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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer Interim
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/03/2020 02/05/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory
Prior Language Study: N/A Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher
Duration: Short-term, Summer Excluded from Open Doors: Include
Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:
Duomo PiazzaProgram Dates: Early to Mid-June to early to mid-July

Program Overview

In this summer program, students study Italian Language and Culture, Business, or Marketing, Communication, and Media at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore while earning Madison College credit and experiencing critical language and cultural immersion. Students of all levels may participate, but the experience will be richer if you have taken at least one semester of college or one year of high school Italian. Students will study at the Cattolica campus in Milan.

Course Information

Participants will enroll in an intensive Italian Language and Culture course or a Business, Marketing, Communications and Media course, during this either 2, 4, or 6-week summer program. The language of instruction is Italian for the Language Component, and English for the Cultural and other Components.

The Italian Language Course is an intensive language course. Students will test into either the beginner or intermediate course. During the beginners course, students will learn how to communicate in simple everyday situations and will also learn about relevant Italian culture. Students will practice phonetics in order to learn how to read, write and spell the Italian language correctly. The aim of the intermediate course is to help students acquire new structures of the Italian grammar, to give them a wide and stable vocabulary and to introduce them to some classical topics of the Italian culture. The students work equally on written and oral comprehension and on written and oral production. The length of the program and the weeks of the program will depend on the language level of each participant. Interested students are encouraged to meet with the Education Abroad Coordinator in the Center for International Education to discuss options.

There are a variety of Business, Marketing, Communications, and Media courses for students to choose from as well. Courses should be chosen in conjunction with the Center for International Education at Madison College.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will live in a fully-furnished, shared, double-room in an off-campus apartment or in a single dorm room. Housing includes internet, a cleaning service, utilities, and damage insurance.


As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. Some excursions may be available at an additional cost. Possible excursions may include:
  • A Milan City Tour
  • A Day trip to Cinque Terre. Located in the Italian region of Liguria and stretched along 18 km of coastline lies the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Serrated cliffs make up the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Among many things, the villages are famous for their colored terraces and vineyards.
  • Various museums and other cultural sights
Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Italy. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.

All students are required to attend the pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.


Madison College students may be eligible for a 500 Euro fee reduction scholarship during the summer 2016 term. Students interested in the program, should contact CIE to discuss details.

The program fee for 2016 was approximately $1700 for one session (2 weeks), $3200 for two session (4 weeks), and $4600 for three sessions (6 weeks) which included: (fees are subject to change based on exchange rates)
  •         Cattolica tuition
  •         Course materials and fees
  •         Some excursions
  •         Mandatory international health insurance
Additional costs include:
  •         Airfare and transportation to and from the airport
  •         Housing in either a single dorm room or a shared, double room in an off-campus apartment (between $480- $700 for two weeks, depending on the chosen housing option)
  •         Madison College tuition for 4 college transfer credits (approximately $600.00)
  •         Madison College tuition for 2 associate degree credits (approximately $230.00)[optional]
  •         Meals
  •         Spending money
  •         Passport (if you do not yet have one)

Book StoreTo Apply

All application materials, including the initial deposit of $500, must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education by the deadline date. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)

For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

For more information on Cattolica, please visit their website.