Eastern College Consortium (ECCO): Bologna - Università di Bologna Study Abroad Program

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Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University offer a study abroad program at the Università di Bologna in Italy. The program is committed to high academic standards and to providing opportunities for students to develop their knowled... read more

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A student studying abroad with Eastern College Consortium (ECCO): Bologna - Università di Bologna Study Abroad Program
I became basically fluent in Italian because I would use it everyday with my roommates, business owners, my teachers, and my fellow American students. I also got to eat delicious food, meet some very wonderful people, learn to cook traditional Italian dishes with ECCO's cooking class opportunities, and travel to very beautiful l... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Eastern College Consortium (ECCO): Bologna - Università di Bologna Study Abroad Program
Definitely worthwhile. It was a great opportunity to learn and travel while also taking a break from college. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I feel as though my language comprehension improved dramatically during my time abroad. It was 100% worthwhile and I would do it all over again if I could. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about italian culture, got to see a lot of Italy, and really improved my language skills. I also made some really great friendships! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 20, 2017 Bologna Is The Bomb.Com
I learned that my Italian is actually pretty good! And that I can make friends in other languages. It was definitely worthwhile, and I wish I had gone for a full year. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I improved so much in my comprehension of Italian, and learned a lot about Italian culture. It was definitely worth it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 21, 2016 E.C.Co.S Of Bologna
I met some great kids, tried something new, and got to develop my language skills. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Not only did I dramatically improve my Italian language skills and thoroughly enjoyed all of my courses, I learned how to be more independent. It is a great feeling to have gained ownership of and become comfortable in a place that you had barely known three months previously. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 20, 2016 Interesting
Yes. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The main thing I learned is Italian. There is no better or faster way to learn a language than living in the country in which it is spoken and in the process I learned about a different culture. The tempo, people, and way of life is so different in Italy than from the U.S.. I really see myself living here in the future. The prog... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Can't really reduce this answer to a little box because I learned so much and grew in so many ways, so I'd definitely say it was worthwhile. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
Past Review Best Semester!
My semester abroad was probably the best thing I've done in college. It was an incredible experience, Bologna is amazing, Italy is amazing. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
The experience itself was a dream come true! I learned about myself and how I can further become a global citizen. It was worth every penny!!! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 11, 2019 Satisfied, Not The Best
I learned the language and culture. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of friends. I improved so much Italian language wise. I experienced so much and gained so many great memories. This program was EXTREMELY worthwhile! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Very worthwhile. I gained further language skills and exposure to more of the world than I'd seen before, as well as the experience of living and cooking alone. Plus, exposure to students from other colleges alone was remarkable - Wellesley can often feel like a bubble. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
#1 was language development but also confidence that comes from living further from home and navigating life in a new culture and new language. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of Italian and felt really immersed & at home in the city by May. Although there were downsides I was overall very happy with my experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 22, 2016 Humbling
I am not as worldly as I thought, people under stress become allies. Yes I think I was worthwhile, but better for me in the longterm than right now - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Eastern College Consortium (ECCO): Bologna - Università di Bologna Study Abroad Program
This program came at a personal cost but I would without a doubt participate again. I learned so much about the Italian culture and the people in this country that I could not have learned in any course. I also had the opportunity to explore different courses and learn material I would never have taken the time to learn in my bu... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Completely worthwhile. I came not believing I would really learn the language, and was scared of living and learning with Italian students. Those aspects of the program that scared me most ended up being he best part. I explored a culture, stuck through the uncomfortable part (out of necessity) and earned so much for it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned more about myself: what I like and dislike and what new things I want to try. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Vale La Pena
Worthwhile for sure. I learned how to cook, how to roll a joint, how to chill out, and how to travel. What more could you ask for? - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned many things about the Italian language and was able to befriend several locals. It was fantastic. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
My semester in Bologna was definitely worthwhile. I can now say that I llived with Italian students, studied Dante with native speakers, and traveled to more cities than I thought possible in such a short time while still getting to know Bo. I wouldn't want to have studied abroad anywhere else. - Vassar College View Entire Review

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Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University offer a study abroad program at the Università di Bologna in Italy. The program is committed to high academic standards and to providing opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture in one of the most venerable and prestigious academic environments in Europe.

Undergraduates wishing to study humanities and social sciences may enroll for the fall or spring semester or for the full academic year. Students who enroll for the full year or for the fall or spring semester and who have at least an intermediate knowledge of Italian will complete two regular university courses at the Università di Bologna, as well as take courses in language and Italian studies offered by the program. The program accepts no more than 35 students from consortium institutions and from other colleges and universities.

Features of the Program

• The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the equivalent of at least two semesters of college-level Italian for fall semester or full-year entry and at least three semesters of college-level Italian for spring semester only.

• An intensive language and orientation program (mandatory for students with less then four semesters and optional for those who have completed at least four semesters of Italian language) is offered in Lecce in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester in Bologna.

• A wide range of courses in all disciplines at the Università di Bologna is available for students with at least two full years of college-level Italian. The program arranges a broad selection of humanities and social science courses in Italian studies for its participants.

• An extensive program of cultural events and activities is designed to use local resources and thereby enhance students’ experiences in the community.

• Accommodations are in student housing arranged by the program.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
Language Requirement(s):
  • Italian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • International Relations
  • Sociology
  • History
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