for consortium members
and associated universities
May/June 2010, newsletter. N. 4


New BCSP Promo Video
Calendar of Events
Orientation and Fall Pre-session
New BCSP Course Offering in Italian Food Culture
End of Year Party
Trip to Tuscany

At the University of Bologna legend has it that climbing up the Asinelli tower, the tallest medieval tower in Bologna (1109), before graduation (or prior to the end of a study abroad experience) brings bad luck. Many students waited until the last days of June, when exams were over, to climb up 498 steps, 320 feet high, to take in the sprawling views of the city and surrounding hillside.

BCSP is looking forward to welcoming 22 new students on August 30. One of the students will the program's first fall-only participant since as of fall 2010, BCSP is offering a fall-only option.



BCSP is grateful to Sky Dylan-Robbins (Northwestern, BCSP 2009-2010) for creating and directing the new video.

BCSP also especially thanks students Christina Kuehl (University of Wisconsin, BCSP Spring 2010), Alex Tarantino (Cornell University, BCSP Spring 2010), and Alex Benejam (University of Illinois, BCSP 2009-2010) for sharing their impressions on student life in Bologna and what they have gained from studying abroad with BCSP. As Christina comments in the video: "Your horizons are expanded in the way you believe in yourself and what you can accomplish...and how you can adapt and thrive in a different environment."

Professors and study abroad advisors are invited to share this video with their students that are thinking about studying abroad in Bologna.

Academic Year ends: June 30, 2010
Academic Year begins: August 30, 2010

Orientation and Fall Pre-session

Orientation will begin the day after students arrive in Bologna on Tuesday, August 31. To see a full list of activities:

The Pre-session will begin on Monday, September 6. The syllabus is available online:

Activities designed to educate students about Bologna's history, traditions and culture include a guided gastronomic tour of historic specialty shops in the central market area, a tour of the Ducati motorcycle museum and factory and a pasta making class at the traditional trattoria La Traviata.

New BCSP Course Offering in Italian Food Culture

Academic results this year were very satisfactory; BCSP courses had perfect student attendance and very good final grades. In 2010-11, the Advanced Language course and the four content courses will continue to be offered (Italian History from Unity to Fascism; Italian Film; Medieval and Renaissance Art History; Italian Political History) along with a new Anthropology course, 'The Culture of Food and Italian Identity: History and Anthropology' taught by Prof. Massimo Montanari, a reknowned scholar and professor of Medieval history at the Università di Bologna who has made food culture the focus of his research throughout his academic career. We're expecting this Spring course to raise the interest of all students and especially those interested in "Italian culture".

View pictures of the farewell party and talent show held in the BCSP classroom
on the Program's Facebook page.


The BCSP annual trip to Tuscany took place on May 13 and 14. Over the two days students visited the towns of Monteriggioni, Siena, Pienza, Montalcino and San Gimignano. Students stayed in a 15th century monastery in the picturesque Val D'Orcia:

View trip pictures by clicking on the album 'Gita in Toscana - 13 e 14 maggio 2010'.