Study Away

Programs in Italy

Staircase in Italy

Bowdoin awards up to 4 general credits per semester, 8 credits per year for courses taken during study away.  These credits count toward graduation.

The Italian Studies department awards, upon approval,

  • up to 1 credit toward the minor, or Romance Languages and Literatures major, for a semester of study away in Italy
  • up to 2 credits toward the minor, or Romance Languages and Literatures major, for a year-long program

Bowdoin's deadline for submitting a "Registration of Intent" form is October 30th. The "Comprehensive List" of Bowdoin-Approved programs, with links to each, is available via the Off-Campus Study Office, along with general information on study abroad.

An Entertaining View on Studying in Italy

(Intermediate Italian students, Spring 2013)

Approved Programs in Italy:

Boston University, Padua


Intensive language study, university courses, in historic city 20 miles W of Venice. Intermediate and Advanced programs. Italian university faculty. Individual study projects, homestays.

Brown in Bologna


Full immersion program at U. of Bologna (founded 1088, 90,000+ students). Brown office in Bologna. Student dorms. Limited space; full year preferred.

CET, History of Art in Siena


Affiliated with U. per Stranieri di Siena. Italian language, beginner to advanced; art history (recommended for majors). Italian roommates. Siena a quieter location than Florence.

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome


Roman art, archaeology, history; Greek & Roman literature; Italian language; Renaissance & baroque Italian art. Strong classical language skills required.

IES, Milan


Beginning/Intermediate and Advanced Italian programs. Area studies courses taught in English and Italian. Enrollment at Milan universities and music conservatory for qualified students. Housing in apartments with Italian roommates.

IES, Rome


Large program. University and visual arts courses for students with 1-2 years of language; electives in English. Housing in Italian homes or apts.

Middlebury in Ferrara


Courses at U. of Ferrara (founded 1391, enr. 12,000) in relatively tourist-free city. Suitable for advanced, independent student. 5 semesters Italian required. Language pledge. Full year preferred.

NYU, Florence


Italian language, area courses taught in English. Housing in program villa, apts, homestays. Recommended for Art History; other majors advised to steer clear of Florence because of number of American visitors.

Temple University, Rome


Recommended for Visual Arts; other courses include Art History, Art conservation. Italian language courses. Student apts.

Trinity College, Rome Campus


Courses include Italian language, Art History, Art Conservation, History, IR, Economics, Classics. Dormitory-style housing.

Vassar - Wellesley - Wesleyan, Bologna


Small program. Intensive pre-semester language/orientation session. Courses taught by Italian faculty; qualified students may enrol at U. degli Studi Bologna. Housing in apts. with Italian students. At least 2 semesters of college-level Italian required.