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Padua Italian & European Studies

Padua, Italy

Padua, Italy

Program sponsor: Boston University

Canal At Prato Della Valle
Canal At Prato Della Valle

Open to students of all Italian language levels, the program combines a required Italian language course with a wide variety of English- and Italian- taught elective courses at the BU Padua Academic Center or the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD). Students interested in Italian-taught elective courses must have completed at least Italian 102-3 (or the equivalent) to be eligible.

A wide variety of course options are available, including: Art History, Business, Economics, Film, Geography, History, International Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

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Program Requirements


At least one semester of university study completed; good academic and judicial standing.


None; however, students are required to take one Italian language course or one course taught in Italian on the program.


  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.


The BU Padua course, SHA HF 323 The Italian Food Industry: Economics, Culture and Society, is not transferable to Northwestern because Northwestern does not have an undergraduate department of Hospitality Administration. Review the choosing courses to take abroad page for additional information.

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Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Students live in Italian households, where they eat breakfast every day and four evening meals a week with their hosts. Additionally, students are given a monthly stipend toward the cost of meals. All students are given a student ID that allows them access to University of Padua, including their cafeterias, where meals are available at a low cost.

Program Cost

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

Fall 2019: $37,889

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $27,360
  • Program fee: $4,299
    (includes room/board, group flight, insurance, and program activities)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $34,459

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Local transportation: $230
  • Books & supplies: $170
  • Personal expenses: $2,800
  • Visa: $230

Total: $3,430

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Boston University website for information about their available scholarships.
  • 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 affiliated BU programs, 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 a BU program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to BU 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 your BU program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • BU Deposit: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed the payment.
  • BU Travel Credit: If you will not participate in your program's group flight, the flight credit will be posted on your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed your independent travel. This may not happen until after the start of the BU term.
  • BU Scholarships: If you were awarded a scholarship from BU, the funds will not be sent to Northwestern. You should request to have the funds disbursed directly to you through your BU Student Link account. (This option may not be available until the start of your program.)
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, 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.

Other BU Charges

It is your responsibility to waive the Boston University domestic student health insurance plan, which will be billed to you directly by BU.

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from BU for your study abroad program. However, 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 to BU.

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