North Central College - Naperville, IL


Università  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy

Fall Term


NCC in Italy

North Central students studying at Cattolica during the fall 2014 semester.


Program Overview

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Cattolica) is the largest private university in Europe and, of all the universities in Italy, provides the most comprehensive range of research activities and courses at all levels. With more than 40,000 students across four campuses and 2,900 faculty and staff, Cattolica offers challenging academic programs in economics, business, international relations, political science, psychology and communication. At the main campus in the iconic international city of Milan, students can choose from a variety of courses taught in English while they learn Italian language (various levels). They also can enroll in an intensive presemester course in Italian language and culture.

Cattolica website

M. Haski


Internships are available but may be limited to those with little/no prior Italian language study.



Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred



Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.



For a list of available courses, please click here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and MealsR. Gabler in Italy

Students live in self-catered, shared apartments or in university residence halls. Students select their housing through Milan International Living Service ("MIL Service") and receive information to do so once they have been accepted by Cattolica. For more accommodation information, please visit the MIL Service website by clicking here.

Meals:  students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen or purchase meals at discounted rates in the university cafeteria.


Photo:  courtesy of Rose Gabler


Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) pay North Central College tuition plus a $3,500 program fee. This fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.



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Last Updated:  September 2016