ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS AND DEADLINES
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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 2019 for students enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year;
- July 2020 for students enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Please 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 lectures but does not give them access to exams before the end of lectures for the semester in which the course is held.
Students regularly enrolled in the academic year as regular ("in corso") or repeating ("ripetente") students:
- are allocated a class group for lectures;
- 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 enrollment after the second year of studies.
After the fifth year, students generally enroll as repeating students "fuori corso", however they may also enroll as repeating students "ripetente".
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Administrative procedures and deadlines for enrolment in the first year as repeating students ("ripetente"), second year of studies and succesive years
Enrollment must be completed during the following periods:
- 29 July-29 August 2019 for enrollment in the first year as a repeating student, second and third years;
- 25 July-29 August 2019 for enrollment in the fourth and fifth years;
The enrollment procedures are as follows:
- select the Punto Blu "Enrollment in Academic Year" option;
- enter the requested enrollment data.
After selecting "Enrollment in the Academic Year", the system automatically allows:
- students to enroll 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 enroll 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 choice between Diritto amministrativo - module 1A and Diritto amministrativo - module 1B 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.
Enrollment in the academic year via Punto Blu is completed once the advance payment of the first installment of tuition and fees has been paid and recorded in the student's academic career. If the advance payment is not paid by 3 September 2019 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 enroll by 29 August 2019, for whatever reason, can enroll during the 30 August - 31 December 2019(*) period upon payment of a late-enrollment fee (for detailed information, see the website at www.unibocconi.eu/fees)
After 31 December 2019 enrollment is only possible as repeating students, (fuori corso or "fuori corso intermedio") with the payment of the penalty fees due to the Academic Affairs Desk (for detailed information, see the website at www.unibocconi.eu/fees).
(*) Since 31 December 2019 is a holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2020).
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Choice/change of foreign language
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Changing the first foreign language
All first-year students have English assigned automatically as their first compulsory language.
First-year students who are native English speakers (whose first curricular foreign language cannot be English, see "Foreign Languages") are required to change the first language via Punto Blu, which can be accessed from the yoU@B, after finalization of their enrollment, by 18 September 2019.
Any language changes can be also made between 8-21 January 2020 via the appropriate form to be collected and returned to the Academic Affairs Desk.
In addition, from 11-29 November 2019 to 14-30 April 2020 to obtain an exemption from taking the language exam (inglese giuridico–legal English), students can submit an application to have the grade registered in the English exam recognized. For more information, check the chapter "Foreign Languages" in this Guide.
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Choice/change of second foreign language
Students must choose the second foreign language upon enrollment in the third year of studies (29 July - 29 August 2019). From 29 July-29 August 2019 and 8 - 21 January 2020, third-year students can change their second foreign language using the yoU@B Diary > Punto Blu.
Fourth- and fifth-year students can change the second foreign language at the Academic Affairs Desk from 25 July to 29 August 2019 and from 8 to 21 January 2020.
Complete information on the choice of language and the courses on offer is available in Foreign Languages.
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Change of second-year elective courses
From 29 July to 29 August 2019 students enrolling in the second year can change their study plan regarding Diritto Comparato Privato [Comparative Private Law] or Diritto Comparato Pubblico [Comparative Public Law] via yoU@B >Punto Blu>Study Plan>Change of Study Plan.
Students enrolling in the third, fourth and fifth year of studies can make this change upon filling out a specific form at the Academic Affairs Desk. In this case, the course that has been changed is positioned in the second year study plan. As students do not have to attend lectures for these courses, they can register for these exams starting from the first session available.
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Fourth-year study plan 2019-2020 academic year
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When enrolling in the fourth year of studies (25 July-29 August 2019) students must choose a 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.
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From 25 July to 29 August 2019 and 8-21 January 2020, fourth-year students can change their major.
From 25 July - 29 August 2019, fifth-year students can change their major for the last time.
The Program Director will evaluate requests to change to the “free track” only in special cases (recognition of exams taken abroad). Applications must be submitted to the Academic Affairs Desk.
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Study plan for fifth year of studies for the 2019-2020 academic year
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Choice of elective courses
When enrolling in the fifth year of studies (25 July - 29 August 2019) students must choose elective courses for their study plan for both the first and the second semester on the basis of the major chosen in the fourth year of studies. They must also select, where required, the language of instruction. At least one of the elective courses must be chosen from among those held in English. For the International track, all elective courses must be held in English.
