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GUIDES TO THE UNIVERSITY

2017-2018 A.Y.
Integrated Master of Arts in Giurisprudenza [Law]



6.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS AND DEADLINES

  
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6.1.
Continuing studies

         
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6.1.1.
Rules

Students enrolled in the first year of studies are admitted to the second year only if they have earned at least 24 credit points relating to the first year by the exam period of:
  • July 2017 for students enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year;
  • July 2018 for students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Please take note that such credit points refer to the courses included in the first year study plan and they also include the credit points earned when passing each single module if applicable to the course. Credits relating to the legal English exam and second language exams earned upon recognition of international certification (See: Method of assessing foreign language knowledge) are not included in the above calculation. At the end of the July exam period, credit points needed to move on to the second year are verified.

Students who have not fulfilled this requirement cannot take part in the September exam period and must continue their studies by enrolling as repeating students ("ripetente") in the first year of studies.

Enrolling as "ripetente" gives students the right to attend the lessons but does not give them access to exams before the end of lessons for the semester in which the course is held.

Students regularly enrolled in the academic year as regular ("in corso") or repeating ("ripetente"):
  • are allocated a class group for the lessons;
  • are allowed to sit partial and general exams;
  • are granted access to the various services offered by the University (Library, IT rooms, etc.).
There are no restrictions for enrolment after the second year of studies.
After the fifth year, students generally enroll as repeating students "fuori corso", however there is also the possibility to enroll as repeating student "ripetente"
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6.1.2.
Administrative procedures and deadlines for enrolment in the first year as repeating students ("ripetente"), second year of studies and succesive years

Enrolment must take place during the 26 July - 31 August 2017 period via Punto Blu, that can be accessed by the yoU@B student Diary.

The enrolment procedures are as follows:
  • select the Punto Blu"Enrolment in Academic Year" option;
  • enter the requested enrolment data.

After selecting "Enrolment in the Academic Year", the system automatically allows:
  • students to enrol in the "regular" second year of studies and the choice of a course between Diritto Comparato Privato [Comparative Private Law] or Diritto Comparato Pubblico [Comparative Public Law] if they have earned 24 credit points by the July exam period;
  • students to enrol as first year repeating students ("ripetente") if they HAVE NOT earned 24 credit points by the July exam period.
  • students enrolled in the second year of studies, enrollment in the third year and the choice of the second foreign language;
  • students enrolled in the third year of studies, enrollment in the fourth year and the major choice
  • students already enrolled in the fourth year of studies, enrollment in the fifth year of studies along with the Major elective courses and the choice of one of the following educational activities worth 6 credit points between internship and seminars for the working skills development in place of two elective courses.

Enrolment in the academic year via Punto Blu is completed once the first instalment of the university fees and tuition has been paid and recorded in the student's academic career. If the advance payment is not paid by 15 September 2017 students will not be able to carry out any administrative or learning activities or make use of any other services offered to students.

Students who do not enrol by 31 August 2017, for whatever reason, can enrol during the 01 September - 31 December 2017(*) period upon payment of a late-enrolment fee (for detailed information check the website at www.unibocconi.eu/fees)
After 31 December 2017 enrolment is only possible as repeating students, (fuori corso or "fuori corso intermedio") with the payment of the penalty fees due made, to the Academic Affairs Division Desk (for detailed information visit the site at www.unibocconi.eu/fees).

(*) Since 31 December 2017 is a holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2018).
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6.2.
Foreign language choice/change

 
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6.2.1.
Changing first foreign language

First-year students have English assigned automatically as their first compulsory language.

First-year students who are English native speakers (whose first curricular foreign language can not be English, see "Foreign languages") change the first language via Punto Blu, that can be accessed from the yoU@B, after the finalization of their enrolment by 20 September 2017.

Any changes of languages can be also made between 8-19 January 2018 via the appropriate form to be collected and returned to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

In addition, from 26 July to 20 September 2017 and from 8 to 19 January 2018, in order to obtain the exemption from taking the language exam (inglese giuridico –legal english) students can submit an application to have the grade registered in the English exam recognised. For further information check the chapter "Foreign languages" on this Guide.

