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Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Located in: Italy

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC) is the world's biggest Catholic university. Established in 1921, it has since grown to 4 different campuses, with the medical faculty located in Rome. Its medical program is one of the best, but also most competitive in Europe, with thousands of students competing for a mere 300 seats.


Quick Facts

Location
Rome, Italy
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Courses
Medicine
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Tuition
€ 15000
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Graduate Entry
No
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Entrance Exam
Yes
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Living Costs
€ 1800/month
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About Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (UCSC) is a private research university established in 1921. The university’s main campus is located in Milan. There are 4 more campuses in Cremona, Brescia, Piacenza, and Rome - where the Faculty of Medicine is situated. Nowadays, these campuses host around 40,000 students, many of which are international.

USCS is the largest Catholic University in the whole world and the largest private university in Europe. This university’s medical faculty is one of the most selective, yet most preferable medical schools in Europe by international students. In 2017, for example, 8907 applicants sat the admission exam for only 300 seats. The competition for entry here is fierce.

In employability, teaching, facilities and engagement, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart has been granted 5 stars by the global university ranking system QS Stars. 

The medical programme at this university is divided into theoretical lectures, practical training, and internships. Students must acquire specific knowledge in years 4-6, which requires bedside teaching in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. 

The medical faculty is located at Largo Francesco Vito, 1 00168 Roma, Italy.

This medical school doesn’t offer graduate entry courses but welcomes student transfers.

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Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 6-year M.D. course for EU and Non-EU students are as follows:

  • EU residents (and Non-EU residents with EU-generated income): €7,000 - €16,000 based on the family income. 30 seats available.
  • Non-EU residents: €15,800 per year. 50 seats available.
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Admission & Entry Requirements

In contrast to many other Italian medical schools, USCS doesn’t use the IMAT examination system for their rankings. The medical faculty has prepared their own admission exam. It consists of 65 questions for 65 minutes. 

The scientific subjects which are included in the test are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths. Other questions include logical exercises, general knowledge, and religious and ethical culture.

Also, students whose native language is not English will have to provide a TOEFL or IELTS certificate or a document that certifies the language of instruction in their high school was English.

Accommodation

The on-campus dorms are in two buildings - one for male students and one for female students. Both are situated close to the faculty’s building. They are made up of single and shared rooms with private bathrooms. Each floor has a shared living room and kitchen. 

Going abroad for the first time without a family might be difficult sometimes. That’s why living on campus is your best choice. Students who live there are involved in many activities and receive support services to assist them in the transition to living independently.

The annual rent for the female dormitories is €4,400, and for the male is €4,200. It includes rooms, utilities and usage of all the facilities around the building.

If you prefer to live on your own, Rome’s average monthly rent is between €700 and €1,000 based on the location. Adding the utilities and living expenses, you will need around €1,500-2,000 every month.

Accreditation

The curriculum for the medical programme in English is structured to make students eligible for participation in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and similar European licensing exams.

When you graduate from this medical school, you will receive a globally recognised diploma. It will allow you to start practising or continue your studies. 

The university is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and is recognised by the World Health Organisation. It is also accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) - one of the six regional associations for accreditation of schools and colleges in the United States

Term Dates

The Fall semester classes will start on the 20th of September 2021 and will finish on the 3rd of December 2021. The exam session is between the 9th and 17th of December 2021.

The spring semester begins on the 21st of February 2022 and will finish on the 20th of May 2022. The examination is between 23 and 27 May 2022.

Accommodation Costs

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RENT
~€ 800/Mo
UTILITIES
~€ 250/Mo
TRANSPORT
~€ 70/Mo
FOOD
~€ 350/Mo
LEISURE
~€ 250/Mo

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

The University has several campuses across Italy. The medical faculty is located at Rome, Italy. The city straddles the Tiber river in the province of Lazio. The school’s address is Largo Francesco Vito, 1 00168 Roma, Italy.

Can you transfer to Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

Yes. Transfers are possible for medical students.

Can you study graduate entry medicine at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

No. Fast track medicine is not possible at this medical school.

How much do tuition fees cost at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

The tuition fees are as follows:

  •   EU residents (and Non-EU residents with EU-generated income): €7,000 - €16,000 based on the family income.
  • Non-EU residents: €15,800 per year.
Where is Catholic University of the Sacred Heart recognised?

The university's medical graduates get international recognition of their degrees. The World Health Organisation recognises it through its World Directory of Medical Schools. In addition, the UK General Medical Council also recognises the university.

Can you study medicine in English at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

Yes. You can study general medicine in English.

Does Catholic University of the Sacred Heart have graduates registered with the GMC?

Yes. As of 2022, the university has over 210 graduates registered with the UK General Medical Council.

Is there an entrance examination for Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

Yes. The university has its own entrance exam testing students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths.

What are the entry requirements for Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

Students should take the university entrance exam. In addition, non-native speakers should present an English-proficiency certificate.

When does the semester begin?

The school year starts on the 20th of September.

When is the application deadline for Catholic University of the Sacred Heart?

The application deadline is on the 18th of March.

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