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BSBA - University of Bocconi in Italy (Milan)
Milan, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline WU Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 05/01/2014
Rolling Admission 01/15/2015 06/15/2015
Fall 2015 02/15/2015
02/28/2015 08/31/2015 12/20/2015
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling WU admission application process. Applicants will be notified that their application to study abroad has been approved by Washington University. If the program is administered by a partner institution, the application and endorsement are then forwarded to the program sponsor for review and approval. In most cases, students will need both WU approval and an acceptance offer from the program sponsor in order to participate in the program.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Tammy Orahood
Program Description:

Italy Study Abroad


Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902 and was the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics. SDA Bocconi School of Management grants bachelors, masters of science, and PhD degrees in Management, Economics, Law, Statistics, and other disciplines.


If you would like to learn more about this particular program or about any of the other study abroad opportunities, you can reach out to one of our Ambassadors, who have participated in one of the Olin programs in the past. To see the full list of Ambassadors, please click here.


All of our European program students in the spring (London, Paris, Koblenz and Madrid participants) participate in a weeklong European Study Tour (last week of January) while abroad. This tour is designed to give students an intense introduction to the aspects  and challenges facing the European Union. Each student will visit a pre-assigned EU country in a pair. During the visit, the pairs will meet with government and business experts to research their country’s attitudes about a specific issue such as enlargement or the Euro financial crisis. Each student will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to represent his or her country at a mini-parliament exercise where students will debate the current assigned issue. There is an additional cost of $1000 for the logistics of the two trips, which will be arranged by Olin. Students will earn 1.5 credits for the European Study Tour.


Mid-September to Late December
Exam Period: before Christmas for exchange students

Mid-February to end of May (including exams)


All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure and post-departure coursework. INTL 300A Planning for International Learning is a 1 credit mini-B course designed to prepare students for their experience overseas the semester before they actually travel. INTL 300B Applying International Experiences is a 0.5 required mini-A post-departure class that will discuss what students learned while abroad and help students articulate those lessons for employers, graduate schools, etc. Both of these classes will meet approximately 3 times during the semester before and after the study abroad experience.

An Orientation Program is also organized each term during the Italian Language Crash Courses period. It is usually organized in four sessions with the main purpose to give the students a first general overview on cultural, political and social characters of Italy and its people. A special session on rules and regulations organized by the International Student Desk is mandatory.


Olin students enroll must be full time students and would be expected to attend a minimum of four courses to a maximum of six courses per term. Each Bocconi credit corresponds to 25 hours workload, of which eight lecture hours. Courses run approximately eleven weeks per semester. Undergraduate students will be allowed to choose only among undergraduate courses (code 5xxx) courses.

For a list of pre-approved courses, please click here.


3.0 cumulative GPA
3.0 professional GPA
Open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School.
Non-Olin students decided on a case by case basis.

Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.  You must not only meet the minimum eligibility criteria, but also show the type of intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, academic rationale and social flexibility necessary for a successful study abroad experience.


Previous study of Italian is not required, but is encouraged.

Italian Language Course
For more information, see here.


Students can choose to stay in university residences. Bocconi housing information material, which includes the application form, prices, description of residences, rules and procedures, is available on the website and will be included in the application online. Rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, thus we recommend to complete the housing application as soon as possible. This will help to ensure a place in a residence.


If you don't have your passport, you should start this process once you submit your application.


All students, except those coming from EU countries, are required to apply for a Student Visa. To obtain a student Visa, you must present yourself in person to the Italian Consulate in your country which will provide you with a list of the documents necessary to get your VISA (VISA requirements vary for every country and consulate).For detailed information please visit:

Permit of Stay

Once in Italy, all international students will have to obtain a "Permesso di Soggiorno" in order to reside in Italy for more than 3 months. Additional information is available at the Bocconi website.


Overseas Programs will enroll all WU-approved study abroad students in a basic accident and sickness plan through HTH Worldwide, a leading provider of international health insurance. This plan should be seen as supplemental to the student’s existing domestic health coverage, not as a replacement.  We do not recommend a reduction or suspension of existing domestic coverage in light of enrollment in HTH insurance. For more information, click here.

In Italy, the national healthcare system is provided by a public healthcare service (ASL: Azienda Sanitaria Locale). Only foreign citizens with a valid stay card or residence permit may apply for the service.  You will apply for this upon arrival.


Thanks to the generosity of Avram A. & Jill Glazer, the Olin BSBA program is pleased to announce the Avram A & Jill Glazer Global Learning Program, awarding up to $5,000 for participation in an approved BSBA study abroad program.  This competitive grant program is for WU undergraduate students demonstrating financial need or extenuating financial circumstances and participating in BSBA-administered programs. Applications can be found here:


Students are assessed the current WU tuition rate and the current WU Health Fee. These fees are paid directly to Washington University. If you are a financial aid recipient, then your financial aid will apply toward these charges.
European Study Tour Fee $1000
Housing From 400 to 800€ a month
Food Meal from University Canteen is 4€
Transportation Approximately 20€ per month for a bus pass
Airfare $2,000
HTH Insurance $220
Visa 75€

International and Area Studies | Overseas Programs