In 1902, Bocconi University was established as a private institution with a generous endowment from Ferdinando Bocconi, a wealthy merchant commemorating his son who had disappeared in an overseas battle. Located in downtown Milan, the heart of Italian commerce, Bocconi was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. A century later, it is considered the top school in Italy for the study of economics and a leading European university for economics and business administration.
Bocconi is committed to education with a global perspective. In addition to its approximately 13,000 undergraduates, Bocconi hosts over 500 exchange students each year from more than 100 partner schools in 44 countries.
The Bocconi University exchange program provides BC students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the leading universities in Europe, where they can take courses in economics, business administration, and law. This program is best suited for business and/or economics majors as Bocconi is a business school.
A wide variety of courses taught in English are available. Students with sufficient language background may also take courses in Italian. Prior to the start of the academic year, students spend several weeks developing Italian language skills through the mandatory Italian Crash Course. Following this course, students enroll in a minimum of four university courses taught in English or Italian.
International Student Desk
International Relations Office
Via Sarfatti 25, 2nd Floor, room 223
20136 Milan, Italy
Academics & Support
Students are required to take a full course load of 30 ECTS. This includes the two week Italian Crash Course
and four semester long courses. Students may choose to extend the two-week crash course by registering for a follow-up course, which meets once per week for the semester. Please notify the exchange coordinator should you choose to do this. BC will cover the cost of both the Crash Course and the Follow-Up course
Academic advisors are available to help exchange students choose their courses at Bocconi and are also available to offer assistance throughout the semester. Students register online for courses prior to arriving in Milan and will receive an email with log in information allowing them to access the student portal.
Students should pay special attention to listed pre-requisites for courses, previous BC students have found finance courses particularly challenging and that faculty expect that students have taken significant previous course work in finance. Students should consult the Bocconi academic advisors for questions about courses. Please also note that Bocconi final grades are typically based on only one or two exams.
Course information can be found at this website
, and to select the appropriate year, click along the left-hand panel of the web page.
- Fall Term: Starts in late August and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in late May.
Students register for housing online prior to arrival in Milan. It is extremely important that students register for housing and submit their deposits as soon as registration becomes available. Housing is not guaranteed. You will make payments for housing directly to Bocconi.
Bocconi offers housing in five private student residences and two other residences, which are associated with the university but privately managed. Single and double rooms are available and prices vary. Some accommodations are located very close to the Bocconi while others are a 20-30 minute walk or bus ride away. Students will be contacted by Bocconi regarding the housing application process and housing assignment. Since housing is assigned on a first come first served basis, it is important that students follow the housing application procedures and meet the deadlines set by Bocconi in order to be considered for housing.
Recently, the most popular Bocconi housing for BC students has been the Arcobaleno Residence Hall. Most of the international students reside at the Arcobaleno, which is approximately a 30 minute bus ride to the Bocconi. The bus stop is a five-minute walk from the residence hall.
It’s a great place to make friends from all over the world and is essentially a small campus to itself.The rooms are configured with two bedrooms and one bathroom within each suite. You have a suitemate but you still have your own single room which is fairly large. There’s also a small kitchen with a mini fridge in your room. As far as cooking goes, there are common kitchens on the second floor for everyone to use. Students often make food together and eat at the large tables in the common kitchens. The grocery store (Esselunga) is a block from the dorm so food is easy to shop for.
The other popular housing option is the Spadolini, which is located approximately 10 minutes from Bocconi. Mostly Italian students reside there.
When you check in to your residence hall you will receive a bill with payment instructions. Please note that if you don’t make your payment on time, you will be charged a late fee penalty. Refer to this website
for additional housing information.
Meals are not included in the cost of housing. A self-service cafeteria is open to students every day except for Sunday. In addition there is a coffee bar in the basement of the university building. There are also numerous snack-bars close to the Bocconi and plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in the area.
During the period of the Intensive Italian course, the International Relations office
will host a reception/orientation meeting for all exchange students. In addition, student associations host social activities for exchange students throughout the semester. A group of Bocconi students formed a student organization called SEN (Student Exchange Network), which hosts social activities for exchange students throughout the semester.
Other activities offered at Bocconi may include reduced priced performances at Milan’s famed opera house, La Scala, tours of various places in Milan and northern Italy, musical performances and conferences/lectures. There is also a small athletic center at Bocconi, which has facilities for weightlifting and aerobics.
Bocconi has designed cultural orientation sessions to assist exchange students in understanding Italy and Italian culture as well as adapting to the new environment. These orientation sessions take place during the Early Start intensive Italian course. Topics addressed in the past include “Cross-Cultural Management,” “Society, Economy, and Character of the Italians through Movies,” “The Italian Economy,” and “Fashion and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Approach.”
Milan has two main airports: Linate (domestic and European flights) and Malpensa (inter-continental flights). Both airports offer banking and exchange facilities, post office, car rentals, snack bars and restaurants. Linate is approximately 10km from the city center. Malpensa is approximately 50km from the city center. There is bus service both to and from Linate and Malpensa Airports and train service from Malpensa.
A taxi from Linate Airport to Bocconi will cost approximately 20 Euros. A taxi from Malpensa to Bocconi will cost approximately 120 Euro.
Milan has two main railway stations: Milano Centrale and Milano Cadorna. Both train stations will take you near the Bocconi University. If you arrive at Malpensa Airport, then the Milano Cadorna railway station is most convenient.
Another alternative is the following: Take the “Malpensa Express” shuttle from the airport all the way to Stazione Cadorna. It costs approximately 11 Euro. From here, you can take a cab to your assigned residence hall- the cost is approximately 20 euro.