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Dickinson in Italy: Italian Studies
Bologna, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English, Italian Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Apartment, Family Stay Academic Area of Study: Art & Art History, Economics, International Business and Management, International Studies, Internships, Italian, Law and Policy, Policy Studies, Political Science, Security Studies
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Italian 201 or higher
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Overview


Bologna, Italy

The city of Bologna, located in northern Italy, has its own distinct medieval beauty. Centered at the crossroads of Italy, this city of approximately half-a-million people is home to one of the oldest universities in the world. It is just a train ride away from the Renaissance art of Florence, the fashionable streets of Milan, the ancient mystique of Rome, and the unique charm of Venice. Bologna, designated an official European "city of culture" in 2000, is also a major center for trade fairs, where businesses and industries showcase everything from the latest developments in technology to the newest cars, perfumes and books. Famously known in Italy and around the world for the quality of its cuisine, Bologna stands out as a laboratory for food studies in a country that continuously raises the bar for culinary experiences.

Find more details below and in the Dickinson in Italy HANDBOOK.

For useful information for living in Bologna and testimonials of students’ past experiences, visit the Dickinson Italian Studies Program in Bologna website.

The K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies and the University of Bologna

The Bologna Program was first offered in 1965 and is Dickinson's oldest education abroad program. That year eight seniors and eight juniors sailed to Italy on the S.S. Castel Felice. The program now has more than 1,000 alumni. The University of Bologna has been in operation for more than 900 years and has a student population exceeding 80,000 students (among whom are many famous alumni such as Petrarch, Copernicus, Guglielmo Marconi, and Pier Paolo Pasolini).

Named in honor of its first Director, the K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies in Bologna is the academic home for Dickinson in Italy. Beginning in Fall 2018, two programs of study will be offered: Italian Studies and European Studies. Courses at the center will be taught by Italian faculty and by the Center's two Resident Directors: a permanent Resident Director of Italian Studies and a rotating member of the Dickinson faculty who serves as Resident Director of European Studies. Students in the Italian Studies program will take courses at the Bologna Center and at the University of Bologna that count toward the Italian Studies major or Italian minor. The European Studies curriculum focuses on Europe and includes courses in international relations, history, economics, political science, fine arts, Italian studies, and international business and management. Students in the Italian Studies program are allowed to take courses in the European Studies program and vice versa. Independent study that focuses on a specific research topic is an option as well.

Eligibility

The expectations to apply for the Italian Studies program are as follows:
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Italian 201 or higher
  • A demonstrated academic interest in the core areas of the program.
  • All students must have a declared major at the time of application.

As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student meets the expected GPA requirements, he or she may not be admitted.
Interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the faculty coordinator and/or CGSE in order to access a candidate’s eligibility for this program. Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.

Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation.


Academics


With Bologna as their classroom, the goal of the Italian Studies program is to support language and cultural immersion. Students on this program will explore Italian culture and practice their language through coursework at the University of Bologna and the Dickinson Center, language exchanges, involvement in the local community and civic engagement projects all through the lens of pressing social issues such as immigration, sustainability, food studies, and human rights. Students will commit to using Italian in all aspects of their lives in Bologna and outside the classroom.

Upon arrival, students will take part in orientation. All students enroll in four (4) courses each semester. Semester-only students will receive a total of four (4) credits. Academic year students will enroll in another four (4) courses during the spring semester, and receive a total of eight (8) credits. The students attending the Italian Studies Program in Bologna will take courses taught in Italian, either at the Bologna Center, through the University of Bologna, or through Johns Hopkins SAIS. Courses taken at the University of Bologna may be used to fulfill many of the major and minor requirements.

a) Course/s at UniBo: Students in the Italian Studies Program will have advanced language skills (at least IT201, but most will have already taken IT231). Thus, students would take at least one (1), but up to four (4) courses at the University of Bologna (“UniBo”) across the curriculum. The University of Bologna Supervising Program (“USP”) has been designed by Dickinson to introduce and guide students through Italian academic culture at UniBo (i.e. writing, reading, and preparing for oral exams). The USP will serve as an orientation to the Italian university system which will be an opportunity for students to reflect on how their experiences at UniBo are different from those at Dickinson and how these differences reflect overall cultural attitudes about education and learning. Courses taken at the University of Bologna do not count toward a student’s GPA.

