Bologna, the famous university city, with a long tradition of academic excellence, is one of the most desired study destinations in Europe. With so many nicknames, the learned one" (la dotta), reference to its university, "the fat one" (la grassa) reference to its cuisine, stated a UNESCO “city of music”, due to the numerous open-air concerts and music associations, Bologna has a rich and fascinating cultural legacy. Supposedly, here, Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa and you can see one of Michelangelo’s works of art (the sculpture of an angel on the arc in Basilica Santo Domenico). Home to the oldest university in the western world, in Bologna, you can study your favourite discipline and benefit of some of the best and innovative teaching styles. Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. The city is placed on the edge of the Po Plain, close to the Apennine Mountains.
Bologna has a rich and diverse economy, the main industries are: manufacturing (machinery, automobiles, footwear, textile, chemical products), engineering, as well as finance, insurance and retail.
Some of the major employers in Bologna include: Unipol, Ducati, Segafredo Zanetti, KPMG, Philip Morris, Alstom Transportation, Sysdata, Nike, Lionbridge.
Local companies offer several internships, available for international students as well. Most of them require an intermediate level of Italian language.
Having one of the largest historical centres in Italy, Bologna is a great spot for culture and arts, and you will continually marvel at the beautiful buildings, towers, churches and monuments, some of them preserved from the Middle Ages.
Main landmarks of Bologna include:
Whenever you feel the need to see a play, go to Teatro Comunale and if you want to relax, check out the lovely parks: Giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens), Parco Montagnola and others.
Whoever is passionate about cars or motorcycles, will surely want to visit the annual Motor Show Bologna and admire famous brands of Italy, at the Lamborghini Museum and the Ducati Museum.
Bologna is also famous for the tasty cuisine; try some of the local dishes, like tagliatelle with ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth, mortadella, and the original Bologna sausage.
From Bologna, you can visit so many beautiful cities in Italy: Firenze (Florence) is only around 30 minutes away by train and Rome, Milano, Venice and Genoa are all around one hour and a half – two hours away.
Due to its reputed university, Bologna counts thousands of international students, coming not only from all over Europe, but from U.S. and Asia as well.
Foreign-born residents include Romanians, Albanians and Asians (mostly Filipinos and Bangladeshi people).
You will also see branches of several multinational companies in Bologna.
In Bologna, winters are rather cold, and summers are hot and muggy. Snow and heavy snowfalls are common in the winter, with low temperatures of around -10 °C (14 °F). The average high temperatures during the summer range around 29 – 30 °C (85 – 87 °F). Most rainfalls occur in spring and autumn.
The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture.
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