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Padua Italian & European Studies

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Sponsor: Boston University

Location: Padua, Italy


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.

Students also take part in the Tandem language partner programs offered through UNIPD.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Academic Information

  • 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 Choosing Courses to Take Abroad for additional information.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

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

Languages: Italian, English

Language Requirements: 

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


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.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $35,456

Billed by Northwestern: $32,031

  • Tuition: $25,490
  • Program fee: $3,841
    (room/board, group flight from New York, and other services)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,700

Estimated additional costs: $3,425

  • Local transportation: $230
  • Books & supplies: $170
  • Personal expenses: $2,800
  • Visa: $225

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