In the fall of 2016, for example, over a dozen students took classes at UniBo in disciplines ranging from Sociology, Religion, Philosophy, American Studies, Business and Management and more. Students interested in taking courses at the University of Bologna need to speak to their Italian advisors in Carlisle to see how these courses may count toward their major or minor. The staff in Bologna will do their best to place students in UniBo courses, but keep in mind that some courses may conflict with the academic calendar of the Dickinson Center in Bologna or at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Dickinson Italian Studies majors planning to take courses at the University of Bologna should read the Bologna Handbook carefully, especially “FAQ about courses toward the Italian Studies Major in Bologna.”

b) Courses at Johns Hopkins SAIS: A language exchange between the Bologna Center and SAIS allows our intermediate level students (i.e. those who completed 201, but have not yet completed both 231 and 232) to take their language classes at SAIS. Students interested in these classes will take an online placement test upon arrival (or, in some cases, before leaving the USA). Be sure to contact your advisor to find out exactly when the deadline is for the online placement test. Missing the deadline may risk not being able to register for the course. Italian Studies majors and Italian minors need to meet with their Italian advisors to discuss how these classes will be counted.

c) Courses at the Center: The Resident Director will teach a topics course on Italian culture (IT300) conducted solely in Italian. In this course, offered only in Bologna, students learn how to read more critically by analyzing and interpreting Italian texts. This course seeks to expand the students’ knowledge of Italian history and society by focusing on select topics such as, but not limited to, the slow food movement and sustainability; landscapes and regional identities; migration and Italian transnational identities; and media, power, and politics. The course will further enhance oral and written abilities through interviews with native speakers, class presentations, and a variety of writing assignments that derive from direct contact with contemporary Italian society.

d) Courses in English: In the spirit of the overarching goals described above, Italian Studies majors and Italian minors are encouraged to take all their coursework in Italian; however, Italian Studies majors participating in the Italian Studies Program may take one (1) course taught in English each semester which will count as a topics course (i.e as an elective or as one of the core courses of the Italian Studies major) while Italian minors participating in the Italian Studies Program will be able to take up to two (2) courses taught in English every semester (that will not count toward the minor). For each course taught in English, Italian Studies majors and Italian minors participating in the Italian Program will have to provide the Italian Department with a rationale explaining why the course would fit into his or her program of study (as is the policy of other Dickinson immersion programs). As for students of Italian who are also pursuing majors and minors in other disciplines (i.e., double majors or double minors), their course selection will be discussed on a case-by-case basis and expectations will be made clear to students during the pre-departure process even though course selections are not finalized until students arrive in Bologna. Their Italian/other major advisors must approve the final course selection.


Internships


Traditionally, internships have only been allowed for year-long students, but short-term internships will be offered for one-semester students with a high level of maturity, cultural awareness, and the linguistic skills to excel in such an environment. When internships are not possible, civic engagement volunteering activities will be encouraged.

Graduate Courses at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
No more than two students each semester may be eligible to take graduate classes at SAIS. A GPA of 3.5 or more is required. Students will have to talk to the Bologna program director and do an interview with SAIS faculty upon arriving in Bologna. A list of courses at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will be available in Bologna during registration for the second semester. Enrollment will be competitive and is open only to academic year students. There are only four student openings, and acceptances will depend on academic performance and an interview. We cannot promise admission into any Johns Hopkins program course in advance.


Courses

The following section contains a tentative list of courses that changes slightly from year to year. Students will meet with their Italian Studies advisors during the semester prior to their departure in order to discuss possible courses to take in Bologna; however, students will finalize their courses once they arrive in Bologna. The finalized list of courses must be approved by the students’ Italian advisor in Carlisle.

