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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: All Majors, International Studies
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:
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Hopkins Bologna: International Studies

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This intensive three-week program, featuring two courses taught by Hopkins faculty, is an excellent opportunity for students to earn JHU credit and to explore Hopkins’ SAIS Europe campus along with one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities. The program has been partially subsidized by a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International Studies.

The information below was for Summer 2018. Please stay tuned for 2019 program information.


Bologna, Italy

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Areas of Study

  • International Studies
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June 3 - 23, 2018
Deadline: March 1

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  • Open to all majorsBologna-Piazza 2
  • No Italian language required
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Courses and Credits

6 graded JHU credits
The Hopkins Summer Program in Bologna offers two concurrent interdisciplinary courses.

2018 Courses:

The Evolution of Money and Banking: A European History (INST-ECON) taught by Professors Robert Barbera and Jon Faust from the Department of Economics.
Starting with Renaissance Italy’s merchants and bankers, and culminating with France and Germany’s spearheading of the euro, evolving notions of money and monetary policy, over time, engendered radical changes on the social and economic circumstances of Europeans. This course will drill down on four key developments. In each case, students will be asked to read contemporaneous descriptions of the innovations in question, buttressed by modern-day takes on the issue. Much of economic teaching, today, is both ahistorical and math heavy. This course, intentionally, will tilt in the opposite direction. There are no economics course prerequisites, though students who have taken Macroeconomic Principles may secure an extra helping of insights.
(Note: Mathematical formulations will be limited to basic algebra and simple graphical presentations. No calculus will be used in the course.)
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Food for Thought: Gastronomy, Politics & Identity (INST-GLOBAL) taught by Professor Laura Di Bianco from the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Italian Division and Professor Bentley Allan from the Department of Political Science.
Learn about the history and politics of Italian food while living in Bologna, the cradle of Italian gastronomy. Why did Italian food become so incredibly popular in the last few decades? Why is Italian food associated with family, tradition, and a joy for life? What is perceived as “authentic Italian food”? Drawing from histories of Italian cuisine, literatures of gastronomy, and films, this course examines the significance of food in Italian culture and its role in the construction of national identity. In addition, we will examine how Italian food production and identity politics is changing in an age of climate change. Readings will include Carol Helstosky’s Garlic and Oil: Food and Politics in Italy, Fabio Parasecoli’s Al Dente, Massimo Montanari’s Italian Identity in the Kitchen, as well as articles on how climate change is altering Italian food production. We will also screen films such as Mozzarella Stories, Focaccia Blues, Slow Food Story, and Natural Resistance.

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The program cost for 2018 was $5,840, which was billed to students' accounts. 2019 costs will be updated shortly and will include housing, international health insurance, daily breakfast, and course excursions.

The program has been partially subsidized by a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International Studies.
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Students will stay in shared rooms in a hotel with private bathrooms and daily breakfast. The hotel will be within walking distance of SAIS Europe.Bologna - SAIS Europe Library
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Application Process

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