ECCO Bologna

Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University offer a study abroad program at the University of Bologna in Italy.

The program is committed to the highest academic standards and to providing opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture in one of the oldest and most prestigious academic environments in Europe.

Undergraduates wishing to study humanities, social sciences and sciences may enroll for the fall or spring semesters or for the full academic year. Students who have at least an intermediate knowledge of Italian will be able to complete regular university courses at the University of Bologna, as well as courses in Italian language and culture offered by the program. The program accepts no more than 35 students per semester from the three consortial institutions and from other colleges and universities in the US.

Summer Session in Lecce

The first segment of the E.C.Co. experience for the Fall and year-long students consists of a full-immersion language and culture program offered in Lecce during the month of August. The Lecce session is mandatory for students with fewer than four semester of Italian, and optional (but highly recommended) for those with four semesters or more.

At a Glance

Location: Bologna, Italy
Program Type: Wellesley-sponsored
Terms: Fall, Spring, or Year
Language of Instruction: Italian
Pre-Requisites: 4 semesters Italian
Housing: Dormitory with Italian or International roommates
Full Load: 4 courses per semester
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Cinema, Classics, Cognitive Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, History, International Relations, Italian, Math, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Music, Peace & Justice, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Women & Gender Studies
Cost:  Wellesley Comp Fee + $1,300 for Lecce August Session (Fall 2013)
URL: http://www.eccoprogram.it/
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Notes for Italian Majors: Courses students should take before studying abroad include four semesters of Italian Language (either elementary 101, 102 and Intermediate 201, 202 or Intensive 103, 203). Normally, students must take ITAS 101, 102, 201, 202, 103 and 203 on campus. The types of coursework students are encouraged to do abroad are 200 and 300-level courses in Italian and courses taught at the University of Bologna. Normally students take up to 4 courses per semester. ECCO is now the only approved program for ITAS majors.

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