Italian Studies Courses  (offered in Italian)
  • IT300 Forms of Social Activism in Italy (a Community-Engaged Learning course). Professor Bruno Grazioli (in Italian)
  • IT232 Bologna Yesterday and Today: Advanced Italian Language and Culture. (in Italian)
  • History of the City of Bologna and its Art, 14th-17th Century. (in Italian)
  • Italian Intermediate and Advanced Language classes offered at SAIS. Taught by SAIS Faculty (in Italian).
  • Graduate classes in Political Science and International Studies at SAIS. Taught in English.
  • UniBo classes. Taught both in Italian and English.
+various levels of language classes (231-232) at SAIS: Johns Hopkins (placement is based on a written and oral placement test for which details will be forthcoming).
+substantive 300-level courses in Italian (available at either UniBo, the Dickinson Center, or both)
+advanced, intensive courses in Econ & Business at UniBo (taught in English)


University of Bologna Courses Recently Taken by Dickinson Students
  • Analisi del Film / Film analysis
  • Culture Mediali dei Paesi Anglofoni / Media Cultures of Anglophone Countries
  • Diritto delle religioni / Religious Legal Systems
  • Ecologia e conservazione della natura / Vegetation and Landscape Ecology
  • Letteratura e Media / Literature and Media
  • Sociologia del territorio / Sociology of Territory
  • Sociologia della comunicazione / Sociology of communication
  • Storia dell’alimentazione / History of Food Habits 
Note: Students are not limited to this list of courses and many other courses can be taken as long as they fit within the Bologna Center’s schedule.
 
Click here for descriptions of the above-listed courses: University of Bologna Course Descriptions

Recent European Studies Courses (offered in English)
  • INST 290/POSC 290/Security Studies Certificate: Transatlantic Relations
  • POSC 290/ INST 290/ Security Studies Certificate: The Politics of Migration in the European Union
  • HIST 232: Modern Italian History
  • ARTH 205: Renaissance and Baroque Art of Bologna
  • INBM 300: Fundamentals of Business Operations Management
  • POSC 290/INST 290/Security Studies Certificate: The Politics of Migration in the European Union
  • Western European Politics 
  • INBM 300: Fundamentals of Business Operations Management
  • Art in Bologna
  • History of the Mafia
The above list reflects Academic Year 2017-18. Minor changes will be made from year to year.
 
Click here for descriptions of the above-listed courses: European Studies Course Descriptions
 
+graduate courses for up to two students each semester who meet the eligibility requirements
+advanced, intensive courses in at UniBo (taught in English)


Housing

Students participating in the Italian Studies Program in Bologna will live in an Italian-speaking space and have connections with native speakers on many levels, from everyday life experiences to more formalized social interactions. Housing is crucial to the overarching goals of the Italian Studies Program. Thus, students will either chose from apartments with an Italian native speaker or Italian host-families.
 
The number of apartments will depend on the number of students. The native speaker of Italian placed in the apartment will have the important role of fostering an Italian-only living space in addition to organizing some social events each semester. Students will also have the opportunity to live with Italian host families that will greatly increase contact with the target language and with authentic culture.
 
FAQ for Students in the Italian Studies Program

How is instruction different?

Teaching methods combine the best of the Italian and American educational systems. Due to the diversity of the faculty, there are various ways in which they teach (straight lecture vs. discussion-based) and in the way they grade and evaluate your work. This is all part of the cultural and academic learning experience that students will encounter here in Bologna. You will be expected to carry a full course load, which in Bologna means four (4) credits (courses) each semester to be taken while classes are in session, and to regularly attend those classes for which credit is sought. If special circumstances warrant an absence for reasons other than illness, you must notify the Resident Director and/or your professor of the circumstances.

When will I register for classes?
After consulting with your Italian Studies advisors in Carlisle during the semester prior to departure, you will finalize your courses upon arrival in Bologna.

Will the courses count towards my major?
Check with your major advisor before choosing courses.

Will they count in my GPA?
Dickinson Center: The courses offered at the Dickinson Center will be listed on your transcript with titles and grades and will be calculated in your Dickinson GPA. If a course is cross-listed, it is up to you to decide what credit it will count for on your transcript.

John Hopkins: Courses taken at Johns Hopkins (SAIS) will be listed on your Dickinson transcript with titles and grades. The grade, however, will not be used in calculating your GPA.

University of Bologna: Courses taken at the University of Bologna are also listed on your Dickinson transcript with titles and grades, but will not be calculated into your GPA. For full details and the official grade conversion scale in effect for University of Bologna courses, see Appendix II at the end of the handbook. Coursework taken in cooperating institutions abroad is transferable provided grades equivalent to a Dickinson “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better have been earned. To find out more information about the University of Bologna, please visit http://www.unibo.it/.

