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Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Program

Study Abroad

IU-Administered Semester Program
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Milan, Italy 

Photo of students in Milan, Italy

Program Location

Milan’s city proper boasts the second largest in Italy with a population of 1.35 million; and the broader urban area includes over 5 million, making it the largest urban population in Italy and the 5th largest in Europe. Considered the industrial, commercial and financial center of Italy, it serves as the headquarters for the nation’s largest banks as well as the main stock exchange, Borsa Italiana.  Additionally, it is regarded as one of the top fashion and design capitals of the world, attracting businesses and tourists alike. 

Hosting more than two million visitors a year, Milan offers a unique collection of art museums, theaters, historical landmarks, high-end shopping; and is home to two major football teams: A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano. Well-connected railways and three regional airports provide visitors and locals with convenient access to major transportation hubs throughout Europe. 

Program Partner

Founded 100 years ago, Università Bocconi was the first Italian institution to offer an economics degree.  The Bocconi School of Management is considered the top private business school in Italy and one of the premier schools in Europe.

Program Dates

  • Spring: Late January to late May
  • Fall: Late August to late December

Academic Overview

  • Required pre-program Italian language crash course
  • Business classes in English with Italian and International students
  • 12 IU credits which is 4 classes in business or global studies
  • Program will satisfy the IU World Language and Culture Requirement

To be eligible for the Bocconi program, you must:

  • Be a business student on the Bloomington campus only making normal degree progress
  • Be in at least your third full-time semester of college
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Have (or will completed by the start of the program) E201, E202 and the Business Integrative Core
  • Italian language preferred but not required

Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study.  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.

Housing Accommodations

Bocconi offers dormitory accommodations in single or shared apartments with other international and Italian students. Most accommodations are equipped with internet, laundry, private or shared kitchens.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Fee Paid to IU: (academic fees, health insurance)
    • Indiana Resident: $4,625
    • Nonresident: $15,697
      A $500 deposit will be due to the Office of Overseas Studies within two weeks of acceptance
  • Italian Crash Course: $200
  • Housing: $3,500
  • Meals: $2,000
  • Books/Supplies: $200
  • Local Transportation: $500
  • Miscellaneous: $500

Please note: Airfare, personal expenses, and vacation travel are additional costs.

Financial Aid

Additional Information and Resources

Spring 2015 Application Deadline
Monday, September 8, 2014

The online application will be accessible on this website starting Monday, July 28, 2014

Please note the Bocconi Exchange Program is extremely competitive and we strongly encourage you to apply to the IES Milan program as a backup. 

IU committee reviews applications for selection and final approval.  Notification of application status sent electronically within two weeks of application deadline.