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Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP)

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Sponsor: Indiana University

Location: Bologna, Italy


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


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • 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.


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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