Program Snapshot: Bocconi University
- Immerse yourself in Italian life while participate in an exchange semester at Italy's leading business school, studying alongside Italian and international students at Bocconi's urban campus in central Milan
- Enroll in courses in Economics, Management, Statistics or Law, offered in English or Italian
- Kick off your semester in Italy with Bocconi's 60-hour Italian language "crash course"
- Fall: Late August - late December*
- Spring: Early February - late June*
- Orientation: Bocconi's International Student Desk organizes a series of meetings at the beginning of each semester that useful information on relocation in Milan and on Bocconi services and procedures. Participation in the Orientation Meeting and Permit of Stay session is mandatory for exchange students.
- *All exchange students must remain on campus through the "Earliest Departure Date," the earliest date by which at least one official exam date for each course is scheduled. Since students must sit their exams at Bocconi only during the official examination sessions, students should not plan to depart prior to this date.
Academics at Bocconi
Studying at Bocconi
Bocconi University is considered the leading university in Business and Economics in Italy. The University has approximately 14,000 students, a permanent faculty of 1,300 members and approximately an administrative staff of 550.At Bocconi, you'll take courses alongside both Italian and international students - Bocconi exchanges approximately 1000 students every year with 200 universities worldwide.
What You’ll Learn
Exchange students can choose from among a wide range of courses, of which more than 90 are offered in English each semester. Topics include:
· International Economics, Management and Finance (Bachelor)
· International Management
· Marketing Management
· Accounting, Financial Management and Control
· Economics and Management of Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment
· Economic and Social Sciences
· Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology
Courses are offered in English and in Italian. Only students who are fluent in Italian should plan to enroll in courses taught in Italian. Please note that Bocconi does not offer any for-credit Italian language courses. Students wishing to improve their Italian may enroll in the 60-hour Italian language crash course, which takes place 3-4 weeks prior to the start of classes.
The format of most classes is mainly lectures. Depending on the subject, case discussions and presentations may be used. Class sizes range from 20 up to 130 students. Exams are typically written in courses taught in English, and must be sat on the official examination sessions and only at Bocconi. Students must officially enroll for exams on the official dates in order to allow the grade registration.
Exchange students may take up to 6 Bocconi courses per term (up to 18 Babson credits). Most Bocconi courses are worth 6 ECTS credits, equivalent to 3 Babson credits.
Grading is essentially based on the result of the final exam. In some courses it is the sum of different elements like team-work, projects, essays, and class participation. Grading is measured on a scale of 1 to 30. Babson students must earn a Bocconi "18" or greater, which is equivalent to a Babson College "C" or better, to receive credit for coursework completed abroad.
Life at Bocconi
Exchange students at Bocconi are encourage to get involved in all aspects of campus life. Bocconi's Sport Team coordinates recreational and sport events, while Campus Life organizes and promotes cultural, sporting and discussion-oriented activities.
Exchange students can apply for accommodation in Bocconi's residence halls through the International Student Desk Housing Office. Please note that the number of places the residence halls is limited and rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. While housing is not guaranteed, the International Student Desk does its best to provide housing to those who apply for it. Students who choose not to apply for Bocconi housing, or do not receive Bocconi housing, are responsible for securing their own accomodations.
Living in Milan
Bocconi is located in the northern Italian city of Milan, a metropolitan city of 3 million people. Milan is the financial capital of Italy and is often known as the “Fashion Capital of the World”. In addition, Milan also boasts artistic masterpieces renowned all over the world, such as: the “Duomo”, the world's fourth-largest church; the “Cenacolo Vinciano”, Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Last Supper; the “Teatro alla Scala”, Milan's famous and fabulous opera house and the “Castello Sforzesco”, which houses a collection of modern museums that are well stocked with impressive antiquities.
Milan is a lively and cosmopolitan city in continuous movement, with a wide range of entertainment available. Its unique location allows you to reach the Mediterranean, the Alps and Italy’s most beautiful lakes (Lago di Como, Lago Maggiore and Lago di Garda) in just a few hours.