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Università Bocconi (Bocconi University)


At a glance

**Please note that we will not be accepting applications for Bocconi for the academic year 2021/2**

Università Bocconi is considered one of Europe’s leading educational institutions in Economics, Management, Finance and Law. Bocconi is a member of two important international exchange networks, the Partnership in International Management (PIM) and The Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS). In addition to these networks, Bocconi has bilateral agreements with over 260 top-ranked partner schools worldwide and exchanges over 1700 students every year.

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Established : 1902

Website and links

Website : Bocconi Homepage

Study abroad page : Study Abroad Factsheet

Academic information

Who can go

Students on degree programmes in the following subject areas may apply to study abroad during their Junior Honours year at Università Bocconi (Bocconi University):
  • Economics & Finance
  • Management
Semesters Available
  • First Semester
  • Second Semester
  • Full Year
Note: Joint Honours students may only apply for a full year abroad if BOTH subjects are listed above. Joint Honours students applying for one semester must seek permission from both Schools.

Study abroad coordinator

Each School has a designated Study Abroad Coordinator.

Semester dates

Semester dates are as follows

Semester 1 Sep 2018 to Feb 2019
Semester 2 Feb 2019 to Jul 2019
Semester 1 Sep 2019 to Feb 2020
Semester 2 Feb 2020 to Jul 2020

Your studies abroad

St Andrews academic requirements
  • Minimum Credit in Academic year : 48
  • Minimum Credit in Semester : 24
  • Maximum Credit in Academic year : 60
  • Maximum Credit in Semester: 30
  • Module Weighting : 3,5,8

Partner Course Catalogue : Exchange students are expected to select from min. 2 up to max. 5 courses per semester. The Università Bocconi credit system is ECTS equivalent. The average workload for exchange students is 4 courses per semester. Classes run approximately 11 weeks per semester. Exchange students may decide to replace one Bocconi course with a research project under the mentorship of a Bocconi faculty member.

Course selection is to be carried out by students online.. Exchange students can choose from a wide range of courses offered in English (over 150) each semester.

See our Credits and modules abroad webpage for information on the number of credits we expect students to take at our partner institutions. St Andrews expects students to attend all classes as part of their programme abroad. Assessment methods may vary across partners and could include class participation, continuous assessment in the form of homework and final exams. All courses must be agreed with your Study Abroad Coordinator. See Academic information for further details, as well as information about credit and grade conversion.

Application and selection

Application and selection

This is a School Abroad programme.

Places available

Places available : 2 semester places per academic year

Places available may vary from year to year depending on the exchange balance. Numbers for the following academic year will be confirmed at the information meeting.

Living there

Getting there and getting around

Students should be present at Bocconi campus in time for the mandatory Orientation Meeting or, at the latest, before classes begin. Students attending the Italian Language Crash Course should reach Milan by the starting date of the course, since attendance is mandatory. Late arrivals should be notified in advance.

From Linate Airport:

  • Travel by taxi takes around 20 minutes.
  • Public transport: take the bus 73 (direction San Babila), get off at Cinque Giornate, take tram 9 (Direction Porta Genova) and get off at Via Bocconi. The bus ticket may be bought at tobacco shops and newspaper stands inside the airport.
  • From Malpensa Airport:
    • Travel by taxi take around 50 minutes.
    • Malpensa Express train to Cadorna Railway Station, then take subway green line 2 (direction Abbiategrasso Chiesa Rossa or Assago Milanofiori forum), get off at Porta Genova and take tram 9 (direction Centrale FS) to Via Bocconi.
    • Malpensa Shuttle is a convenient bus taking less than one hour to reach Stazione Centrale (Central Railway Station), from Malpensa airport. It runs every 20 minutes. From Stazione Centrale take subway line 3 (Direction San Donato), get off at Porta Romana, take tram 9 (Direction Porta Genova) and get off at Via Bocconi.
    From Stazione Centrale FS (Central Railway Station):
    • Travel takes around 20 minutes.
    • Public transport: take subway line 3 (Direction San Donato), get off at Porta Romana and take tram 9 (Direction Porta Genova) and get off at Via Bocconi.
    More information on public transport can be found here.


    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.

    Internet Access: exchange students have access to internet through a wireless university network, which covers the whole campus, and to IT labs.

    Please note that St Andrews is unable to guarantee housing at any of our partner institutions. Guidance on finding accommodation abroad is available on the Global Office webpage.

    Student services and orientation

    • IT Tools: through the Bocconi App students are constantly updated about university life. The yoU@B agenda is the student's personal online diary. Study materials are posted on the Blackboard E-learning space, where students can also interact with peers and professors.
    • Library: exchange students can access a comprehensive library, borrow books free of charge and book in advance group study rooms.
    • Language Center: exchange students can access the multimedia language laboratory, which offers up-to-date language teaching tools and multimedia language learning software.
    • Career Service: students can access the Placement Library and get assistance from the Career Service in order to look for internship opportunities, get ready for job interviews and take advantage of a personal consulting service.
    • Campus Life: the office in charge of cultural, sporting and recreational activities on campus and around the city. Bocconi Sport Team aims to encourage students’ passion for sports.
    • Health: a nursing service is available at a medical center next to the campus. Exchange students have access to an individual counseling service, which provides support to students.
    • International Student Desk is available for exchange student support.

      There will be a series of events organized at the beginning of each semester to facilitate students’ transition to the new environment:

    • Orientation meeting (mandatory for exchange students)
    • Permit of stay sessions (for non-EU students)
    • Welcome Desk
    • University Tours
    • Guided Tours of Milan
    • Cross Culture Sessions
    • Leisure Activities
    The International Student Desk (ISD) is the Bocconi office committed to helping incoming exchange students make the most of their stay on campus. The ISD dedicated staff offers exchange students a series of tailored services and activities to help them acclimate to the new surroundings during the beginning of their program and support them throughout their stay.

    Please be aware that student support services will be different across all of our partner universities.

    Finance and insurance

    Living costs

    Cost of living information is available.


    Università Bocconi does not require international students to have health insurance to complete enrollment in the exchange program. Nevertheless, all non-EU students must have health insurance coverage with international validity while studying in Italy in order to be approved for the permit of stay. EU students are required to have the European Health Insurance Card (if in force) or a similar private insurance policy with international validity to benefit from health service coverage.

    Visa: non-EU students should apply for a multiple entry study visa at the Italian Consulate of reference. They must apply for and obtain their visa prior to their arrival in Italy.

    St Andrews students authorised to study or work abroad as part of their degree programme will be covered by the University’s insurance policy. Please reference to our travel insurance pages for further information.

    Passports and visas

    Please refer to our passports and visas page for further information.

    Student experience

    See profiles and photos of St Andrews students who have studied abroad.