Guides to the university

2022-2023 A.Y.

Bachelor of Science Programs (3-y)


Internationalization at Bocconi University has been a strategic priority pursued since 1974, the year in which the first international agreements were put into place. Over the years these programs have developed an extensive network of relations and exchanges with prestigious academic and cultural institutions all over the world. That means there is constant collaboration with foreign universities on research and joint teaching projects, thus providing Bocconi students and teaching staff with invaluable international experience. Thanks to its network of international relations, Bocconi University is able to offer its students several opportunities to acquire the kind of business training which is necessary for dealing with global economic developments.

Study abroad programs:

  • Long programs (Exchange Programs, Free-Mover Semester Programs, Peking-Bocconi Double Degree Program for BIEM students);
  • Short programs (Free-Mover Summer Programs).

Other opportunities are also available that involve attending a course – remotely or in person – at several partner schools who participate with Bocconi in a variety of networks (ECOL - European Consortium for Online Learning).

MSc students can take part in other programs that are organized with international universities and business schools, and which lead to double Master degrees (Italian and foreign) or diplomas issued by the international network (CEMS-MIM Master).

The study abroad opportunities promoted by the University are presented in detail during ad hoc initiatives throughout the academic year.

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4.1. Long Programs


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4.1.1. Exchange Program

The Bocconi University "Exchange Program" (including the LLP/Erasmus Program) deals with student exchanges under bilateral agreements with over 287 universities in 55 countries across 6 continents, giving students the opportunity to attend courses for which they can receive credit as part of their Bocconi degrees. The international universities included in the program are some of the most renowned institutions in the world in the fields of management, economics, law and political science.
In fact, Bocconi University belongs to some of the most prestigious international networks: CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education), PIM (Partnership in International Management), GULF (Global University Leaders Forum), GNAM (Global Network for Advanced Management), CIVICA (The European University of Social Sciences), THEMIS (Network in International Business Law) APELIA (The Asia-Pacific and Europe Law Institutes Alliance), U7 (Alliance of world Universities) and ECOL (EuropeanConsortium forOnlineLearning).

These agreements are based on reciprocal arrangements that allow students from both institutions involved to complete a period of study abroad without paying extra university fees and tuition to the partner institution. Students are, however, responsible for travel, board and lodging expenses.

Eligibility and requirements
Students can take the semester abroad during their third year. Therefore students regularly enrolled in their second year can apply. Students are allowed to enroll in a semester abroad at one of the partner universities only if they pass the selection, which is based on merit and language skills.

Application and deadlines
Students are advised to check the application procedures and deadlines released in Study Abroad office publications and on the website

Exam recognition
Students can receive credit for a maximum of 5 courses.

The credit approval procedure is explained in "Credit for exams passed at universities abroad".

For Exchange Program details, updated information on eligible students, admissions procedures, deadlines and available destinations check the website

In the same area, you can also check comments by students who have been abroad in previous years, along with detailed information on partner universities.

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4.1.2. Free-Mover Semester

Students interested in attending a semester abroad outside the Exchange Program can enroll at a number of universities abroad where they can study only during the third year of their Bachelor of Science Program as part of the Free-Mover Semester Program (fee-paying Visiting Students or Independent Students).

The Free-Mover Semester abroad is incompatible with both participation in the Exchange Programs and participation in other long study abroad programs.
Students are responsible for the payment of fees and tuition for both Bocconi and the institution abroad and for travel, board and lodging expenses for the period abroad.
Students are required to take out health insurance for the entire period of study abroad.

Bocconi University has identified a number of schools from among those in its international network that have accepted such students in previous years. The number of students allowed at each University abroad is limited. The list of universities abroad will be published on the webpage at This is the only list considered valid for the recognition of exams taken in schools abroad as part of the Free-Mover Semester Program. Any other applications for alternatives will be examined individually beforehand by Study Abroad office. The application, accompanied by a motivational letter and information about the chosen university, must be given to Study Abroad office before enrolling at the foreign university for a Free-Mover Semester Program.

Exam recognition
Students can receive credit for a maximum of 5 courses.

