Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo is located in the historic walled city of Urbino, an important political center and home of many prominent figures of the Italian Renaissance. Located just 30 miles west of the Adriatic beach towns, Urbino has retained its medieval character, with charming streets lined with shops and overhanging apartments. The city is surrounded by picturesque vineyards, forests and mountain streams. The city’s centerpiece is the historic 15th-century palace built by the Duke of Montefeltro. Urbino, the Renaissance city, has become the ideal city for study, and is a lively and stimulating campus-town perfectly suited for student life.

Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo traces its origins back to the Collegio dei Dottori, which was officially recognized by Pope Julius II in 1507. Today, the university has ten academic faculties which offer its students and scholars a wide range of courses and research opportunities.

ISEP students immerse themselves in Italian culture and daily by taking university classes with local students and living in a residence hall on campus. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. The university also has a "buddy system" to help connect ISEP students with local students and adjust to life in Urbino! 


All ISEP students in Urbino are accommodated in the university halls of residence  and receive a meal card that provides for 19 meals per week in the university cafeterias

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Course Description

Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo offers the majority of their courses taught entirely in Italian. A small selection of courses is taught in English or partially taught in English. Additionally, some courses where the lecture is in Italian provide students the option to complete course assignments, readings and exams in English. 

A pre-session Italian language course and Italian language course during the semester are included in ISEP benefits. It is highly recommended that all students enroll in both language courses.  

Tips for finding courses:

1. Use the Italian Course Search. Choose the Academic Year, Type (LAUREE) and Academic Program. 

2. Click on the course name for more information, including the syllabus.

4. Courses in the Primero Semestre (first semester) run September – January and courses in the Secondo Semestre (second semester) run February – June. Courses labeled Annualita Singola run the full year from September – June. 

5. Students may also search for CLIL courses which are taught entirely or partially in English or other foreign languages. 

IMPORTANT: ISEP students can select courses from different degree programs, but all courses selected must come from the same "group." For example, students may take classes in sociology and business (group one) but not biology (group two) and history (group three). All students may still take the Italian language course regardless of their field of study. 

Group one: Law, communications, sociology, economics, business (finance, accounting, management, administration and marketing), political science and government studies. 

Group two: Computer science, physics, biology, chemistry, earth and geological sciences, nutrition, pharmacology and sport science. 

Group three: Education, archaeology, philosophy, classics, foreign language and literature (Italian, Greek, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, German), history, art history and psychology. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • English Language and Literature

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

(in Italian)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Chinese Studies European Studies French Studies German Studies Italian Studies Near and Middle Eastern Studies Russian, Central European, East European, and Eurasian Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Microbiology and Immunology Toxicology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures: Recommended!

    Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Modern Greek Language and Literature Russian Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Nutrition Sciences Pharmacy

  • History:

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Ancient Studies/Civilizations European History History, Other

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Legal Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Acoustics Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Other Academic Conditions

In the Italian academic system, 1 CFU = 0.5 U.S. credits. A 6 credit course in Italy is equivalent to a 3 credit course in the U.S. Students should register for a minimum of 24 CFUs and a maximum of 30 CFUs. Your home institution ultimately determines credit conversion. 

All students must submit a Language Evaluation for Italian with their ISEP application. Students mainly taking classes in English or partially taught in English should have an A2 level of Italian. Students taking classes in Italian should have a B1 level. Students who have an A2 level but wish to take courses taught in Italian may be considered provided they enroll in the pre-session language course. 

Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage courses are closed to ISEP students. 

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