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Location: Bologna, Italy, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: Italian

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: September - late June
Spring Semester: February - late June

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Students must have a high/native proficiency to participate on this program. Even if courses are offered in English, a student must have a strong command of the Italian language to navigate the academic registration and other processes. 

Subjects Available: 

  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs in nearly all fields

The University:  The University of Bologna was probably the first University in the western world. The University of Bollogna has thus been called upon to forge relationships with institutions in the most advanced countries to modernize and expand its activity. Among the many challenges which it has met with success, Bologna committed itself to the European dimension which has now led to adoption of the new university system.

Academics:  Each academic year, the University of Bologna holds Italian language courses for international students. Courses are free and are held twice a year, in the first semester and in the second semester. Each student can take only one course.

Housing: SAIS is the Student Accommodation and Information Service (former “Centro Erasmus”) which is a joint collaboration project between the “Fondazione CEUR” (European Centre for University and Research) and the Alma Mater University of Bologna. This is a private housing agency.

Activities and Programs: 

Location:  Bologna is a historic city, having been settled since 1000 BC. The city is famous for it's porticos - or covered walkways. Bologna truly has a unique heritage.

International Office Website: http://www.eng.unibo.it/PortaleEn/Students/International+Students/OppInterStud/exchange/default.htm

Course Offerings: http://www.eng.unibo.it/PortaleEn/Academic+programmes/default.htm

Housing: http://www.sais.ceur.it/en-us/sais.aspx?idC=61642&LN=en-US

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $40.00
Accommodations $2100.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $2200.00
Airfare $1500.00
Local Transportation $325.00
Other $350.00
TOTAL $10479.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes Italian insurance