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Bocconi Graduate Exchange GWSB
Milan, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: GW applicants only
Cost Estimate Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3
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Class Status:
Graduate Open to non-GW students: No
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Level of Immersion:
Fully Integrated
Program Description:

Bocconi University


"I really believe such [an] experience is valuable as it gives the possibility for students to travel to extraordinary Italian cities, and also to other countries […] It's an eye opening experience that extends students exposure to new cultures and lifestyles in addition to the recognition students can attain from attending classes at the prestigious Bocconi University."  - Rui Syliano, Masters of Tourism Administration ’16 (Fall 2015)

Is this program for me?

Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902. Bocconi is the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics.  Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, and law. By virtue of being a major node in the European and global network of business and economics universities, Bocconi exchanges faculty and cooperates on large projects with like-minded European and American universities and business schools. Bocconi has close relations with major corporations and international agencies and constantly interacts with the business and economic environment to assess new issues, implement new techniques, and start new research endeavors.

Financial Times Rankings: 

7th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2015
9th worldwide according to the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2015
25th worldwide according to the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2016

The Bocconi exchange is open to all degree-seeking graduate students within the School of Business.


Milan is known as the economic and production capital of Italy and the leading Italian hub for services, finance and industry. Milan is the engine of the country's economy and home of the Italian stock exchange. This cosmopolitan, modern and forward-looking city is world-renowned as a European capital of fashion, design, architecture, publishing, modern art and music. It is deeply rooted in a flourishing past and hosts authentic treasures which have survived damage during WWII, including its elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, the La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesco.


Bocconi academic year is comprised of two semesters: Fall & Spring.

Fall Semester: Early September - mid-December
Fall Exams: Mid-December -  early February (Earliest Fall departure date in late December)
Spring Semester: Mid-February - mid-May
Spring Exams: Mid-May - mid-July (Earliest Spring departure date in late May)

*Exact dates may vary depending on the Bocconi Academic Calendar.  Exams are taken during official examination sessions and only at Bocconi. Students need to officially register for exams on official dates in order to allow the grade registration.  Exchange students should request special exam sessions is held in December for fall exchange students and in May for spring exchange students.


Students register online before the start of the semester.  Exchange students can choose from a wide range of courses offered in English (over 100) every semester.  

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Policy Analysis and Public Management

Consult the Bocconi website for lists of courses taught in English by semester.

Language of Instruction

Courses are offered in English and Italian.  The Italian Language Crash Course is a two week full immersion intensive course held before the start of Bocconi classes (cost 170 euros).  An Italian Language Follow-Up module is a follow-up to the crash course which will continue throughout the semester (cost 140 euros).  Visit Bocconi's International Student Desk for more information on the Italian language courses.  Note that GWSB students cannot earn GW credits for participation in language coursework.


International exchange students can apply for accommodation in Bocconi Residence Halls through the ISD Housing Office. Resources for on and off campus housing are available at Bocconi's International Student Desk

Career Development*

Exchange students have full access to the career center at Bocconi.  Exchange students are strongly encouraged to meet with The F. David Fowler Career Center prior to departure for the exchange.


Click HERE for cost estimates.

More Information

This exchange is managed by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business. Please set up an appointment to meet with Patricia Garcia at prior to applying to an exchange program.  Students are encouraged to visit our website for answers to frequently asked questions.  

Application Deadline:

Fall Exchange - March 15th
Spring Exchange - September 15th