How to Apply

Eligibility
The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing at their home institution.  Two semesters of college-level Italian constitute the prerequisite for the fall semester, three semesters of college-level Italian for the spring. A “B” average in Italian language courses is required. Students wih less than four semesters of college-level Italian are required to attend the August session in Lecce, in the region Puglia. This course is a three-week intensive review of grammar and an introduction to contemporary Italy, and is required of students with only one year of college-level Italian. Students with two full years of college-level Italian may be exempted from the Lecce session. Participants are subject to specific requirements laid down by their home institution for study abroad.

Tuition and fees
Distinct from other programs in Bologna, the tuition for the ECCO Program for the semester, decided in February of the preceding year, is virtually all inclusive.

The ECCO program fee covers the following expenses:

Student housing (furnished)
Partial daily food allowance (13€/day)
Administrative oversight and assistance of all immigration procedures
Tuition for all academic courses (whether at the University or the ECCO in-house courses, including the intensive language program in September and January)
Excursions
Day-long (curricular and co-curricular)
1, excursion out of Bologna (typically 2 nights), including travel, per semester

Cultural activities
Varied activities (gatherings, dinners) in and around Bologna throughout the semester
Cooking course
To encourage students’ exploration of cultural activities, ECCO offers a possible reimbursement (up to 100 €/student/semester)

Extensive academic orientation and advising
Academic support for university courses and exams

The ECCO Program, in addition, organizes group travel from the States to Bologna (and returning) at cost. If students do not take the group flight, they do not pay for it. They are expected to communicate all travel plans to the resident director person as well as the office staff in Bologna.

Typical costs to students not covered by the program fee
Any elective travel
An Italian cell phone (required by the program in case of emergency, cost approximately 30 €) and any telephone calls
Other incidentals: laundry

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 ECCO Consortium (Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University) should contact, for the A.Y. 2017-18:

Susan Stephens
Office Specialist
Office of International Programs (OIP)
Vassar College
(845) 437-5260
sustephens(at)vassar.edu

Simona Bondavalli
Associate Professor of Italian
Vassar College
sibondavalli(at)vassar.edu
E.C.Co. Resident Director for the Fall Semester A.Y. 2016-17

Roberta Antognini
Associate Professor and Chair of Italian
Vassar College
roantognini(at)vassar.edu