Bologna Programs

Hospital Shadowing

The Bologna program includes a broad variety of shadowing options, covering both surgical and medical areas at a top teaching hospital.

Policlinico Sant'Orsola-Malpighi - IRCCS

Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi in Bologna, Italy is a renowned healthcare facility with a long and prestigious history dating back to the 15th century, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious healthcare facilities in Italy.

Today, the facility is a modern healthcare complex equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a diverse team of medical professionals.

The hospital has an active research program, making it an ideal location for anyone interested in cutting-edge medical research. The staff works tirelessly to provide personalized care to patients from all walks of life, and the hospital is affiliated with the University of Bologna, providing ample opportunities for hands-on clinical training.

In addition to its impressive medical facilities, Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi is also known for its rich history and cultural significance. The facility has a diverse staff and patient population, making it an ideal place for individuals interested in experiencing and learning about different cultures and perspectives.

In addition to the impressive history, modern facilities, and diverse staff, it’s also worth noting that Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi has recently been recognized for its excellence in healthcare. For the third consecutive year, the facility has been ranked among the three best hospitals in Italy in the Newsweek World’s Best Hospitals lists, highlighting the exceptional level of care that patients receive at the hospital.

This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff at Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi, who work tirelessly to provide the best possible care to their patients. For anyone in need of medical care or interested in pursuing a career in medicine, Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi offers a world-class experience that is sure to exceed expectations.


Available fields:

  • OR and Surgery
  • Anesthesia/ICU
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Ear Nose Throat
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Oral surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Geriatrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Rare disease center


Discover Bologna

Bologna is a city that captivates visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

The city is steeped in history and has a range of cultural attractions such as historic churches, museums, art galleries, and festivals.

Bologna is also known for its culinary tradition, with a wide range of world-renowned pasta dishes, cured meats, and cheeses, making it a food lover’s paradise.

The city is a university town, and the student population gives it a youthful and dynamic energy.

Bologna is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, and this makes it a hub of cultural and intellectual activity, with lectures, debates, and performances taking place throughout the year.

Bologna has a thriving nightlife scene with bars, pubs, clubs, and music venues scattered throughout the city. The city comes alive after dark, with young people spilling out onto the streets to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

The city’s central location in northern Italy makes it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region.

The city is well-connected by train and bus to other Italian cities such as Florence, Venice, and Milan, as well as to other parts of Europe.

Finally, Bologna is surrounded by hills and parks, offering ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking.

The city is also home to several beautiful piazzas where locals and visitors alike can relax and soak up the sun.

Overall, Bologna is a city that has something to offer everyone, whether you are interested in history, culture, food, nightlife, or outdoor activities.

It’s a destination that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression and provide a memorable experience for all who visit.

Housing in Bologna

Our housing arrangements offer an incredible range of accommodation options, ensuring that all program participants have a comfortable and safe stay while studying abroad in Bologna. You can choose from an elegant apartment, a cozy hotel room, or another type of comfortable dwelling, depending on availability.


All of our accommodations are guaranteed to be clean, safe, and comfortable, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the study abroad experience and get the much-needed rest you deserve after long days of exploring the city and shadowing doctors.


Most students opt for shared apartments with one or two double rooms, which are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. Many of our apartments also feature a kitchen, living room, desks, and a washing machine, providing all the amenities and comfort you need for a seamless and enjoyable stay.


Our apartments are situated in central and safe areas of Bologna, with easy access to shops, pharmacies, metro stations, and a variety of restaurants and grocery stores. You will be able to explore the city and take in its vibrant culture, with the comfort and convenience of a safe and comfortable home away from home.


Please note that the quality of housing may vary and is dependent on available providers.

Nonetheless, we carefully select our providers and work closely with them to ensure a high standard of safety, cleanliness, and comfort.

With our range of accommodation options, you can rest assured that you will have a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Bologna.

Dates and fees 2023

Summer 2024 dates will be announced in September

2-week program

3,800 ≈ 4,000$
  • I term: May 8 – May 19
  • II term June 19 – June 30

3-week program

4,970 ≈ 5,300$
  • I term: July 3 – July 21
  • II term: Sept 4 - Sept 22

4-week program

6,900 ≈ 7,300$
  • I term: May 22 – June 16
  • II term: June 26 - July 21

5-week program

8,200 ≈ 8,700$
  • I term: May 22 – June 23
  • II term: June 26 - July 28

4-week program for credit

8,900 ≈ 9,400$
  • I term: May 22 – June 16
  • II term: June 26 - July 21

5-week program for credit

9,700 ≈ 10,300$
  • I term: May 22 – June 23
  • II term: June 26 - July 28

Included with the fees

Currently accepting candidates:

Pre-meds, Pre-PA, Pre-nursing, Health sciences, Allied Health, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-dental, Public Health, PA, Nursing students, Medical students, Gap-year, Post-bacc, Global Health, Biomedical engineering, Healthcare related paths


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