Participants in the Bologna program share an apartment in Bologna with a combination of BCSP students and Italian students. Most of the apartments are within walking distance of the University precinct, though some require a short commute by bus. Housing with a local family is available on a limited basis.
Bologna: University of Bologna
The University of Chicago Bologna program provides students in the College with an opportunity to live for nine months in the medieval/modern city of Bologna while studying at the venerable University of Bologna, arguably Europe’s oldest university. The program is operated by the Bologna Consortial Studies program (BCSP), comprised of eight universities: Chicago, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It begins in September with an orientation session built around an intensive language review. Once the academic year begins, students take a combination of University and program courses.
Credits and Registration
Participants in the Bologna program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They receive a full year’s credit for their work in Bologna. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript. Since the use of these credits in a specific degree program is variable, students should consult with their academic adviser and program chair to determine the exact distribution of credits.
Bologna program participants pay regular College tuition and a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition is paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Students pay living expenses, including housing, food, books, travel and incidentals while in Bologna. Precise figures for the Bologna program for the 2019-20 year are listed below:
Academic year tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office
Study abroad administrative fee: $675
|Out-of-pocket expenses include:|
|round-trip airfare to and from the program site|
|transportation on site|
|personal entertainment and travel|
|communications (most students bring or buy a cell phone)|
|health insurance and upfront payments for care|
|other miscellaneous expenses|
Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.
Eligibility and Application
The Bologna program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Students at one of the other BCSP universities should apply through their home institution.
The program is designed for undergraduates in good academic standing who are beyond their second year in the College. Because students attend regular University of Bologna lectures alongside Italian students, they are required to have at least two years of Italian language study or comparable competence as demonstrated by examination. Language study beyond the second-year (intermediate) level is highly desirable. Students are also expected to have a solid overall academic record, usually at least a B average.
Students wishing to apply to this program must meet with Elana Kranz as a requirement of the application process.
To discuss the Bologna: University of Bologna program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Elana Kranz.