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GUIDES TO THE UNIVERSITY

2014-2015 A.Y.
Bachelor Programs



3.
FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND COMPUTER SKILLS

     


3.1.
Foreign Languages

            


3.1.1.
The Common European Framework

To classify language competence levels, Università Bocconi follows the Common European Framework established by the Council of Europe.

Basic User

A1

Elementary

 

A2

Pre-intermediate

Independent User

B1

Intermediate

 

B2

Post-intermediate

Proficient User

C1

Advanced

 

C2

Proficient


Language skills for each level are available in the Language Centre section of the website in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


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3.1.2.
Program structure position

The program requirements of all Bachelor programs in the "Management" and "Economics" fields of study (respectively 17 and L-18, 28 and L-33) include a first and a second European language.
For both the first and the second foreign language, the assessment method include a grade out of thirty which is included in the calculation of the grade point average.

The credit points relating to the first and second language can be earned, upon student’s choice, after:


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3.1.2.1.
Positioning of the language – students initially enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year

 

Language

teaching (*)

exam

Credit points

1st year

First language

I and II semester

II semester

4

2nd year

 

Second language

I and II semester

II semester

4

In addition to the final compulsory exam, for both the first and second language there will be a partial exam (optional exam, only one date) in the first semester.

When passing the partial exam credit points are not awarded but 1 extra point expressed in marks out of thirty which can be calculated in the Bocconi exam final grade may be awarded (see the language course profiles published at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams - Certificates> Exam Requirements).


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3.1.2.2.
Positioning of the language – students enrolled in the 2nd and 3rd year in the 2014/15 academic year

 

Language

teaching (*)

exam

Credit points

2nd year

First language

I and or II semester

II semester
(second exam first language)

3

3rd year

Second language

I and or II semester

II semester
(only exam of second language)

2


The exam of the first year (first language) is prerequisite of the exam of the second year. The second language (third year of studies) include a partial exam (optional exam, only one date) in the first semester and a compulsory exam in the second semester.

When passing the partial exam credit points are not awarded but 1 extra point expressed in marks out of thirty which can be calculated in the Bocconi exam final grade (see the language course profiles published at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams - Certificates> Exam Requirements).


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3.1.3.
Method of choosing foreign languages

The choice of foreign languages follows the same criteria for both first and second languages. This depends on:

  • the language of instruction of the Bachelor Program class group: Italian or English; 
  • the native language of the student: chosen languages must be different from the student's native language.

If students have more than one mother tongue language (e.g., coming from or residing in a multilanguage Country or living with parents from two different nationalities) they must choose one language as their mother tongue language for the whole duration of their studies.

English is always taken as the first language for students who are not English native speakers and it is:

  • compulsory for class groups taught in Italian;
  • optional for class groups taught in English.

Italian can be taken as either the first or second language for students who are not Italian native speakers and it is: 

  • compulsory for class groups taught in English;
  • optional for class groups taught in Italian.


The table below shows first and second language availability:

 

First language

Second language

Study Program in Italian

English(*)

French - Italian - Portuguese (***) - Spanish - German

Study Program in English(**)

French - English - Italian - Portuguese (***) - Spanish - German

French - Italian - Portuguese (***) - Spanish - German

(*) Students whose mother tongue is English must choose from the other curricular languages.
(**) For students whose mother tongue is not Italian, one of the two languages must be Italian.
(***) Notice that in the 2014-15 academic year the Portuguese language no longer offers teaching nor Bocconi exam: it is only possible to register in the study plan one of the international certifications recognised by the University. Materials for individual study are available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Self-Study > Online materials.

Course codes for students initially enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year

Language

First language

Second language

Exam of 1st year

Exam of 2nd year

French

30302

30307

English

30301

 

Italian

30303

30308

Portoguese

30304

30309

Spanish

30305

30310

German

30306

30311


Course codes for students initially enrolled from the 2010-2011 to the 2013-2014

Language

First language  

 

Second language 

1st year exam 

2nd year exam 

3rd year exam

 

French

30124

30130

30232

 

English

30123

30129

-

 

Italian

30125

30131 

30233

 

Portuguese

30126

30132

30234

 

Spanish

30127

30133

39235

 

German

30128

30134

30236

 

First-year students will have English assigned automatically as their first language in their study plan.

English native speakers students must change the language when they finalize enrolment at Punto Blu by 30 September 2014

English non-native speakers students enrolled in Bachelor Programs taught in English  can change the first language when they finalize enrolment via Punto Blu by 30 September  2014.

