Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Summer 4 weeks I 2019
6 credits

At UCSC students from around the world will experience a contemporary education in the heart of the dynamic, vibrant and stylish city of Milan. SAI’s 4 week summer programs at UCSC allow students to enroll in two back-to-back 2 week courses for a total of 6 credits. Courses are taught in English and offered in a variety of fields including Business, Media and Communications, and Italian Culture. SAI offers two Summer 4 week sessions at UCSC, each with different dates and course options: Summer I and Summer II.

Application Deadline
March 24, 2019
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


  • Classes include weekly site visits
  • Course highlight: Italian Cuisine History and Cooking Lab: a first step to becoming an Italian chef

Program Dates
June 7, 2019 – July 6, 2019

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
International Relations
Italian Culture
Media, Communications, Marketing

Business Studies

3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/CM300su | Section: 1 | Open
The course provides an overview of the fashion industry. The aim of the course is to address the main strategic and managerial characteristics related to fashion with a global focus, analyzing the new challenges that fashion are facing nowadays: the digital and the sustainability revolution.

Course objectives can be synthesized as follows:
1. To get acquainted with the concept of fashion brand management;
2. To understand the main differences among the market segments;
3. To understand strategies at the level of product, distribution and communication;
4. To analyze the new challenges that are reshaping nowaday
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 340su | Section: 2 | Open
The global economic crisis has threatened 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

This course leverages on great interaction, which is enhanced through in-and-out-of-class-assignments and
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Business Studies | Course #: IB/MG 350su | Section: 1 | Open
This course deals with the concepts of social and eco and environmental entrepreneurship, 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 social and environmental purposes is presented and analyzed through case studies, guest speakers and field visits to selected Italian best practices.
Contact Hours: 45

International Relations

3.0 Credits
International Relations | Course #: IR/PO320su | Section: 2 | Open
The course aims to provide students with essential tools to understand some of the most pressing issues in contemporary international order, in its relation to world order, from an international relations theory perspective.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be familiar both from a theoretical and empirical perspective with the features and working mechanisms of the main models of international order. In addition, students will be aware of the main concepts of the most established approaches in International Relations Theory and will be able to employ them to interpret some of the main issues in contemporary international politics. Finally, they will be familiar with some of the most important issues shaping contemporary politics and the contemporary international order.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Culture

3.0 Credits
Cultural Studies | Course #: SO/LT 300su | Section: 2 | 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 #: CU300su | Section: 1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Lab Fee: tba
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

Media, Communications, Marketing

3.0 Credits
Communication | Course #: CM/MK300su | Section: 2 | 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 real communities, web reputation, storytelling, rebranding/branded content/branded entertainment.

The course is organized in three main intertwined learning moments:

1. An €œexploratory€ session, aimed at setting a common ground illustrating the basics of brand communication (namely, the concept of brand, brand identity, brand positioning, brand equity and their meaning in the brand management process)

2. A €œdiving€ session, aimed at sharing and discussion how innovative and unconventional brand communication initiatives can support brands in engaging and activating consumers as dialogical partners

3. A €œfield€ session, in which students are required to take part in consumer-brand relationship analysis and brand communication co-creation processes

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
Marketing | Course #: CM/MK320su | Section: 2 | Open
The course provides an immersive experience in which students can approach the communication world as professionals, but in the comfort zone of a University course.

The first week will prepare the students to approach the successive real experience of one communication brief and communication roles simulations. In this week, group assignments on essays and surveys, and company visit will introduce the immersive experience. The course will provide also an overview of the latest trends in the brand communication scenario and the role experience, emotions, and entertainment play in building consumer-brand relationships. On this section, they will do a midterm theoretical exam on two open ended questions.

Then they will receive a complete and real communication brief: a traditional or digital communication job to be done on market analysis, strategic goals, creative proposals for one or more of this following communication fields: adv, PR, events, tvc or viral videos for socials, below the line campaigns.
They will do their brainstorming with the agency professionals. Then they will have two days - followed by professor Vitulli (who has been a creative copywriter senior and strategist for 20 years and now is a creative consultant) – and supported by one or more of the agency creatives, to prepare the final presentation. So, they will work also on the effectiveness of a presentation: how to prepare it in a “wow effect” way to support the creative contents.

They will present their job to the agency/company and they will receive an immediate feedback on the
presentation and in a follow up a detailed, professional qualitative evaluation (what the agency really will do to answer to this real brief and a check about which one of their ideas could be really “used”) together with the final grade.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Marketing | Course #: CM/SO300su | Section: 1 | Open
Television, advertising and music have had and still have great influence on everyday life, habits and behaviour in Italy. Since its beginning in 1954, television moulded 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

Courses & Registration
UCSC courses are held Monday – Friday. Students enroll in two back-to-back 2 week intensive courses. Upon applying to the SAI program, students will select one course for section 1 (course held during the first two weeks of the program) and one course for section 2 (course held during the last two weeks of the program). Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start. Course days and times will be communicated at orientation in Milan.

Pre-Departure Calendar
March 24 2019
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)
March 9 2019
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.
March 15 2019
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.
April 8 2019
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
April 8 2019
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.
April 15 2019
Last day to make a course change
May 7 2019
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
June 7 2019
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.
June 7 2019
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduce students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
June 7 2019
UCSC Orientation
Mandatory UCSC orientation introduce students to their host school while covering academics, policies, and course registration.
June 10 2019
Classes Begin: Section 1
June 21 2019
Classes End: Section 1
June 24 2019
Classes Begin: Section 2
July 5 2019
Classes End and Final Exams: Section 2
July 6 2019
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel. 
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:  
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
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$50 / course $100 / 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
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Frequent SAI cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • 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 processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • 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.

Lake Como Day Trip
Students take a break from the bustling city of Milan and head to nearby Lake Como, which has been a popular retreat for the wealthy since Roman times. The group takes in the beautiful scenery on a boat ride backdropped by the snow-capped Alps, and then takes the funicular for a beautiful view of the lake and Bergamo Alps.

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 and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if 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. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. 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 U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

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.