Broaden Your Horizons

Gain contrasting perspectives on global issues.

Breadth and Depth

Courses emphasize economics, political science, history and language skills, providing a cross-disciplinary approach.

Lifetime Skills

Students learn lifetime skills for landing challenging jobs and connect with SAIS's global alumni network.

Four Seasons

Experience a day in the life of SAIS Bologna students.
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Invest in the Future

A wide selection of courses, approachable faculty and first class peers make the SAIS Bologna Center a wise investment.

About SAIS Europe

Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna’s long tradition of education, cultural heritage and political vitality makes it an attractive location for SAIS' European campus. On the cusp of its 60th anniversary, SAIS Europe is distinguished by strong faculty-student relationships, vigorous debate and a cohesive social and intellectual community. Exposure to contrasting European and U.S. perspectives on global issues offers a distinctive academic pairing—making for an extraordinarily enriching experience.

The History of SAIS Europe

C. Groves Haines founds the SAIS Bologna Center and serves as first director
SAIS Bologna holds its inauguration ceremony
Gertrude Pellegrini becomes C. Groves Haines' assistant
Treaty of Rome is signed, creating the European Economic Community
Enrollment jumps from 10 to 49 students
Nobel laureate Robert Mundell joins SAIS Bologna faculty
SAIS Bologna moves to new building at Via Belmeloro
Enrollment reaches 94 students
SAIS Bologna students visit NATO military headquarters in Brussels
Students in Bologna protest Vietnam War
Simon Serfaty becomes SAIS Bologna director
Network of educational exchanges begins, including first student trip to the Belgrade Institute of International Politics and Economics
Students visit Jagiellonian University in Poland
Wilfrid Kohl becomes director of SAIS Bologna
Students protest in Bologna in response to police shooting of a University of Bologna student who participated in a demonstration
Ronald Tiersky becomes SAIS Bologna director
Then-Italian Parliament member Giorgio Napolitano visits SAIS Bologna for its 25th anniversary
Robert Gard becomes SAIS Bologna director
SAIS Bologna students receive private audience with Pope John Paul II
Italian President Sandro Pertini visits SAIS Bologna
Stephen Low becomes SAIS Bologna director
Gianni Agnelli of Fiat visits SAIS Bologna
SAIS co-founder Paul H. Nitze attends SAIS Bologna's 35th anniversary celebration
Robert H. Evans becomes SAIS Bologna director
University of Bologna and SAIS Bologna co-found the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
Nobel laureates Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow and James Tobin attend SAIS Bologna's 40th anniversary celebration
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen lectures at SAIS Bologna
Marisa Lino becomes SAIS Bologna director
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus meets with students and faculty
SAIS Bologna celebrates its 50th birthday
SAIS Bologna Library is named in honor of former director Robert H. Evans
SAIS Bologna building is renovated
Kenneth H. Keller becomes SAIS Bologna director
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari and then-chairman of Fiat S.p.A, speaks at SAIS Bologna building inauguration ceremony
Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker speaks at Gerold von Braunmühl Lecture Series
Center hosts conference in honor of Professor Patrick McCarthy (1941-2007)
SAIS Bologna students meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
2009 Mario Monti, prime minister of Italy and then-president of Bocconi University, delivers lecture on "Europe and the Crisis"
SAIS Bologna students raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti
Mario Draghi, then-governor of the Bank of Italy, delivers Enzo Grilli Memorial Lecture
Bologna Institute for Policy Research opens its doors
Professor Erik Jones becomes director of the SAIS European Studies Program
European Union is awarded 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Visit SAIS Europe

Prospective Students

Campus Tours

SAIS Europe has an open-door policy for prospective students and encourages vists throughout the academic year when classes are in session. To arrange a visit, contact the Admissions Office at

Open Day
Open Day is an opportunity for students to visit the SAIS Europe campus. During the day-long event visitors meet current students and faculty and attend classes. To register for Open Day, please click here

Information Sessions

We understand that many of our applicants live far from the places we travel to. To make sure as many candidates as possible have their questions answered, we have arranged a set of online information sessions. To connect to the sessions, prospective students need access to a computer, an internet connection and a phone line (or Skype). For more information and instructions on how to log-in, please contact

Academic Catalog

Public & Press


Various seminar series are organized at SAIS Europe throughout the academic year. Seminars are grouped thematically and each one is hosted by a SAIS Europe faculty member. These events bring prominent scholars and practitioners from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world to present current research to the SAIS Europe and local community.

Event Calendar


SAIS Europe

Via Belmeloro 11
40126  Bologna
+39 +39 051 2917811

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