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Università di Bologna

Università di Bologna
Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest established university in the world.
Bologna, Italy
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Business Administration
Computer Science
Political Science
Social Work
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
  • Take undergraduate courses in either English or Italian.
  • Intern abroad while attending the university in Bologna. 
  • Classes offered in English in 7 different departments. 
Program Summary: 

Students have the opportunity to take classes in either English or Italian at this word renowned university in Bologna, Italy. The Università di Bologna offers a wide variety of course options over 11 different schools and 33 different departments. Four undergraduate departments are instructed in English, and options increase with the graduate level. 

The Università di Bologna is the oldest established university in the world. This university is an alma mater to some of the world's most notable people, such as Nicolaus Copernicus.


The Università di Bologna is situated in the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region located in northern Italy. Bologna is ranked seventh in Italian cities based on population size with its metropolitan area holding over one million people. This Italian city is one of the most important cultural centers in the world, rich with unique architectural and artistic history. In addition, Bologna has some of the most distinguished economic and political institutions while also housing prestigious trade fair districts. 

Located in northern Italy, Bologna is at the foot of the Apennine Mountains where the Reno and Savena rivers meet. Because of its location, Bologna has a relatively humid subtropical climate due to its location near the sea. Winters are cold, and summers are hot. 

Academic Information: 

All departments at the University of Bologna are offered to exchange students. There are some restrictions in the Medicine department. Classes are either taught in English or Italian. 

Here is a list of majors that instruct in English on the bachelor's level:

  • Business and Economics
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Tourism
  • Statistical Sciences

There are quite a few disciplines at the university that teach graduate courses in English, and graduate areas are open to exchange programs. In addition, it is possible in certain situations for undergraduate students to take graduate level courses.

For more information, visit the websites below.

General University Website
International Office Website
Courses Taught in English


The housing application for this university is done through a separate application which can be completed at http://www.sais.ceur.it/

If accepted through the housing application, students can live in single or double rooms in the residence halls provided. Students may also use private accommodations. 


Students applying to this program must have a 2.5 GPA in order to be eligible for placement. In addition, students must have completed at least one semester at KU before the start date of the program.

Further Reading: 

For more information about costs and deadlines, please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at jmhunter@ku.edu or visit the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising. 


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