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Brown in Italy

At a Glance
City: Bologna
Partner: Università di Bologna
Housing: Brown apartments
Language Requirement: Intermediate; ITAL 0300/Third-semester college-level Italian 
Calendar: Semester or Year
Accepts Non-Brown Students: Yes

Overview

The ancient city of Bologna is one of Europe’s great centers of learning and a superbly preserved jewel of medieval charm. Our program is based at the Brown in Italy office in Bologna, near our partner institution, the University of Bologna (UniBo), the oldest in Europe, with a proud history of dynamic, well-respected scholars like Dante, Petrarch, Erasmus, and Copernicus.  

Orientation

A mandatory credit-bearing pro-seminar is offered at the beginning of the semester, focusing on Italian language, history, and culture. During the first month of the program, students also participate in on-site orientation activities, during which they learn about the city of Bologna and the Italian university system and meet with on-site staff to discuss course selection.  

Academics

All students are required to take the Intensive Language and Culture proseminar. Download the course syllabus.

In addition, students enroll in the equivalent of three 60-hour courses at the University of Bologna. Students have access to the full range of academic offerings at the University. Spring students may also take one studio and visual arts course at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts), if they can provide a portfolio of their previous work.  

Please refer to this sample list of University of Bologna courses that students  on the Brown in Italy program have taken in the past. University of Bologna course offerings are not finalized until the start of the semester, so syllabi are not available in advance. Because this is a direct enrollment program, students need to be flexible with their course selections.   

Program Dates

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.  Please refer to the program calendar for more specific information about program dates. 

Academic Year: early September - early June
Fall Semester: early September to third week of December
Spring Semester: Early January - early June

Housing

Students live in Brown-rented apartments, with peers from the program and with Italian students. Students are assigned their own rooms in a shared, fully furnished, apartment through a housing lottery. All apartments are located in beautiful and convenient areas of town.

Students cook for themselves or eat out at the numerous local restaurants. Bologna is famed for its cuisine, so many wonderful opportunities exist to explore this aspect of Italian and Bolognese culture.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Brown in Italy program is open to Brown and visiting undergraduate students.  

Students must be in good academic standing and have completed Intermediate Italian/ITAL 0300 (third-semester college-level Italian language), or the equivalent, before beginning studies in Bologna.

Application Instructions

Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page.  Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.

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