BU’s four Padua programs take place in a lively town that’s home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Classes are taught both at the BU Padua Academic Center and the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD). Open to BU students only, the spring-semester Padua Management Internship Program consists of two management courses, an Italian language and culture course, and an internship for credit. Students directly enroll in the University of Padua Department of Business and Economics and have access to all University of Padua facilities and services.

All students must complete the full 16-credit program, enrolling in four academic courses.

The Padua Management Internship Program offers a spring-semester internship program consisting of two management courses, an Italian language and culture course, and an internship for credit. Students directly enroll in the University of Padua Department of Business and Economics and have access to all University of Padua facilities and services.

All students are required to enroll in the Internship course. Those students with no previous knowledge of Italian must enroll in the Italian language and culture course taught at the BU Padua Center.

  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics (4 credits)
    • The Management Internship course has been designed to introduce students to the Italian market and business environment from historical, political, and economic perspectives, and to contextualize the internship into both a European and a local view. Students will learn about institutions and trade unions as interlocutors in the market environment; types of companies, jobs, contracts, and policies as well as labor rights and behavior, and also about the cultural component as a relevant part of the work environment.
  • CAS LI 130 Introduction to Italian Language and Culture (4 credits)
    • This course is meant for students with no knowledge of Italian who will be introduced to everyday life and academic life in Italy. The course aims at developing mainly the abilities of language comprehension and production. Language is approached mainly from the communicative side which implies learning vocabulary, generic and specific, and grammar structures in use. Authentic oral and written material analyzed in class is acquired and practiced by reinforcing activities by on-site classes and out of class activities in the real life context which are all different modalities adopted by of the course.

Please check the BU Questrom School of Business and School of Hospitality Administration approved courses.

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay

  • 1 - 2 students per household. Shared home with Italian host family including bathrooms.
  • Kitchen available for occasional use with permission from host family
  • Partial board included - four dinners and seven breakfasts with host family per week All other meals are paid for by the student, out of pocket.
  • All students given a student ID that allows them access to University of Padua, including their cafeterias. No dining hall at BU Padua Center.
  • Laundry facilities available in host homes.
  • Study facilities available at BU Padua Center and libraries around University of Padua. Athletic facilities available for an extra charge locally.
  • Spring Semester: Early-January to late May

Please note that this program is only offered during the spring semester.

  • Spring Semester: October 1