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UniversitÓ di Bologna

University of Bologna, Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
3.97 / 5 based on 348 reviews.
The University of Bologna is about to celebrate its Ninth Centenary. The Studium at Bologna is thus the oldest in the western world.

The whole history of European universities has been profoundly influenced throughout the centuries by the University of Bologna. Evidence of this may be seen in the fact that many of the most important universities in Europe were established as a result of internal strife within the University of Bologna, or under the auspices of scholars from this University. Read more

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Bologna is well located, very close to the good places to go in Italy, one hour from Florence, 2 from Milan and Venice..and you can get discounts with what they call the " train green card". Read Review
renemas, France

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by Vanja, Univerzitet u Beogradu, Belgrade, Serbia
European Studies, Master in Governance and Politic of European Integration
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? It gives opportunity to seing "real" life in a foreign country, not only students life. To precise, living in apartment obliged you to think about usual daily things, like shoping, cooking, cleaning etc., not only about studies and exames
Personal comments:
I was schoolarship holder of Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, so the campus was covered by this. It was nice typical students rooms for two people quite close to the center of the town.
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by Fiona, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
It depends on whether you fancy ERASMUS student nights or the all hallowed "Locals" nights. Personally after the first three months I lost my will to be a stranger among the locals and I opted for the safe haven of the other Northern European students. "jam" is where the crowd head to on a Saturday night. The Golem cafe is good for unwinding the morning after and for cosy little meetings on cold winter evenings. The Giardini Margherita has a nice little cafe and is where everyone heads to "fare la passegiata" on a Sunday. I personally enjoy the walk up to the monastery of San Luca and then having a beer in the restaurant at the top (I would only advise this for the most active of you-there's a challenge!!). There is "Soleluna" the cheesy (fake) beach disco bar and if you fancy a real cheesy disco bar head down to Rimini (apparently the new Ibiza-I never saw much evidence of this???). Also make the most of the fact that Bologna is the central rail terminal and go anywhere you feel like!!!
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by fortes, UniversitÚ Sorbonne Nouvelle: Paris III, Paris, France
Political sciences, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
try to think of the courses to choose before you leave your place, and also try to get early in touch with the teachers..tell them you're part of a foreign exchange that they'll help you to get familiar with the way the exams go

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
nothing to add, maybe that written exams should have more importance than they did by the time I was there.

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by Fiona, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
The language course offered by the ERASMUS programme left a lot to be desired academically but was a good opportunity to meet the other foreign students out there. In my first term I lived entirely with Italians and it was eventually a very alienating experience. You have to remember that no matter how fantastic your language skills are you just don't have the cultural background to be able to blend in completely- think about how many conversations you have at uni about your common experiences (ie. South Park, Bag Puss) and imagine a group of people taliking about the same sort of things but you just don't get it and that is basically the key to the reason why one can never really go native!!
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by Fiona, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Language, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
This is Italy baby!!! You have to shop!!! and the opportunity to travel is just too tempting...and it doesn't always come cheaply. But food is cheap and good and wine and booze in general is sooo cheap it could become easy to be an alcoholic...
Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Food, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Flights!! Although you can claim them back from your LEA, you do have to make the initial payment yourself first and the LEA's are not very prompt about recrediting your account. Also beware at the end of the year of excess baggage charges - they can escalate... Last Tip: Go to IKEA - it is in Casalecchio and a free bus runs from Piazza dei Martiri (I think that's the name) but do go it's great for cheap house stuff and Euromercato is just next door with lots of cheap food.
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by Mimi, Link÷pings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden
Communication and Information Sciences, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
That I would have had more knowledge about the local language in order to advance my studies and to get even closer to the local people.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
To increase the role of the tutor that was handed out to each foreign students. A bit of more support with the choice of courses is preferable.


I strongly recommend everyone to study in Bologna! Once you go there are a few things that never can be forgotten; - Enjoy the food, the region of Emilia Romagna is famous for their food culture. - Travel, Bologna i situated central in the northern part of Italy and by train you get the best oppertunity to discover large parts of the country for a small expense. - Housing, the association Bussola, located at via Zamboni provides good support in the search of an appartment.
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