• Junior, Senior
• 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA in Italian language courses
• Fourth semester college-level Italian required for the fall/year program, fifth semester required for the spring program. Higher proficiency than the minimum requirement in Italian is strongly encouraged for all applicants.
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students. Wisconsin residents attending other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible to apply.


Humanities, social sciences, and Italian language.

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Academic year: Late August - Late June
Fall: Late August - Late December (you'll need to make arrangements with the resident director to take your Unibo exams early as exams go into January)
Spring semester: January - Late June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  9/5/2014
Fall 2015-16  1/30/2015
Year 2015-16  1/30/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Italy, Bologna
Bologna Consortial Studies Program

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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) is an exchange program between the University of Bologna and a consortium of U.S. universities which includes UW-Madison. 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 wealthy and progressive region of Emilia-Romagna 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.

Interested in learning more?  Contact Rachel, an IAP Peer Advisor who participated on the program.