian culture, Italian history and Italian art and literature. During the classes, students are asked to read, to write and to discuss about the above mentioned topics. The reflection on the language is a very important feature of this course. Students will work on original texts taken from newspapers and from Italian radio and television.
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

Fashion and Design

3.0 Credits
Design | Course #: CM/AR 350 | Open
Pre-requisite: Recommended/preferred: at least two hours in a Design Museum anywhere in the world.
This course is far from being a drawing lesson. It is an exercise of uncertainty. Here are a series of questions that will be addressed in the course in order to capture the concept of design: What is a design brief? How does one complete a design brief? What is the difference between design and style? Is a design evolutionary or revolutionary? How and when does one choose a design approach to implement a product or a line of products? How often does it occur? How strong and effective should our expectations be towards a design product? Participants in the course will have to do in-depth analysis of products, the design of which have made a major impact or difference. Examples of packaging designs will be studied as marketing tools. And further study will be done on the œcontagion effect between product and its packaging, form a visual and structural perspective, and based on its shape and graphic corporate elements.
Contact Hours: 45
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
Modern Italian fashion and the role of Milan in the development of Made in Italy are identified with the diffusion of pret-a-porter, internationally known and often celebrated as an invention of the creativity of the designers of 1960-70s.The course will analyze and discuss the origins of Italian pret-a-porter industry as a development of the mid-century related to a necessity for high-end mass marketing, and thrived on late-century global 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 will be investigated through practical research.
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.
The aim of the course is to analyze the European security environment from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective. As a result, attention will be focused not just on the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), but first and foremost on the security context surrounding the EU. Several questions will be raised, in particular: how to conceptualize security at present? Are the existing theories of International Relations and European Integration helpful in comprehending security challenges? Which threats or risks are credible, and how should they be dealt with? If, as many argue, the EU lives into a Kantian world, the same definitions of security and security challenges must be questioned. Obviously, special attention will be devoted to the peculiar nature of the European Union, and its efforts to develop a defense capability of its own. Also, particular attention will be devoted to the implications of an Europe more assertive on its external relations. Is Europe doomed to dissipate its civilian power? Can a strong defense policy be a substitute for a weak foreign policy? Should Europe address the current unbalance vis-a-vis the United States? In raising these questions, the European Union will be the privileged empirical reference. Yet, when necessary to understand the problem of cooperation in shaping a common foreign policy, the national perspective will be also taken into consideration. Finally, each class has a two-fold purpose: to present the current literature on the topic of the day, and discuss the policy implications of the issue.

*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


The introductory part of the course is meant to illustrate to the students the main features of the civil law and common law systems (the former based on the secular tradition of academic studies on Roman Law - Justinians Corpus iuris civilis - and nowadays on the idea of codification, the latter originated with the introduction of judging courts in the UK and now based on the system of judicial precedents) and their differences along with the description of the Roman jurisprudence and its methods. The second part the course will deal with the analysis of some British and US rulings in which the judges have argued on the basis of exemplary solutions of similar cases proposed by Roman jurists.
Contact Hours: 45

Literature, Theatre, Cinema, Music and Philosophy

3.0 Credits
Art | Course #: LT/AR 301 | Open
What is the mystery behind Mona Lisa smile? What is there behind Dantes Hell Gate? What images and ideas hide out in Michelangelos non-finito? How did politics and entertainment coexist in the writings of the controversial figure of Niccolo Machiavelli? What secrets might unveil the lights and shadows of the rebellious, murderous genius of Caravaggio?
From the Middle Ages to the renaissance, Italy has produced some of the most powerful masterpieces of all times. The words and colours of our great masters have created images that are now part of the cultural heritage of the whole world, and most importantly, that have strongly influenced the course of the Western aesthetic world. The discipline, the creativity, the genuine imagination of Italian artists is everywhere in the territory: from museums to churches, from libraries to academies.

