Allyson Chavez CC'17

Piaza in Bologna, Italy

Brown in Bologna

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

Continue your Italian language learning in Bologna for a semester or academic year

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


Study at the University of Bologna in a supported direct-enrollment program sponsored by Brown University. You have the option to study during the fall, spring, and academic year while living in an apartment near the university.


Spend time studying at the University of Bologna, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Europe. Among its alumni are Thomas Aquinas and Italy's most famous writers, Dante, Petrarch and Torquato Tasso. Part of the national system of higher education, the University is a large public institution with over 90,000 students. The University buildings and the student life are an important part of the city.

Before you start the semester, you attend a "proseminar" which is an intensive one-month Italian language and culture course. During the semester, you take three courses directly at the University of Bologna with local Italian students. You have access to most courses at the University of Bologna which include topics such as: art, history, film, music, philosophy, psychology, political science and sociology. Please note that the spring semester extends into June.

Program Features

You live in an apartment with your own room throughout the duration of the semester; however, fellow students and local students share the common space with you. All apartments are fully furnished and are located in beautiful and conveniently situated areas of town.


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 simultaneously:

  • 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.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
3 semesters of language, or equivalent
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