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Education Abroad Office

Bocconi University

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Milan
Country: Italy
Term: Spring

UofSC's International Business exchange program at Bocconi University is designed to expose American students to Italian life and culture and international business practices. Bocconi University is located in Milan, Italy's second largest city, with a population of about 1.35 million. Milan has one of Europe's largest business centers and hosts many commercial and financial organizations. Bocconi University, founded in 1902, is one of the top-ranked European business schools, specializing in Economics, Management, and Finance. Bocconi places an emphasis on student activities and community involvement in order for students to enhance their learning outside of the classroom. According to the Bocconi website, the undergraduate programs at Bocconi provide students "an in-depth assessment of the structure of the economic and financial system from a European and international perspective, providing them with the tools needed to deal with the mechanisms which regulate the process of integration of different economies, firms, and institutions".

Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Bocconi. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Milan. Bocconi estimates that students budget between €500 per month for the least costly accomodations and €1,200 per month for the most costly accomodations, To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Milan compared to 250 other countries in the world.

On average, students at Bocconi take an average of 4 courses per semester (a maximum of 6 courses). Bocconi uses the ECTS credit system. Students may decide to substitute one Bocconi course with a research project under the mentorship of a Bocconi faculty member (USC students interested in this option may wish to consider applying for grants offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research). Exams must be taken on-campus during the official exam periods. Grades will be primarily based on the results of the final exam. Over 100 courses are offered in English each semester.

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Bocconi offers several welcome activities at the beginning of the semester, including university tours, a guided tour of Milan, and welcome parties. Bocconi also offers a Buddy Program that pairs an Italian student with a new incoming exchange student to help with adjustment and cultural adaptation.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

The spring semester takes place from early February with exams finishing in late May/early June.  

Bocconi University provides a mandatory orientation at the beginning of each semester. It consists of a series of meetings which provide logistical information related to life in Milan and school regulations.

Students who attend Bocconi for a semester are required to apply for an Italian student visa upon receipt of acceptance materials from Bocconi. This requires an in-person visit to the Italian Consulate. SC residents will go through the Miami Consulate. Out-of-state students can use the Miami consulate as well or check for their home residence's jurisdiction.


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