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Bocconi University
Milan, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
 Minimum GPA:
3
 Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
 Housing Options:
Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information





About Bocconi University

Located in the heart of Milan, the business and fashion capital of Italy, Bocconi offers an excellent education and is well situated to explore the rest of Italy and Europe. Bocconi is recognized as the leading business and economics institution in Italy and is a top ranked business school in Europe. Milan Duomo by Michael FisherBocconi was the first Italian university to confer a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Approximately 12,000 students attend Bocconi University.

You can take a virtual tour of the campus and facilities or check out the Bocconi Youtube channel!   In addition, a Richmond student, John, blogged about his study abroad experience at Bocconi during the fall 2011 semester.

Every year almost 600 students from universities around the world study at Bocconi. The guide for exchange students can be found online, and it includes detailed information concerning the academic calendar, course descriptions, facilities, residence permits, health, etc.

To support academic success, Bocconi offers an extensive library with over 670,000 volumes and 6,700 periodicals. Also, there are nearly 600 places for individual study within the library. There is also a Centre for Teaching and Learning (CESIDA) that offers opportunities to develop effective study methods and skills, adaptation to university life and personal counseling.

In addition to the high quality of academics Bocconi offers, there are also many opportunities to get involved in cultural events and sports teams. Some of the sports include soccer, basketball, swimming, water polo, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, tennis and sailing.

Eligibility

  • This program is only open to business, economics and law students.
  • Students who are on conduct probation are not eligible to apply.
  • Students should generally be in their junior or senior year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA in the major is especially important)
  • Students with prior study of Italian language may be given preference in admission, although no previous study of Italian is required.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session offered by Dr. Tom Cosse before choosing a program and submitting an application. Watch for announcements on the dates of those meetings.
  • Law students should consult with Associate Dean Clark Williams about their interest in Bocconi before applying.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.

Academics

Course Selection

Courses are offered only in the fields of economics, business administration and law. When required, students must have prerequisites. Richmond students generally take courses in English.

  • You can view the most updated list of courses by clicking here.  Students with advanced Italian language skills are encouraged to take courses in Italian with prior approval from Bocconi.  
  • Course descriptions for all courses can be found by searching for the desired course title or course code here.
  • Law students should click here: (ACADEMIC INFORMATION FOR LAW STUDENTS.doc) for information on course selection specific to law students.

Milan skyline, by Michael FisherRichmond students are required to enroll in a non-credit bearing 4-week intensive Italian language crash course offered at the beginning of the semester. The language course will begin approximately one week before the semester begins and continue during the first three weeks of the regular semester. Bocconi will administer a language placement exam shortly after arrival and the student is placed accordingly. The course meets 5 times per week for 4 hours per day in the first two weeks and less often in the latter weeks. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY in the language course. Cultural Orientation Sessions are part of the Italian language course.

For students who wish to continue the study of Italian language during the semester, there is a follow up course offered during the semester. This course does not offer a grade and therefore cannot be applied for transfer credit.

Course Load

Bocconi has its own credit system, referred to as "Bocconi credits".

For law students: To determine the value of an individual Bocconi course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of Bocconi credits divided by 2. For more information about unit conversion, click Conversion to Units.

Bocconi Credits UR credits
4 2
5 2.5
6 3
7 3.5
8 4
9 4.5
10 5

For undergrads: All credit for undergraduate students will be transferred back to UR using the Unit System.

To determine the unit value of an individual Bocconi course, the following formula will be used by the UR Registrar's office: # of Bocconi credits divided by 7 and rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit.

A minimum unit load at Richmond is 3.5 units and the maximum is 5.5 units per semester. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status you should register for a minimum of 24 Bocconi credits per semester.

Below is a table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.

Bocconi Credits

Richmond Units

4 .6
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
9 1.3
10 1.5

 

Other Academic Issues

Bocconi provides academic advisors to exchange students to assist with registration and other academic concerns. If necessary, tutoring is available for exchange students.

Although exams for the fall semester are typically given in January and February, Bocconi will arrange all exams for foreign students to be given before Christmas. In the spring semester, exams end somewhere between May and mid-July, with most students able to leave in early June. These exams may be oral and/or written. UR students will be required to stay at Bocconi to complete their final exams at the end of the spring term. *Note - if you fail an exam, there is a re-take option. However, you must sit for the re-take in Milan. Your re-take cannot be proctored from the United States. If you are concerned about failing an exam, you should plan to stay in Milan for the scheduled re-take session, usually offered a few weeks after the original exam.
 

Grade ScaleInterMilan vs. Sporting, by Michael Fisher

Bocconi

UR Equivalent

Cum Laude/Excellent 30

A+

Very Good 29-28

A

Good
27-24

B

Satisfactory 23-21

C

Sufficient*
20-18

D

Fail
Below 18*

F

* A mark of "Sufficient" or "Fail" from Bocconi does NOT transfer back to UR. You must earn at least a "Satisfactory" to transfer credit back to UR.

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Accommodations

Spadolini (A Bocconi student residence hall), by Johnny HarrisOff-campus university owned housing options near Bocconi are limited and therefore housing is not guaranteed. Due to limited space, students who submit early applications and deposits have a better chance to get Bocconi housing.

The housing availability at Bocconi changes each semester. To verify which dorms are available for the semester you are going abroad, email housing.isd@unibocconi.it.

Most 1-semester exchange students will be housed in the Arcobaleno or Dubini dormitories. Full-year exchange students may be housed in these dorms, or in some of the others such as Javotte, Spadolini or Bocconi.

All of the dorms described above are located within a walking or public transport commuting distance. These residences are associated with the university, but are privately managed.

Bocconi dorm room, by Michael Fisher (J. Harris, pictured)

Note: Once a student has signed up for an apartment, it is difficult to change or move out. A student who decides to move/change residences must give one month prior notice.

Bocconi student residences have shared kitchens. Most students cook or eat in the self-service cafeterias located in the student residence and in the university buildings. There are also numerous snack bars located close to the University.

UR students who are not allocated Bocconi housing can seek assistance from the Bocconi Student Union-SEN (Student Exchange Network), which will help them upon arrival in finding a furnished apartment with other exchange students. Students may have to make arrangements for temporary housing.  In addition, Bocconi provides some online resources to help students with apartment hunting.

Dates and Costs

Click here to see Bocconi Dates and Costs.

Visa Information

Click here for Italian Visa Info.
 

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For more information: contact Dr. Tom Cosse, Associate Dean of of International Business in the Robins School of Business or Abby Ward, Study Abroad & Program Manager in the Office of International Education.

Updated November 2013

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the documents are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.



 
This program is currently not accepting applications.