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Bologna Consortial Studies
In addition to UNC-Chapel Hill students, students who have North Carolina residency, and do not attend another BCSP consortium school, can apply through the UNC-Chapel Hill program.
The Università di Bologna is the oldest institution of higher learning in Europe: in 1988 the university celebrated its 900th anniversary. Through UNC-CH's study abroad program, students from any of the UNC system schools can experience Italian culture and academics at this renowned university. Study abroad students are officially part of the Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP), operated jointly by a number of U.S. universities. BCSP offers additional classes specially for BCSP students (see link below). The program begins with a four-week intensive language & culture course prior to the beginning of the regular academic year. This pre-session is designed to improve students' command of Italian and facilitate their adjustment to life in Bologna and the university. During the semester, students also have the assistance of the program's resident director and housing coordinator.
Bologna is an exciting town to explore, with its numerous cafes, discos, and cultural offerings. Exploring beyond Bologna is easy, since Bologna is a major railroad hub. The university is located in downtown Bologna, right in the heart of the old city. Like most traditional European city universities, it has a fairly compact campus, based around several beautiful and historic buildings. As one of Italy's most respected universities, it has all the faculties students need to have a successful and rewarding academic year.
The language prerequisite is 3-4 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
Courses are offered in the faculties of Scienze della Formazione, Lettere e Filosofia; Lingue e Letterature Straniere; Economia e Commercio; and Scienze Politiche. While Italian students are limited to choosing classes from one faculty, study abroad students may choose courses from any two faculties. In these courses, students are integrated into the university, attending class alongside Italian degree-seeking students. Students who attend for only one semester take three BCSP courses and two university courses. Students may now select to take one of their courses at the University of Bologna taught in English. Year long students will normally take two to three BCSP courses during the first semester along with two university courses and then may take one BCSP course in addition to three regular university courses during the second semester. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own education. The academic year runs from November to June; university courses run for either one semester or a full academic year. Grades are determined by an oral examination in December for the Fall semester and in June for spring and year long students.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
The program starts with a few days of orientation during which time students are living in a hotel. Prior to arriving to Italy, the BCSP Bologna office will work with students to arrange for housing when at all possible. In many cases, this can be done before arrival. However, students who still prefer to research and find their own housing are encouraged to do so. Much information is given the students and, although it can be a bit stressful, all students eventually find housing in apartments in Bologna. All students are required to have at least one Italian roommate.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
This program has rolling admissions, which means that the Study Abroad Office will make a decision on an application for this program as soon as possible after it is complete. We encourage students to complete their applications early. NOTE: Transcripts must contain the final grades for the semester prior to the application deadline.
Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
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For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access