Coming Fall 2020: Study Abroad in Milan, Italy

Belmont Abbey College has partnered with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano–UCSC) to provide an amazing opportunity for a select group of students to study in Milan, Italy for the full Fall Semester of 2020. UCSC offers a Study Abroad program that lets our students enroll in a wide variety of courses taught in the English language on an extensive range of topics such as Business and Economics, Banking and Finance, International Relations and Global Affairs, Literature and Philosophy, Fashion and Design, Language, and Sociology. All students, from any major, who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who will be at least sophomores in the Fall 2020 may apply.

Study abroad in Milan, Italy for the 2020 Fall Semester at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart-UCSC). This amazing opportunity comes for an investment very similar to a regular semester at Belmont Abbey College.  Applications will be collected and acceptance communicated by April 2020.

  • Enhance your education with an academic and cultural experience in a foreign country.
  • Enjoy learning in a rigorous and engaging academic environment in one of the most important European cities.
  • Take advantage of a program that will make you stand out in the job market.
  • Explore the beauty, history, and culture of Italy.
  • Encounter a meaningful experience of faith by getting to know other Catholic students who attend UCSC and by living in the heart of one of the most ancient Christian cities in the world.
Send your application to Dr. Alessandro Rovati, Director of the Study Abroad Program, at

Applications due on March 1, 2020.

Acceptance by April 30, 2020.

Program begins the Last Week of August.

Program ends in Mid December.


UCSC offers a Study Abroad Program that lets foreign students enroll in the university for one semester. The program offers a wide variety of courses taught in the English language on an extensive range of topics such as Business and Economics, Banking and Finance, International Relations and Global Affairs, Literature and Philosophy, Fashion and Design, Language, and Sociology. International students have been attending courses at UCSC for many years and the university has developed great expertise in facilitating their transition into the Italian setting. The university offers help to students when it comes to housing, transportation, and all academic matters, mentoring the students on an individual basis.

Dr. Alessandro Rovati is an alumnus of UCSC and has been involved in the Study Abroad Program himself. He has a close relationship with a number of colleagues who teach in the program and has easy access to the university’s administration personnel. Dr. Rovati’s expertise and connections to the city and the university have been instrumental in starting the partnership with UCSC to allow Abbey’s students to participate in the wide range of courses taught in the English language that it offers. The credit hours accrued abroad may meet the requirements of all the majors offered by the Abbey, thus opening the possibility of participating in the program to all students. Belmont Abbey College’s students need to apply by March 1, 2020 in order to study at UCSC in the Fall Semester 2020.

Important dates:

Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2020
Acceptance April 30, 2020
Beginning of the ProgramLast Week of August
End of the Semester Abroad Mid December


Upon enrolling in UCSC, the students will have access to the following academic resources:

Course Offerings
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Financial Information

Each student will pay to Belmont Abbey College his or her usual Tuition plus a $1500 Study Abroad Fee. Travel, Visa, Housing, Living, Books and Supplies are not included in the Tuition and the Study Abroad Fee.

Table of Estimated Costs:

Books and Supplies$250
Milan, Italy Skyline


To apply, please send 1) a cover letter, 2) a GPA and course transcript, and 3) a list of the UCSC courses and/or internships that you have an interest in to Dr. Alessandro Rovati, Director of the Study Abroad Program, at In the application, make sure to provide both email address and cellphone number. While waiting the result of the application, students must regularly enroll in the Fall Semester classes of Belmont Abbey College. If you are interested in applying, please also review the To-Do-List for Accepted Students that is posted below.

To-Do-List for Accepted Students

Upon being accepted into the Study Abroad Program the students will have to:

  • Confirm their participation in the program by paying $500 within 7 days of receiving the acceptance notification. This sum is non-refundable and will count toward the payment of the $1500 Study Abroad Program Fee.
  • Submit their chosen courses to the Registrar and their Department Chair for approval. If interested in either the Service Learning Program or the Part-Time Internship, they will also have to seek the approval of the Office of Carrier Services and Internships.
  • Submit their information to UCSC.
  • Make their travel arrangements. These will include buying airplane tickets, getting a US Passport, and applying for a Student Visa through one of the Italian Consulates in the US.
  • Find housing. UCSC uses a third-party service called MIL Service to help students find a suitable accommodation, but students are free to find housing in other ways.
Headshot of Alessandro Rovati

Dr. Alessandro Rovati

Director of Study Abroad

Dr. Alessandro Rovati is an alumnus of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and a native of Milan, Italy where he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2015. During his graduate work, Dr. Rovati participated in a study abroad program himself at Duke Divinity School, where he combined his extensive philosophical training with theological reflections on the current life of the church amidst contemporary society. After working as an Adjunct and Full Time Lecturer in the departments of Theology and Political Philosophy at Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Rovati is now Chair and Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of Study Abroad at the Abbey. Dr. Rovati’s scholarship focuses on Christian Ethics, Moral and Political Philosophy, Catholic Social Teaching, and Political Theology. He has contributed the chapter “War Is America’s Altar” in the edited volume Cultural Violence and Peace (Brill), traveled across dioceses to teach ministers, educators, and lay faithful, and written articles in Quaestiones Disputatae, the Journal of Moral Theology, and various online publications. Dr. Rovati is now working on two books, Putting Hauerwas in His Place and Learning the Gaze of Christ: A Theological Engagement with Pope Francis. You can contact Dr. Rovati at

A Look Back: Study Abroad at the Abbey

Abbey Missionaries Take to Haiti

As a Benedictine monastery as well as an institution of learning, Belmont Abbey College prides itself on instilling the values of hospitality and service in its students. For those who wish to make the most of their time at the Abbey and put those particular values to good use, an education professor leads overseas mission trips every year that have proved to be successful in more ways than one. “I feel like every faculty member within a department can contribute to our students’ overall growth,” says Dr. Tara Galloway, assistant professor of education. “This involves preparing students’ minds, bodies and spirits to pursue the good for themselves and for their communities, which is our mission at Belmont Abbey College.” Galloway takes interested students on a mission trip to a developing country twice a year to learn about the meaning of charity and giving. In January, she took her students to Haiti, a country ravaged by poverty and natural disasters, where she believes her students find “the perfect opportunity…to change their worldview and broaden their knowledge of the world and what people are going through.”

Take a trip to London 

The course, English Foundations of American Law, examines the historical basis of the American Legal System in the Common Law traditions of England. The course meets twice weekly during the first two months of the Spring semester and culminates in a trip during Spring Break to London. The students visit the British Library to see the Magna Carta, tour Parliament, observe a criminal trial in the “Old Bailey” courthouse, and visit New Scotland Yard and the Middle Temple of the Inns of Court. In addition, there will be visits to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Hampton Court Palace. Visiting these sites helps the student understand the connection between the two legal systems is still strong and provides them with a unique perspective that cannot be gained in the classroom.

Christianity and Culture Minor 2017 Rome Trip

Check out this amazing video made by one of our students, Madison Caito!

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