Allyson Chavez CC'17

Overlooking buildings in Bologna, Italy

Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP)

Language of Instruction: Italian
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Study Italian intensively while in Bologna for a semester or academic year

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Indiana University's Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) at the University of Bologna is a supported direct enrollment program offered during the fall, spring or full academic year to students with at least 4 semesters of Italian. Students take an intensive Italian language and culture course at the beginning of their program, as well as a blend of coursework at the local university along side Italian students. Students live in independent housing with Italian students.


During the pre-session in September or January, students take a four week pre-session language and culture course. The course is designed to improve students' command of Italian and facilitate their adjustment to life in Bologna and at the university.

During each semester of the academic year, which begins in October and extends through June, Columbia students enroll in a number of regular University of Bologna courses with Italian students each semester. Students may also take special courses in Italian literature, language, art history, film studies, civilization, and contemporary politics that are arranged by the BCSP for program students. Students take all of their courses in Italian and the courses are all taught by University of Bologna faculty.

Program Features

During the first week or two after arrival, program students live together in a hotel. With the assistance of the program, students then locate apartments in Bologna and are required to live with Italian housemates.

During the year BCSP will arrange excursions to cities of interest such as Ravenna, Urbino, Padova, Lake Garda, and a two-day trip to Tuscany. These trips usually include orientation by a guide and a group meal at a restaurant typical of the area.

Language exchanges are available through the BCSP Program Coordinator.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • Clearance applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis or reviewed soon after the application deadline. If eligible, you will be nominated as an exchange student. If nominated, the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships will provide further information about next steps in the nomination process. You will be required to submit additional materials to be formally admitted to the university.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021