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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I learned a lot of Italian and took classes that were interesting. I cooked for myself a lot and it does feel more independent than a traditional American college experience. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
While I didn’t find the program overly challenging, it was most definitely immersive and hugely helpful in improving language skills. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Independence! I thought I was pretty independent going into the experience, but coming out of it I feel 10x as independent. I traveled all over Italy and Europe and made friends and took classes in a different language. It was by far my best choice in life so far to go abroad!! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learning to live on my own and in a new city/country, navigating a new culture, and meeting new people. It is definitely worthwhile to study abroad, and this program gives you both academic and social support. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned Italian, and Italian cooking. I feel like it was pretty bad for my mental health overall - Tufts University View Entire Review
I don't regret it because I explored different cultures and learned a whole new language, but I definitely think I could've had a better one. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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
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
I met some great kids, tried something new, and got to develop my language skills. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained so much more Italian knowledge than I ever expected to learn. I am really exceptionally bad at learning languages but being immersed in it really did help! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I made a lot of friends through the ECCO program that I will stay in touch with for a long time, as well as Italian friends that I am still in touch with. My ability to speak and write the language also improved immensely. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My time abroad was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about the culture I was in, about myself, and about the language. I gained new, wonderful relationships and an experience that is very different from what my life is like at Wellesley (which was nice). - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I made really great friends that I plan to stay in touch with. Also, I felt my language skill improved so much. It was a good break from my home institution as I was able to develop new learning skills and explore a new environment. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
- Bucknell University View Entire Review
I learned about a different type of lifestyle that was very nice, and in a different period, maybe it would be a society I would love to be in more. I learned a lot of Italian, gained more independence cooking for myself and living in apartment-style dorms. I saw beautiful places and learned interesting facts about the history. ... - 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
Past Review 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

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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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