Studying in Bologna, Italy

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Italy

Bologna at a glance

Bologna, the famous university city, with a long tradition of academic excellence, is one of the most desired study destinations in Europe. With so many nicknames, the learned one" (la dotta), reference to its university, "the fat one" (la grassa) reference to its cuisine, stated a UNESCO “city of music”, due to the numerous open-air concerts and music associations, Bologna has a rich and fascinating cultural legacy. Supposedly, here, Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa and you can see one of Michelangelo’s works of art (the sculpture of an angel on the arc in Basilica Santo Domenico). Home to the oldest university in the western world, in Bologna, you can study your favourite discipline and benefit of some of the best and innovative teaching styles. Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. The city is placed on the edge of the Po Plain, close to the Apennine Mountains.

Studying

Studying in Bologna

Higher educational institutions in Bologna provide a plethora of study degree programmes, taught in Italian and English as well. You can apply for a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD programme. Within universities, you can also join, postgraduate vocational courses, summer and winter schools, joint and dual degrees.

There are no specific language requirements for studying at the University of Bologna. However, before coming to Bologna you are strongly advised to have at least basic knowledge of Italian (level A2), in order to be able to study and make the most of the lessons.

If you wish to enrol in an Italian-taught programme, you won’t need any specific language requirements, except basic knowledge of Italian (level A2), and you will take a language test after the application process. Admitted international students can sign up for Italian language classes.

Pursuing your studies using English as a medium of instruction requires evidence of language proficiency, high scores of TOEFL or IELTS.

Get your undergraduate or postgraduate degree in: agriculture, arts, economics, business administration, engineering, languages, political science, law, medicine, computer science, astrophysics and more.

Distance degree courses are mostly dedicated to students who want to become experts in: executive MBA, innovation management, or marketing.

Career

Career opportunities in Bologna

Bologna has a rich and diverse economy, the main industries are: manufacturing (machinery, automobiles, footwear, textile, chemical products), engineering, as well as finance, insurance and retail.

Some of the major employers in Bologna include: Unipol, Ducati, Segafredo Zanetti, KPMG, Philip Morris, Alstom Transportation, Sysdata, Nike, Lionbridge.

Local companies offer several internships, available for international students as well. Most of them require an intermediate level of Italian language.

Life

Bologna city life

Having one of the largest historical centres in Italy, Bologna is a great spot for culture and arts, and you will continually marvel at the beautiful buildings, towers, churches and monuments, some of them preserved from the Middle Ages.

Main landmarks of Bologna include:

  • Piazza Maggiore – includes San Petronio Basilica and the City Hall
  • The Portico di San Luca – makes the connection between Porta Saragozza (one of the twelve gates of the ancient walls built in the Middle Ages) and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
  • Due Torri
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna
  • The University Museums (includes a number of small museums)
  • Fountain of Neptune

Whenever you feel the need to see a play, go to Teatro Comunale and if you want to relax, check out the lovely parks: Giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens), Parco Montagnola and others.

Whoever is passionate about cars or motorcycles, will surely want to visit the annual Motor Show Bologna and admire famous brands of Italy, at the Lamborghini Museum and the Ducati Museum.

Bologna is also famous for the tasty cuisine; try some of the local dishes, like tagliatelle with ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth, mortadella, and the original Bologna sausage.

From Bologna, you can visit so many beautiful cities in Italy: Firenze (Florence) is only around 30 minutes away by train and Rome, Milano, Venice and Genoa are all around one hour and a half – two hours away.

International atmosphere in Bologna

Due to its reputed university, Bologna counts thousands of international students, coming not only from all over Europe, but from U.S. and Asia as well.

Foreign-born residents include Romanians, Albanians and Asians (mostly Filipinos and Bangladeshi people).

You will also see branches of several multinational companies in Bologna.

Weather Bologna

In Bologna, winters are rather cold, and summers are hot and muggy. Snow and heavy snowfalls are common in the winter, with low temperatures of around -10 °C (14 °F). The average high temperatures during the summer range around 29 – 30 °C (85 – 87 °F). Most rainfalls occur in spring and autumn.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Bologna

The accommodation choices for Bologna:

1. Student residence halls – around 230 EUR/month for a single room.

2. Share an apartment – around 400 EUR/month for one bedroom.

3. Hostel – rates are between 24 – 30 EUR per night.

Living costs in Bologna

Living costs in Bologna are not high. Depending on your life style and expenses, you would need a budget between 550 – 745 EUR/month for: accommodation, food bills, social activities, public transportation.

Food from the supermarket would cost you around 150 EUR/month. The monthly bus ticket for students is around 27 EUR.

Universities in Bologna

The University of Bologna prides itself as the oldest academic establishment in the Western world, founded in 1088AD by its own students. In 1988 the rectors of 430 universities from all over the continent gathered in Bologna to sign the ‘Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum’, by which they marked the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna and formally acknowledged it as the alma mater of all universities.

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The SAIS Bologna Center is the European campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Located in Bologna, Italy, it offers master's programs in International Relations and International Economics.

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Bologna Business School is an international community made up of ideas, people, networks and projects. We are the Business School of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world. The home is Villa Guastavillani, a splendid 16th century residence located in the heart of Italy, in one of the most attractive and intriguing regions in Europe.

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