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Padua Italian Studies Program

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Sponsor: Boston University

Location: Padua, Italy


This small program, ideal for students who have studied college-level Italian for one to two years, offers language study and university coursework in the historic and lively university town of Padua, located 20 miles west of Venice.  After completing a month-long intensive language course, students choose three Italian-taught electives from the BU Padua Academic Center's course offerings (which cover topics in Italian art, history, literature, music and film).  Students with advanced Italian have the option of enrolling in one or two regular courses at the Università degli Studi di Padova.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Northwestern students must enroll in the Italian Studies Program; NU is not affiliated with the "Italian and European Studies Program"
  • Students with advanced Italian language skills must take at least 1 “regular” University course taught in Italian for local university students.
  • Full Year students with advanced language skills must also take 2 regular courses during the spring.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a BU application by the program's deadline

Languages: Italian

Language Requirements: 

  • 1 year or the equivalent of college-level Italian
  • B average in Italian courses



Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $34,240

Billed by Northwestern: $30,358

  • Tuition: $22,843
  • Program fee: $5,015
    (includes room/board, group flight from New York, and other program costs)
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $3,882

  • Local transportation: $300
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $2,975
  • Visa: $212
  • HTH: $145


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