Bologna Business School

Bologna Business School

BBS is an international business school, created by the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, to shape a new generation of business leaders, capable of driving international growth and digital transformation, with a view to sustainability. The academic interdisciplinary and strongly practice-oriented approach offers a unique learning experience in collaboration with Italian “industry champions” especially from the automotive, food and wine, sustainability, automation&robotics, and luxury fields. BBS home is in Bologna at Villa Guastavillani, a splendid 16th-century residence located in the heart of Italy, in one of the leading economic regions of Italy and Europe.


Bologna Business School is one of the top 1% Business Schools accredited by EQUIS – EFMD Quality Improvement System, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

Scholarships & funding

Bologna Business School offers both full and partial scholarships for participants of the MBA. All applicants are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality. Scholarships are merit-based (both academic as well as professional merit) and cover tuition costs only. The Global MBA offers scholarships of:

  • 35,000 euro (full scholarship)
  • 20,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 15,000 euro (partial scholarship)
  • 10,000 euro (partial scholarship)

Africa Scholarship Program

BBS and the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation grant the Africa Scholarship Program. This Program aims to facilitate the participation of young bright talents from Africa wishing to pursue an MBA and contribute to the social and economic development of their Continent.

About the Professional Masters, Bologna Business School is pleased to offer partial scholarships to the most meriting students. All of these scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded to the top-ranked candidates in the selection process. The students who come out on top in the selections will be students who not only come from strong academic or practical backgrounds but also those who display the strongest motivation to take part in this program.

There are scholarships of 6,000 euros and scholarships of 4,000 euros. All applicants will be considered for a scholarship – no specific application is required. The scholarships are awarded over the course of every round of selection and if you have performed well enough to merit one of them, you will be informed at the moment of admission.

Why study at Bologna Business School

Bologna Business School believes in cutting-edge and high quality education. With this in mind, BBS designs course offering with the strategic guidance of an International Advisory Board and the day-to-day input of mixed teams made up of academics, practitioners, consultants and players on the global socio-economic scene.

Bologna Business School believes in continuing and customized education for:

Young managers who want to grow professionally and personally, strengthening specific functional skills or deepening their understanding of specific market sectors; Recent graduates who are entering the workforce and require knowledge, techniques and practical tools in addition to a traditional university education; Executives and professionals ready to challenge themselves, to consolidate their knowledge base, and raise the bar with their skills through work-study, training and access to new networks; Companies and institutions aware of the complexity of new global realities who are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities that derive from leveraging their internal human capital.

Bologna Business School believes in accessible and open education, this is why there are scholarships available for the students of the Professional Masters and Global MBA.

Bologna Business School is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge

Awards & Accreditations

European Foundation for Management Development Quality Improvement System


European Foundation for Management Development


European Association for People Management


Society for Human Resource Management


Associazione Italiana Per La Formazione Manageriale


Associazione Italiana Per La Direzione Del Personale


Student services & facilities

The goal of the Career Service of Bologna Business School, is to provide the tools and resources to gain access to the labor market and find an internship. The aim is also to support the businesses of our territory, and not limited to it, to select talents to employ; talents from all over the world, who come to Bologna to immerse themselves in the culture and the excellence of Made in Italy.

The Career Service Team supports the students in their journey made of learning and professional development, through a series of seminars, with the aim of providing the necessary tools and resources to gain access to leadership positions in the labor market. Furthermore, thanks to professional career counselors and a process to identify one’s own “Strengths” (Point Positive Assessment) developed in collaboration with Essentic, students are supported by way of customized service to establish a professional development plan, which will help them achieve their goals in their search for an internship.

The process is carried out through the following steps:

  • Drafting of a CV and a Cover Letter
  • Creating an efficient LinkedIn profile
  • How to manage a job interview
  • Initial guidance interviews
  • Career Strategy Counseling
  • Mock Interviews with specialized Head Hunters
  • Career Development Retreat
  • On-going support to students through one–to–one session.


Villa Guastavillani is Bologna Business School headquarters and institutional seat, a beautiful sixteenth-century residence located on Mount Barbiano in the very first Bologna hills and just a few minutes away from the city center of Bologna. The villa is developed on four floors, one of which is underground. Inside it is possible to admire frescoed walls and ceilings, which in several cases give the name to the room that hosts them.

New Campus (next opening) is located in front of Villa Guastavillani and will rise on the crest of the hill through the redevelopment and recovery of some buildings already present on the site, for a total area of ​​3300 square meters. The project is designed to create a place where nature, history and architecture interact in other to provide learning spaces in tune with the needs of students and pay great attention to the issue of sustainability.

Bologna Fair part of the didactic activities has been moved from Villa Guastavillani to pavilion 34 of the Bologna Fair. A temporary solution that provides 8 classrooms to accommodate at least 370 participants and students, 11 breakout rooms and spaces reserved for staff and teachers within an area that can normally accommodate up to 10,000 people.

Student lifestyle

National and international companies support the School for different activities that concern the design of the courses, company visits, guest lectures, project works, besides hosting students for the final internship. Indeed, to this end, over the years the Bologna Business School has established a large network and a sound partnership with the most important Italian and European companies thanks to a customized approach, one that is based on the needs of each individual business.

The BBS Alumni Community Portal is also dedicated to our students


11,000 potential members including current students / participants, alumni, faculty ​


To strengthen the sense of belonging to BBS during and after, to build loyalty and nurture the community network ​


​Events, mentorship, job opportunities, groups and chapters for aggregation.

The institution’s most important event of the year, for the Bologna Business School Community, is the Graduation Master Class, a solemn moment that marks the academic success of the School’s graduating students.

The Graduation is held in Piazza Maggiore, in the historical heart of the city of Bologna, where more than 1500 students of BBS University Masters and Executive Masters are reunited.


We are currently running a partnership with Spotahome. Students can get a 25% discount on their reservation fee by using the promo code that the school will give to them.


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Bologna Business School

Villa Guastavillani - Via degli Scalini, 18
40136 Bologna

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