What is a full course load and how will my courses transfer?
You must take a normal full load as defined by your program. You may not under-enroll under any circumstances. If you register for more than the maximum courses allowed without permission from the Resident Director, from your academic advisor at Dickinson, and from the Center for Global Study and Engagement, the course credit will not transfer. You will also be responsible for any additional fees for doing this.

Each Dickinson course in Bologna earns you one course credit [equal to four (4) semester hours]. The normal course load during each semester is four (4) courses, for a total of eight (8) courses for the year.

Only liberal arts classes will qualify for transfer credit.

Generally speaking, courses must have an equivalent at Dickinson. Exceptions include classes that focus on the culture and/or history of the country in which the student is studying.

Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework that duplicates what you have already completed at Dickinson.

Transfer credit is awarded only for classes in which you earn a grade of “C” or better. However, all courses and grades will appear on your transcript, along with the corresponding grades.

Is there a language requirement?
To be admitted into the Italian Studies program, you must have already taken Italian 201, but in most cases, students will have already taken Italian 231. Other situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Academic Excursions

Does this program include any group travel once I am situated in Bologna?
Participants in this program typically take part in day excursions to numerous historic and cultural sites around Bologna as components of orientation and some Center courses. There are two (2) overnight group trips taken each semester to different locations in Italy. Each trip lasts for two days and one night, and the trip destinations vary from year to year.

What expenses are covered during excursions?
Your lodging costs will be covered during overnight excursions, and at least one group meal is also included. Group transportation to and from the excursion site, as well as group travel and entrance tickets for all group activities will be covered. You will not be reimbursed for personal travel and personal activities during an academic excursion.

When will I find out where and when we are travelling?
Specific dates and locations for the multi-day excursions will be announced at the beginning of the each semester. Site visits in and around Bologna will be organized and announced by your professor during the semester.

Can a friend or family member who is not on the program also travel with us?
No, unfortunately, for logistical and academic reasons non-program participants are not permitted to join the program for excursions.

Are excursions optional?
Some of these excursions are linked to your academic program and, therefore, could be mandatory. In some cases, content delivered through the excursion will be relevant to your studies and assessment. All students should plan to participate in all excursions. If you miss an excursion or a planned departure for a trip, these arrangements and costs will not be made up for you. It is your responsibility to be where you need to be in order to participate fully in each academic excursion.


Dates and Flights


When is orientation?
In addition to the mandatory pre-departure orientation on campus, there will be an on-site orientation for this program. In Bologna, your on-site orientation occurs from the moment you arrive in the city: staff meet you at the airport and arrange for your transfer to your housing. Orientation meetings continue for the first week in Bologna.
During the orientation, you will meet and work with the on-site Resident Director and our Program Associate. Orientation events include a tour of the K. Robert Nilsson Center and city, an overview of Bologna’s public transportation system, course registration meetings, and an overview of your health and safety while studying in Italy. 

What are the program dates?

Dickinson in Italy ACADEMIC CALENDAR

You are given an arrival window when they are asked to arrive in Bologna (BLQ).  A group flight option is frequently offered.

Is there a group flight?
Unless otherwise stated, the CGSE does not arrange group flights. Students are responsible for booking their own travel to/from Italy. Accepted students will be given a timeframe in which they should plan to arrive and depart. Students should not purchase their flights until instructed to do so by the CGSE and/or on-site staff. We encourage students to carefully review the change fees and cancellation policies before booking a flight.
 
The CGSE does not endorse any particular travel agent or booking website but does provide additional guidance about booking flights on the CGSE website.


What if my family wants to visit me?
If you have family or friends who are planning to visit you, please do not make travel plans until you arrive at the program and become familiar with your class schedule and program excursions. It is unacceptable to skip class for personal travel.

When will I have time to travel?
You will travel in and around Bologna and parts of northern Italy on academic excursions. Exact dates for the excursions will be announced once the semester begins. Many of you will also travel on your own during breaks and major Italian holidays when classes are not in session.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?
You may not arrive early or stay late without the written approval of the on-site Resident Director. Please note that if you choose to arrive early or stay late, you will not be able to stay in your apartment. You should also consider your visa validity when you make the decision of whether or not you may arrive early or stay late. No student may arrive late for the start of the program.


