Indiana University’s Bologna Consortial Studies Program (BCSP) offers qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a full Academic Year, Fall or Spring semester at the University of Bologna for U.S. college credit.

Eligible students from any US institution can be considered as applicants.

The BCSP was founded by Indiana University in 1965 and is now a consortium of six universities (plus eight associate member institutions) that jointly set the program’s academic standards. Indiana University’s IU Education Abroad is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the consortium members.

Staff Members


Andrea Ricci

Dr. Andrea Ricci is the Resident Director of the Bologna Consortial Studies Program, which was founded in 1965 by Indiana University in collaboration with the Department of Italian at the University of Bologna. Appointed by the Indiana University Office of Overseas Study, Dr. Ricci supervises and administers the program. He also conducts academic advising. During the Fall semester he teaches the BCSP course Cinema of the Italian Economic Miracle.

Dr. Ricci holds a Ph.D. in Italian from Indiana University, an M.A. from the University of Oregon and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at IU. His undergraduate degree is in English and Spanish Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna. He previously taught Italian and Film at Princeton University and Middlebury College in Vermont. His academic interests are mostly focused on Italian XX century film and literature.



Danielle Di Leo

Danielle, an American who originally came to Bologna as a study abroad student, assists students with university registration, housing, immigration matters, health services, internships and cultural activities. She also collaborates with the University of Bologna’s International Relations office on exchange student applications for admission to BCSP consortium member universities. Danielle holds a B.A. from Barnard College in English and Italian and an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College.

Italian public holidays

Italian Public Holidays 2024-2025

The university, shops and offices (including the BCSP office) close on national Italian holidays.

Friday, October 4, 2024
Patron Saint of Bologna, St. Petronio

Friday, November 1, 2024 
All Saints’ Day

Sunday, December 8, 2024
The Immaculate Conception

From Tuesday, December 24, 2024 to Sunday, January 5, 2025
BCSP office closed for winter break

Wednesday, December 25, 2024
Christmas Day

Thursday, December 26, 2024
St. Stephen’s Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2025
New Year’s Day

Monday, January 6, 2025

From Thursday, April 17, to Tuesday, April 22, 2025
BCSP office closed for Easter break

Sunday, April 20, 2025
Easter Sunday

Monday, April 21, 2025
Easter Monday, Lunedì dell’Angelo

Friday, April 25, 2025
Liberation Day

Thursday, May 1, 2025
Labor Day

Monday, June 2, 2025
Republic Day

From Tuesday, July 1 to Sunday, August 31, 2025
BCSP office closed for summer break


Italian language and culture immersion.
Direct enrollment in University of Bologna.

Contact Info

Indiana University - BCSP

Via Malcontenti, 3
40121 Bologna
phone +39 051 236486