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University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in Milan with Italian and international students at the prestigious University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi, one of the leading European schools in business and economics. Bocconi is an internationally ranked university that boasts a distinguished faculty and an excellent selection of courses taught in English. 
Bocconi is located in downtown Milan, the heart of commerce, finance, and arts in northern Italy. A cosmopolitan and international city, Milan is undergoing an urban and architectural transformation, thanks in part to being chosen to host the 2015 World Expo. It is also a city with rich history and culture. See Da Vinci's "Last Supper," visit the Duomo, attend the La Scala Opera Theater and Museum or an art show at the Castello Sforzesco, or experience European football at its finest at an Inter or A.C. Milan football match.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Students who have two years of university-level Italian before departure may opt to take some or all courses in Italian.

Language Study

The program begins with a mandatory two-and-a-half week Italian intensive language program (ILP) to help you acquire language skills and adapt to living and studying in Italy. Additional Italian language study during the semester is optional and is available at an additional cost.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
late August to late December​

Spring :  
​late January to late June

Year :  
late August to late June






Extension of UCEAP participation is possible from the fall to the year program.​ However, students must return to the U.S. to get a new visa between programs.


If you apply for Bocconi housing, you will most likely live in a residence with other international students about 40 minutes from campus by tram. You can also choose to find your own housing, usually an apartment shared with other students. The Bocconi International Student Desk provides tips on finding housing as well as links to apartment rentals.
More Information on Housing

Extracurricular Activities

Many cultural and recreational opportunities are available at Bocconi University, such as student groups and sporting teams. The Bocconi Sport Team hosts many teams, sports days, and tournaments, where their mascot, the Pelican, cheers on Bocconi students. Wellness courses (such as yoga and shiatsu) are also offered, as well as IT courses for any economics students wishing to learn more about computers. 

You can sign up for a Bocconi “buddy” who will help you settle in to the University and the city of Milan.  

Because of Bocconi’s location in Milan, many opportunities are open to students for economic and business learning outside of the classroom. For example, the Italian Stock Exchange operates out of Milan, giving students the opportunity to see the stock market in action. Milan also offers a host of cultural events for the artistic and fashion-savvy student. Milan Fashion Week is a prominent event in the city because of its status as a major fashion and design capital of the world.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The International Office at Bocconi will assist you with course registration, housing, residence permits, and other practical concerns. UCEAP staff at the UC Study Center in Bologna will also help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​

Course Opportunities

Your program begins with a mandatory 2-week intensive language program designed to familiarize you with the Italian language and academic culture. Courses in the intensive language program are offered at beginning to advanced levels and are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis only.

Bocconi offers regular university courses taught in English that focus on business, economics, and politics in a global context. You can take courses in accounting, decision sciences, finance, law, marketing, management, policy analysis, and public management. Degree programs in innovative areas also include courses in management of arts, culture, and communication and international institutions management. You can take courses taught in Italian if you have two years of university-level Italian. 

Political Science majors: the number of political science courses in each semester is not extensive and they are offered in the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management. This program is a great option for students who are double majoring in political science and economics or who are focusing on political economy within their Political Science major. 

All courses are worth 6 quarter/4 semester UC units.​

MBA students: As a UCEAP exchange student, you will be placed in a Master of Science (MSc) program. The Bocconi SDA School of Management that issues MBA degrees is a separate school and you are not guaranteed access to their courses. You will apply to the MBA courses separately and, if approved, you will only be able to take 5 modules total. The MBA modules are worth 2.5 quarter/1.7 semester units each. You will supplement these courses with MSc Business courses.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 4 quarter/3 semester UC units required; one course
Term: 18–24 quarter/12–16 semester UC units required; three–​four courses ​

Research and Independent Study

Bocconi offers an opportunity to carry out a research project or independent study under the supervision of a Bocconi professor. If you are interested in engaging in a special project, the content, length, and structure will be agreed upon with your faculty supervisor after arrival. The Academic Advisors at Bocconi can help you identify a suitable professor for your proposed research project. The research will be graded and given credit, based on the recommendation of the professor, as one Bocconi course.
Click here for more information on research projects at Bocconi.

University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi, Milan

University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi, Milan
Bocconi University is an internationally ranked, private university focused on research and the study of international economics, business, and law.  The University has close relations with major corporations and international agencies. Departments include Economics, Legal Studies, Accounting, Finance, Management and Technology, Policy Analysis and Public Management, Decision Sciences, and Marketing. 

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Public and private companies, manufacturing, sales, or service businesses
  • Banking and financial services
  • Professional firms and associations
  • Public agencies, institutions, and cultural or artistic associations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Organizations and companies in the tourism, communications, and media industries
  • International organizations, diplomatic offices, cultural institutions and other organizations
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • UCEAP does not coordinate internships, you can contact the Career Services at Bocconi for assistance in securing an internship.

Additional Information

  • Most students do their internships in the summer following their program.
  • Although there is no language requirement to participate on this program, a good command of Italian will generally be required to carry out an internship.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution  
  • On-site orientation
  • Intensive Language Program
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

​List of Eligible Majors

Business Administration
Business Management Economics*
Business Economics*
Economics & Accounting*
Economics & Mathematics*
International Relations
International Studies
Legal Studies
Political Economy
Political Science
Public Policy

*Completion of the intermediate micro-macro economics series and a background in mathematics and calculus are required to enable you to assume a knowledgeable role in classroom discussions.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: