GUIDES TO THE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science Programs
FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND COMPUTER SKILLS
Language Skills and Knowledge at the Start of the Study Program
The program requirements for all Bachelor of Science programs include a first and a second European language as compulsory.
Considering that language learning is a long and gradual process and that the exit levels of the BSc programs must be adequate for post-BSc opportunities, the University:
In order to enable students to be properly prepared on entry, on the Bocconi website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Minimum Level Required, the University:
In addition, students who are not native Italian speakers are offered an intensive introductory Italian course, held in the first semester and lasting 38 hours. Information concerning sign-up methods is communicated to all students who are not native Italian speakers via the yoU@B student Diary.
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Foreign languages in programs taught in Italian and in English: overall framework
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Students can choose between:
The language level acquired by students is specified in the exam report and on the official academic transcript. The assessment is expressed as a grade out of thirty which is included in the calculation of the grade point average.
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General information relating to certifications/tests can be found below (hereinafter 'certifications').
Detailed information is available on the Bocconi website.
Students can record only one of the certifications recognized by the University, taken at one of the officially recognized Examination Centers, in Italy or abroad.
In addition, certifications must be:
Students can obtain a certification before (e.g. by re-presenting again certifications obtained for the purpose of being admitted to the University) or during university studies.
Certificates may be recorded before the first exam session the student can sign up for (therefore after finalizing initial enrollment) on condition that the certification is still valid.
In any case, the credit points in question and the grade are awarded in the year of studies the language is positioned in.
Only credit points relating to the first language are counted for the number of credit points needed to move on to the second year of studies and only if the certification is submitted by 12 July 2019.
If the certification is submitted in a year after the year of studies the language is positioned in, the student will appear to be a student who has not yet passed the course for the previous year/s until it is recorded.
The result of the certification is recorded in the student’s academic career with a grade out of thirty, upon conversion based on the tables published on the website.
For certification recording, students must submit the original certification to the Office of the Language Center in person and must not register for the Bocconi Exam.
To obtain a certification during university studies, the Language Center offers:
All registration fees for certification exams are at the student's expense.
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General information on Bocconi exams is given below.
Please note that the following rules will be effective starting May 2019 for all language courses (first and second) and for all students regardless of whether or not they have duly passed the exam.
For language exams prior those held in January 2019, the rules set out in the course syllabi in the 2017-2018 a.y. or earlier (based on the a.y. in which the language course is recorded on the student’s study plan) apply.
Detailed information on exam assessment methods and calculation of the final grade is available on the course syllabi available on the website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Curricular Courses, Bachelor of Science Programs.
Exams follow the language standards applied for international certifications. The exam consists of a written part and an oral part, which are both compulsory; admission to the oral part depends on passing the written exam with a grade equal to or higher than 18/30.
Both the first and the second language include a final compulsory exam in the second semester of the relating year of teaching concerned.
The final grade is calculated upon considering both the final grade and active participation of the student at lectures (at least 75% of lectures must be attended by registering through the 'Attendance' procedure) including activities indicated in class by the faculty.
For each specific case, both for first and second language, whether class group is in Italian or in English, a single level of the Bocconi exam equal to the minimum exit level is envisaged.
Only for English and only for class groups held in Italian, the Bocconi exam is available at both the B2 and the C1 level (although the minimum exit level is B2) and the exit level may be chosen by the student.
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The Language Center offers both courses to prepare students for some international certifications and to improve skills required in the Bocconi exam.
Further details are available on the Bocconi website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter.
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Courses to Prepare for English, French and Spanish Language Certifications
For English first language (in the second semester of the first year of studies).
For French second language (in the first semester of the second year):
For Spanish second language (in the first semester of the second year):
Each course (lasting one semester) provides 48 hours of teaching, except for the IELTS C1 course, which provides 24 hours.
Courses are activeted only if an adequate number of students have registered.
Further information is available on the website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, under the menu Certificates.
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Courses to prepare for the Bocconi exam
Courses last one year: the first language offers 96 hours of teaching and the second language includes 128 hours.
Detailed information on course objectives and contents is available in the course syllabi available online in the yoU@B Diary in Bboard Courses, Bachelor of Science Programs.
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In addition to lecture attendance, learning foreign languages also requires a constant commitment to self-study, which includes a series of activities and assignments, based on specific information provided by the teaching staff in class and available on the course syllabi, with the use of different tools (e.g. exercise books or multimedia courses/specific assignments available on the BBoard e-learning platform).
In addition, the Language Center offers the following at the Language Laboratory:
In general, students are advised to spend 3-5 hours per week on self-study.
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Foreign languages as additional exams
Curricular foreign languages (French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German) can also be recorded as additional exams (see chapter 9), either by passing a Bocconi exam, or acquiring a certification.
With reference to certifications, these must be included in the list of certifications which can be recognized by Bocconi University, they must not have expired and they must be equal to or higher than the minimum level required for the languages in the BSc programs.
Moreover, students can also record non-curricular languages in their study plan, as an additional course only. The Language Center offers various types of courses for these languages, specifically: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.
There are no Bocconi exams for these languages. Only results of international certifications converted into a mark out of 30 can be recorded. The certification must be included in the list of those recognized by the University and submitted before its expiry date. Specifically and only for the languages indicated above, A1 is the minimun level accepted.
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Program Structure Position and Credit Points
The program requirements of all Bachelor of Science programs offered at Bocconi University include one or more curricular computer skills courses, which aim to fulfill the specific requirements of the student study paths.
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Assessment of Knowledge
The exam can be taken in two ways: as two partial exams or as a single general exam.
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Bocconi ECDL Test Center Service
Students who do not yet have the complete ECDL certification may take it at Bocconi University. Exams are held each week according to a calendar which is updated regularly. Students may purchase the ECDL products (at a discounted cost) online, view the exam calendar and enroll directly through their yoU@B student Diary, using the special IT certifications ECDL box.
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Extracurricular IT Activities
To improve IT skills, students can attend extracurricular IT Skills courses organized by SEDIN, which are part of the extracurricular activities (see chapter 8.1 of this Guide to the University). For more information, see the website at www.unibocconi.eu/sedin, 'Extracurricular Activities' section.
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