The credit approval procedure is explained in "Credit for exams passed at universities abroad".

We suggest you check the detailed information and requirements on the website In this area you can also check comments by students who have been abroad in the past as part of the Exchange program.

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4.1.3. Peking-Bocconi Double Degree Program for BIEM Students

The Peking-Bocconi Double Degree Program allows students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in International Management (BIEM) to attend the first two academic years at Bocconi and two additional academic years at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University in Beijing (China). At the end of four years of study, students receive both an Italian Bachelor of Science degree issued by Bocconi University and a Bachelor Program in Management degree issued by Peking University.
The language of teaching for the four academic years is English and during the two years in Beijing, students also attend a course in Chinese.

Application procedure
BIEM students who are duly enrolled in the second year of the program and who meet specific minimum merit requirements may apply. Students shall be selected jointly by the two universities based on elements related to academic performance and motivational aspects.
Students participating in the program are required to have recorded 100% of the credits for the first and second years of BIEM by July of the second year. Failure to meet this requirement shall prevent access to the program at Peking.
Students who participate in the program are required to:

  • sign a contract with Peking University which indicates the rules and academic conditions in force during the period of study at the school abroad, in addition to the penalty in the event of withdrawal from the Double Degree Program;
  • pay an administrative fee in addition to regular Bocconi tuition and fees for the three academic years of the Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Management.

Selected students may take advantage of a scholarship from Peking University covering tuition and fees and housing in a student dormitory for the two academic years in China, according to the procedures established by the school.
For more information, please send an email to the following address:

Exam recognition
For information on recognition of exams taken abroad during the Peking-Bocconi Double Degree program, please see paragraph 'Credit for exams passed at universities abroad'.

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4.2. Short Programs

The short programs offered by Bocconi University offer students the opportunity to spend a brief study period abroad.

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4.2.1. Free-Mover Summer

Bocconi University has selected a number of partner schools from its international network which offer interesting and educationally valid Summer Programs.

They last between 2 and 3 weeks during the summer months and allow students to take curricular courses in various areas for which they can receive credit. The list of universities abroad is published on the website and this is the only list considered valid for the recognition of courses offered in the Summer Program through institutions abroad. Students can submit applications for other alternatives that must be examined individually in advance by the Study Abroad office, before applying to the Free Mover Summer.

The Free Mover Summer is offered to students from all Bachelor of Science Programs who meet the requirements, in the summer between the second and third years of the program. (Please note: Participation in a summer program in the summer of their first year or before will not be recognized).

Students are responsible for travel, board and lodging expenses during their experience abroad as well as the fees and tuition of the partner university.

Students are also required to ensure that they have health insurance coverage for the period abroad.

Exam recognition
The Free-Mover Summer Program allows students to receive credit for a maximum of one exam corresponding to a Bocconi course. The credit approval procedure is explained in "Credit for exams passed at universities abroad".

We suggest you to check requirements and application procedure on the website at

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4.3. Scholarships for International Programs

To encourage student participation in international mobility programs organized by the University, Erasmus Plus scholarships are available from the European Union for students chosen for the Exchange Program, Themis and Double Degree Law who attend one semester of study at university that is part of the Erasmus Program. For details, see

Need- and merit-based integrations to the ISU Bocconi scholarship are also available (subject to availability of funds to be verified annually –

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4.4. Certifications and Documents

To request certifications specifying admission and/or participation in Exchange Programs you can use the cert@B procedure available on the yoU@B Diary (see chapter 11 Certifications, self-declarations and Diploma Supplements), except for the documents described in the paragraphs below.

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4.4.1. Documents for the participation in the Exchange Program or in the Double Degree Programs

The Study Abroad Office (Exchange program) or the Global Alliance Office (Double Degree program) must be contacted by the selected student if, as part of the application procedure or participation, the foreign partner university requests a document for admission to the program and/or information relating to enrollment at Bocconi along with the student's academic career. The same procedure is applicable in case the document of admission to the program is required to obtain a visa. Any procedure changes will be communicated to the interested students.

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