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6.2.2.
Choice/change of second foreign language

Students must choose the second foreign language upon enrollment in the third year of studies (26 July - 31 August 2017).
Students can change the second foreign language via the yoU@B diary > Punto Blu from 26 July to 20 September 2017 and from 8 to 19 January 2018.
All information on the language choice and on the courses on offer is available in Foreign Languages.
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6.3.
Change of second year elective courses

From 26 July to 31 August 2017 students enrolling in the second or third year can change their study plan regarding Diritto Comparato Privato [Comparative Private Law] or Diritto Comparato Pubblico [Comparative Public Law] upon filling out a specific form at the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

This change is also possible, with the same procedure, for students enrolling in the third, fourth and fifth year of studies. In this case the course that has been changed is positioned in the second year study plan. As students do not have to attend lessons for these courses, they can register for these exams starting from the first session available.


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6.4.
Fourth year study plan 2017-2018 academic year

     
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6.4.1.
Major choice

When enrolling in the fourth year of studies (26 July-31 August 2017) students must choose the major in order to include the relating compulsory courses chosen by the student.

During this period students can change the major chosen when enrolling in the year of studies.

Before choosing the major students are asked to check the course profiles and class timetables, published on the Bocconi website in the specific sections.

Students doing international programs can register, for the fourth year study plan, exams passed abroad anticipating the electives from the fifth to the fourth year of studies.
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6.4.2.
Major change

From 26 July to 31 August 2017 fourth and fifth year students only can change their major.

From 8 to 19 January 2018 only fourth year students can change their major.

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6.5.
Study plan fifth year of studies 2017-2018 academic year

  
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6.5.1.
Elective courses choice

When enrolling in the fifth year of studies (26 July - 31 August 2017) students must choose the elective courses for both the first and the second semester on the basis of the major chosen in the fourth year of studies, and specifying, where required, the language of instruction to have them included in their study plan. At least one of the elective courses must be chosen from among those held in English.

Before choosing the elective courses students are asked to check the list of courses available for the academic year of reference, course profiles and class timetable published on the Bocconi website in the specific sections and the tables of "Incompatible courses".

In addition, when enrolling in the academic year the system asks for the choice of two activities as an alternative to two electives to be chosen between seminars for the development of the professional skills and the internship.
During the same period (26 July-31 August 2017) students can change the electives chosen when enrolling via Punto Blu.
In exceptional cases the Integrated Master of Arts in Law Program Director evaluates requests for changing the major into a free track major only in exceptional cases (recognition of exams taken abroad). The application must be submitted at the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

The above requests can be submitted only after students have completed the enrolment in academic year procedures by the set deadline.

Bocconi students participating in international programs will be given the chance of changing their study plan once they come back from the exchange (see 6.5.4 Study plan change for students participating in international programs). However, students are recommended, upon enrollment in the academic year, to choose elective courses coherent with their interests in case they have to sit for some exams at Bocconi.
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6.5.2.
Electives allocation and numerical limits

After enrolling in the academic year the allocation of first and second semester elective courses is made.

The elective course allocation is made based on the progressive position recorded at the time of the course choice / change.

Class groups of the elective course must not have more than 110 students enrolled. Students coming from foreign universities participating in international programs are not included in the above-mentioned limits.

Bocconi students participating in international programs may have recorded in their academic career exams taken at universities abroad even if at Bocconi these courses that have attracted the maximum number of students only with the aim of recording exams passed abroad in their academic career.

Students enrolled in the fifth year of studies can choose 2 seminars of 3 credit points each, in place of an elective course. Each single seminar cannot have more than 60 students. Also for seminars, the allocation is made in accordance with the progressive position recorded at the time of the course choice/change.

For further information on how to choose the elective courses see "Program structure and educational activities".
Students who enroll in the academic year after the 31 August 2017 and in the period from 01 September to 31 December 2017 (*) can make the choice of the elective courses/seminars still available on the date of enrollment in the academic year.

