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We invite you to experience the vibrant cultural diversity of Italy’s fashion, art, food and architecture capital and live like a local in Milan. Not as touristy as its southern neighbors, it’s possible to get lost in Milan’s diverse neighborhoods and discover the hidden gems of this cosmopolitan city. Earn three academic credits at UCSC, one of the oldest universities in Milan and the best in Italy, where you’ll study global issues with an Italian perspective with international and Erasmus students from over 100 different countries.

From food to fashion, Milan is at the forefront of not just Italian but European trends, and makes a great jumping off point to explore the rest of Europe with its well-connected air and train travel. Enroll in a course from Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Business and Government and get a leg up on the semester and your major!

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation




Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Resident Directors/Coordinators

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to all majors (Econ, Business, IR, Political Science students are highly welcome!)
  • University Approval Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Jan-Term Jan 8, 2024 - Feb 4, 2024 $4,900 Sep 30, 2023 Nov 15, 2023 Nov 14, 2023

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Milan programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Lake Como

    Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Como is a destination that has enchanted artists and travelers for centuries. Visitors will marvel at the spectacular views and exquisite natural scenery, in addition to nearby splendid villas adorned by lush gardens. Surrounded by the Alps, its banks host enchanting villages such as Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo and Menaggio.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 credits per term

Spend a Jan-Term studying at the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore where you can earn an additional three credits before you even start your spring semester! You can walk past the Dumo every day and study global issues with an Italian perspective with international and Erasmus students from more than 100 countries. UCSC has a beautiful campus and is one of the oldest universities in Milan. It provides course options in English and lots of industry connections in finance, fashion, and communication.

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    Caroline Mobley

    Caroline Mobley will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Tommaso Bernardini

    Tommy will be your Resident Director in Milan and a resource for you while in Italy!

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Students will enroll in 3 credits in English taken alongside international students as well as other American students.


UCSC is fully accredited in Italy and issues transcripts for all international students. Classes are all 6 ECTS (3 US semester credits).

Courses at Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Jan Term)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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  • Study at the largest private university in Italy!
  • Courses in English

Students in Milan will be in shared, fully furnished API apartments. Bedroom options include single or double accommodation. These apartments will typically house 2-8 students, single gender or mixed. All apartments include wi-fi connection.