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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica students and alumni feel fortunate to be part of the largest private university in Europe, characterised by a strong commitment to providing dedicated services to students and by its recognised academic quality.
Studying at Cattolica means studying in an international context, with more than 160 different nationalities across our four campuses, but Italian at heart.

What truly distinguishes our University is the campus diversity and endless possibilities, facilitating networking and career opportunities based on the location of our 5 campuses in Milan, Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona and Rome.
Milan is the digital start-up capital where a true city-life student experience is guaranteed; Brescia is the innovation hub of the university, thanks to its state-of-the-art laboratories teaching the most up-to-date trends and professional inputs; Piacenza campus is immersed in the Food Valley, enjoying exceptionally strong links with companies in the agro-food sector; the brand-new Cremona campus is a completely renovated 16th Century monastery located in a strategic location for agribusiness studies with on campus laboratories and plain farm fields in close proximity.
Rome, the Eternal city, boasts the acclaimed School of Medicine and Surgery, with 43 faculty members listed among the Top Italian Scientists.

Università Cattolica works continuously towards developing new and emerging programmes: you will be sure to choose a programme and learning environment that is the best fit for you, that will foster the growth of your skills and competencies to offer you a brighter future!

Campus Features

  • · Campuses strategically located to ensure learning of the most updated trends and professional inputs in your chosen subject of studies with easier access to companies for internships and field visits.
    5 campuses in amazing destinations such as Milan, Rome, Brescia, Cremona and Piacenza.
  • Milan

Università Cattolica's main campus is located in Milan. The busy streets around the campus are full of cafes, restaurants and shops. On campus you will still find hidden picturesque gardens and courtyards, which create a unique atmosphere and contribute to a good study environment. Milan is the economic, commercial and industrial capital of Italy, and a gateway to international markets. There are over 8,600 active national and international financial and insurance companies here. The Italian stock exchange, la Borsa Italiana, is only 10 minutes away from campus – an ideal proximity for students studying economics, management and banking and finance. Milan is the campus where most of our English programmes are taught and the city has been consistently ranked the best Italian city to study in (QS Best Student Cities 2022).


is the capital of Italy, rich in culture, art and religion. The sights you see along the street are reason enough to travel here, but also the food, the museums and the surroundings.

The Rome campus is recognized for its Faculty of Medicine, the "School of Medicine and Surgery". If you are interested in medicine, this is where you want to be. Not only will you get a solid education, but you will also enjoy the cultural life the city offers.

Rich in cultural and leisure opportunities, Brescia is a thriving tourist attraction, thanks to its proximity to renowned lakes Garda and Iseo. The city has a long history, which embraces Roman, Medieval and Renaissance periods and a very active social and economic fabric.
Brescia is the innovation hub of the university, thanks to its state-of-the-art laboratories teaching the most up-to-date trends and professional inputs.

Piacenza and Cremona

Piacenza and Cremona are located in the northern part of Italy. Experience the city's rich history just by walking the streets, with old cathedrals and buildings. Here you will also find a museum with works of art from the Roman era, a significant history of music and beautiful nature.
Piacenza and Cremona campuses are immersed in the Food Valley, enjoying exceptionally strong links with companies in the agro-food sector: in fact, the degree programmes are taught by academics and researchers who are at the forefront of their respective fields, and who have extensive world-class experience.

Each campus offers something unique and perfectly linked to the subject you will choose to study:

  • By living and studying in Milan, with its constant flow of international businesses and investments, our students are ideally positioned to put to practice the knowledge gained in their studies whilst using their own language abilities and cultural competencies.
  • The campus in Rome features the Policlinico Gemelli hospital which is ideal for our medical students, set in a stunning green campus offering a quiet respite from Rome’s city centre frenzy, but close enough to allow students to go and explore the Eternal City easily.
  • Brescia is the innovation hub of the university, thanks to its state-of-the-art laboratories teaching the most up-to-date trends and professional inputs.
  • Piacenza and Cremona campuses are strategically located in the Italian food valley. By being smaller, these campuses offer a more intimate and laid-back atmosphere to accompany the contrast of the challenges of academia.

The university facilitates students’ search for accommodation by providing a list of recommended private housing providers specialized in international student accommodation. Some campuses offer options such as halls of residence both on and off campus, more details available on the university website.


    General entry requirements

    The entry requirements are based on the latest guidelines for admission published by the Italian Ministry for Education and apply to all students with foreign qualifications, independently of their nationality, both for qualifications awarded in European Union (EU) countries and in non-EU.

