Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University offer a study abroad program at the University of Bologna in Italy. The program is committed to the highest academic standards and to providing opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture in one of the oldest and most prestigious academic environments in Europe.
Undergraduates wishing to study humanities, social sciences and sciences may enroll for the fall or spring semesters or for the full academic year. Students who have at least an intermediate knowledge of Italian will be able to complete regular university courses at the University of Bologna, as well as courses in Italian language and culture offered by the program. The program accepts no more than 35 students per semester from the three consortial institutions and from other colleges and universities in the US.
In 2008, E.C.Co. Bologna celebrated its tenth anniversary with an international symposium entitled Luci e ombre nelle relazioni internazionali Italia-USA that brought together professors from the University of Bologna and the three schools of the consortium. The themes discussed ranged from music, history and politics, to architectural history, literature and film, highlighting some of the richness and variety of academic directions and opportunities available to students in Bologna.