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

The next application deadline is Mar 1, 2018
See other program dates


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 course at the beginning of their program, at least two courses at the University along side Italian students, as well as a variety of Italian cultural studies courses designed for the BCSP program. Students live in independent housing with Italian students.


During the pre-session in September or January, students take a four week pre-session language course. The course is designed to improve students' command of Italian and facilitate their adjustment to life in Bologna and at the university. Students earn 3 semester hours of credit for the pre-session.

During each semester of the academic year, which begins in October and extends through June, Columbia students enroll in two 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 by the OGP 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.

Deadline: March 15th for fall and academic year; October 1st for spring term.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
5 semester of language, or equivalent (Advanced)
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 1, 2017
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018