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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Minimum GPA: Field of Study: Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurship, European Studies, Finance, International Business, Management
Housing Options: Residence Hall Co-Curricular Activities:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: IB Exchange
SDSU Office: 3-IB Department
Program Description:
International Business Exchange Program
Bocconi University
Program Description

University Profile:
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Bocconi) is a private university located in the heart of Milan, the second largest city in Italy and capital of Lombardy. Milan is a key industrial, commercial, and financial center in Italy and a leading global city.  The business district of Milan is host to the Italian Stock Exchange and headquarters the largest national banks and companies. Milan attracts more than two million annual visitors. It’s a fashion capital and the host for various international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. Milan is home to two of the world's major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano.

Bocconi university is the best business school in Italy, ranked among the top five business schools in Europe, and among the world’s top 25 universities for Accounting, Economics, Econometrics, and Finance. It’s focused on high-quality business and economics education and strives for mutually beneficial relations with the business world. Academic rigor, flexibility and an international outlook are the main characteristics of Bocconi‘s five Bachelor Programs. They provide a solid methodological base while at the same time guaranteeing considerable freedom in building a study path. Among the five programs in economics and business, the Bachelor of International Economics, Management and Finance are taught entirely in English and have a distinct international focus.
Location Summary:
Milan is known as the economic and production capital of Italy and the leading Italian hub for services, finance and industry. Milan is the engine of the country's economy and home of the Italian stock exchange. This cosmopolitan, modern and forward-looking city is world-renowned as a European capital of fashion, design, architecture, publishing, modern art and music. It is deeply rooted in a flourishing past and hosts authentic treasures which have survived damage during WWII, including its elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, the La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesco.

Milan has a young and vibrant soul and each year several festivals, concerts and sporting events take place in the city.

Academic Details

Academic Notes:
  • A list of courses taught in English is available on their webpage
  • Students with fluency may also take courses taught in Italian.  
  • Enrollment in the equivalent of 12 SDSU units per semester while abroad is required for all students.
  • If you are not an International Business major, you will be instructed to download and complete an Academic Approval Form during the Post-Nomination phase of your Aztecs Abroad application. The Form is used to get your intended courses abroad pre-approved by your academic advisors here at SDSU before you leave the U.S.
  • Business majors can reference the CBA course substitution list for a list of preapproved business courses taught in English
  • IB majors must enroll only in courses taught in Italian and can be provided with a list of preapproved courses by contacting the IB office.
Academic Calendar:
Fall Semester: early-September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early-February to early-June 
Academic Calendar

Course Schedule:,%20Calendars%20and%20Rooms/Class%20timetable

Grading Scale:
Bocconi uses the ECTS grading system (The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).  6 ECTS at Bocconi equals 3 units at SDSU.  
Students must enroll in at least 24 ECTS at Bocconi (12 SDSU units)

Academic Recognition (Scroll through page for relevant information):
Language of Instruction
  • Courses are taught in English and Italian
  • Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Italian must have completed two upper-division Italian language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program.  
  • All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
  • A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability. 
Program cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program.  Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.

Housing and Meals
Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program.  Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently. 

Residence Halls
Please note that Bocconi housing is not guaranteed for international students.  International students are typically only placed in the Arcobaleno Residence Hall.   Please note that the Arcobaleno Residence Hall is approximately 30 minutes away via metro from the university.  Students interested in Bocconi housing must apply as soon as the housing filing period opens as housing is allocated on a first come first serve basis.  Housing options and prices can be found here

Apartment hunting Bocconi recommendations.  The areas close to Bocconi campus where you can look for an apartment are: Bocconi, Viale Bligny, Porta Romana, Lodi, Crocetta, 24 Maggio, Porta Ticinese, Navigli and Porta Genova

Travel Insurance 
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance.  Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester. 
Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare.  Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad).   The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.  

Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Italy for one semester or longer.   The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
SDSU (1 year prior)
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.

Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university.  Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).

International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria
International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester

All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester -no slots Spring 2020
Helpful links
Bocconi International Student Desk

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year SDSU App Deadline SDSU Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 12/13/2019 02/14/2020 TBA TBA
NOTE: Start and End dates are estimates only. Final confirmation of start date (expected arrival) and end date (final exams) will be presented via the official acceptance letter from the host campus.