Bologna La Rossa (The Red)

Bologna owes the name “la Rossa” to its famed red buildings and to the fact that it is the birthplace and the home of Italy’s political left. With streets like embroidered cloth threaded with arches of continuous colonnades, now a UNESCO world heritage site, the heart of Bologna is a giant cloister. Above and behind its porticoes, Bologna is a rose-red city of unique churches and undiscovered palaces. The E.C.Co. program’s aim is its students’ cultural and linguistic immersion in the Bolognese and Italian social environment. Continue reading Bologna La Rossa (The Red)

If art is your focus

Bologna has an extraordinary artistic and historical heritage. Aside from its treasure-filled churches, Bologna’s world-renowned Pinacoteca Nazionale is home to some of the greatest Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces in the country, including works by Raphael, Lavinia Fontana, the Carracci brothers, Guido Reni, Guercino, and many others. The E.C.Co. course Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni takes students out of the classroom and into the churches, palaces, and museums to investigate Bologna’s key role in the art world between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Continue reading If art is your focus

If interested in Science

Are You a STEM Student? UniBo Has the Perfect Course for You!

The University of Bologna has 39 world-class STEM departments and offers hundreds of courses each semester. Popular among E.C.Co. students are Molecular Physiology, and Cognitive Neuroscience. Working with your advisor back home, the E.C.Co. staff can help you find exciting courses appropriate for your major that may incorporate an experience in science labs, which will give you a glimpse into current research at the University of Bologna.

Unibo online courses for Health and Safety Training for Study and Research Areas

Students who intend to take STEM courses are recommended to complete modules 1 and 2 of the Unibo online courses for Health and Safety Training for Study and Research Areas before their arrival in Bologna. The modules are mandatory for attending laboratories that some STEM courses may have. The courses are available in English and can be completed in e-learning.

To access the courses, please visit this link.

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Italian for Academic Purposes

Ivan Tassi

The Course of Italian Language and Culture is the first step of your university experience in Italy. It is mandatory, starts the week after your arrival in Bologna and ends at the end of September/February. This course gives you the opportunity to get to know the city of Bologna through a total language and cultural immersion. The topics – the Middle Ages, Italian Opera and the Bologna Resistance – are introduced in their historical, artistic, and linguistic contexts both in class and during guided tours. The course also includes a review and practice of grammar structures. Continue reading Italian for Academic Purposes

The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Giacomo Mannironi

The course focuses on the theme of disobedience from the second half of the 18th century to the opening decades of the twentieth.  Observing how literature, science and the press approach acts of disobedience to societal norms allows to us to understand by way of contrast how the ideal rules of behaviour for men and women—”the good Italian”—in the pre-and post-unification periods were defined. The texts studied in the course illustrate the birth of an ideology that sets out to establish in Continue reading The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Modern Italian Art: 1860-2000

Giuseppe Virelli

The goal of the course is to trace a path through Italian artistic production, with a chronological span encompassing the second half of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century.  The focus on Italy will be presented in close relationship with European and extra-European experiences, as contemporary art is not confined to a single geographic location. Continue reading Modern Italian Art: 1860-2000

Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

Elisabetta Cunsolo

The rich artistic patrimony of Bologna is a powerful testament to the city’s great cultural importance over the centuries.Due to its favorable location, as well as to the presence of its ancient and distinguished university, Bologna has always been recognized for its great geo-political importance as a place from which many new ideas were diffused Continue reading Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

Mediterranean Ecosystems in Italy: Ecology, Vulnerability, and Protection

Barbara Mikac

Italy occupies a central position in the Mediterranean area and most of its territory is characterized by Mediterranean ecosystems. Mediterranean ecosystems are subject to strong anthropic pressures and are particularly sensitive to climate change which causes drought, fires, and sea level rise, resulting in losses of biodiversity and habitats, pollution and degradation of ecosystems and negative socioeconomic effects.  Continue reading Mediterranean Ecosystems in Italy: Ecology, Vulnerability, and Protection

The Cities of Emilia-Romagna on film

Piero Di Domenico

The course has two components:  a first part in which students view and discuss Italian films featuring cities in Emilia Romagna, including Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord” (Rimini), Florestano Vancini’s “La lunga notte del ’43” (Ferrara), Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Il deserto rosso” (Ravenna), Renato De Maria, “Paz” (Bologna), and Pupi Avati, “Gli amici del bar Margherita” (Bologna). Continue reading The Cities of Emilia-Romagna on film

From Page to Stage and Back Again

Paolo Rota

Students will explore the offerings in theaters in Bologna and possibly in other cities. This course helps prepare students for the performances of specific plays that are on in Bologna in the Spring semester. The course unfolds in three discrete steps that correspond to its title: (1) study and discussion in the classroom of the dramatic text (if one exists, for the performance; if not, a text in relation to the subject of the performance); (2) field trips to the theater; and (3) evaluation of the performance through classroom discussion and writing assignments. Continue reading From Page to Stage and Back Again

Writing Workshop

Ivan Tassi

Soon after the Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture, we will start the nine-week Writing Workshop,along with the E.C.Co and UniBo courses. This course is organized in two parts. In the first one, we read and discuss texts of various genres (stories, novels, essays) with particular attention to improve students’ oral skills. Continue reading Writing Workshop

Major in Computer Science?

Unibo online courses for Health and Safety Training for Study and Research Areas

Students who intend to take STEM courses are recommended to complete modules 1 and 2 of the Unibo online courses for Health and Safety Training for Study and Research Areas before their arrival in Bologna. The modules are mandatory for attending laboratories that some STEM courses may have. The courses are available in English and can be completed in e-learning.

To access the courses, please visit this link.

Did you know that…

When you think of Italy, your mind probably goes straight to art, literature, music, and the other liberal arts.But did you know that the University of Bologna has 39 world-class science departments, as well as science museums and specialized libraries? The Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Bologna is no exception. It consists of more than 60 professors, 44 PhD Students, 41 Permanent Research Fellows, 7 Temporary Research Fellows, and 18 Technical and Administrative Staff and promotes scientific research in all areas of Computer Science. Continue reading Major in Computer Science?

Interested in Human Rights and Gender Studies?

Students interested in human rights and social justice can count on both in-house and UniBo courses, as well as the opportunity to volunteer at one of many local and international organizations.E.C.Co. offers the course Cultural and Social Models in Contemporary Italy, which includes visits to the key sites of the city’s legacy of resistance and struggle for Continue reading Interested in Human Rights and Gender Studies?

Opportunities in International Relations

The University of Bologna is home to a prominent Department of Political Science and International Relations. With students coming from many countries around the world and its prestigious faculty, it is one of the best departments of its kind in Italy. Within SPBO (Scienze Politiche Bologna), E.C.Co. students can choose from a wide range of courses in Continue reading Opportunities in International Relations