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Universita di Bologna EXC
Bologna, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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English, Italian
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Università di Bologna

: Bologna
Year established: 1088
Student population: 85,000
The Università di Bologna, known as Unibo, is the oldest university in the Western world and considered the Alma Mater of all universities. From its ancient beginnings it’s attracted scholars from all over Europe – including Petrarca, Boccaccio and Dante Alighieri – and is still influencing European education through the Bologna Declaration, which is building the sector. Today the university is an autonomous, non-denominational, pluralistic public institution that focuses on teaching and research.
Unibo is considered the most international and most popular Italian university. It has a substantial system of 62 libraries, 17 museums and hundreds of extra-curricular activities. It offers a wide ranges of sports and language services and has a strong focus on the needs of its students.
Unique characteristics
Today the University of Bologna has five campuses, in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini, and offers more than 200 degree programs, including 58 international programs and 22 delivered in English. It conducts wide ranging interdisciplinary research and is the most successful university in Italy in attracting research funding.

Bologna is an intriguing city that offers hi-tech elegance along with an edgier student life. Among the famous terracotta buildings you’ll find numerous pizzeria, fine dining establishments and cultural institutions. It’s famous for its food – it was here that ragù, or bolognese sauce, was born.

Italy Bologna

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at Unibo. When preparing your academic study plan, it is important to take note of the campus at which your chosen units are offered.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Visual Arts

Bio-tech & Sports Sciences


Political Science



Exclusions may apply. Courses in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry programs are not open to exchange students. 

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Depending on agreements between Faculties.

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Students are graded on a 30 point scale, with 18 as a pass mark.

More information on the host university's grading system.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.

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Language of instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Italian.
Language requirements
While there are units of study taught in English, language classes are available to exchange students wishing to improve their Italian.

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about Bologna.

Housing options are offered by Unibo on the following campuses: Bologna, Cesena, Forli, Ravenna and Rimini.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by Unibo. Download the exchange student's guide.

Semester/Term Dates
Semester dates vary depending on the faculty and the campus. Consult the various calendars on Unibo's website.
Following the registration procedure at the Incoming Exchange Student Desk an orientation event will be scheduled, further welcoming programs might be organised by the Faculties. 

Support Services 
The Exchange Students Desk provides support services to exchange students. There is also a Cross-Cultural Counselling Service, a Psychological Support Service and dedicated Services for disabled students and students with specific learning disabilities

Italy - Siena
Information from the host university.
Information from the Embassy of Italy in Australia.
Information from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Student Experiences

Meg McLellan
B.A. (Languages), Semester 1, 2015.

Italy Bologna
Host City Highlights
Spring and summer were incredible in terms of things to do - free open air concerts at places like Cavaticcio and i Bolognetti were open most nights. There was open air cinema in the main piazza and in spring there were lots of festivals and national holidays, which everyone celebrated out in the city alongside weekly street festivals.

Uni Life
Bologna is a city built for student life and there is a great social scene around the University, although it's not clubs/societies based. 
Food in Bologna is incredible and cheap - there are great osterias and aperitivo spots and obviously great restaurants. Bologna is most famous for the tagliatelle al ragù and tortellini.
Classes depended on whether you were doing 12 or 6 unit subjects. But for the duration of the courses it was usually 6 hours a week in 2 hour lecture blocks. The exams were almost always oral, so a lot of reading and rote learning is required. For example, I had one written exam for art history but no essays.
I did all my travelling at the end of exchange in the summer. I headed to Puglia, which was incredible and really affordable - southern Italy is amazing and they're starting to set up more hostels and transport options. The Erasmus organisations in Bologna are constantly organising cheap trips on the weekends if that interests you; Bologna is so well situated that travel is really easy and convenient.
There are mainly share houses/flats. I lived with four Italian students which I found through housing anywhere, a site which matches you up with a local student about to go on exchange so you just take their spot in the house. If you want to improve your Italian it is the best way to go. The highlight of my exchange was living in that house, forming the best friendships I had made there.
Money Matters
Bologna is not too expensive, compared to Sydney at least! Food and drink are a lot cheaper.
Getting Around
I barely used public transport as within the walls it's all within walking distance. A lot of students also cycle but make sure you get a bike lock and use it.
Top Tips
Choose your subjects wisely and make contact with the professors so they know who you are. Also try and live with Italians if at all possible!

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