Bocconi University was founded in 1902 and was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. It is a private university that has its main campus in Milan, Italy. Ever since its founding, it has become a leading school in the field of economics and social sciences. It is a major research university with democratic values, and it is financially and politically independent, thus making it open to the world. The school believes in an open philosophy, allowing students to apply, regardless of their cultural and ethical background. Prospective students can expect to be taught in a welcoming, warm and multicultural learning environment, perfect for students to enrich their knowledge. In 1971, Bocconi started the SDA Bocconi School of Management which specializes in MBA, specialized Master Programmes and Open Enrolment/Customized Executives Education. But Bocconi also delivers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education, as well as a wide range of double-degree programmes in the fields of economics, management, finance, law, political science and public administration. The programmes are all internationally oriented. The research university also receives funding for its projects from national and international institutions. The university is made up of five schools: the Undergraduate School, Graduate School, Law School, PhD School and SDA Bocconi School of Management. What makes Bocconi special, is its activities for high school students, including mathematics competitions, Model United Nations and other events to help high school students orienting during their secondary education. The school strives to educate students through innovative teaching methods, in order to best prepare its student for their high-level future roles in management positions. Bocconi graduates are well-equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in their future endeavours, may those be professional or personal. Due to this, graduates are highly employable- the alumni community consists of over 100,000 former students who live and work in industries across the globe.
Good career opportunities and they give you the tools to reach your goals. Both with a solid theory and with many project works that allow you to start working on what you’re learning and develop a strong set of soft skills.View more
Very knowledgeable professors, intense course. Provides strong computer skills (such as excel) which are very valuable once a graduate enters the workplace. Bocconi ensures a graduate is exposed to a variety of case studies and real-life examples to support the theory studied. Students will greatly benefit from the thorough curriculum.View more
The program is very well done and organized, The study plan includes a wide variety of courses and this makes all the students develop a critical spirit and a wide knowledge of different fields. This course, in fact, is perfect if you like arts and creative disciplines in general but you want to know more about business and how to apply it in the fields of the creative sector.
The professors are all very qualified and always available to help you and to organize office hours in which to discuss the classes or about something you want to know more in-depth.
The campus is great, it is located in the centre of Milan and around it there lot of bars/restaurants where to take a break (or celebrate the end of the exams :))
besides, there are a lot of facilities like a huge library and a lot of study rooms, 3 dining halls and a completely new and very modern gym.
Although the university calls itself international, there is about a 10% rate of internationals per class, the professors are majority Italian and do not speak English well. As an international student bonding with people in the class is extremely difficult as the only time with students is during class, and we are about 150 per class.View more
I am very passionate about domestic politics, but at the time I applied I was not so fond of law studies, so I decided to go for Bocconi University for the Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and Government, hoping that at least a fraction of what I love would be a course topic.
At a very first glance, Bocconi reminded me of American campuses, with a large personalized area (it is not so common in Milan, especially in the city centre) with a lot of amenities for students on campus, such as a library, a cafeteria, a sports centre.
Over the past months, I experienced several courses in hybrid mode. This gave me the opportunity to get to know better the learning methods, both in-person and online. I should say, they’re great. The proprietary platform, Blackboard, is very student-oriented and it is intuitive and simple to use. In-person, professors are very open to students’ questions and doubts (even more than in high school for some cases). In my experience, they always replied to emails very quickly and precisely.
On the other hand, from a strictly educational point of view, they are not the best professors I have ever had in my–albeit short–life. The language barrier surely does not help at all, because lessons are sometimes monotonous and grey. I am sure professors would result (in students’ eyes, at least) in some ways more passionate about topics they teach if they did not have to give lectures in English. Also, some courses, such as Political Science and Comparative Politics, result in a little bit biased toward the Western way of dealing with political phenomena.
Subjects, in general, are not so similar to other Political Science courses in Italy, but rather a mixture of a little bit of Economics, Government, Law and Political Science. Mathematics is not excluded and it is a rather hefty part of the first semester.
On the students’ side, there is the availability of teaching materials. In fact, in my opinion, books are not essential, because professors put everything you need on Blackboard.
In the “BIG” course, as we call it, a great half of the students are international, so there is no problem in familiarizing with other cultures from a direct point of view.
To conclude, a special mention should be given to Milan. The city has got plenty of opportunities to give to anyone interested in any topic. Bocconi University offers a series of student associations that meet up every semester on campus to make students enrol and participate, as well as a gorgeous sports centre.
I attend Bocconi University in Milan, which is one of the leading universities for management in Europe and the world. The program I chose is management and economics for arts, culture and communication. Due to my artistic side, I really appreciate the extra subjects we have apart from the “classic” management program. For instance, we have the philosophy of art where many books are read and analysed. The professors are good, however, some of them struggle a bit with English due to their Italian origin. Apart from that, the university is very well organised and professional, hence, it is easy to obtain information or help whenever required. The students are international, but of which a big fraction is Italian. There is a lot to study and to prepare for an exam, hard work is needed. In order to have average grades, you don’t need that much effort. However, to have top grades a LOT of studying is needed. Furthermore, Milan is a great city to live. It was a bit expensive but worth it. I recommend Bocconi to anyone who is willing to work hard, but also have an extraordinary university life!View more
I really enjoyed this experience because I built a really strong relationship with other students and professors. This fact has permitted me to grow as a person and also to improve my academic background by confronting myself with other people. I would encourage Bocconi to create a new method of exams for online courses (I have experienced it during the covid-19 period) because they could not manage to control and to avoid shameless situations such as software breakdowns just before the exams.View more
Bocconi University is a great institution with a tremendous history and high aspirations for its students. Without a doubt, if you can face the difficulty level of this university, you are bound for success, but, unfortunately, if you can’t self motivate or even teach yourself the course at times, there is nobody and nothing that can help you get back on track, so that is why I would recommend this university for people that can self-manage and face a high level of difficulty while self-organizing themselves efficiently.View more
My programme is CLEAM, Bachelor in International Economics and Management. It’s a full insight on the traditional Economic Studies combined with an international approach, always keeping an eye on real-world matters. It’s a very challenging and motivating environment. HiView more
The workload is really heavy, but that’s the only way to prepare students for the job market. Bocconi offers also many services to help students kick off their careers. Overall, Bocconi University Masters Degree is the best option for ambitious students and the best choice among Italian and maybe European universities.View more