Our full name may be Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, however we are affectionately known as Cattolica.Our students and alumni feel fortunate to be part of a university with a recognized academic profile, one that is reflected by its academics, reputation, and global network.

Top reasons to study here

  • An international study experience is that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become fully immersed into a different society and culture.
  • Your international study experience will allow you to push new boundaries.
  • You will open your mind to a completely different world, where your fellow students will share different perspectives.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Founded in Milan in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is Europe's most important Catholic university.


At Cattolica your choices are endless: they offer an impressive range of innovative programs in the fields of Economics & Business, Accounting & Finance, Agriculture, Psychology and Linguistics, as well as Philosophy and the Arts.


Cattolica’s 10 Research subject areas:

  • Mathematical and IT Sciences 
  • Physics 
  • Biology 
  • Medicine 
  • History, Philosophy, Education and Psychology 
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • Philology, Literature and Historical Sciences
  • Law
  • Economics and Statistics 
  • Political and Social Sciences 


Students can enhance their university studies by taking part in an international experience by studying abroad through Cattolica’s semester & summer programs, language courses or work experience abroad.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The International Student Center is a student's home away from home and it houses the sup - port staff: advisors, mentors and friends. The staff have a unique understanding of the challenges experienced by international students, based on firsthand international experience.

Housing services

Cattolica's student housing options are as numerous as they are varied. 

  • The MIL Service - offers single or shared rooms in a residence hall off-campus or fully furnished apartments with wireless internet connections, utilities (water and electricity), a cleaning service, basic cable television, plus extra amenities such as a kitchenware.
  • EDUCatt (Assistance and Financial aid Organization for the students of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) offers housing solutions both on and off campus.

Library services

A unique underground and prestigious library containing over 2 million volumes. 

ICT services

Facilities include:

  • Wireless internet connection 
  • Utilities (water and electricity)
  • Biweekly cleaning service
  • TV & DVD player
  • Kitchenware

Medical services

The Cattolica health center provides students with medical care, nursing care and psychological counseling. General, specialist (gynecology, ophthalmology, diet) and preventative medical examinations are available to students. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Our Milan campus is located on hallowed turf. Developed around the original site of a monastery in the very heart of the city. Home to over 27,000 students, our Doric and Ionic cloisters provide a haven of peace and grace within a city which offers an abundance of food, history, heritage and choice. Milan is Italy’s commercial heart. 
  • Piacenza is located in the culinary heartland of Italy, a medieval town which is surrounded by the enchanting Italian countryside. Piacenza is quintessential Italy. Charming. Beautiful. Historic.
  • Our Brescia campus is a hidden jewel. Once experienced, never forgotten. Whilst a small campus, the location is unforgettable. 

Sports facilities

Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS) is an association that promotes sport and physical education for university students in Milan. The CUS information point is located at the Milan campus, Largo A. Gemelli, 1. 

GetFIT is a trendy gymnasium located just 5 minutes walking distance from Cattolica Milan campus, boasting added value with a sauna, swimming pool and squash courts.

Feature: Special gym subscriptions are available to Cattolica international students thanks to the collaboration between Università Cattolica and GetFIT gym.

Student clubs

Erasmus Student Network (ESN), is an invaluable support network for international students. They organize numerous social and cultural events, tours and recreational activities.

Student Reviews

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
rated 4 out of 5 stars
If you don't take into account the high fees (very high compared to any average state university in Italy), then it was overall a good study experience. Student mobilty and internation opportunities oculd be improved.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
An important choice
rated 4 out of 5 stars
Choosing to study in this university was one of the best choices I have ever made.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Cattolica experience
rated 4 out of 5 stars
I like the teaching methods very much and the professors are really good, practical and experienced in their field. Learning Italian is a must, because it makes a great impact on your everyday experience and often on your studies too. Cattolica is a beautiful university, located in the center of Milan, the city full of happenings of various kind, so if you care a lot about your social experien...