Bocconi University

Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Study abroad program targeted at economics and political science majors 

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2018
See other program dates


Bocconi University is an Italian University known for its strength in economics. You can take courses taught in English in economics or political science. You will most likely live in dorms with Italian and international students.


Founded in 1902, the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi was the first university in Italy to grant a degree in economics. Today, it is one of the best-known European schools of Business, Economics, Finance and Law. Bocconi seeks to integrate teaching and research to examine real-world issues of today's economic and social life in a global world.

Bocconi is located on a small, urban campus in Milan, Italy's second city and center of commerce. Bocconi has electronic classrooms, a University library, language and computer labs.

Bocconi offers English language courses for exchange students. You will take four or five regular Bocconi classes alongside Italian and international students. Class size ranges from ten students to larger lecture style classes of around 100. For a fee, you can take an optional, intensive, one-month Italian course before or during the semester. The course is divided into elementary, intermediate and advanced Italian levels.


As an exchange student, you are eligible to apply to Bocconi dorms. Most dorms include some local Italian students and international students. Most dorms will include a single bedroom with a shared bathroom, kitchen and common space.

You will take part in an international student orientation to learn more about student life in Milan. Through a network of Exchange alumni (SEN), you can get involved in many social and cultural opportunities.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.


To apply, you must complete the two steps below:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • Clearance applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis or reviewed soon after the application deadline. If eligible, you will be nominated as an exchange student. If nominated, the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships will provide further information about next steps in the nomination process. You will be required to submit additional materials to be formally admitted to the university.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 1, 2018