- Review the Bocconi Fact Sheet
- Immerse yourself in Italian life and culture while taking coursework in English in the elective phase of SDA Bocconi School of Management's MBA program
- Experience life in Milan, a city at the center of European and Italian business, finance and industry with a great potential for contacts and careers.
- Fall: Late August - late October (additional exams in November)
- Orientation: Exchange students are encouraged to participate in the Orientation Week programs and the Intensive Italian language course offered at the start of the semester.
Please note that the exchange program at SDA Bocconi is offered during the Fall semester only.
Academics at SDA Bocconi
Studying at SDA Bocconi
Università Bocconi is a private research university located in the heart of Milan, the leading Italian university in business and economics, with a high standing in major international rankings. Established in 1902, Università Bocconi has since made contributions to economics, business administration and legal studies through a spirit of independence, pluralism, exchange of ideas, constant research and critical pragmatism.
Since 1971, SDA Bocconi School of Management has been engaged in the training of executives with an international approach. The vision of empowering talent to meet the future is present throughout the School’s offerings, from executive and custom programs to MBA and Masters. The goal is the development of individuals, companies, institutions and economic systems through the creation of value and knowledge.
What You’ll Learn
Students who participate in an exchange at SDA Bocconi will take a total of 7 courses over the course of the program in the Elective Phase of the MBA program:
- During the first five weeks of the semester, students will select one of the three major concentration areas - Corporate Finance, Marketing, or Strategy - and will take the 5 courses offered in that area for the duration of that time period.
- During the last three weeks of the semester, students will selecton one of the two niche concentration areas - Investments or Innovation - and will take the 2 courses offered in that area for the duration of that time period.
Please note that students can enroll in courses from one concentration only, during both the major and niche portions of the semester, due to overlapping course dates/times between concentrations. Additionally, there are usually
Exchange students have access to all Career Development Service activities - except for the CV Book (printed in Spring) and individual Career Coaching. Bocconi's recruiting season takes place during the Fall Term.
Coursework at SDA Bocconi is conducted in English. A dedicated beginner Italian language course is offered throughout the whole duration of the exchange period for a total of 3 hours per week. Please note that Babson does not grant academic credit for language coursework at the MBA level, but students are strongly encouraged to participate in this language course to increase their proficiency in the host country language.
The classroom environment features intensive classroom activity. The classes are relatively small classes (50-60 participants in each class) and students are encouraged to interact among and get to know each other well across their concentration classes. Cross cultural exchange is also encouraged; half of the students are non Italian and come from approx. 30 different countries. Teaching methods include case studies, group work, individual study lectures, meetings with guests speakers, projects, computer simulations, and multimedia analysis of cases.
A full load correspond to 7 electives (5 major +2 niche).
Life at SDA Bocconi
Exchange students can participate in all extra-curricular activities organized by the school, as well as student clubs, including: Management Consulting, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sailing, DiVino (Wine, Culture and Tradition), Ethica, Golf, Ski, and Motor.
An external consultant supports students in find accommodation. No on-campus housing is provided.
Living in Milan
An International MBA in Milan means the best mix of culture, leisure, people and places. Milan will be your campus - a city at the center of European and Italian business, finance and industry with a great potential for contacts and careers. You will discover its historical monuments and its landmarks, its financial and fashion districts, its renowned football clubs and its taste for food and wine, all in your everyday life. And, perhaps to your surprise, you will experience the joy of skiing in the Alps, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea or sightseeing in Venice, Rome or other major European capitals, all less than 3 hours from the Bocconi.