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Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP)

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Sponsor: Indiana University

Location: Bologna, Italy

Description: 

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. Located within the old city is the University of Bologna, Europe's oldest institution of higher learning and Italy's top-ranked university.

The intensive academic nature of this program, combined with a program structure that encourages independence, makes it ideal for self-sufficient students who are looking to be immersed into Italian student life and culture as much as possible. The program begins with a month-long intensive language pre-session to help prepare for courses at the University (Fall/Full-Year students only). Students combine Italian-taught language and elective courses taught at the BCSP Center, just for program students, with regular University of Bologna courses. During the orientation period, students stay in a local hotel while they locate their own apartment housing. To learn more about the apartment search process, visit the Housing section of the BCSP website.

Program Type: Affiliated

Terms: 

  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Requirements: 

  • Junior or Senior year standing at the start of the program

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete a Northwestern Application by February 10th (Fall/Full Year applicants) or June 1st (Winter/Spring applicants).
  2. Interview in Italian with Professor Tom Simpson from the Department of French and Italian before the Northwestern Application deadline. 

Languages: Italian

Language Requirements: 

  • At least a B average overall and in all Italian courses
  • Junior standing at program start
  • Fall/Full Year applicants: at least 2 years or the equivalent of college-level Italian
  • Winter+Spring applicants: must have 2.5 years or the equivalent of college-level Italian
  • Given the independent nature of this program, students should have completed at least one or two 200-level Italian courses at Northwestern prior to the start of the program.

Housing: 

BCSP students find and rent their own housing in apartments in the city center. All students are strongly advised to share apartments with Italians.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $26,590

Billed by Northwestern: $18,135

Estimated additional costs: $8,455

  • Housing: $2,500
  • Meals: $1,600
  • Airfare: $1,400
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $2,500
  • Visa & insurance: $255

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