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An immersive Italian summer experience on ORA's inaugural Bologna Summer School 2020.

Ages 16-18 28th June - 11th July | 12th July - 25th July
Make friends
from all over the world
Experience life
in Italy's #1 university city
Expert tuition
in a range of subjects
learning & leisure facilities

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." — Anna Akhmatova

Join us in summer 2020 on our inaugural summer programme in Bologna, Italy, home to the Western world's oldest university (founded in 1088) and some of the finest examples of Italian culture. Students will experience all that Bologna and the surrounding region have to offer, including the nearby cities of Modena and Florence - home to some of the finest art and architecture in the world - and Rimini beach.

Accommodated in the modern student residence of Camplus Bologna Bononia, just next to the university district and the centre of town, students will experience life as a student in this unique city. As they walk through the porticoes and squares of the city centre, students will follow in the footsteps of famous Bologna university alumni including Enlightenment thinkers, Renaissance artists and world leaders. During free time, students can find their favourite café, gelato parlour or square to soak up the city’s atmosphere in true Bolognese style.

Typical alleyway in Bologna
Archiginnasio in Bologna, Italy
Porticoes in Bologna, Italy

Apply now for ORA's Bologna Summer School 2020

Students attending our Bologna Summer School can select from a range of exciting academic options. ORA's ever-popular Global Leadership and Business and Enterprise programmes will be operating in Bologna, giving students the chance to build their knowledge and confidence in these two key areas, whilst living in the stunning setting of Bologna.

In addition, students looking to build their own programme can opt for The Bologna Experience, unique to our Bologna Summer School 2020. On this programme, students will select two classes from a selection - options include classes in Medicine, Marketing, Italian language, Law, Classical Civilisations, Creative Writing, Bologna's Art and Architecture, Performing Arts and more. Please contact our Admissions Team for further information about this programme.

Finally, our new Bologna Fashion Programme will provide students interested in a career or future study in the world of fashion to study cutting-edge material in Italy - one of the leading countries for fashion design and production. Please contact our Admissions Team for further information about this programme.

The range of academic material available, alongside the setting in one of the leading campuses of the world, creates the perfect summer school for students considering an application to a top European university, whether in mainland Europe or the UK, or indeed any student looking to spend their summer immersed in a subject of interest in stunning surroundings.

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Global Leadership (Bologna)

Ages 16-18

Develop your leadership skills in a city that produced Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy, and a country that has produced world leaders since Julius Caesar.

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Business and Enterprise (Bologna)

Ages 16-18

ORA's popular Business and Enterprise Programme, held for the first time in summer 2020 in the historic university city of Bologna. Strictly limited places.

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The Bologna Experience

Ages 16-18

The Bologna Experience is an exciting course that has been designed to provide students with a flexible programme focused on topics of their choice.

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Examples of fashion items

Bologna Fashion Programme

Ages 16-18

A hands-on fashion summer course set against the stunning backdrop of the city of Bologna. The perfect study-abroad programme for the fashion innovators of the future.

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Find your perfect summer course from our range of academic and cultural programmes

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Programme Highlights of the Bologna Summer School 2020

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Experience a city steeped in academia

Immerse yourself in the rich academic history and prestige of the city that hosts the oldest university in the Western world, and one that is rated among the top 3 universities in Italy. Your home for the duration of your stay will be in the comfortable, modern student campus of Camplus Bologna Bononia, equipped with the very best in student-living facilities and just a short walk from the historic city centre.

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Study with an inspirational team of tutors

Students studying with us in Bologna will be taught by members of Oxford Royale Academy’s expert academic faculty, highly qualified tutors who are passionate about their subjects. All of our faculty have studied at world-renowned institutions, including the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. And with guest speeches from Bologna University academics, students will enjoy a unique insight into life as a student at a top institution.

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Explore one of Italy's most extraordinary regions

Students will embark on an Italian adventure outside of class, discovering this astonishingly beautiful Italian city and its surroundings. Through organised excursions and guided tours, students will wind their way through the city’s porticoes, explore its museums and enjoy meals out to taste some of the fine local cuisine. They will also explore the local cities of Modena and Florence, and enjoy a trip to relax on the famous Rimini Beach.

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Enjoy the authentic Oxford Royale Academy experience - in Italy!

Born in Oxford and inspired by Oxford’s passion for learning, Oxford Royale Academy has become synonymous with outstanding academic summer experiences. The Bologna summer school brings all of the ingredients of an ORA summer school to Italy, merging world-class teaching with the superb cultural learning opportunities offered by the academic city of Bologna. From Italian cookery masterclasses to Italian language lessons for beginners, the Bologna Summer School is packed with opportunities for self-development and forging friendships.


Dates, Fees and Further Information

Fees 3,695 GBP
Dates 28th June - 11th July | 12th July - 25th July. Recommended Application Deadline: 1 March 2020
Eligibility This would suit students interested in experiencing student life in a top European university. Please email [email protected] for further details. Students must be fluent or near-fluent speakers of English. The programme is strictly limited to 40 students.
Academic Programme Courses available in Leadership, Business, Enterprise, Medicine, Law, Archaeology and more. Browse all Bologna courses here.
Applications Only a limited number (40) places are available. To apply, please visit the course pages for the Global Leadership Programme, the Business and Enterprise Programme
Included Extras
  • Application Support from dedicated ORA Staff Member
  • Lifetime membership of the ORA HUB - ORA's Alumni Network of 20,000+ students from 130+ nations
  • Access to all of ORA's online courses and e-learning materials
  • Oxford Royale Summer Schools course certificate
  • Oxford Royale Summer Schools clothing and merchandise