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Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"

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Program Snapshot

The size and organization of the University encourage a direct relationship between students and teachers and allow students to take full advantage of all campus services and facilities. Urbino, the ideal Renaissance city, has become the ideal city for study, a lively and stimulating campus-town perfectly suited for student life. Students will have a great opportunity to improve their Italian language skills while taking courses towards their majors and minors.

Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo".

Once an important political center and the home of many prominent figures in the Italian Renaissance, the historic walled city of Urbino sits in the mountains near the tiny Republic of San Marino. The birthplace of Raphael, its centerpiece is the 15th-century palace built by the Duke of Montefeltro. Located 30 miles west of the Adriatic beach towns, Urbino has in many ways retained its medieval character, with narrow, crooked streets lined by shops and overhanging apartments. The city is surrounded by picturesque vineyards, forests and mountain streams.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for academic year or semester
ISEP Direct: undergraduate and graduate programs available for academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students
ISEP Direct chance of placement is generally Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-September to late June
Semester 1: mid-September to mid-January
Semester 2: mid-February to late June

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tution, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Full Year 16-17: $16,950
Semester 1 16-17: $9,750
Semester 2 16-17: $9,750

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 15, 2016
SM2: October 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Urbino, Italy (pop. 15,200)
Student Enrollment: 17,000
Language of instruction: Italian
University Home Page
A slide presentation of the University
A video presentation
Renaissance Studies Syllabus

Regular University Courses in English or Italian - ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct:
Students may enroll in classes in Italian or both languages. Students may select courses from different degree programs, but all courses selected must come from the same “group.” For example, students may take classes in Humanities and Education (group 3) but not Humanities (group 3) and Political Science (group 2). All students may still take the Italian language course regardless of their field of study.

Group 1: Pharmacy (Nutritional Sciences,Herbal Medicine, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology) Physical Education and Health (Physical Education, Sports and Health); Science & Technology (Biotechnologies, Biological Sciences, Geological Sciences and Land Management, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Applied Computer Science - also E-Learning in English, Cellular and Molecular Biology,Industrial Biotechnologies, Land Vulnerability and Climatic Change Adaptation, Applied Geological Sciences for Building and Land Management)

Group 2: Economics (Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing and Business Communication); Political Science (Political Science, Economics and Government, Government and Political Communication); Sociology (Sociology and Social Services, E-Learning, Management of Politics, Social Services and Intercultural Mediation); Law.

Group 3: Humanities (Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies, Philosophy, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Art History, Information, Media and Advertising, Communication and Advertising for Organizations), Languages (Western Languages and Cultures, Eastern Languages and Cultures, Language and Economic Studies for Business, Languages for Didactics, Publishing and Business), Education (Educational Sciences - Nursery and Primary School, Pedagogy and Education Planning), Psychology (Sciences and Techniques, Clinical Psychology)

Courses taught in English
Urbino offers courses taught in English and some courses taught in both English and Italian. A full list of courses offered can be found on Urbino's website.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Students listed in graduate level placement in Urbino should contact the Program Officer for Italy for a current list of available fields of study.

Academic Notes
Urbino provides an ideal setting for students of classics, geology, biochemistry, Italian language, linguistics, literature, and art and archeology, particularly Etruscan, Greek, Roman, and medieval periods. History and philosophy are also recommended.

Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes which averages to 15-18 hours of class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.


Transcripts will be sent in March and July. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Regular University Courses in English or Italian - ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct:
Language Requirement: A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Italian or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. Students must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report as part of their application.

Language Course: A Semi-Intensive Italian language course is also offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or second semester at no charge for intermediate and advanced levels (60 hours per course, 20 hours per week).

Pre-session: A 2 week pre-session, intensive Italian language course is offered as part of ISEP benefits in the fall semester for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Additional Comments: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course level eligibility upon arrival.

Hints for Researching Courses
A course search engine can be found by clicking on the "courses" link above.

Housing and Meals

ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct:
Students are housed in single- or double-occupancy rooms with bath, and receive a meal plan at student cafeterias.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 300 euros.

The Office for International Exchange Programs provides the students with all the necessary information. The first week of the program ISEP students will receibe a guided tour of the University buildings and supplementary information about life in Italy.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

The University of Urbino grew out of the Collegio dei Dottori which was already active around the middle of the fifteenth century and authorized to act as an appeal court for suits involving the Duchy of Urbino. At the request of Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, this college was officially recognized in a papal bull of 1507, issued by Pope Julius II of the della Rovere family, and entrusted with the administration of penal and civil law throughout the Duchy. In 1564, Pope Pius IV granted the Collegio “leave to crown two poets laureate annually, to confer degrees in canon and civil law, to award academic qualifications in the arts, in medicine and in the other faculties recognized by the University articles, and to appoint notaries.”

Today the University of Urbino is a state university. It numbers 10 faculties and about 17,000 students. Its numerous departments are housed in buildings of outstanding architectural interest, and it offers students and scholars a wide range of courses and research opportunities. Urbino provides the ideal setting for a university: the ancient city centre is on a human scale; everything is still within walking distance and there are numerous opportunities for meeting local people, teachers and students.