• Junior, Senior
• 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Fourth semester college-level Italian. Higher proficiency than the minimum requirement in Italian is strongly encouraged for all applicants.
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Italian language courses
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students and Wisconsin residents seeking a degree at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Humanities, social sciences, and Italian language.

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Academic Year: Late August - Late June
Fall: Late August - Late December*
Spring: Mid-January - Late June

*Fall students will need to make arrangements with the Resident Director to take Unibo exams early as exams go into January.

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2018-19  9/7/2018
Fall 2019-20  1/18/2019
Year 2019-20  1/18/2019

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Italy, Bologna
UW in Bologna

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Discover Bologna, a classically distinct, medieval Italian city, where your academic and social life meet opportunity and variety. Walk in the footsteps of world greats and study at Europe's oldest university, the University of Bologna. Founded in the late 11th century, it is also Italy's top-ranked university. You know those guys - Dante, Petrarch, Copernicus? Yeah, they studied here. The Italian and international student population at the university turns Bologna into a vibrant city, like a college town with deep historical flair. 

The Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP), of which UW-Madison is a member, is a program for the University of Bologna and a consortium of U.S. universities. Fully immerse yourself in the Italian culture, improve your language skills, and spend your academic year or semester engaged in courses with Italian students at the University, and other BCSP participants in consortium classes. If you are at an advanced level of Italian language skill, and want a true Italian university experience where you can choose from a variety of courses and subjects, this program is ideal.

Bologna, an elegant city with a population of almost half a million, is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Excellent transportation links make it an ideal base for travel. Venice and Milan are two hours away by train; Ravenna and Florence, just an hour. An ancient city settled by the Etruscans, Bologna maintains its character and charm where medieval towers and churches loom over the porticoed streets and terra-cotta buildings of the central section. The program's BCSP office is located near the Piazza Maggiore in the center of the city.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Gain competence with the Italian language; knowledge of Italian history, culture, literature and the arts
  • Take advantage of the course offerings at the University of Bologna
  • Integrate into the academic and social environment of the University of Bologna
  • Develop a literacy in day-to-day life in Bologna
  • Experience intentional immersion in a supportive environment
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture