How to Apply?

Tuition and fees

Unlike other programs, tuition for the E.C.Co. Program is virtually all-inclusive. Tuition for the academic year is decided the preceding February.

The E.C.Co. program fee covers the following expenses:

  • Student housing (furnished)
  • Daily food allowance of 20E/day
  • Assistance and supervision of all immigration requirements
  • Tuition for all courses (including the intensive language program in August/September (Fall Semester) and January/February (Spring Semester), academic courses at the E.C.Co. Center or at the University of Bologna)


  • Day-long (curricular and co-curricular)
  • 1 out-of-town trip (typically 2 nights) per semester, inclusive of travel

Cultural activities:

  • Varied activities (gatherings, dinners) in and around Bologna throughout the semester
  • Cooking classes
  • To encourage students’ exploration of cultural activities, E.C.Co. offers a partial reimbursement (up to 100 €/student/semester)
  • Extensive academic orientation and advising
  • Academic support for university courses and exams

The E.C.Co. program, in addition, organizes group travel from the United States to Bologna (and return) at cost. If students do not take the group flight, they do not pay for it. Students not taking the group flight communicate their travel plans to E.C.Co., so that arrival plans can be coordinated.

Typical costs to students not covered by the program fee:

  • Any travel students organize on their own
  • Textbooks for Unibo courses
  • An Italian SIM card/telephone number is required by the program in case of emergency (cost approximately 12 € per month).
  • Other incidentals: laundry, towels, some kitchen items

Application procedures

For further information, students from Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University should contact their respective study abroad offices.

Students from schools outside the E.C.Co. Consortium (Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University) should contact:

A.Y. 2023-24:


Professor Simona Bondavalli
Department of Italian
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Tel. (845) 437-5827
Kerry Stamp
Assistant Dean for Global Partnerships and International Programs
Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue – Box 730
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0730
Main Building, N-173
Tel. (845) 437-5260

A.Y. 2024-25:


Professor Sergio Parussa
Department of Italian Studies
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: (781) 283-2879
Jennifer Thomas-Starck
Office of International Study
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: (781) 283-3532

A.Y. 2025-26:


Professor Ellen Nerenberg
Department of Romance Languages
and Literarures
300 High Street, 306
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459
Tel: 860-685-3087
Emily Gorlewski
Office of Study Abroad
105 Fisk Hall
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459
Tel: (860) 685-2550