Exchange in Bologna

Study period exchange: 01/09/2018 until 01/01/2019
Country (exchange): Italy
City (exchange):  Rimini
University (exchange): University of Bologna
Faculty (exchange): Economics and Political science

2. Motivation for exchange

Why did you choose to go on study exchange?

I have always wanted to experience what it is like to live in a foreign country with different habits and culture. I have heard a lot of positive stories about going on exchange so from the moment I heard about the opportunity to go on exchange I immediately started searching for places. I think exchange is a great way to learn more about yourself but also about foreign countries, getting to know new people from all over the world and broaden your horizon. Not only do you learn a lot by going to a different university and following new courses, you also learn to take care of yourself and others.

What is the reason you chose for this country/university?

My first choice was Melbourne, Australia. As I did not get my first choice I had to choose something else as my second choice and that was Italy. I did not know much about this country so I was curious to see how it would be. I also was interested in the courses of the university.

3. Accessibility to reach destination

Do you have any tips to reach your exchange destination?

Take a plane to Bologna from Eindhoven and then the train from Bologna central station to Rimini FS.

4. University and studying

Could you provide some general information about the followed courses?

How is the study formalized?

The first 4 courses are third year bachelor courses of Tourism Economics. The last course is a master course of Resource Economics. Examination goes through a written examination, essay or exercises made in class. Material was often a book or only slides.

What is the culture of the university?

Lecturers are approachable but not many speak very well English. WUR is more strict, there are less rules at the university in Rimini.

What does the university offer the student additionally?

You can have lunch at the campus.

5.Housing-travelling-living

What are the possibilities for housing? 

There is a university campus, but it is difficult to get a spot here. There are lots of apartments to rent in Rimini, at the beach side but also in the centre.

What is the culture of the country like? 

The kitchen of Italy is world famous. They have lots of eating traditions like aperitivo before having dinner. Italians are also often more relaxed than northern Europe people.

Could you give a general price indication of the place of residence compared to living in Wageningen?

Approximately €350/ €400 for a room

Could you give some information about public transport infrastructure? 

Train from Bologna to Rimini is €9.85, this is the cheapest. Buses are €1.50 for 90 minutes or if you buy ticket on the bus it is €2  for 60 minutes. We walked to the university, but you can also buy a bike.

6. Free time

What are must-sees in the area?

Rimini is great for day trips or trips to surrounding cities or countries nearby, like Ravenna, Bologna, Florence, Venice, San Marino, Ancona etc. It is very easy to reach these by train or flixbus.

What does not appear in the travel guide, but is worth a visit?

Rimini itself has a very cute and nice Italian centre. Have some drinks at La Cantineta.

Do you have general tips and tricks about leisure time?

Il cortile in Centro is the best pizza place.
La mi mamma has other very nice Italian food
La Romana has the best icecream with melted chocolate in the cone
La Hora Feliz or Etoile for some nice cocktails with aperitivo.

7.Challenges & best moment abroad

What was a challenge you have experienced?

Talking English to Italians as their level of English is very low.
Getting enough courses to get the credits.

What was your best memory abroad?

This was the best time of my life. Meeting new people, making amazing friends.