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Bocconi University
Milan, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
 Minimum GPA:
 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 - ALERT Limited spaces for S17 term abroad

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 of whom 10% are international.  

You can take a virtual tour of the campus and facilities or check out the Bocconi Youtube channel!

Every year almost 1,200 exchange 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.


  • This program is only open to business, economics and law students.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
  • 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. 
  • Law students should consult with Associate Dean Jim Gibson about their interest in Bocconi before applying.


Course Selection

Courses are offered 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 2-week non-credit intensive Italian language crash course offered before the start of the regular semester. Bocconi will administer an online language placement exam and the student is placed accordingly. The course meets for 4-5 hours per day, 6 days per week, for two 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."  Students are allowed to take a maximum of 5 courses at Bocconi.  4 courses is the average course load for an exchange student.

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.

Exams must be taken during official examination sessions in Milan. Students need to officially register for exams on official dates in order to allow the grade registration. The exam format may vary: even though exams are usually written, some courses may have an oral exam; the format might also include assignments and midterm exams.   *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


UR Equivalent

Cum Laude/Excellent 30


Very Good 29-28




Satisfactory 23-21




Below 18*


* 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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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

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.  

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 Michele Cox, Director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Education.

Updated April 2016

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.