Any successive changes of languages can be made between 08 - 20 January 2015 via Punto Blu. Students are advised to start following the teaching activities of their preferred language which they intend to add to their study plan as soon as possible and carry out the change of the foreign language in the first available period to change the study plan.

Students choose their second language when enrolling in the year of studies in which the course is positioned.


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3.1.4.
Exit levels

When more exit levels are available, the students choose the desired exit level when registering for the exam via the Punto Blu, no matter which was the path attended. Higher exit levels are however possible, verified only through international certifications from among those recognized by the University.


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3.1.4.1.
Minimum exit levels for students initially enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year

 

Italian class groups

English class groups

Langauge

Exit level

Langauge

Exit level

First language

 

English

B2 or C1

English

C1

French - Portoguese - Spanish - German

B2

French - Italian - Portoguese - Spanish - German

B2

Italian

C1

Second language

French - Portoguese - Spanish - German

B1

French - Italian - Portoguese - Spanish - German

B1

Italian

C1

 

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3.1.4.2.
Minimum exit levels for students enrolled in the 2nd and 3rd years in the 2014-15 academic year

 

Class groups taught in Italian

Class groups taught in English

Language

Exit level

Language

Exit level

First language

English

B2 or C1

English

C1

French - Portuguese - Spanish - German

B2

French - Italian - Portuguese - Spanish - German

B2

Italian

C1

Second language

French - Portuguese - Spanish

B1

French - Italian - Portuguese - Spanish

B1

Italian

C1

German

A2

German

A2


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3.1.5.
Languages in the Double Degree programs

The Double Degree programs include the participation of both students enrolled at Università Bocconi and students enrolled at partner Universities (incoming students).

For students enrolled at Università Bocconi, all rules and indications specified in this chapter (see Foreign Languages) are applied.

For students coming from other Universities (and not Italian native language students) the rules and indications specified in this chapter (see Foreign Languages) are valid except for:

  • language choice procedures;
  • exit levels.

Language choice procedures

 

Native language

First language

Second language

Class groups in Italian

different than English

English

Italian

English

French -Italian - Portoguese (**) - Spanish - German

French -Italian - Portoguese (**) - Spanish - German

Class groups in English

different than English

English

Italian

English (*)

French - Italian - Portoguese (**) - Spanish - German

French - Italian - Portoguese (**) - Spanish - German

(*) One of the two language courses must be Italian.
(**)Notice that in the 2014-15 academic year the Portuguese language is no longer offered: it is only possible to register in the study plan one of the international certifications recognised by the University. Materials for individual study are available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Self-Study > Online materials.


Exit levels
All programs include, as exit levels, the general-academic language and they are:

 

First language

Second language

English

C1

-

Italian

B2;

C1 for Class groups taught in Italian

A2 or B1 (chosen by the student)

French, Portoguese, Spanish, German

B2

B1


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3.1.6.
The language learning path

The educational activities designed to assist students in learning foreign languages offered by the Language Centre includes:

A. Classroom teaching to prepare the students to

  • International language certifications (only for English, first language)
  • Bocconi exams (for curricular first and second foreign languages)

B. guided individual study.


A. teaching

The educational activities are organized by the Language Center and are offered only when an adequate number of students is reached.

A.1.Teaching for preparing the students to English certifications

For English, in addition to the teaching for the preparation of the Bocconi exam, the Language Center proposes courses for preparing the students to the following certifications, recognised as an alternative to the Bocconi exam:

  • IELTS, International English Language Testing System, general language, B2 and C1 levels, Examination Center British Council, IDP - IELTS Australia, Cambridge English Language Assessment
  • BEC, Business English Certificates, specialized language/business, B2 and C1 levels, Examination Center Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Each course lasts a semester with a total number of hours equal to 48 hours, except for IELTS C1 with a total number of hours equal to 24.

The teaching offer is an alternative to the preparatory courses for the Bocconi exam. Specifically, for the 2014-15 academic year it is scheduled as follows:

  • For students enrolled in the first year: in the second semester.
  • For students enrolled in the second year: in the 1st and 2nd semester.


The courses are offered to a limited number of students and are addressed to students with an adequate level of language knowledge verified through an online test.

Students who are not admitted in a course have the allocation of a class group of preparation to the Bocconi exam corresponding to their level if this has already been included in the educational offer of that semester.

Periods and methods to sit for the test and for enrolling in the course are communicated via yoU@B student Diary before the start of each semester (further information is available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Language Teaching> IELTS, BEC and ILEC courses).
Each course is started when the minimum number of enrolled students is reached.

A.2. Teaching for the preparation of Bocconi exams of curricular language courses

The aim of the foreign language course is to provide the students with adequate language knowledge for an appropriate use of the language in a general/academic context.

