Global Cities

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milan, Italy

  • Dates


  • Location

    Milan & Los Angeles

  • Program Fee


    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome and is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is a private research university founded in 1921. It is the largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic University in the world.

The Milan campus, one of the most prestigious architectural complexes in Milan, is located in what was a Cistercian monastery adjacent to the Basilica of Saint Ambrose. The two cloisters, with the adjoining, early 20th century facade designed by Giovanni Muzio, have become the symbol of the university. It is an extensive campus, almost a university town, with different hubs throughout the heart of the city, where it is possible to partake in lively interdisciplinary, educational and cultural debate.

Prerequisites and Courses


  • 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Commitment to full-time enrollment throughout the entire summer (Session A and C)
  • Commitment to full participation in all scheduled on- and off-campus activities

Program Courses

All students will enroll in two courses while attending the program. All courses below are taught in English and have been pre-approved by UCLA for credit transfer. Students will receive 6 ECTS per course, which will transfer to UCLA as 4.5 credits. Please check the Course Structure before selecting the two courses. Students must select one course offered from June 22-July 3 and one course offered from July 6-July 17 (or longer, depending on course selection)

Cultural Studies

A Mafia Story: its Representation in Literature, Cinema and Television (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: NONDEPT (upper division)
  • GE Requirement: Literary/Cultural Analysis or Visual and Performing Arts

Creative Storytelling: from Literature to Cinema to other Forms of Fiction (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: NONDEPT (upper division)

Federico Fellini and Contemporary Italian Cinema (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: FILM TV (upper division)
  • GE Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts

Business, Government and the Global Economy (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: ECON (upper division)

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: MGMT (upper division)
Marketing and Communication

New Frontiers in Brand Communication and Consumer Engagement (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: COMM (upper division)

Understanding the Customer: Theories, Trends, and Values for an Effective Communication Strategy (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: COMM (upper division)
International Relations

International Order and World Politics (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: POL SCI (upper division)
  • GE Requirement: Social Analysis

Italian Politics and the International System: Resilience and Change (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: POL SCI (lower division)
  • GE Requirement: Social Analysis
Education and Psychology

Inclusive Education of Differences Through Art (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: EDUC (lower division)

Elements of Teaching and Special Education (syllabus)

  • UCLA Credit Transfer: EDUC (lower division)

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate – Summer 2020

Program Fee* $5,400
Housing (estimate) $895
Meals (estimate) $450
Textbooks (estimate) $40
Airfare/transportation (estimate) $1,250
Personal Expenses (estimate) $650

* Program fee includes registration, course fees and program activities for both sessions (UCSC and UCLA). 

 Airfare, textbooks, accommodations, meals and optional excursions are additional. The estimates shown above are only for Summer Session A at UCSC.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Please do not purchase airfare until you complete the summer enrollment at UCSC.


Scholarships are available to selected students. The scholarship is designed for students who want to highlight their experiences abroad to others through content creation and on campus service hours. To apply, go to Application deadline is March 1st. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. For more information, see Global Cities Financial Aid


UCSC can provide accommodation (shared apartments/residence) through Milano International Living Services (MIL Service) should students request it.

The estimated cost is about € 800  for 4 weeks, depending on the option chosen. See more details here.

The cost includes:

  • wireless internet connections
  • utilities (water and electricity)
  • basic cable television
  • kitchenware

Check-in date: the Saturday before the starting of the courses (from 10 am)
Check-out date: the Saturday after the end of the courses (by 12 pm)

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