(*) As 31 December 2017 is holiday, the deadline is postponed to the first subsequent working day (3 January 2018).
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6.5.3.
Changing first and second semester courses with second semester courses

From 8 to 19 January 2018 students can change 1st and 2nd semester elective courses included in the study plan with other courses, as long as they refer to the 2nd semester of the current academic year. Such changes must be in compliance with the numerical limits specified in Numerical Limits (see paragraph 6.5.2.).
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6.5.4.
Change of study plan and recognition of courses taken abroad for fifth year students 2017/2018 participating in international programs

In case an exam taken abroad is recognized as without Bocconi correspondence, as regards to the major compulsory courses, students can keep the same major, provided that the course recognized has the same SSD (subject group) and the same number of credit points as the compulsory course chosen by the student referring to the major. The exam taken abroad recognized as without Bocconi correspondence and the major must be approved by the Integrated Master of Arts in Law Program Director before departure.

As part of the recognition procedure of the exams taken abroad a student can:

  • include courses without Bocconi correspondence (up to 4 courses) either in place of elective of the restricted group, either in place of elective courses of the broad group as long as they refer to the IUS sector;
  • include exams without Bocconi correspondence by respecting, when making the replacement, the majors rules and the list of the courses of the restricted group (penultimate point of the program structure of one’s major).


Bocconi students participating in International programs can modify their study plan when they come back (and in the periods scheduled for all students: 26 July to 31 August 2017 and from 8 to 19 January 2017) one extra time (see Electives allocation) through the yoU@B>Punto Blu.

Once the conversion procedure has been completed and the exams taken abroad have been recorded in the study plan, students receive a message on their yoU@B informing them on the possibility to change the study plan via yoU@B>Punto Blu. In addition to the change to enter the courses taken abroad in the study plan, students can also include the 2nd semester courses to be taken at Bocconi as long as they have still places available.

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6.6.
Additional courses

Additional courses are those whose credit points provide more than the 300 credit points needed to graduate. They may be selected from elective courses and foreign language courses and can be included in the study plan for a maximum number of three only after exams for courses related to the first 3 years of studies have been passed.

In calculating the grade point average a maximum of 2 exams are taken into consideration (those with the highest marks and, if the grades are the same ones, the course which is worth a higher number of credit points is considered).

Students can choose additional courses by completing the form that has to be collected and submitted at the Academic Affairs Division Desk during the 26 July 2017 - 19 January 2018 period.

Please notice that
  • allocation of elective courses entered as additional exams is subject to the limit of places available;
  • allocation of elective courses entered as additional exams, if available, is made after the allocation of the elective courses included in the student’s academic career as choice/change of study plan, i.e. 31 August 2017 for electives of the first semester, 19 January 2018 for second semester ones and it is depending on the places’ availability.
Additional courses can be cancelled by handing in an application to the Academic Affairs Division Desk. An activity recorded with a passing mark cannot be eliminated.
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6.7.
Changing program

 

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6.7.1.
Rules

Students cannot change their program during the first year.

Changes of program are allowed for programs which have not a common foundation at the end of the first, second and third year of studies.

The year of admission is decided by the Program Director on the basis of a global assessment of the student's curriculum.

To request a change of program, students must have previously enrolled in the original program for the upcoming academic year (in the first year of the program as a repeating student ("ripetente") or in years following the first).

When changing from one program to another, the following applies:
  • exams taken for courses in the original degree program that have the same title, code and credit point values as those in the new degree program are considered to be equal (same exams in common);
  • exams are to be integrated if they are exams for courses belonging to the same subject group in both the original and new degree program. Courses may have significantly different course profiles but be worth the same credit point value, or the original program's courses may be worth less credit points than those of the new program. In this case the exam mark is based on a weighted average of the marks obtained in both degree programs;
  • any exams included in the original degree program that are not included in the program structure of the new degree program are considered to be in excess. It should be noted that compulsory courses passed as part of the original degree program which are not included in the study plan of the new degree program can be recognized as additional exams and also as elective courses, upon approval of the Program Director of the new degree program.

In addition, students are considered to have attended the lessons for courses taken in the years before the change included in the program structure of the new degree program. This means that students can register for the exams for these courses included in the program structure of the new degree program in the years before the change, starting from the first available exam session.
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6.7.2.
Administrative rules and deadlines

Students can submit the application to change program (the application form must be collected, filled out and handed in at the Academic Affairs Division Desk) during the 27 July - 29 August 2017 period by specifying the preference for a maximum of two programs (first and second choice). The same deadline applies for cancelling or modifying any applications previously submitted.

