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Olivia
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
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 Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I came to Italy with an advanced knowledge of Italian grammar. I needed to practice speaking but didn't do that as much as I had hoped to do. I advise people who want to improve their speaking ability to take a class in Italian, or at least attend a class in Italian all semester. Also, take the crash course offered before the semester begins. It may not improve you're Italian (depending on the level that you're at already), but you will meet everybody in that class.
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Lena
NHH, Bergen, Norway
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
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.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
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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Louisa
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Bocconi
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Having spent alot of time in the South of Italy and therefore having a Southern accent when speaing Italian made a good talking point with alot of Italians who, at first, found it quite difficult to distinguish where I was from. I was lucky as many of the exchange students at Bocconi do not speak Italian and follow courses in English, this was the only difficulty I found as I am trying to improve my Italian.
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crisnly
Connecticut College, New London, CT, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I did not take Italian courses at Bocconi however I did take 2 other courses offerred by the IES program (Italian Politics and Advanced Italian Language) in Italian and these truly helped in advancing my schools. However, interacting with Italians on a daily basis was what truly helped me feel comfortable and also led me to reach a very proficient level.
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Ashleigh
Pennsylvania State University, State College, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, IES
UniversitÓ Bocconi
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At first it was horrifying to hear people talking nearby and only understand hello and goodbye. In the beginning I feared that I would never be capable of holding a conversation in Italian. However, by the end of the trip I could spend weekends with my Italian friends in Naples and understand the majority of what they were saying...even the slang!
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Miia
Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Management Science, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I prefered studying in Italian, but many exchange students took only courses in English. I basically understood everything (except when people were speaking a Southern dialect) but I didn't have a chance to activate my language skills because Italians really want to talk English to you.
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Monika
University of Economics Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Marketing and Sales Management, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
You can choose both English and Italian courses. It is easier to speak English than Italian among exchange students which is a pitty. I personally spoke a lot Italian but it was thanks to accomodation I had in an Italian family.
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Wei
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It would be nice to learn Italian, so make sure you arrive early to take the course at Bocconi, I missed it...:( You could alse learn other languages at Bocconi free of charge, but they were instructed in Italian
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Ana
HEC Paris, Paris, France
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I think my language skills improved a lot. Locals were friendly to foreigners and this helped to practice the language. Teachers spoke mainly the local language so foreigners had to do the effor to comunicate.
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Anna
Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My language abilities improved greatly during the year; this was mostly due to the fact that I lived with italians who helped me greatly. The university also offered a very good language instruction course.
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UNKNOWN
ISC - Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Economics, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Considering that I have already learned Italian for 3 years before going to Italy, I had no difficulties at all. Some of the courses I chose were in Italian, but I didn't have the chance to stress that in at the questions asked earlier.
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Gareth
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Living in Italy is definitely THE best way to improve your Italian skills. It can be challenging at first wit the wide variety of dialects etc, but given time the language isn't too difficult to master.
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Todd
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I studied Italian for two years at UCLA before going to Italy in the first place. I was very happy to be able to go to Italy itself and really learn the language, like it is supposed to be learned. A very worthwhile experience.
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Constanza
UNIVERSIDAD ARGENTINA DE LA EMPRESA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Management Science, Graduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
At Bocconi you can choose to take classes in english and/or italian. I choose both and had no problems. English i knew it very well before coming. Italian I only knew basic but leart it there.
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hellionese
Columbia University, New York City, United States
Public Health, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Because the course is taught in English and my roommates speak English, I didn't learn as much as I should have. Of course, this is my fault and not a reflection on the country or the school.
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katab
Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Italian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Italians are warm and friendly, and they appreciate people trying to speak Italian. Especially in Milan, which is not one of the more tourist-oriented destinations in Italy, few people speak English.
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bhnilsen
NHH, Bergen, Norway
Business Studies, Graduate, CEMS
UniversitÓ Bocconi
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I followed additional courses in Italian and thus I learnt it quite easily. Italians love the fact that someone is willing to learn their language and they are glad to correct you in any occasion.
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Sonya
University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I had a basic knowledge of italian prior to my exchange. Interacting with locals and immersing yourself in the culture really helps you improve your language skills.
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Kwei-Min
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Financial Management, Graduate, Erasmus
UniversitÓ Bocconi
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Am pleased to have learned italian thourgh language courses and working in Milan. Hope to work in an environment/firm where italian is used as a form of business communication language.
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Maria
Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
UniversitÓ Bocconi
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
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.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
When dealing with administration it is best to be with someone who speaks Italian fluently as otherwise it will be very time consuming to get anything done.
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