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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English Language Courses: Italian/Advanced, Italian/Elementary, Italian/Intermediate
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of study: Art History, Communication, International Business, Italian, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore, 04 Junior, 05 Senior Credits/Term: 12-18
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment Housing Options: Residence Halls
Click here for a definition of this term Meals/Dining: Dining hall/meal plan, Prepare own food Host City: Bologna
Program Description:
Throughout the world, the Jesuits are synonymous with excellence in education and caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. In the Jesuit tradition, the Spring Hill College Italy Center offers a well-rounded education that will shape students’ leadership skills and strengthen their commitment to social justice and serving others.

The majority of courses offered are considered “core” classes, generally mid-level offerings in numerous areas of study including humanities, social science and business. Students typically plan with their adviser to take a number of the core requirements and/or electives during their study abroad. Additionally, students often complete their foreign language requirements while living abroad.

The Italy Center curriculum integrates social justice issues into our students’ academic work, whether it’s completing “Road Work” assignments in preparation for and during their Social Justice Tour, or taking our students outside the classroom and engaging them in the world around them. Our faculty is dedicated to encouraging student development and growth through current events and things their students can see and touch – not just things they read about in books or articles.

Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Po River Valley, between Florence and Venice. This beautiful medieval city is known for its cuisine, porticos, and terra-cotta-colored buildings. Bologna began life as an Etruscan town (pre-Roman times), and many of the buildings and museums that dominate the town’s historic center are legacies of this heritage.

Today Bologna is noticeably a student town, lively and entertaining, and is viewed as one of the most forward-thinking cities in Europe. In fact, one in four people walking the streets of Bologna are college students. Fewer than 500 of these students are Americans, which makes Bologna a true cultural immersion for students wanting a genuine Italian encounter. Compared to Florence, where more than 4,000 Americans live and study each year, and in contrast to the 7,000 Americans to be found in Rome, Bologna remains one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.

Social Justice
When you join the SHC Italy Center community, you will live and study like a local in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. You can expect to be challenged and enriched in a globally focused set of classes and to travel with purpose.

The human rights focus of SHC Italy Center is anchored in social justice travel. The program integrates traditional classroom learning (in English) with travels that expand your global perspective. During your stay abroad, you can traverse Europe’s great capitals; meet with immigrants; hear from business, religious and political leaders; witness firsthand how Italians are combating climate change; intern for a human rights agency; and discover Italy’s nooks and crannies – all while living in one of the Mediterranean’s consistently top-rated university towns.

By joining the Spring Hill College Italy community you will: travel and make new friends with your fellow American Spring Hill classmates, live like a local Italian college student studying in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, encounter a European and globally focused set of classes, and travel with the purpose of witnessing social injustices – all of which will transform your life so that you, in turn, may work toward transforming the world.