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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
BSBA Milan Semester Abroad
Bocconi University
  The semester exchange program at Bocconi gives students a chance to choose from hundreds of courses in English taught by distinguished Italian and international faculty. Bocconi is a leading research university in Milan, Italy with a strong international focus, regularly appearing in the most prominent rankings. A semester at Bocconi offers students the possibility to be part of an international community while taking classes with both local and international students. The campus is urban and located close to the city center of Milan, the engine of Italy’s economy and a hub to Europe.   
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. Previous study of Italian is not required, but is encouraged. Capacity may be limited.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Late August - Late December
Spring Mid-January - Late May

Bocconi was ranked the #7 business school in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and has particular strength in economics, international business, and finance. Students typically take five courses during a semester and must take a minimum of 14 WashU credit hours. Students accepted to the program will be given information on how to seek approval for any courses that have not been pre-approved. For an additional fee, Bocconi offers an optional non-credit Italian Language Crash Course prior to the start of the semester.
European Study Tour
Students studying at Bocconi in the Spring semester participate in the European Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The EST serves as a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and European markets. The EST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. Teams of two students are assigned an important business topic and an EU capital. You and your partner travel to the country, conduct interviews with government officials and business experts, and complete as much on-the-ground research as possible. During part two of the study tour, you and your fellow participants gather in Brussels to attend lectures and meetings with European Parliament members and debate your findings with fellow study abroad students at a mock parliament. There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. This program may or may not be offered during the Fall semester. Notethat Bocconi students will fly to their first fly to London or Dublin for their EST orientation, then to their assigned EST country before going to Milan. 
  Milan, Italy
The city offers unique learning opportunities for students as it is the business center of Italy. In addition, Milan is a cosmopolitan, modern, and forward-looking city, as well as a world-renowned capital of fashion, design, architecture, and art.  Bocconi is an urban campus located only 1.2 miles from the main city center which requires only a 15 minute tram or 20 minute walk. Bocconi is home to 14,000 students, including undergraduates and graduates while also welcoming more than 1,600 incoming exchange students from partner schools every year. 
  Housing: The university offers campus housing in dorms that house both local and international students. If students wish to apply for housing through the university, they have to complete the housing section included in the exchange program online application. Housing is assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis, therefore we strongly recommend that students complete the housing section of the online application as early as possible. If students choose to find their own accommodation, Bocconi offers assistance through the “Apartment Hunting” section on the housing website. There is no meal plan for the program: students shop and cook independently. In general, exchange students who request on-campus housing are placed in the Arcobaleno Residence
Student Life: The International Student Desk organizes many social and welcome activities for incoming students at the beginning of the semester. For other activities during the semester, students can get in touch with Student Associations. The complete list of associations and clubs can be found online. 

On-Site Support: Students directly enroll at the Bocconi University and therefore have access to on-site staff via the International Student Desk. Whether it be academic concerns, housing issues, well-being, or safety, the staff is available to fully support students.The orientation program and preliminary language course enable WU students to adapt quickly to living in Milan and attending the university. Contact: or Tel. 011-39-025836-2236. 

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure (INTL 300A, .5 credit) and post-departure (INTL300B, 0.5 credit online while abroad) coursework. A non-credit pre-departure orientation will be required for all students on fall programs. A special session on rules and regulations organized by the International Student Desk on-site is mandatory.
Visas & Immigration: Italy generally requires students to obtain a student visa prior to entering the country. Students are responsible for obtaining their visa. Students should research the process immediately upon admission to the program. Given the differences for each country and student status, coordinators are limited in their ability to offer visa guidance. See the Global Programs handbook for more details.  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 or by contacting the Italian consulate.

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 
Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.