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Milan, known as Italy’s bustling business and finance city, is home to Università Bocconi, a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. It’s also considered a leading university in Italy. Founded in 1902, Bocconi was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. Spend your semester or year at Bocconi, which for over a century, has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization.
The University of Bocconi exchange program offers access to world-class academics in Economics. Bocconi's modern urban campus lies in the heart of Milan. It is a private university with a student population of 14,000. Courses are taught in English or Italian and include subjects such as management, statistics, business law, and economics. Your courses will offer up-to-date, quality content and are enriched with seminars and workshops involving members of the Italian and international business community.
Located in northern Italy, Milan provides easy access to the rest of Europe and the Alps. Milan is also home to the world-famous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro Stadium) where Milan's two main soccer teams play.
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Located in northern Italy, Milan is an international and cosmopolitan city with approximately 1.4 million people. It is often associated with fashion and glamour, industry and finance, and internationalism and higher education. Milan is also home to the world-famous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro Stadium) where Milan’s two main football teams play.
Additionally, you can see artistic masterpieces, renowned all over the world, such as: the Duomo (the world’s fourth-largest church); Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper; Teatro alla Scala, the opera house; and Castello Sforzesco, a modern museum stocked with impressive antiquities.
Milan is the EU's 10th most important city for business and finance and is recognized as the world's capital for fashion and design. It is also known for its rich culture, vibrant nightlife, and unique cuisine. Milan’s location allows you to be within a days’ reach of other major European cities, as well as those sites within a few hours, such as the Alps and the famous lakes – Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Garda.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to Milan.
An Italian student visa is required for U.S. citizens studying for a semester or academic year. You will receive instructions from IAP on the student visa process. U.S. citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. If you are not a US citizen, contact your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.You are advised NOT to leave the U.S. for any international travel up to three months before the program begins as your passport must be turned over to the consulate for visa processing. If you must be out of the country more than a couple of days prior to the program start date, there is no guarantee that the consulate will process the visa in time for your departure.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
The Bocconi International Student desk offers various welcome activities. In addition, a series of meetings organized at the beginning of each semester aiming at providing useful information on relocation in Milan and on Bocconi services and procedures is provided.
You will have the option of living in one of the many residence halls at Bocconi University, or finding an apartment on your own. All residence halls are furnished, single occupancy rooms with a private or shared bathroom. Most residence halls also provide kitchen and laundry facilities. If you decide to look for an apartment on your own it is advised you book a hotel room for the first few weeks of your time in Milan as it usually take some time to find a place. Bocconi International Student Desk
provides further information on their website.
There is a cafeteria located in the bottom of the Residenza Bocconi dormitory where you are able to eat lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. Exchange students receive the reduced price of 4 euros per meal. In the same area there is a 'panino-bar' where you can buy fast-food and sandwiches from Monday through Friday. The Coffee Bar located in the basement of the main University building also serves sandwiches Monday through Saturday. There are also several snack-bars, cafes and restaurants located around the university.
Excursions and Activities
Milan provides easy access for traveling on weekends and during school breaks to a variety other European cities and countries, the Alps, the Mediterranean, and Italy's Lake District. Only 27 miles away, the walled, hilltop town of Bergamo offers a great day-trip opportunity. Milan is also serviced by many discount airline companies.
There are numerous attractions within Milan, including the famous Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the La Scala Opera House, San Siro Stadium where Milan's soccer teams play, museums, and beautiful parks. Milan's main cathedral, Duomo, is located in the heart of the city and is the largest gothic cathedral in the world.
The Campus Life office
organizes and promotes cultural, sporting and recreational activities on campus and around the city. Campus Life activities allow students to enrich their knowledge, discuss issues regarding current events and cultivate new interests.
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You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The University of Bocconi International Student Desk (ISD) assists incoming exchange students.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Exchange Student Welcome Guide
(Fall - 2013-14)Exchange Student Welcome Guide
(Year - 2013-14)Bocconi Exchange Students Welcome Guide
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
"The professors at Bocconi were very knowledgeable and personable. The course work was very thorough, and the lecture material in each of my classes was interesting and stimulating."
"The International Student Desk staff at Bocconi University was great. They were very helpful, and made my transition to a new country almost seamless."
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
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Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
The International Economics, Management and Finance program aims to give you an in-depth assessment of the structure of the economic and financial system from a European and international perspective. During the regular semester you are offered a variety of business and economics classes to take in English or Italian, depending on your Italian proficiency.
You are required to take a minimum of 3 courses (and no more than 6) each semester. Although exchange students can audit language classes, they cannot be taken for credit during the regular semester. Classes are mainly in lecture format.
Before the start of the regular semester, you have the option of taking an intensive Italian language course that lasts 3-4 weeks. You will study Italian for 20 hours per week, familiarizing yourself with the Italian language and culture. Because the intensive language course is optional, it will not count for any academic credit and will not be included on your transcript. You will receive a certificate of attendance and an overall grade. Classes are offered for students with proficiency levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Program Web Page(s)
Bocconi International Student Information
Bocconi Course Offering
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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