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World Bachelor Business (3-y)


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Foreign languages

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Foreign Languages in the WBB program: overall framework

The WBB study plan includes, in the third year of studies, a second foreign language of the European Union as specified below:


Second Language


3rd Year

Final Credits

Knowledge assessment
Details at § 3.1.2.

International Certification


Bocconi Exam

Educational offer

Details at § 3.1.3.

Six-month courses for certifications


One-year course for Bocconi exam

Language choice

Foreign language courses must be different than the native language.
For those students who are not Italian native speakers, the first language must compulsory be English.

Italian - French - Portuguese - Spanish - German


Language to be chosen by the student.1

Level of the course: automatically assigned (single level)

Minimum output levels2
Academic/general contents


1. With reference to methods and timelines for any change of language chosen, see §9.

2. To classify the language knowledge levels, Bocconi University follows the Common European Framework established by the Council of Europe.


In addition, students who are not italian native speakers are offered an intensive Italian introductory course, held in the first semester and lasting 38 hours.

Information about the sign-up methods are communicated to all students who are not italian native speakers via the yoU@B student Diary.


Course Codes


Language Second Language
  Exam of the 2nd year
Italian 30308
French 30307
Portuguese 30309
Spanish 30310
German 30311

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Knowledge assessment

Students can choose between:

  • International certification/test
  • Bocconi Exam


The language level acquired by students is specified in the exam report and on the official academic transcript. The knowledge assessment is expressed into a grade out of thirty calculated for the grade point average.

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International Certifications/Tests

Below please find general information relating to certifications/tests (in brief certifications).
Detailed information are available on the Bocconi website.
Students can record only one of the certifications recognized by the University, taken at one of the Examination Centers officially recognized, in Italy or abroad.
In addition, the certification must be:

  • Of an equal or higher level than the minimum output level required (see paragraph 3.1.1)
  • Must be recorded within 3 years after the conferral date (except for the TOEFL which must be recorded within two years).


Students can obtain the certification before (e.g. by presenting again certifications obtained for the purpose of being admitted to the University) or during university studies.


Recording can be made also in advance than the first exam session the student can register for.

In any case, the relating credit points and the grade are awarded in the year of studies the language is positioned in.

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 at the Office of the Language Center.

For obtaining a certification during the university studies, the Language Center offers:

  • Information and orientation service;
  • Courses to prepare some certifications (see paragraph;
  • Preparatory materials and exam models at the language laboratory.


All registration fees related to the certification's exam are at the student's expense.

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Bocconi Exam

Please below find general information on Bocconi exams.
Detailed information on exam assessment methods and calculation of the final grade is available on the course syllabus available on the website www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Curriculum courses, Bachelor of Science programs.

Exams follow the same language standards applied for international certifications. the exam is structured into a written exam and an oral exam, both compulsory, admission to the oral exam is depending on passing the written exam with a grade equal or higher to 18/30.

The second language includes a final compulsory exam in the second semester of the relating year of teaching and optional partial exam (on a single date) in the first semester.

The final grade is calculated upon considering both the final grade and other elements aimed at assessing the learning progress during the studies and the student's commitment.

  • Active participation of the student at lecture and activities of guided self-study;
  • Passing the partial exam;
  • Passing the final written exam on the first attempt and passing the final oral exam as part of the exam session.


For the Bocconi exam, only the B1 level is included, corresponding to the minimum output level.

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Educational Offer

the Language Center offers courses to prepare to some international certifications and the Bocconi exam.

All students are automatically allocated a class group for preparing the Bocconi exam: these students who wish to attend a course to prepare the certification must register for the admission test (see paragraph

Below please find information about the educational offer.

Detailed information is available on the Bocconi website at www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter.
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Courses to prepare French and Spanish language certifications

For French second language:

  • DELF, Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française, general language, B1 level, Examination Center Ministère de l’Education Nationale

For Spanish second language:

  • DELE, Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera, Nivel Inicial, general language, B1 level, Examination Center Instituto Cervantes.

Each course (lasting a semester) includes 48 hours of teaching.

Courses are offered in the 2nd semester, only to the students who have the language course code included in their study plan.
They are offered to a limited number of students and only students who pass the relating test for initial positioning are admitted (the test is carried out at the end of the first semester).

Students who are not admitted keep the allocation of the class group to prepare the Bocconi exam (automatically assigned in the first semester).

Periods and sign-up methods for the test are communicated via the yoU@B Diary (further information is available on the website www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, under the menu Certificates.

Courses are started only if an adequate number of registered students is reached.
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Teaching to prepare the Bocconi exam

Courses last one year and include 128 hours.

Detailed information on course objectives and contents is available in the course syllabi available on the website www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in Curricular courses, Bachelor of Science programs.
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In addition to lecture attendance, learning foreign languages requires a constant commitment also for self-study which includes a series of activities to carry out, based on specific information provided by the teaching staff in class and available om the course syllabi, with the use of different tools (e.g. exercise books, multimedia courses available on the BBoard e-learning platform).

In addition, the Language Center offers the following at the Language Laboratory:

  • An advisory and information service for the language study;
  • A tutoring service realized by the language teaching staff as a support of the individual learning; this service is upon reservation;
  • Several materials for preparing certifications and the Bocconi exam, available at the multimedia Library of the Laboratory and on the BBoard platform.

In general, students are suggested to spend 3-5 hours per week for the self-study.

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Foreign languages as addictional exams

Foreign languages can also be recorded as additional exams (See chapter 8.5.), either by passing a Bocconi exam or upon obtaining a certification.
With reference to the certification, it must be included in the list of the certifications which can be recognized, it must not be expired and must be of a minimum level equal to B1.

In addition students can record in their study plan, only as an additional course, also Russian and Chinese, which are non-curricular language.

As for these languages there are no Bocconi exams, it is only possible to record an international certification, only if it is included in the list of the ones recognized by the University, it is not expired and is of a minimum level equal to B1.


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Computer skills

WBB program structure does not include a curricular course of IT Skills to be held at Università Bocconi. However, it is possible to attend extracurricular courses organized by SEDIN, as part of the supplementary activities (see chapter 7.1. of the Guide to the University).For further information on the IT Skills courses see the website at www.unibocconi.eu/sedin.
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ECDL Bocconi Test Center Service

Students who do not yet have 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 products (at a discounted cost), view the exam calendar and enroll directly 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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