Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Bocconi University) is a private university in Milan, Italy. Bocconi provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education in the fields of economics, management, finance, law and public administration. Bocconi University was founded in 1902. For over a century, the University has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values as a major research university, remaining committed to democratic practices and open to the world, as well as financially and politically independent.
At the outset of the 21st century, Bocconi is contributing to the advancement of European higher education by teaching business and economic knowledge to prospective managers and researchers from all over the world. Bocconi is considered the leading university in Business and Economics in Italy, and its School of Management has consistently been ranked as a leader in the Financial Times MBA Rankings. Bocconi also belongs to two of the most prestigious international business networks, Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) and Partnership in International Management (PIM).
Milan is known as the business capital of Italy. Home to Italy’s stock exchange, the Borsa Italiana, and famous global companies like Giorgio Armani, Bugatti, and Pirelli, Milan offers a dynamic international business setting. Milan boasts a thriving business district that includes Telecom, Fortune 500 companies, and a strong automotive manufacturing industry.
Milan appears to be more modern than most other Italian cities as much of its architecture was devastated during World War II, however Milan is one of the top international centers for fashion, finance and commerce. It is perfect for students interested in a faster-paced large city and those who have a general interest in business and fashion.
Student still have the opportunity to experience classic Italian style as Milan is home to cultural delights such as; Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. Students are bound to fall in love with the city's unique mix of German, French, Gothic, and of course, Italian influences.
Study abroad students in Milan enjoy daily life in a dynamic, modern, international city. In addition to exploring Italy’s rich design heritage, students are challenged to develop their own creative voices and to explore new ideas, approaches and methods in the bustling city. Since Milan is a large city, students find themselves using the efficient public transit to get around, including getting from their apartments to school. Nightlife is abundant in Milan, with thousands of restaurants, cafes, and shows to enjoy.
Bocconi University offers numerous cultural, sporting and discussion-oriented activities, organized directly or in collaboration with the city of Milan. These are special occasions for students to enrich their knowledge, discuss issues regarding current events and cultivate new interests.
Many cultural, sporting and recreational initiatives are held at the University each year, complementing student life and making Bocconi not simply a place where students learn about economics, business and law but also a place where they take full advantage of university resources.
In addition, the International Student Desk has a closed Facebook group for incoming exchange students every semester. Students are invited to join to connect with other exchange students studying at Bocconi.
Fall semester classes take place September - December. Spring semester classes take place February - May/June.
Bocconi offers an optional Italian language crash course before the start of the semester. The Fall Italian crash course takes place August - September. The Spring Italian crash course takes place January - February. Follow-up Italian language courses are offered during the regular semester.
Ranking and Rigor
#11 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#33 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that courses at Bocconi are generally more challenging than courses at Tulane.
For a list of courses commonly offered at Bocconi and their Tulane equivalents, see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For an updated list of course offerings, please visit the Bocconi Educational Offerings website.
Each semester the International Student Desk at Bocconi organizes Italian language courses for exchange students. Italian language classes are optional and non-credit bearing. They are offered at an additional expense, paid to Bocconi (approximately €140 - €170 per course).
Students can choose between one of the following two options:
Italian Crash Course ONLY (40 hours of lesson)
Italian Crash Course + Follow-Up Course (40 + 30 hours of lesson). This option is open only to those students who enroll in, attend and pass the following Crash Course levels: Beginner, Pre-Elementary, Elementary and Pre-Intermediate.
The Fall Italian crash course takes place August - September. The Spring Italian crash course takes place January - February. Follow-up Italian language courses are offered during the regular semester. It is not possible to sign up for the follow-up Italian language course without passing the Italian crash course. For more information please visit www.ir.unibocconi.eu/itacourse.
Online course registration takes place in August for the Fall and January for the Spring. Registration dates are very important! Incoming exchange students should pre-approve 10 classes before registering for classes at Bocconi. Courses are available on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Incoming exchange students can register for courses through their yoU@B student diary. Detailed instructions are provided a week before the course selection starts. Add/drop deadlines are in September for the Fall and January for the Spring. After the end of the Add/Drop period, no changes to the study plan are allowed. As is common at Italian universities, students must also register for exams.
Freeman students are expected to attend minimum of four courses per term. At Bocconi, students are restricted to a maximum of five courses per term.
Freeman students at Bocconi have the opportunity to experience a very different style of teaching and learning. As an exchange student at Bocconi, you have an option to either be an “attending student” or a “non-attending student." As an attending student, you have group assignments and homework that count towards your final grade in addition to your final and mid-term exams. As a non-attending student, you are only graded on the final exam, and that is 100 percent of your grade. You have no homework, group assignments or other requirements. The exam is just based on the textbook.
In Italy, relationships with professors are usually formal. Instructors are considered experts in their field and their primary role is to impart knowledge. Student-professor interaction is typically limited. Lectures are the most common teaching style. There are few homework assignments. Classes meet on an irregular schedule (they do not meet at the same time every week). As a general rule, class attendance is not mandatory. Students are expected to be self-disciplined. Grades are primarily based on exam scores.
One final examination at the end of the course is the most common form of student learning assessment at Bocconi. However, grading rules depend on whether or not you enroll in a course as an "attending" or "non-attending" student.
Exams may be oral.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Italian grading system works on a scale from 18 to 30. 18 is the lowest passing grade (sufficiency). 30 is the highest grade. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at Bocconi.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Bocconi will send you the application instructions after you have been nominated to the exchange program. The secondary application is due by Bocconi's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Exchange students can apply for accommodation in Bocconi Residence Halls when applying for the exchange program. University housing is not guaranteed and is processed on a first-come first-served basis. According to the International Student Desk at Bocconi, while housing is limited if a student "applies immediately they are likely to get a place." Pay close attention to when applications open and apply immediately if you wish to live in the residence halls!
Bocconi residence halls fill quickly. Many exchange students live in independent (non-university-affiliated) housing. Bocconi's International Student Desk offers resources for apartment-hunting.
NOTE: All dates are subject to change. An optional Italian crash course will be offered late Jan-early Feb, 2020. Orientation (mandatory) will take place early February 2020. Earliest departure date is end of May, 2020. Since students may sit their exams at Bocconi only and during the official examination sessions, we strongly suggest that departures are not planned before this date. Please see Bocconi's academic calendar for more information.