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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct enroll plus Provider courses, Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Independent Language Prerequisite: 4 or 5 semesters of college Italian with a grade of ‘B’ or better
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: Italian
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Special Opportunities: Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Language Reference
Program Information:
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Bologna, an elegant city with a population of almost half a million, is the capital of the wealthy and progressive region of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. Excellent transportation links make it an ideal base for travel. Venice and Milan are two hours away by train; Ravenna and Florence, just an hour. Bologna is an ancient city settled by the Etruscans. Medieval towers and churches 100m over the porticoed streets and terra-cotta buildings of the central section. Located within the old city is the University of Bologna, Europe's oldest institution of higher learning and Italy's top-ranked university. Founded at the end of the 11th-century, it developed initially as a law school but soon afterward established its ancient tradition of humanistic studies. The program's Bologna office is located near the Piazza Maggiore in the center of the city.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Late August/early September through late June
Spring Semester: Early January through late June

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Study at the University of Bologna through Indiana Univerity's Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP)
  • Academic Year students are required to attend the program's four-week pre-session in Bologna during September. Spring Semester students are required to attend the programs 2-3 week pre-session in Bologna in January. This 3-credit pre-session language course is designed to improve students' command of Italian and facilitate their adjustment to life in Bologna and at the university before the Italian academic year begins
  • During each semester of the academic year students enroll in one or two regular University of Bologna courses with Italian students, or a minimum of three for the full academic year
  • Students may also take special courses in Italian literature, language, art history, film studies, civilization, and contemporary politics that are arranged by the BCSP for program students
  • All instruction is in Italian
  • Courses completed on the Bologna program will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average
  • All students participating in the Bologna program are required to enroll in at least one course taught at BCSP and at least one course taught at UNIBO
  • For further information on course offerings or the facilities in Bologna, please access the Bologna Consortial Studies Program.
Site Calendar Eligibility
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a Junior
  • Must have completed at least two years (4-5 semesters) of college Italian before entering the program
  • Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through the BCSP
Special Considerations
  • This program is a two-stage acceptance program: students must first apply through myNDabroad. Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through the BCSP and Indiana University
Special Opportunities
  • Students can elect to get involved in any number of student organizations connected to any of the universities in Bologna as well as volunteer groups within the city
  • Internships in a variety of areas and disciplines are possible

Housing and Meals
The Bologna program provides students with the opportunity to experience different living situations during their time in Bologna. Students meet each other and are introduced to Bologna during the orientation week while staying together as a group in a local hostel/hotel. After orientation, and with some assistance from the Bologna program's local staff, students are responsible for finding their own housing. The only general rule of this housing is that the student(s) should not live with another American or native English speaker. The purpose of this is to facilitate the student's language growth. A living allowance (stipend) provided by Study Abroad will help to partially defray some of the costs of housing and boarding costs incurred on this program.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.