A semester- or year-long program open to juniors of all majors, but especially designed for students with an interest in perfecting their knowledge of Italian language, culture, and history. After a four-week intensive language and culture program, students enroll directly in the University of Bologna and take classes alongside Italian students. All instruction, field trips, and group activities are conducted in Italian. Special courses in Italian literature, language, art history, film studies, civilization, and contemporary politics are arranged by the Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP), Notre Dame’s local partner. Courses are taught by University of Bologna faculty members. The University of Bologna is Europe’s oldest institution of higher learning and Italy’s top-ranked university, known for its ancient tradition of humanistic studies. During the first week or two after arrival, program students live together in a pensione. With the assistance of the program’s resident staff, students then locate independent apartments in Bologna and usually live with Italian students. Bologna, an elegant city of almost 500,000, 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 within Italy and beyond.
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