Health


How do I access health care in Bologna?
Good medical care is available in Bologna. An English-speaking physician is available for you and program staff will help you with arranging initial appointments. You will be responsible for paying the office fee and submitting receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How much will it cost to go the doctor?
Approximately €25 per visit.

Dickinson also provides you with medical and travel security assistance through International SOS. Please visit our Health and Insurance Abroad page for more information. 


Finances


How much does the program cost?
The program budget sheet can be found at the top of this page to the left of the 'Apply Now' button. 

Are there scholarships or aid available for this program?
Dickinson scholarships and aid applies to all Dickinson and Dickinson partner programs. Dickinson does not offer additional scholarships for study abroad. Please visit the Scholarships for Global Study page for more information. 

What is included in the program fee?
The fee includes tuition, room, board, academic excursions, and emergency insurance. Airfare and visa fees are not included. The budget sheet also lists additional fees students should anticipate.

Is my flight included?
The flight is not included, but the cost is taken into consideration when your financial aid need is calculated for your semester abroad.

How much extra money do I need to bring?
This depends on you. We encourage students to not travel every weekend, but to really engage their host city in meaningful ways during their semester abroad. An estimate of personal expenses is included on the budget sheet, but it really depends on you and your spending habits.

Will I receive a stipend?
Periodically (normally every two weeks), the Resident Director will distribute the food stipend through the Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna. You will be able to pick up this money directly from the bank. You will also have the opportunity to open up a bank account at the Banca Popolare dell’ Emilia Romagna if you wish to do so. In this case, your food stipend money would be deposited directly into your account. You are responsible for budgeting food money. The central food market is where many students shop for fresh fruit, cheese, meat, and bread. While shopping in Bologna is fun, it is cheaper to buy larger groceries at a supermarket.

How will I access my money in Bologna?
ATMs connected to international networks such as Cirrus and Plus allow you to retrieve cash in the local currency directly from your bank account in the United States. American Express is rarely accepted in Italy. Charles Schwab online banking also offers an online savings account that reimburses you for any fees incurred nationally and internationally. Inquire at your bank to be sure that your ATM card will allow cash withdrawals abroad. ATMs overseas will accept only cards that access checking accounts in your name. Some students also choose to open a bank account with the Banca Popolare dell’Emilia-Romagna.

Can I work part time?
College Work Study positions entailing 4-8 hours of work each week are available in Bologna. You must indicate that you would like to be considered for CWS employment in Bologna; the Financial Aid Office will notify you if CWS will be part of your financial aid package. CWS payments are made monthly; earnings will be deposited directly into each student’s designated U.S. bank account.

Housing

Where will I live?
You will live in homestays with native Italian families or apartments (with a native Italian college student) scattered across the historic center of Bologna. Distance to the Dickinson Center will vary, but is typically no more than a 20-25 minute walk and often much less.

Who will I live with?
The Dickinson Center staff determines your apartment assignments. Your roommate preferences are solicited and are taken into account, but your requests cannot be guaranteed. Depending on size, apartments will typically house 3-5 students.

How are the apartments configured?
Apartments configurations vary, but all include a kitchen, a bath, and a sleeping and study space. There are no laundry facilities in the apartments.  

Is there a meal plan?
No, you will do your own cooking. Many options for food shopping are found throughout the historic center of the city. They include all-purpose markets, fruit and vegetable stands, specialty shops for buying things like bread and cheese, and small convenience stores. Part of the fun of living in Bologna is in discovering your favorite shops and cooking your own food.

What if I don’t get along with my roommates?
Your Resident Director and program staff are on-site to help you with any housing concerns.

Will I have internet access in my apartment?
Yes, all apartments are equipped with wireless internet. Keep in mind that Italy does not have the same network infrastructure as the U.S. and internet service will not be as fast or reliable as the internet you are used to (i.e. streaming music, videos, etc.). Wireless internet is also available at the Nilsson Center during Center hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).

Extracurricular Activities and Sports

Can I play a sport while abroad?
Absolutely! Playing a sport is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Italian culture. In the past, students have played hockey, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. Ask the Resident Director for more information. Check out the Bologna Italian Studies Program website for testimonials.

