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UniversitÓ Bocconi

UniversitÓ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano, Via Sarfatti 25, 20136 Milano, Italy
3.95 / 5 based on 600 reviews.
The Luigi Bocconi University, is a private university located in central Milan, Italy. It was established in 1902 as the first school in Italy to grant a university degree in economics.
Bocconi grants Bachelor, Master of Science, MBA and Ph.D. degrees. It also offers executive education and customized Masters, conducting them both in English and Italian, in addition to a range of full double degrees with international institutions at the undergraduate and the graduate level. Read more

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by Anna, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? In my second term i shared an appartment with italian students and found this much more beneficial.
Personal comments:
Location was superb- within 2 mins walk of university. Accommodation was very basic - no kitchens, communal mixed-sex bathrooms that were not always clean; 5 showers shared among over 30 people. The university does have other and better equipped accommodation in other parts of the city further from the university. Security is quite strict and visitors are not generally permitted.
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by Todd, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
Business Studies, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Going around Milano was great. You are an international student, but there are the places to go - Propaganda, Old Fashion Cafe, Corso di Porto Ticinese, Palo Alto on Corso Romana, the list goes on and on. It really does not matter the spot - the Italians are out all the time, in the streets, smiling and happy and just enjoying the company. You can also try the Navigli for a high concentration of places to go out at night.
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by Gareth, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Huge selection of courses available to international students. The list is quite limited if you don't want to study through Italian, but otherwise you can choose from ANY courses that the Italians take.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
Oral exams can be ery daunting for foreign students. The Italians study courses differently to Irish students. Rather than learn what a course is about and gaining an understanding of it, they instead seem to prefer memorising books which is a bit pointless!

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by Lena, NHH, Bergen, Norway
Business Studies, Erasmus
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
No offense but italians are not known to be the best english speakers. Overall though it was seldom a problem. At the university most of the interaction was in english. Socially and everyday-life-wise it was a little frustrating in the beginning but it didn't take long to get to know the most basic phrases and by the fourth month I started to be able to have conversations in italian. As long as you are eager to learn there are few problems.
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by Todd, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
Business Studies, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits:
I was traveling much more and going out much more in Milan than in LA, so my expenses went up a bit more. But the life of an international student found many situations of frugality in travel and nightlife.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Bancomat saves the day in so many places - you have no problems getting money. Setting up a bank account - that is not fun and a bit difficult. The bureaucracy in Italy can be a bit debilitating at times, but that is the way it goes. With the other parts of the lifestyle, it balances out.
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by Monika, University of Economics Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Marketing and Sales Management, CEMS
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Not really. If you are a flexible person nothing is a problem :)
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Do not expect a radical academic progress but enjoy the social and cultural aspect of the exchange period :)


Milan is a perfect transport hub for travelling and the transport is quite cheap. In Italy you will find too many things to see everywhere :) Be ready for the "Italian" culture as soon as you get used to their different way of thinking the stay in Italy turns to be perfect!
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