The course attendance for the first and second language is strongly recommended: the courses are offered as ideal path to learn the language and preparation for the final exam.
For courses aimed at preparing for the Bocconi exam, the positive participation in the course together with specific individual study activities can be considered in the calculation of the final grade for the Bocconi exam (detailed information is available in the course syllabus and profiles at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Exams - certificates>Bocconi exam).
Summarized course profiles of the first and second language courses are available at www.unibocconi.eu/courses.
Please note that in the 2014-15 the Portoguese is no longer included in the educational offer.

Materials for the guided individual study is available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Self-Study>Online materials.

A.2.1 Language teaching for students initially enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year.

First language

Lessons are scheduled in the first year, and is structured in paths on the basis of the student’s initial preparation (see 3.1.7 Initial evaluation of English and Italian) and on what included in one’s study plan (see 3.1.4. Exit levels):

Language

Courses

Semester

Exit level

English

Intermediate path (*)

I and II

B2

Path advanced

I and II

C1

Courses to prepare certifications for English

II semester

 

French - Spanish - German 

Path intermediate

I and II

B2

Italian

Path intermediate (**)

I and II

B2

Path advanced

I and II

C1

(*) For students of intermediate level with the need of consolidation of the English knowledge, a cycle of exercise sessions as for an integration of the curricular course assigned.
(**) Students who are not Italian native language and who are enrolled in an English program are offered an Italian introductory intensive course in the first semester.

At the beginning of the first semester of the first year, all students are automatically assigned the English on the basis of the initial language preparation and on the exit level provided for in one’s study plan.

Starting with the second semester of the first year all students choose, via the yoU@B Diary, if attending a course for the certifications or a course for the Bocconi exam, from among those which can be accessed on the basis of one’s study plan and of one’s initial language preparation.

Second language

The class language teaching om the second year of studies last one year and includes a single typology of path which is automatically assigned to each student when choosing the language, in accordance with what provided for in one’s study plan (see 3.1.4. Exit levels).

Language

Courses

Semester

Exit level

French Spanish - German 

Elementary path

I and II

B1

Italian

Elementary path

I and II

B1

Advanced path

I and II

C1


The class timetable can be viewed via the yoU@B when the courses start.

A.2.2. Language teaching for students enrolled in the second and third year 2014-15 academic year

First language

In the second year the class teaching include the the following learning path in accordance with student’s initial preparation (see 3.1.7. Initial evaluation of English and Italian) and the exit level provided for in one’s study plan (see 3.1.4. Exit levels).

Language 

 

Exit level

B2

C1

English

Path 2 intermediate (*)

Path 3 advanced

French Spanish- German 

Path 1 elementary

Not included

Italian

Path 1 elementary

Path 3 advanced

(*) In the second year the Path 1 elementary flows into the Path 2 intermediate as it has the same contents and prepares for the same exit level B2.

In particular, class language teaching involves, in the 2nd year of studies:

 

I semester

II semester

First language

·Courses of preparation for English certificates

·Path 1 elementary only for first language different than English (1st part)

·Courses of preparation for English certificates

·Path 1 elementary only for first language different than English (2nd part)

·Path 2 intermediate and Path 3 advanced only for English first language

For English, at the beginning of the first and second semester of the second year all students choose, via the yoU@B Diary, to attend a course for the certifications or a course for the Bocconi exam, if available at parallel, from among those which can be accessed on the basis of one’s study plan and initial language preparation.
For French, Spanish and German, in the second year the single path - Path 1 continues.


For Italian in the second year the following continues:

  • Path 1 (exit level B2) for students enrolled in class groups taught in English.
  • Path 3 (exit level C1) for students enrolled in class groups taught in Italian.


All different paths have a total of number of classroom teaching hours equal to 48 for each semester.

Class groups are activated if the minimum number of enrolled students is reached.


Second language

The classroom activities last one year and involve one single path only which is assigned automatically when students choose languages for a total of 128 hours of lessons.

In particular, class language teaching involves, in the 3rd year of studies:

Second language

Courses of preparation for the Bocconi exam (1st part)

Courses of preparation for the Bocconi exam (2nd part)

The class timetable can be viewed on the yoU@B student Diary after the teaching starts.

Attending first and second language courses is strongly recommended: attending courses is considered the most effective way of learning the language and preparing for the final exam.

For courses aimed to prepare the students to the Bocconi exams, active participation and individual study may be considered into the calculation of the grade (detailed information is presented in the exam requirements and in courses syllabuses for every language and they are available  at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams-Certificates>Bocconi exams).

