Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Italy at the oldest university in Europe whose alumni include Dante, Thomas Becket, Copernicus, and Pasolini. Through UCEAP, you can be a part of this legacy and take regular university courses at the University of Bologna in a wide range of fields. The University is located in the heart of Bologna’s beautifully preserved historical center. Savor the daily pleasures of buying fresh mozzarella or tortellini in the city’s famous food markets, strolling through some 20 miles of elegant porticos, or mingling with other students in the Piazza Maggiore.
Bologna is a very student-friendly city. Check out this video for a glimpse of the cultural riches and eating and shopping pleasures that are available -- 36 hours in Bologna
. The city is centrally-located and well-connected by air and rail so all of Italy and the rest of Europe is at your fingertips!
For a peek into the life of UCEAP students in Bologna, check out these videos - Living in Bologna
, Student Life in Bologna
, and UCEAP Bologna
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught in Italian. While most applicants have only two years of university-level Italian before departure, on-site language study plus immersion in daily life in Italy accelerates your language acquisition and makes taking courses taught in Italian both feasible and rewarding.
Your program begins with a mandatory four-week Italian intensive language program (ILP) to help develop your writing, grammar, and conversation skills, and prepare you for taking Italian university courses. Additional Italian language study may be required during the year.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to late December
Pre-ILP + Fall
mid-June to late December
early January to late July
late August to late July
Pre-ILP + Year
mid-June to late July of the following year
Most students share an apartment with Italians, international students, or other UC students. You will receive help and advice on where and how to look for housing and tips on available rentals from our staff at the UC Study Center in Bologna as well as the University of Bologna housing office. Watch this video
to hear UC students describe their housing and living in Bologna.
The University of Bologna offers many student services to help international and domestic students alike get involved and assimilated into the University. Many course-specific and recreational clubs are available for anyone to join, and the University Sports Center (CUSB) offers courses, tournaments, teams, and activities for athletes going abroad. Clubs at the University of Bologna sponsor film series throughout the academic year. There are also lecture series on art, contemporary literature, music, and politics; organized trips; and special events.
The UC Study Center arranges activities and excursions during your program and alerts students about local cultural events in Bologna.
ESN (Erasmus Student Network) is a cultural activity group for foreign students in Italy run by Italian students who have studied abroad. ESN operates in Bologna and as UCEAP students you can take advantage of a variety of cultural activities, including weekly events in your host city and affordable weekend trips. The ESN card costs approximately €10.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Bologna help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues. Watch this video
to meet the Bologna Study Center staff.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Watch this video
to hear UC students talk about their studies at UNIBO.
Our local staff in Bologna will help you choose your classes and the Study Center keeps course evaluations and professor recommendations from past students on hand for your reference.
The semester begins with an intensive language program (ILP) that will advance your Italian language skills and prepare you for the academic culture of Italian universities.
Courses in Italian
If you plan on taking courses taught in Italian at the University of Bologna, you must complete two years of university-level Italian prior to departure.
The University of Bologna offers regular university courses in most UC academic majors and instruction is in Italian. In particular, the University of Bologna has excellent opportunities for students in art history, communication, Italian, global studies, film studies, history, literature, philosophy, and political science.
Art students on the spring semester or year program at the University of Bologna may take a limited number of courses at the Academy of Fine Arts. Courses offered at the Academy include digital photography, engraving, drawing, decorative design, computer graphics, fashion design, sculpture, installation art, and mosaics. You must already have a strong background in art to be accepted into courses at the Academy. Advanced level students may qualify for specific courses in the Biennio specialistico program.
Courses in English
If you have not completed two years of university-level Italian, you can take courses taught in English at the University of Bologna. Please note the choice of courses taught in English is more limited than the choice of courses taught in Italian.
Courses are available in literature, international relations, history, Italian studies, digital humanities, economics, business, statistics, and selected areas in engineering and science. Most courses taught in English are at the advanced level so you should have a strong academic background in the fields you wish to study in Bologna.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
- ILP: 6 quarter/4 semester UC units required; one course
- Term: 22 quarter/14.7 semester UC units required; four-five courses
- Fall Semester Only: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units required; four courses
Research and Independent Study
Independent study projects for academic credit are available on this program and typically take place in the form of a research paper supervised by a University of Bologna faculty member in a field related to their area of expertise. If you are interested in developing an independent research project, you should approach your professors to see if they are able to serve as your supervisor and you can develop your research plan together. The staff and the UC Visiting Professor at the Bologna study center are available to assist you with the process.
You may also participate in community service in Bologna. You will receive information at your onsite orientation about the many local organizations where you can engage in service opportunities.
Internships are also available to students. Please see the internship tab for more information.
University of Bologna
The University of Bologna is organized around its Scuola, which include: Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; Economics, Management, and Statistics; Pharmacy, Biotechnology, and Sport Sciences; Law; Engineering and Architecture; Humanities and Cultural Heritage; Languages and Literature (including Italian Studies and Linguistics); Medicine; Psychology and Education; Science, and Political Science. You can study dramatic arts and music (through the Dipartimento di Musica e Spettacolo—MUSPE).
Bologna is a medieval city and as such is peppered with remnants of the medieval era including an ancient wall surrounding the city with various porte allowing entrance to the city; ancient portici that cover the walkways throughout the city; old cobblestone roads; numerous churches of various historical significance; and most importantly, some of the best gelato Italy has to offer. You will find some professors utilize the unique city to teach their courses. The University of Bologna enrolls around 65,000 students at the Bologna campus alone, making it a lively, vibrant, and exciting city in which to study and live. UNIBO offers many opportunities for students to get involved in events, make friends, and join clubs.
Academy of Fine Arts
The Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna is a public academy for studies in the visual arts. With the academic reform of the educational system in Italy, the degree programs at Fine Arts Academies have been divided into undergraduate programs (Triennio) and postgraduate programs (Biennio specialistico). The Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna offers both programs. The Accademia is famous for producing and employing some of the most famous Bolognesi artists such as Vittorio Bigari, Felice Torelli, Giacomo Rossi, Giorgio Morandi, Virgilio Guidi, and Ercole Drei.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Teach English at local elementary, middle, and high schools
- Marketing and Publicity for Human Rights Film Festival
- Communications experience with a design management company
- Business Administration experience with a clothing company
- Translation and editing experience with philanthropic organizations, publishing companies, or tourism companies
- Experience in the health field at the University hospital or local hospitals
- Broadcasting experience with Italian radio station
- Apprenticeships with local artists
- More Opportunities
This is not an exhaustive list of internships, we encourage you to explore other opportunities that match your interests and skills.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
- Bologna Study Center staff is available to help set up your internship.
"With my internship I have worked on providing links between Italian and South African businesses that desire to import or export products. In doing this I have learned more about market strategy, supply and demand, business communication and have been able to use my ability to speak both Italian and English. I truly feel that, although it can sometimes be challenging to work in an Italian business environment when Italian is not my first language, this experience has been very rewarding. In particular I have learned that I am able do a lot of things that I did not think I would be able to do and I think that this is one of the most important lessons that you learn through a study abroad experience."
Sarah Pinner, UC Berkeley, Internship at a Trade Consulting Business
Watch this video to hear UC students talk about their internship experiences in Bologna.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Pre-Departure expenses (passport, student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Intensive language program
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses (laundry, cell phone, etc.)
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
All fall semester students who do the summer Pre-ILP in Florence will receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year!
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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