Internships/Research

Are internships available?
Qualified students may complete internships in Bologna. Internship placements are not guaranteed and students with strong Italian language skills will have a greater chance of being placed at an internship site. Students have gained valuable experience in a variety of organizations including museums, a bookstore, elementary and middle schools, and a local community center.

Can I earn credit for an internship?
Students who wish to complete an internship for academic credit must be academic year students and enroll in the Intercultural Seminar. Semester students can earn a transcript notation on their Dickinson transcript through the Career Center. Please visit the Internship Notation Program page for more information. 

Can I conduct research while abroad?
You can conduct research abroad under the guidance of a Dickinson advisor. The Student International Research Fund (SIRF) was established to help students with extra travel costs associated with independent research projects. You are encouraged to present your research at the International Research Symposium when you return to campus. For more information, please visit our Scholarships for Global Study page. 


Visas


What is a visa?
A visa is a document, normally affixed within your passport, which allows you to enter the country and stay for the duration of your program. The requirements for the visa and visa process are controlled by the government of the country you are entering, are non-negotiable, and can change regularly. If you arrive without the proper visa, you will be sent home by immigration officers at your own expense.

Do I need a visa?
Dickinson in Italy VISA GUIDELINES

A student visa is required to participate in the Bologna program. If you do not hold a US passport, you should consult with the Italian Embassy in your country of citizenship for the student visa requirements. Obtaining a student visa is your responsibility. We will review the guidelines for obtaining a student visa at the pre-departure orientation.

We have produced visa guidelines to provide you with an overview of what you will need to do to obtain a student visa.  Please note: this is only a tool to help you get started!  It is not a substitute for consulting with the Italian consulate that has jurisdiction over your state of home residence. Make sure you are familiar with the most up-to-date regulations by visiting their website frequently.

Also, you need to ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after the program end date.

How do I get a visa?
Currently, the CGSE requires all Dickinson in Italy program participants to apply for an Italian visa through our visa service provider, Raffaele Cimina. You will need to submit previously-gathered documents that are required for the visa. Please consult the Visa Guidelines for your country of study.

Do I have to go to the consulate/embassy?
No. Currently, the CGSE requires all Dickinson in Italy program participants to apply for an Italian visa through our visa service provider, Raffaele Cimina. You will submit to the CGSE previously-gathered documents that are required for the visa, and we will hand them off to Raffaele so that he may take them to the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia.

How much does a visa cost?
Currently, there is a $60 fee for the visa and Raffaele's services.

How long does it take to receive my visa?
At the Philadelphia Consulate, it can take over four (4) weeks to obtain a student visa. You will need to forfeit your passport to the consulate in order to obtain your visa; do not make plans to travel internationally during this time.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?
Yes, you will need to do your own research on visa requirements for citizens of your home country to study in Italy. The CGSE may be able to help you with the required documents. Also, you will need to inform International Student Services that you will be studying outside of the United States and discuss how you will remain in valid F-1 status during your studies abroad.

May I use a visa service to get a visa?
Yes. Currently, the CGSE requires all Dickinson in Italy program participants to apply for an Italian visa through our visa service provider, Raffaele Cimina.

Will the Center help me with the visa?
Yes, we provide you with visa guidelines, as well as various required documents needed for the visa process.

Student Perspective
For testimonials of various aspects of the student experience in Bologna, see The Dickinson Italian Studies Program in Bologna Website.
Global Ambassadors are returning study abroad students who serve as peer advisors for their program. Please feel free to contact them for a student perspective:
 



Contacts
Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College
717-245-1341
global@dickinson.edu

On-Site Administration
Bruno Grazioli, Resident Director
K. Robert Nilsson Center for European Studies
Via Marsala 2
40126 Bologna
E-mail: graziolb@dickinson.edu

Clarissa Pagni, Associate Director
E-mail: clarissa.pagni@gmail.com

Ellen Laird, Program Associate and Dickinson alumna
E-mail: lairde@dickinson.edu

The Resident Director plans and leads the academic program, advises students, and teaches at the Nilsson Center. The director is assisted by Associate Director Clarissa Pagni, who has worked for the Nilsson Center for more than 20 years, and the Bologna Program Associate and Dickinson alumna, Ellen Laird.

On-Campus Contact
Prof. Luca Lanzilotta
Senior Lecturer in Italian
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: 717-245-1550
lanzilol@dickinson.edu
 

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