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Detailed information about this program is shown below.
  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:

Advanced Italian Language
in Bologna, Italy


city square in Bologna

About the Program

The Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP), administered by Indiana University, offers qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a full Academic Year or Winter semester at the University of Bologna.

About Bologna

Bologna, an elegant city with a population of almost half a million, is the capital of the wealthy and progressive region of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy. Excellent transportation links make it an ideal base for travel. Venice and Milan are two hours away by train; Ravenna and Florence, just an hour.

Bologna is an ancient city settled by the Etruscans. Medieval towers and churches loom over the porticoed streets and terra-cotta buildings of the central section. Located within the old city is the University of Bologna, Europe's oldest institution of higher learning and Italy's top-ranked university. Founded at the end of the eleventh century, it developed initially as a law school but soon afterward established its ancient tradition of humanistic studies.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline


  • Junior or Senior standing by program start date
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Minimum 4 semesters college-level Italian or equivalent with a "B" average (with an Italian course the semester prior to participation)
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students choose a combination of Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) courses and University of Bologna courses (all students are required to take one BCSP Advanced Grammar course). 

Instruction is in Italian. 

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Academic Year 2018-19 / Winter 2019 Budget Sheet

Scholarships and Funding

U-M Romance Languages and Literatures Department - Scholarships for Study Abroad: open to RLL majors and minors. Students should apply directly to RLL according to their application deadlines.

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Other Sources of U-M Funding for Study Abroad

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • UM Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-UM Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)

Dates & Deadlines

Please note that the application deadline for Winter is September 1.

Please note that the application deadline for Academic Year is January 15. 


Students must find apartments with Italian roommates. BCSP requires that you live with Italians because this is the most effective way to learn the language and about the culture. See this link for more details.

Need to Know

2018-19 BCSP Academic Handbook
2018-19 BCSP Study Abroad Handbook
2018-19/Winter 2019 CGIS Handbook Supplement
Host Institution: Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) Website
Host Institution: University of Bologna Homepage 

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/01/2018
09/27/2018 01/07/2019 06/30/2019
Fall 2019 01/15/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 01/15/2019
03/15/2019 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.