The general course profiles are available on the website www.unibocconi.eu/courses.


B. Guided individual study

The study of foreign languages requires students to be committed to individual study  in addition to regular attendance of lessons.

The Language Centre also offers a service which provides information and guidance on language study and suggests ways for utilizing different tools (multimedia library) for exam preparation, which are available at the Language Labs and online. (See www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Self-Study).

Guided individual study involves students carrying out a series of activities based on the specific instructions given by teachers in class. These instructions may include the use of student's own materials (e.g. exercises in books specified in the course syllabus and exam program), assistance which is available at the Language Lab (e.g. multimedia courses) and recommended materials which are available online.

The detailed course programs (course syllabuses) are available at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams-Certificates. In addition to information about classroom teaching they also provide information about guided individual study.

As a general guide the recommended number of hours per week that should be dedicated to individual study is 3-5 hours.


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3.1.7.
Initial evaluation of English and Italian

In order to seek for the correct learning path, all non-English native speakers enrolled in class groups taught in Italian must assess their initial level of English knowledge, according to one of the methods below:

  • when finalizing the enrolment, students must show that they have at least one of the language requirements indicated by the University, stated when they applyed for admission online (see www.unibocconi.eu/admission) or
  • when making the selection "Italian candidates", students take the aptitude test entirely in English, or
  • when making the selection "Italian candidates", students take a test  for the language positioning together with the aptitude test (in Italian).


For English, Università Bocconi suggests the B1 (intermediate) minimum preparation level needed to attend courses successfully in the class groups taught in Italian.

For information on language competence and knowledge required and self-study paths to be followed to reach the desired levels, check www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in "Minimum level required". 

Students who are not native Italian speakers, non-EU citizens who do not have Italian residency and enrolled in a class group taught in Italian must take a compulsory test online to evaluate their initial Italian knowledge (first or second language), in accordance with current Ministerial regulations.

All students with Italian in their study plans will have their language path assigned automatically.


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3.1.8.
Method of assessing foreign language knowledge

Knowledge is assessed by one of the following methods:

  • international certification from among those recognized by the University, or
  • Bocconi exam.


International certifications

Students can choose to take an exam for only one of the international certifications recognized by the University instead of the Bocconi exam. Students will then apply to have the result converted into a mark out of thirty by the Language Centre Secretary's Office under presentation of the original certification and recorded in their academic career.

The level of the international certification must at least correspond to or be higher than the exit level set for the language in question (see "Exit levels").

For the purpose of registering international certifications in the academic career, certifications are valid for a period of 3 years from the date they were obtained (except for some international tests which are valid for less time, see www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams-Certificates).

The list of the international language certifications and tests recognized for the different exams is published on the website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams-Certificates.

In addition to the list of international general language certifications, the University also recognizes special language certifications for MSc programs published on the same website section.

International certifications can be presented even in the first year of studies; this applies to both 1st and 2nd languages. In any case, students will have the credit points and marks expressed out of thirty registered for the year of studies in which the course is placed in the program structure.

Only the credit points referring to the first year language exam are considered in the calculation of the 24 credit points needed to pass to the second year of studies, and only upon submitting the certification by 13 July 2015.

If the certification is submitted in a subsequent moment than the year of studies in which the course is positioned, the student will turn out not to have yet passed the exam until the recording is made.

Only for students initially enrolled up to the 2013-14 academic year, with reference to the first language (2 compulsory exams) if at the time of certification registration the student:

  • has not passed any Bocconi exams: the certification mark which has been converted into a mark out of thirty will be shown as the mark achieved for both the first and second exams;
  • has already passed and registered the first Bocconi exam in the study plan: the certification mark which has been converted into a mark out of thirty will be shown as the mark for the second exam only.


All students must take the exams for international certifications through an official Examination Centre recognized, either in Italy or abroad.

Students are responsible for the costs associated with sitting the exams for international certifications.

The certifications submitted for the admission procedures can also be used as an alternative to the Bocconi exam. These certifications can only be submitted if they satisfy the exit level requirement and are among those recognized by the University (upon presentation of the original certification to the Secretary’s Office of the Language Centre within 3 years from the conferral date, except for some international tests which are valid for less time, see www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Exams - Certificates).

The Language Centre offers a service which is designed to give guidance and information on the exam assessment methods and to provide specific preparation materials and past exam papers which are available at the language laboratories. This service is offered to all students interested in taking the Bocconi exams or in international certifications.