In order to submit the application to change program students must be enrolled in their original degree programs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

On 5 September 2017, via their yoU@B student Diaries, students will receive the results of the application for degree program change together with the new degree program details and the class group assigned. Students who wish to withdraw from the change made have 5 days from the publication of the outcome to submit written withdrawal form at the Academic Affairs Division Desk.
 
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6.8.
Transferring to another university

Bocconi students may transfer to another university by submitting an application to transfer form. The form is to be collected, filled out and submitted to the Academic Affairs Division Desk. Details must include the new university they intend to transfer to and the Program they wish to attend.

Students are advised to check the deadline to receive transfer documents for the university they intend to transfer to, to make sure they have enough time to complete the transfer procedure.

Students who present a transfer request during the 24 July 29 September 2017 period do not have to enrol in the 2017-2018 academic year; students who present a transfer request after 2 October 2017 and no later than 31 December 2017 (*) must enrol for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Enrolled students who have submitted a transfer application should contact the TCA (University Fees Office) to check their position regarding university fees and tuition.
The transfer application form must be accompanied by:
  • duty stamp of 16,00 euros;
  • the unofficial academic transcript and Bocconi ID card (except for student ID card enabled to be used for banking operations);
  • receipt for payment of fees for the issue of the transfer document;
  • authorization from the Bocconi Library confirming that no books are overdue ;
  • authorization from ISU Bocconi;
  • authorization from the TCA (University Fees Office).

Students who transfer to another university cannot come back to Università Bocconi during the same academic year they applied for transferring except for students who have not made any administrative act at the University of destination.
Students who intend to continue their studies at the Italian Military Academy and universities abroad must hand in a special application form available from the Academic Affairs Division Desk.

(*) Since 31 December 2017 is a holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2018).
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6.9.
Temporary interruption

Students who during the academic year are involved in military service or civil service duties, female students in the year of birth of each child and students who are forced to interrupt studies because of serious illness and certified prolonged medical conditions can apply to temporarily interrupt their studies in accordance with DPCM 09/04/2001.

Temporary interruption of studies means that students will not be able to complete any administrative operations, participate in educational activities or make use of any university services. The years for which the student did not enrol do not count towards disqualification. For each year of temporary interruption students are required to pay a fixed sum set by the TCA (University Fees Office).
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6.10.
Disqualification

After eight academic years following the end of the standard duration of the program (5 years), starting from the first initial enrolment in the university system, the student academic career is subject to a specific evaluation
If positive it will be defined the new maximum deadline, usually corresponding to the standard duration of the program, for completing all the educational activities.

When calculating the maximum number of years enrolled as "fuori corso" and/or "ripetente", the period in which there was a temporary interruption of studies in accordance with DPCM 09/04/2001 (military service, civil service, year of childbirth, serious illness and certified prolonged medical conditions) is not included.

If students should eventually resume their studies, the credit points previously earned will be evaluated to determine if they are still valid.
Disqualification does not apply to students who have passed all exams and are only missing the final degree exam.
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6.11.
Withdrawing from university studies

Students can withdraw from their studies at any time, ending their academic career at this University. Their intention to withdraw must be communicated in a written, clear and concise form, and is irrevocable.

The withdrawal form is to be collected, filled out and submitted to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.
Students enrolled in the first year of studies 2017-2018 who wish to withdraw must follow the timeline below:
  • by 1 December 2017: they must go to the Admissions Office Desk (piazza Sraffa 13, which can be accessed through the One-Stop Service Center);
  • later than such date: they must go to the Academic Affairs Division Desk.
The application should include a declaration stating that there are no pending obligations with ISU Bocconi (Student Assistance and Financial Aid), the Bocconi Library, and other University Offices. A marca da bollo worth of euro 16,00 must be attached to the application.

Students must pay university fees and tuition up to the submission of the withdrawal form according to the payment deadlines defined by TCA (University Fess Office).

Students who submit the withdrawal form should contact the TCA (University Fees Office) in order to check any pending obligations with reference to any tuition and fees deadline expired.

Withdrawn students can obtain certifications regarding the previous academic career and credit points earned.
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