Study Abroad Semester in Italy

Spend a semester at the Università di Bergamo in Northern Italy
(Bergamo is a gorgeous walled town on a hill about 25 miles from Milan and 120 miles from Venice)

Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Università degli studi di Bergamo recently signed an agreement that allows FDU students to spend a full term studying in Italy.
Study at FDU’s new partner university in Bergamo following the model already in use for Wroxton, England.

While in Italy, students will be enrolled at FDU; student loans and scholarships will apply to their studies at the Università di Bergamo. The cost for room and board in town is roughly equivalent to the one in New Jersey. Students will share furnished apartments or get a room in the student residence hall (limited space -- only for the fall semester)

This is a wonderful opportunity if you are interested in earning a minor in Italian (or just in learning the language) or/and if you wish to spend a semester abroad and take courses in English in your major, general education requirements, or electives.

Students who wish to spend a semester in Italy must have a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 or better in 4.00 system and be able to demonstrate some proficiency in Italian (at least the second-semester elementary level: ITAL 1002 at Florham, ITAL 1102 at Metro).

Students who wish to spend a semester in Italy MUST fill out the application form and secure a reference letter from one of their teachers (see application instructions on the tab on your left. There are links to the forms).

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-Languages and Literatures

Many courses are taught in English since it is a very international place with programs that involve several other European universities (see periodically updated list by clicking on the tab on your left).

Scroll down: all courses with the prefix ENG are taught in English.

The Università degli studi di Bergamo was founded about fifty years ago and it exists in its present form since 1968. It offers BAs, MAs, and PhDs. It houses about 340 professors and 16,000 students. Every year there are about 4,400 freshmen enrolling, 1,700 students getting a BA, 480 getting an MA, and about 400 new foreign students. In the last ten years enrollment at this university has doubled.

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Students who wish to follow a language refresher course before starting classes in Bergamo, can enroll in a 5-day 30-hour course at CIS (Centro Italiano per Stranieri) for 200 euro.

American students going to Bergamo for a semester must obtain a study visa from the Italian Consulate (New York or Philadelphia) or Embassy (Washington DC). Check what is needed on the Consulate website


You Will Need:
-visa application form
-recent passport-style photo
-passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date
-pre-enrollment form from Bergamo



Gloria Pastorino
Associate Professor of Italian and French
Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy
(Florham Campus)

Tel: 973-443-8712