Bocconi exam

Language knowledge is assessed by an exam. This exam is designed to test the student's comprehension and knowledge of both written and spoken language adapted to the appropriate language level of competence required. The exam is structured in a written exam and a compulsory oral integrative one; admission in the oral exam is subject to passing the written exam.

Only for the students initially enrolled up to the 2014-15 academic year, the first language include 2 compulsory exams of the first and second year. The exam of the first-year constitutes in a written exam only and it is a prerequisite of the second-year exam.

Only for the students initially enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year, the first language include one compulsory exam in the first year and a partial exam (optional and on one date) in the first semester (for information on the partial exam see www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Exam - Certificates> Bocconi exams).

For all students, for the second language, there is one final exam (compulsory) in the second semester and also one partial exam (optional and on one date) in the first semester (for information on partial exams check the website at http://www.unibocconi.eu/languagecentre in Exams - Certificates> Bocconi exams).

Exams are prepared in accordance with the same language standards relating to international certifications.

The final grade is given on the basis of the final exam grade and other elements such like the learning progress, on the basis of the academic year of the initial enrollment (see www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Exams-Certificates> Bocconi exams.

Specifically:

  • positive results for active class participation and for guided individual study each year;
  • passing of the partial exam (only when scheduled) and passing the written and oral exam in the first two sessions available
  • sitting and passing the written and oral exam for the first time in the same session.


The exam final grade is out of thirty and is included in the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).

The language level achieved when passing an exam (structured in written and oral exam) is specifically indicated on the official exam report and official academic transcript.

Students can achieve higher exit levels than the curricular courses for both 1st and 2nd languages. This is only possible through the registration of one of the international certifications recognized by the University in the student's academic career.


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3.1.9.
Foreign languages as additional exam

Also foreign languages can be recorded as additional exams. With reference to the additional curricular languages it is specified that:

 

  • the same rules which are valid for additional exams are applied (see 9.4 Additional courses)
  • the recording of the grade earned through the Bocconi exam or the conversion in a grade out of thirty of the score achieved upon international certification from among the ones recognized by the Univerisity in accordance with the same methods for the recognition and recording valid for the first and second foreign language (see 3.1.8. Method of assessing foreign language knowledge, International certifications);
  • the minimum exit level and linguistic field specified for second language (see 3.1.4 Exit levels).

 

In addition students can record in their study plan, only as an additional course, also Russian and Chinese, which are non curricular language. For the recording of them:

  • the same rules valid for all additional exams (see 9.4 Additional exams) are applied;
  • it is only possible to record an international certification from among the ones recognized by the university in accordance with the same methods for recognition and recording valid for curricular languages (see 3.1.8 Language choice procedures, International certifications)*;
  • a minimum exit level  equal to B1, and the linguistic area is general or business.

*Notice that Russian and Chinese are not included in the educational offer, therefore there are no Bocconi exam or curricular lessons.


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3.2.
Computer skills

 


3.2.1.
Program structure position and credit points

The program requirements of all Bachelor Programs offered at Università Bocconi include a computer skills course, aimed to fulfill the specific requirements of the students study paths.


The computer skills course, Informatica per l'economia/Computer Skills for Economics (cod. 30068), is taken during the second semester of the first year of studies, and is worth 3 credit points.


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3.2.2.
Assessment of knowledge

There are two procedures for exams, according to whether students attend the course, or not:

  • partial exams
    they have been planned for those who regularly attend the lessons and the exam topics refer to the bibliography specified on the course syllabus (available on the e-learning portal). Only first year students can sit for partial exams. Partial exams cannot be sat or repeated in the following years.
  • general exams
    They are addressed to those who have not sat partial exams or who have not passed them. The preparation of the bibliography for general exams is required.


In both procedures, the exam is structured in a section of multiple choice questions and a section of exercises by using the Personal Computer. The software of reference is Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows in Italian, with international formats set on Italian (Italy).

In order to be able to register for the Computer Skills for Economics exam (second partial exam or general exam) a complete ECDL Core certification (Core or Full Standard), or other equivalent certifications recognized by University. The certification must be completed and eventually submitted to SEDIN according to the deadlines and procedures published on the website www.unibocconi.eu/sedin.

It is strongly recommended that students gain certification recognized before the start of lessons in order to attend the Computer skills for Economics course with the needed basic knowledge. 


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3.2.3.
Achieving ECDL certification at Bocconi

Students who do not yet possess the complete ECDL certification may take it at Università Bocconi. Exams are held each week according to a calendar which is updated regularly. Students may purchase online the ECDL product (at a providing cost) view the exam calendar and enrol through their yoU@B student Diary, using the special ECDL box.

For further information please refer to the website at www.unibocconi.eu/sedin.


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