The next application deadline is Sep 15, 2024
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Bocconi University and our office, The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement, have an exchange relationship that allows undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to study abroad. Bocconi prefers to nominate students majoring in Economics, Political Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Operations Research. Bocconi offers a wide range of courses taught in Italian and English.


Founded in 1902, the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi was the first university in Italy to grant a degree in economics. Today, it is one of the best-known European schools of Business, Economics, Finance, and Law. Bocconi seeks to integrate teaching and research to examine real-world issues of today's economic and social life in a global world.

You will take 4 or 5 classes alongside Italian and international students. Class size ranges from 10 students to larger lecture-style classes of around 100. You can also take an optional, intensive, one-month Italian course (taught at all levels) before or during the semester.

Program Features

As an exchange student, you are eligible to apply to Bocconi dorms through the Bocconi Housing Office. In most dorms, you will live with local Italian and international students. Dorms will typically consist of a single bedroom with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and common space.

To integrate into the student life in Milan, Bocconi will host Welcome Activities aimed to help you familiarize yourself with the academic environment and make new friends! You can also participate in many social and cultural opportunities hosted by a wide variety of student associations.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad. Please note that only Columbia College and Columbia Engineering can apply for this exchange program.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Preference for nomination will be given to students majoring in the subject matter available at Bocconi, including Economics, Political Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Operations Research.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad and for a nomination for this exchange program, please click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage.
  • All nomination applications will be reviewed simultaneously after the February 15 or September 15 deadline. If nominated, our office, the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement, will provide further information about the next steps in the nomination process. You will be required to submit additional materials to be formally admitted to Bocconi University.