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The Fountain of Neptune located in the square of Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna, Italy.

Program at a Glance

University of Bologna

Country Italy
City Bologna
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.75
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In Italian, English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Nestled between Venice and Florence, Bologna holds the distinct status of Italy's food capital. Bologna is a true university town with classrooms throughout the beautiful historic center. The University of Bologna, the oldest in Europe, attracts students of all majors from all over the continent. Independent learners love the internship options, study projects with Italian faculty, and unique style of delivering oral exams. To develop your Italian writing and speaking skills, the program starts with a language program. During this time, you'll take a day trip to Ravenna, visit Dante's tomb, and experience Romagnolo cuisine.

Where you'll study

One of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Bologna (UNIBO) counts Dante as one of its former professors. This university is embedded into the fabric of the northern Italian host city of the same name. Founded over a thousand years ago, it holds a rich history and architectural heritage. Now a large multi-campus institution with schools spread across the beautiful city, UNIBO campuses feature ancient sites like the courtyard of Hercules (Palazzo Poggi), frescoed walls of the Palazzina della Viola, and the library with arched ceilings, parquet floors, and walls lined with busts of famous people. UNIBO offers many opportunities to get involved in events, make friends, and join clubs. In addition, you’ll find that some professors utilize the unique city to teach their courses. 


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

Tortellini and tagliatelle pasta-making class and dinner

Day in Ravenna for mosaics sites, Dante's tomb, and traditional lunch

Rooftop sunset with traditional Bolognese refreshments in the fall

Guided tour of Count Mattei's eccentric castle in the spring

Hiking tour to San Luca followed by gelato at Cremeria Funivia