Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi: Milan
The academic calendar at Bocconi will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.
Fall Semester 2015:
Beginning of Courses: September 7
End of Courses: Decemeber 4
Exam Session for Exchange Students: Decemeber 9 - 22
Spring Semester 2016:
Beginning of Courses: February 8
End of Courses: May 13
First Exam Session: May 16 - 31
Second Exam Session: June 6 - July 16
As the largest city in Italy and among the wealthiest in the European Union, Milan is the financial center of Italy. Italy is the eighth largest economy in the world and the fourth largest in Europe, and recent governmental reforms suggest future growth and competitiveness in the globalized business world.
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi is a top-ranked business school in Europe and worldwide. Founded in 1902 and considered the premier university in Italy, it’s the first Italian institution of higher education to focus on economics and management. The school is central to a global network of business and economics universities and favors cultural integration, international exchange, and economic integration in its wide-reaching partnerships.
Università Bocconi recognizes that as political debates of globalization are ongoing, the economically interdependent business world has long been a reality. The program aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the commercial, financial, and institutional realities of the new global market from an international perspective.
- Exchange students can request accommodation in Bocconi dorms through the ISD Housing Office.
- Housing offers differ, based on the residence hall you choose.
- Students may also choose to find their own apartment in Milan, but offer limited guidance in finding off-campus accommodations.
Academics and credits
- Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
- Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
- Business courses taught in English and Italian are available to exchange students.
- A two week immersion Intensive Italian Language Crash Course is offered before the beginning of Bocconi classes. Levels from beginner up to advanced. Italitan Language Follow-Up Courses are scheduled throughout the semester.
- Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.
- For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.
- No host country language skills required
- UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
- Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
- Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
- Additional criteria may apply
- The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation
Visa and Passport
- All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
- All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country. The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
- The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
- Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information
What is a Business Exchange Program?
- Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
- You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
- You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
- You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
- A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
- You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad
Application and Admissions
To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline. Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Cost estimate (Summary)
These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the host country consulate.
|Estimated Expenses 2014-2015|
|Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)||$7,029|
|Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)||$2,500|
|Transportation (to and from program site)||$1,300|
|Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)||$190|
|Books and Materials||$200|
|Room and/or Board||$7,700|
|Essential Daily Living Expenses||$2,000|
|Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)||$200|