This course intends to make students acquainted with the most important and influential authors of the Italian artistic scene. It will introduce students to the names that have transformed the multitude of Italian dialects into a language, that have merged the ancient myths with modernity: writers such as Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolo€ Machiavelli. It will present the painters that have dominated the colour, have given shape to ideas, transformed thoughts into material forms of the sweetest and most powerful features of all times.
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
In recent years, European societies have become increasingly pluralistic and religiously diverse. In particular, the influx of migrants and refugees coming from the nearby regions of North Africa, Middle East and the Balkans has determined the presence of an unprecedented variety of cultures and religions in Italy and in Europe. This situation has been challenging traditional views of citizenship, national sovereignty and common goods. Besides the risk of cultural and social conflicts, embodied by the rise of international terrorism, the current situation represents a unique occasion to reflect on crucial features of social life as well as to engage a transformative public debate with old and new neighbors. The course explores perspectives that philosophers and political theorists have been articulating to understand these changes and the new role of citizenship in an age of unprecedented religious and cultural diversity.
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 theatre as 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. Parallel to the historical and theoretical course, the actor Stefano Guizzi will be teaching practical classes, introducing the students to Commedia dell Arte and 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, and the building of a compositive dramaturgy that can lead to the actual staging of a short play, in the style of Commedia dell'Arte. 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 with historical canovacci (scenarios) from the XVIIth Century, short scenes from Goldoni, Molire, Marivaux, and Shakespeare, until eventually, in little groups, they will write and stage 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

Marketing, Media, Communication

3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: CM/MK 330 | Open
The course provides at the beginning a theoretical part about evolution and state of the art of corporate communication and country culture, introducing the importance of values in consumer behavior. The two main focuses on luxury and sustainability will then be the starting point to an overview of definitions, perspectives and best practices of ecoluxury in different market sectors, from fashion to tourism to automotive, comparing green marketing and environmental communication global and local strategies (most of these Made in Italy based), by essays readings, case histories’ analysis, meetings with guest speakers and management tools creation in group projects. The goal is to explore the meet and cross values and topics so to understand and create a competitive communication strategy of ecoluxury communication for market and influencer stakeholder. 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
Communication | 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
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: CM/MK 300 | Open
The course provides an overview of the latest trends in the brand communication scenario and the role experience, emotions and entertainment play in building consumer-brand relationships. A particular focus will be given on content marketing, storytelling, autofiction and social media to discover how innovative and unconventional brand communication initiatives can support brands in engaging and activating consumers as dialogical partners. Contents are designed to encourage students to reflect on current dramatic changes in the field of consumer- brand relationships from a humanistic perspective, and to enact these changes in their own communication projects.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Media | Course #: CM/SO 300s | Open
Television, advertising and music have had and still have great influence on everyday life, habits and behavior in Italy. Since its beginning in 1954, television molded popular culture; in the 1980s advertising proposed a new lifestyle for a generation and music provided the ever changing sound track for youngsters and adults. The course will focus on these three different industries that will be studied from the point of view of history and theory, and from a practical and productive perspective.
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

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
Sociology | Course #: SO/CU 300 | Open
This class is designed to introduce students to urban studies and-more broadly-to the interaction and crossover between culture and the city. We will examine historical, theoretical, and practical issues regarding post-industrial cities such as the rise of creative industries; the setting up of cultural quarters; the importance of art in place-making.

To address these topics, a body of literature on creative cities will be surveyed and, in addition to the theoretical contents, the course will envisage sessions of urban observation. Field teaching is, in fact, an integral part in the study of the urban world: it gives students an opportunity to understand the real world situations and to supplement what they have learned from the lectures; but it is also a concrete opportunity to develop a new, socially and culturally sensitive, professionalism, able to analyze the forces that drive city physical, social and economic change and to identify urban trends in the people's lifestyle. Since we are mostly urban dwellers, special attention will be paid to what we can learn from our experiences in Milan, a place that, as many other post-industrial cities, is facing the challenge of using cultural resources to re-position itself in a culturally and economically more diversified space.
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
Students can supplement a regular semester of studies with 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.

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 Internships.

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

After acceptance students complete a schedule and registration form to return to SAI. Student schedules are finalized during orientation in Milan.

Pre-Departure Calendar
October 15 2017
Priority Application Deadline
Students applying for a part-time internship must complete their application by this date.
November 1 2017
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)
October 1 2017
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 date of acceptance.
October 15 2017
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.
November 15 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
February 11 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.
February 12 2018
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
February 13 – 14 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.
February 19 2018
Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Last Day to Add or Drop a Class
March 29 – April 4 2018
Spring Break (no class)
SAI office remains open.
May 25 2018
Classes End and Final Exams
May 26 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 January 28, 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 $400 $850
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 Rome, the Eternal City
Students spend the weekend in the Eternal City, visiting St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, exploring the Trastevere neighborhood, taking a bike tour, and seeing the catacombs of St. Calixtus, all while enjoying delicious Roman meals.

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.

Italian Film Night
Students kick back with popcorn and enjoy a classic Italian film with English subtitles.

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.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

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.