Known to be the oldest university in the Western world, the University of Bologna (or UNIBO for short) was founded in 1088. Some of the original subjects studied at the university included law, logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Through the ages, Bologna and the university have seen many famous intellectuals, including Dante , Petrarca, Copernicus, Dürer, Tasso, and Galvani, to name a few. The university was also attended by famous women such as Laura Bassi, the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in Italy (and only the second woman to do so in Europe), and Anna Morandi Manzolini, a professor of anatomy and the first person to make models of internal organs. The University of Bologna still thrives today with five national campuses and one international campus in South America.
The best part of this is that the University of Minnesota offers a study abroad program called the Bologna Consortial Studies Program, in which U of M students can directly enroll in the University of Bologna for a semester or an academic year. Check it out on the Learning Abroad Center’s website.
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