Before choosing 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, seminars for the development of professional skills and an internship can be chosen as an alternative to two electives. During the same period (25 July-29 August 2019) students can change the electives chosen when enrolling via Punto Blu.
The above requests can be submitted only after students have completed procedures for the enrollment in the academic year by the set deadline.
Bocconi students participating in international programs can record exams passed abroad in their academic career with reference to the fourth year study plan, thus moving the electives from the fifth to the fourth year.
When enrolling in the academic year, Bocconi students participating in an international program should choose elective courses coherent with their interests in case they have to sit for some exams at Bocconi. They will be given the opportunity to change their study plan after they have completed the conversion and recording in the academic career of exams take abroad (see 6.5.4 Study plan change for students participating in international programs). In addition to the periods for all students (25 July - 29 August 2019 and 8-21 January 2020), they will have one additional opportunity.
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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 for elective courses may 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 exams taken at universities abroad recorded in their academic career even if these courses have attracted the maximum number of students at Bocconi, 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 more information on how to choose elective courses, see "Program Structure and Educational Activities".
Students who enroll in the academic year after 29 August 2019 and in the period from 30 August to 31 December 2019 (*) can make the choice of elective courses/seminars still available on the date of enrollment in the academic year.
(*) As 31 December 2019 is holiday, the deadline is postponed to the first subsequent working day (3 January 2020).
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Changing first and second semester courses with second semester courses
From 8 to 21 January 2020 students can change first and second semester elective courses included in the study plan with other courses, as long as they refer to the second 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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Change of study plan and recognition of courses taken abroad for fifth year students 2019-2020 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, or 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 the major’s rules.
Bocconi students participating in international programs can modify their study plan when they come back (and in the periods scheduled for all students: 25 July to 29 August 2019 and from 8 to 21 January 2020) 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 that they may 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 any second semester courses to be taken at Bocconi as long as there are still places available.
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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, the course which is worth a higher number of credit points is considered).
Students can choose additional courses by completing the form that must be collected and submitted at the Academic Affairs Desk during the 25 July 2019 - 21 January 2020 period.
Please note 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. 30 August 2019 for first semester electives, 22 January 2020 for second semester electives and depending on the availability of spots;
- legal clinics and second internships can be entered as additional activities.
Additional courses can be cancelled by handing in an application to the Academic Affairs Desk. An activity recorded with a passing mark cannot be eliminated.
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Third-year, fourth-year and fifth-year students who have completed the required credits have the opportunity to participate, after completing a selection process, in the activities of legal clinics that offer, in selected contexts, legal advice and free legal support to those who request it. The student makes a 1-year commitment to working at the legal desk during the fourth year or fifth year of studies (see NOTE).
For the year 2019/2020 the locations are:
- Bollate Prison: in that context, the desk offers legal counseling mainly on the subject of penitentiary law, but also on family law and immigration law.
- San Siro Neighborhood: there we mainly expect to deal with issues related to housing, immigration and, generally speaking, to social fragility.
Participation in Legal Clinics is not comparable to an internship, therefore, it not part of the listed activities that enable access to December’s reserved exam session.
NOTE: In case of a period of study abroad the student can suspend the activity of annual legal clinics for the corresponding period, resuming it on his return by completing the remaining due period (credits are acknowledged only upon completion of the activity).
Eligible students and admission requirements for selection
Students enrolled in the third year, fourth year and fifth year for the a.y. 2019-20 as regular students are admitted to the selection rounds. Double Degree students and repeating students are not eligible for selection.
The number of admitted students is determined by the Director and the Coordinator and, for first year of activation (a.y. 2019-20), it will not exceed 20 students.
Detailed information will be sent to students via yoU@B Diary before each selection round starts.
The evaluation of each student involves elements pertaining to his/her university career and level of motivation.
The following are elements relevant to the selection:
- the score calculated (by administrative offices) with an algorithm that simultaneously takes into account the weighted average of grades (with respect to credits) and the percentage of credits earned at the time of selection;
- a dossier presented by the student;
- personal interview with the project coordinator.
