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Bologna Consortial Studies Program

Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Program sponsor: Indiana University


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 an 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.

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Program Requirements


Junior standing at the program start.


At least a B average overall and in all Italian courses; at least 2 yrs or the equivalent of college-level Italian (at least 2.5 years in winter/spring applicant); students should have completed at least one or two 200-level Italian courses prior to the start of the program.


Interview in Italian with Professor Paola Morgavi from the Department of French and Italian before the Northwestern application deadline.

  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


BCSP students find and rent their own housing in apartments in the city center. All students are strongly advised to share apartments with Italians. During the orientation period, students stay in a local hotel while they locate their own apartment housing.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $28,815

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $2,500
  • Meals: $1,600
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $2,500
  • Visa & insurance: $310

Total: $8,610

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) through Indiana University, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the the BCSP program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to Indiana University to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your BCSP tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • Program Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, this credit will appear on your CAESAR account after IU has confirmed the payment.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Housing & Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from Indiana University that includes your BCSP tuition, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay Indiana directly for your study abroad tuition.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly.

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