UC Sacro Cuore (UCSC) has a very welcoming campus towards international students. Several services are provided by the university to make studying and living in Italy easier, including an Italian Language and Culture course offered every semester, along with a campus sports center, library and bookstore, language center and health services. USCS is the largest private University in Europe and the largest Catholic University in the world. USCS's location at the heart of the city gives students not only easy access to everyday necessities such as public transport, grocery shopping, etc., but also access to local cultural centers, fashion shows, operas, and other exhibitions, insuring your study abroad is enjoyable and exciting.
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Students will have the chance to experience life in the cosmopolitan city of Milan, one of the biggest international hubs of Europe. Located in the northern section of Italy, nestled against the Alps, Milan is known as "the beautiful country." Domestic and international transportation makes it not only easy to travel from Milan to other destinations within Italy, but also the surrounding countries of France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Milan, with its extensive history and cultural influence, is a blend of modern and classical that will capture the attention and suit the tastes of any student who is able to attend the exchange.
1. Where can I learn more about studying at UC Sacro Cuore?
Check out UCSC's website
for more information about the program in general.
2. Will there be an orientation when I arrive?
Yes! The orientation is mandatory for all international students and will be at the start of each semester. The orientation includes a welcome ceremony, information sessions on Academic and International Curriculum courses, Permit of Stay, campus tour, and more information about classes and the campus.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
UCSC International Curriculum
- Taught in English
- Classes will be taken with other international students.
- Students are able to study this international curriculum either fall or spring, or the academic year.
- Students are able to enroll in 4 courses in English and must take 1 Italian language course (either a pre-term intensive course or a semester-long course).
UCSC University Academic Curriculum
- Taught in English and Italian.
- Classes will be taken with mostly Italian students.
- If taking classes in Italian, you must provide an Italian Language Proficiency Report.
- Students are only able to participate in the spring semester or the entire academic year.
- Courses in Italian are available from any of the 9 departments on campus at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
Pre-session Intensive Language Courses:
These courses are offered before the beginning of each semester.
They are recommended, but not mandatory.
These courses will cost an additional fee and are not included in the tuition-exchange.
-Level of instruction includes absolute beginner, beginner, lower and upper intermediate.
Semester-long Italian Language Course:
Students are able to take this course in addition to their other academic coursework.
These courses are recommended, but not mandatory.
These courses will cost an additional fee and are not included in the tuition-exchange.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
UCSC International Curriculum:
Fall: September to December.
Spring: February to May.
UCSC University Academic Curriculum:
Spring: February to June/July.
UCSC offerers accommodation via a third-party provider, Milano International Service
Students are able to live in off-campus apartments or single dorms.
Students may choose to use the campus cafeterias and will have access to student discounted prices at these cafeterias.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
You do not
need a visa to enter the country.
need a residence permit if you are in the country for more than 90 days.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
- Students should submit their application two months prior to departure. This must be done in person at the nearest consulate.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661