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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates will be announced shortly. Students should anticipate beginning their semester in early September and will return shortly before the Christmas holiday. Please see advisor for details.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: No pre-requisite, not required to take language course in-country GPA: 2.75
Disciplines offered: Accounting (ACCT), Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Decision Science (DSCI), Economics (ECON), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), Information Technology Management (ITMG), Italian (ITAL), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), School of Business, Undergraduate Accomodations: Residence halls
Class Standing: Must have completed 60 units Program Advisor: Alana Thomas -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:
ITALY : Milan

Bocconi University

Fall / Spring Semester Exchange Program




Milan is one of the most stylish cities on the planet. Despite its fashion forward attitude, Milan is also a city with many important museums and wonderful monuments. The Castello Sforzesco Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which displays Leonardo's Last Supper or stroll through the Brera Museum which houses Madonna and Child and Pieta by Bellini.


Students will enroll at Università Bocconi or Bocconi University, a private Italian university. Bocconi University is recognized throughout Europe as one of the leading schools of business. It is ranked as having one of the top MBA programs in the world by the Financial Times, currently listed at #6 in Europe. Bocconi has bilateral agreements with over 260 top-ranked partner schools worldwide and exchanges over 1700 students every year.

This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local Italians as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at Bocconi. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. To learn more about Bocconi as an exchange student, visit the International Student Desk website. Also, please check out the 2017 - 2018 Fact Sheet for more information. 



Fall 2017 Courses offered at Bocconi University

Spring 2018 Courses offered at Bocconi University

*Fall 2018 courses will be published soon. Please refer to the Fall 2017 catalog to get a better idea of the courses that will be offered in Fall 2018. 

 Search all courses offered at Bocconi
*Select "English" in the drop-down "Language" tab if you do not wish to take classes taught in Italian

To view a list of Pre-Approved classes, please take a look at the Pre-Approved Bocconi Course Equivalencies to learn how Bocconi courses transfer to USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only. 

***Note: Undergraduate students are allowed to take up to one graduate level course, but no more. 

Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Thomas

Grades awarded during a semester at Bocconi will transfer back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the ITALY Grading Equivalencies to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at Italy varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.

The Italian Language Crash Course is optional for students who participate in the Exchange Program. This intensive course (60 hours) aims at helping all exchange students familiarize with Italian as a foreign language upon their arrival in Italy. It lasts for 3-4 weeks and is offered each semester before the beginning of Bocconi Courses. Exchange students attending the crash course will be required to pay a Registration Fee (130€).


The International Student Desk offers some housing solutions both semester and academic year accommodations at the Bocconi dorms. Bocconi housing information material, which includes a description of residences, rules and procedures, is available on the Bocconi Housing webpage

Students also have the option to seek out independent housing should they choose, though housing through Bocconi is recommended. Students will pay for their housing directly to Bocconi or the independent provider selected.    


USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.


A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for an Italian student visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The Italian student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.


Cultural Events: One day trips or visits to cultural sites in Milano (Castello Sforzesco, Palazzo Clerici) are organized each semester. 

Milanozine also is a great resource for students to know what activities and events are happening in Milan!