Participation in the selection procedure
The procedure to be followed in order to submit the application is detailed in H&C - Legal Clinics> Application.
The documents required for the dossier are:
- application form (available in H&C);
- Self-certification of university career (available at yoU@B);
- Motivational letter (maximum one page 4000 characters including spaces);
- Curriculum vitae.
Subsequently, the candidate receives notification in the yoU@B Agenda of the convocation / non-convocation for an individual interview with the coordinating faculty member.
Communication of results and start of activity
At the end of the selection process, candidates will receive an admission/ non-admission message on yoU@B.
The outcome of selections cannot be questioned by students.
The student admitted to the Legal Clinic is assigned (after defining the starting date with the tutor) to one of the active desks and is required to coordinate with the tutor for details about what the task entails.
Final evaluation of the activity, recognition and career registration
At the end of his/her Legal Clinic activity, the student drafts a detailed report of the activities performed and submits it to the Teacher/Tutor. The teacher/tutor evaluates the work performed and verifies that the minimum compulsory attendance threshold of 80% was attained.
The final evaluation (by the tutor) can be positive or negative (pass/fail grade). A regular grade measured in thirtieths is not envisaged.
Acknowledgment of the activity for the student career takes place, for all students regardless of the year in which they carried out said activity, in the fifth year of the program; Legal Clinics work is worth 6 credits as alternative to the seminars/ optional subjects listed at no. 4.
In very exceptional cases and at the discretion of the project coordinator, a 6-month activity can be acknowledged for a total of 3 credits to be supplemented by a 3-credit seminar.
The Legal Clinics activities can be also included in the study plan as extra educational activity.
In order to register the completion of Legal Clinics activity in the study plan, the student is required to register for the exam session according to the timetable indicated in the exam calendar. For graduating students, the completion of Legal Clinics activity must be registered before the date set for the completion of the study plan for graduation.
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Students cannot change their program during the first year.
Changes of program are allowed for programs which do not have 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 need to 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 lectures 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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Administrative rules and deadlines
Students can submit an application to change program using the special procedure available on the yoU@B Diary during the 29 July - 27 August 2019 period by specifying the preference for a maximum of two programs (first and second choice).
The same deadline applies for cancelling or modifying any program change applications previously submitted. In order to submit application to change program, students must be enrolled in their original degree programs for the 2019-2020 academic year.
On 4 September 2019, 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 a written withdrawal form to the Academic Affairs Desk.
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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 Desk. Details must include the new university they intend to transfer to, the legal email address (PEC) of the University of destination 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 23 July 30 September 2019 period do not have to enroll in the 2019-2020 academic year; students who present a transfer request after 1 October 2019 and no later than 31 December 2019 (*) must enroll for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Enrolled students who have submitted a transfer application should contact the Fees Funding and Housing Office to check their position regarding tuition and fees.
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 issuing the transfer document, which must be made via the Paytool procedure (INSERIRE LINK http://paytool.unibocconi.it/buy);
- authorization from the Bocconi Library confirming that no books are overdue;
- authorization from the Fees Funding and Housing Office.
Students who transfer to another university cannot come back to Bocconi University during the same academic year they applied for transfer except for students who have not completed any administrative acts 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 Desk.
(*) Since 31 December 2019 is a holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day (3 January 2020).
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After eight academic years following the end of the standard duration of the program (5 years), starting from the first initial enrollment in the university system, the student academic career is subject to a specific evaluation.
If positive, a new maximum deadline will be defined, usually corresponding to the standard duration of the program, for completing all 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 Italian 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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During the academic year, students who 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 Italian 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 enroll do not count towards disqualification. For each year of temporary interruption students are required to pay a fixed sum set by the Fees Funding and Housing Office.
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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 Desk.
Students enrolled in the first year of studies in 2019-2020 who wish to withdraw must follow the timeline below:
- by 3 December 2019: 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 Desk.
The application should include a declaration stating that there are no pending obligations with the Fees Funding and Housing Office, the Bocconi Library, and other University Offices. A duty stamp worth 16.00 euros 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 the Fees Funding and Housing Office.
Students who submit the withdrawal form should contact the Fees Funding and Housing Office in order to check any pending obligations with reference to any expired tuition and fees deadline.
Withdrawn students can obtain certifications regarding the previous academic career and credit points earned.
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