The Università Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) is an independent, state-recognized institution situated in the small town of Castellanza, within easy reach of Milan and the Malpensa International Airport. The university is housed in a nineteenth century cotton mill which has been beautifully restored by the world-famous Italian architect Aldo Rossi and is surrounded by over 90,000 square meters of parklands. It is less than a mile from the train station that links Castellanza to Milan in 35 minutes.
The town has a population of approximately 15,000 inhabitants and since the late 1800s has been one of the main industrial centers in the province of Varese. With the beautiful backdrop of the Alps and the famous Italian lakes of Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como, the province of Varese is also home to 23,000 manufacturing and craft industries that export over 30% of their production worldwide and generate employment to approximately 175,000 people.
The university is an important example of the tradition for initiative and entrepreneurship in this part of Italy. It was founded on the initiative of the Industrial Association of the Province of Varese and was immediately recognized for its close relationships with the business world.
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Location: Castellanza, Italy (population: 15,000)
University: Università Carlo Cattaneo (students: 2,000)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa information: See the Visa Information: Italy page for detailed information.
LIUC is primarily a location for students majoring in Business Administration and International Business. To view the full list of course available please visit the Course Catalog.
For more information visit the webpage for the University Carlo Cattaneo.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
HPU students studying abroad at the University Carlo Cattaneo will live in a residence hall on campus. Each living unit is equipped as a room with an adjoining bathroom. On request, it is possible to take advantage of additional services (a safe and personal cleaning service) which provide a high standard similar to the best hotels. For all, there is a telephone line and internet connection.
Visit the LIUC website for more information.
Meals are self-catered, but the residence hall is equipped with a self-service canteen, open to all students, with a menu that provides a wide array of choice. Inside, there also is a snack-bar open during the day and evening. In addition, students will have access to a kitchen to prepare their own meals.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
Living expenses for international students in LIUC are estimated at € 750 – € 1,100 per month (including rent) on average. Of course, expenses vary depending on your own spending habits and lifestyle, so please make sure you have enough funds to support your stay through grants, scholarships or private means. Examples of some prices include:
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
The university offers a number of sports activities at external centers, such a basketball, soccer, volleyball, and rugby, with qualified trainers and instructors. Theatrical workshops, musical activities, and the LIUC-owned radio station contribute to the university social life and make all students feel part of a community.
Even on a budget you can experience the best of Italian cuisine. In the city of Milan and Varese you can find a large variety of restaurants and pizzerias where you can enjoy a wide range of excellent dishes. Nearby the university, there are several restaurants and two of them are known for specializing in the typical food for the province, which is definitely worth a try!
In addition, LIUC has a very active Eurasmus Student Network, a student group that coordinates activities to help international students get acclimated to life in Italy.
Visit the LIUC website for video clips of other students’ experiences.