GUIDES TO THE UNIVERSITY
Master of Science Programs (2-y)
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In order to classify levels of language knowledge, Bocconi University follows the Common European Framework established by the European Council.
In order to be admitted to MSc programs, regarding language skills, the University requires:
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Study plan: foreign languages and minimum exit levels
The study plan of all MSc programs (except DSBA and Cyber) includes:
The DSBA and Cyber study plans require just one EU language, whose rules coincide with those of the second language of other MSc programs.
The rules outlined below are applicable to all Bocconi students and to students from partner Institutions (incoming students) registered in a Double Degree/Joint Degree program taught in English.
English (Professional English Seminars – 2 cpu) - mandatory:
The main aim is to develop effective writing skills in a professional setting.
The minimum exit level depends on the entry level (see table below).
Students enrolled in the first year of studies starting the 2020-21 academic year will be assigned the levels of the Professional English Seminars (positioned in the second year of studies) in compliance of the following criteria:
Also valid for Double Degree/Joint Degree incoming students enrolled in the 1st year a.y. 2020/2021.
Levels will be assigned, as a general guide, in November 2020 (students will receive a message on their yoU@B informing them on the assigned level).
After having received the communication, students assigned to the B2 business level can request - if they wish to - to change the course level into the C1 business one, by writing via the Help&Contact procedure (topic: LANGUAGES - LANGUAGE COURSES) by and no later than 31 January 2021. Once the level has been modified, students cannot change their mind and they cannot request other level changes after the above-mentioned date.
For all MSc Programs (single language for DSBA and Cyber) - 4 cpu:
MSc programs in English:
MSc programs in Italian:
N.B.: Portuguese is considered an “extra” language as of a.y. 2019-2020 and students (any cohort) cannot choose it as second curricular language.
More details regarding the second language:
(1) At the beginning, Double Degree outgoing students are given a B1 business level; then, upon admission to the DD program (usually in March of first year), the level is switched from B1 to A2.
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The curricular educational offer includes:
For the first language:
B2 Preparatory Course (first year, second semester):
Professional English Seminars at the B2 business or C1 business level (1), in the second year:
For the second language:
(1) The level of the course is assigned based on the entry level, it cannot be changed.
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Knowledge assessment and recording in the academic transcript
Knowledge may be assessed through an internal exam or recognition of a language certificate. In both cases:
The final level of competence acquired is mentioned in the exam report and in the student’s transcript.
After passing the internal exam, a certificate can be completed at a later date, but the certificate cannot be recorded in the student's transcript. However, after a certificate is recorded on the transcript, the internal exam can no longer be taken.
Exemption from taking language exam
Rules applied to students initially enrolled starting in the 2019-2020 cohort
Students who have completed a Bocconi BSc program and who had the internal Bocconi exam or an international certification recorded in their BSc academic transcript may request a waiver both for the first and the second languages, provided that the level of internal exam/certification was equal to or higher than the minimum required for graduate studies and:
Students can request the waiver through Help&Contact (see deadlines in chapter 9).
N.B. It is specified that students enrolled in the first year of studies can submit application for being exempted from taking the language exam in the period referred to the second semester.
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Professional English Seminars
The assessment method aims to assess the soft skills of English communication used in a professional setting.
Students can take the test right after the end of the teaching attended (exam session reserved to students enrolled in a teaching class group) and/or during the four “general” exam sessions available: January, February, June, September (open to all students).
Further details in the course syllabus available on BBoard.
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Second Language (Single Language for Cyber and DSBA)
The assessment method consists of a Bocconi exam focused on assessing four skills, in line with international certifications:
The exam can be passed in one of the following ways:
Regarding partial exams:
N.B. Registration to the second date of the partial exam is subject to the rules and limitations published in paragraph 7.6.1 NOTES FOR EXAM REGISTRATION: REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.
Both the second partial exam and the general exam session are organized into two related parts:
Please note that, to take the second partial exam or the general exam:
Further details are available in the course syllabus posted in BBoard.
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International Certifications recorded instead of the internal exam
Regarding international certificates, please note that:
International certifications can be recorded in the academic curriculum provided that they are:
The certification can be completed during the program at Bocconi or date back to previous studies, provided that it is still valid when submitted to the Language Center.
More detailed information (list of recognized certificates, conversion tables, etc.) is available on the website www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, in the “Certificates” section.
NB: we remind you that it is possible to convert only the language certifications recognized by the Language Center as an alternative to the Bocconi language exam, in compliance with the rules specified on the chapter "Foreign Languages" of the Guide to the University and at page www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter, "Language certificates" section.
Under his/her responsibility, the student must carefully check the certifications which can be recognized and the relating conversion rules, before forwarding the certification recognition request.
In order to support students who want to earn an international certification, the Language Center offers:
The registration procedure and the entire process strictly follow the rules established by the certifying agency.
All registration fees for certification exams are at the student’s expense.
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In addition to attending lectures, learning foreign languages requires a constant commitment to self-study.
A Language Exchange service for students is also organized, along with a film festival for movies in their original language.
For more information: www.unibocconi.eu/languagecenter in the “Self-Study and Other Activities” section.
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Foreign languages as additional activities
Curricular languages can be recorded as additional activities (see chapter 9), either by passing a Bocconi exam or through recognition of a certification.
In this latter case, the certification must be:
Moreover, also “extra” languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese) can be recorded in the academic transcript but only as additional activities.
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