    1. Eligible candidates need to hold a high school diploma.
    2. Entry to second cycle programs is possible if the undergraduate degree manifests all of the following characteristics:
      • It is an official first cycle qualification of the relevant foreign higher education system,
      • It is a qualification issued by a higher education institution regularly accredited or recognized in the awarding country. If you studied in a third country, the institution where your studies were located has to be accredited or recognized in the country where it operates,
      • It is a qualification that allows entry to a comparable second cycle program in the relevant foreign higher education system;
    3. It is a qualification showing corresponding elements to the Italian qualification required for entry to a Laurea Magistrale, such as the academic nature, research elements, duration of the program and total ECTS (min. three years and 180 ECTS), total years of schooling (15 years are usually required).
    4. The undergraduate degree must be obtained before 31 July 2022.

    The suitability of the academic degree for admission to Laurea Magistrale is established by the university receiving the application. Each university sets its criteria and regulations (including required documentation) for admission and enrolment in a study program.

    Admission is based on the evaluation of the academic documents submitted with the application, while enrolment is subject to the verification of the validity of the qualification obtained.

    English language proficiency requirements

    Recognized certificatesTest administratorMinimum score required
    Academic IELTSCambridge English Language Assessment6.0
    TOEFL iBTETS (Università Cattolica code: 2605)84
    Cambridge English: First, Advanced, ProficiencyCambridge English Language Assessment173
    Cambridge English: Business Vantage, BusinessCambridge English Language Assessment173

    Scholarships and Funding

    The annual tuition fee of any 2-year MSc Degree for Non-European residents is € 8,840 per year.
    To foster the access to International students, Università Cattolica reserves merit-based scholarships that can reduce the annual fee up to 37% of the total cost and is automatically extended from year to year for the normal duration of the degree programme.

    The annual tuition fee of any 2-year MSc Degree for students whose family income is produced in Europe and affiliated states is €6,250 per year and for those students whose family income is produced in Italy, the annual tuition fees is calculated on the basis of the financial background of the student’s family and ranges from a minimum of about €3,600 to a maximum of about €9,300 per year.

    Financial aid and scholarship opportunities available.

    The annual living cost can vary across our 5 campuses, but you can estimate around € 10,000 to € 12,000 per year to cover food, accommodation, books and of course leisure activities.

    Università Cattolica reserves partial merit-base and some programme-specific scholarships to talented students, available scholarships are limited: the sooner you apply, higher the chances!

    Get in touch to know more or check details in the dedicated section on the website for your chosen programme.

    Why study at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

    Largest private university in Europe

    Historical University with 100 years of history, largest private university in Europe for number of enrolled students. True international experience, more than 150 different nationalities represented in amazing destinations such as Milan, Rome, Brescia, Cremona and Piacenza.

    Internationally recognized quality teaching

    Multidisciplinary university with 12 different Schools, 40+ English taught programmes at all study levels in several different study fields. 13 of our academic disciplines are listed in the top 300, QS Global Rankings by Subject (2021).

    Exceptionally strong ties with the industry

    Exposure and connections to relevant employers of the highest prestige: industrial ties with the most globally renowned companies, allowing networking and internship opportunities. With an exceptional graduate placement rate after studying, we rank number 1 in the country for Employer-Student Connections, QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020).

    Awards & Accreditations

    #1 for Employer-Student Connections

    QS Graduate Employability Rankings (2020)

    13 academic disciplines in the top 300

    QS Global Rankings by Subject (2021)

    Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad

    Go Abroad (2022)

    #1 in Italy: University hospital Policlinico Gemelli

    World's Best Hospitals - Newsweek (2021)

    Campus Life & Facilities

    Our range of campus facilities and services ensures that every international student has access to all of the support, information and mentoring which international students seek. These include a dedicated international student center, a housing service, health center, sports facilities and international student associations.

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge


    • Milan

      Via Giosuè Carducci,28, 20123, Milan

      • Cremona

        Via Milano, 24, 26100, Cremona

        • Piacenza

          Via Emilia Parmense,84, 29122, Piacenza

          • Brescia

            Via Trieste,17, 25121, Brescia

            • Rome

              Rome, Italy

            • Bolzano

              Bolzano, Italy

              • Milan

                Milan, Italy

                • Lugano

                  Lugano, Switzerland

                  • Lyon

                    Lyon, France