Bocconi University – the jewel of Italy

Higher education in Italy : discover Bocconi university

Since Brexit, many families are turning towards different universities in Europe for their children’s higher education choices. Bocconi university, situated in Milan, Italy is a popular choice for students wishing to apply for Economics, Finance, and Political Science courses. 

Milan, berceau de l'université La Bocconi

Bocconi University : recognised worldwide

Established in 1902 Ferdinando Bocconi, and named after the founder’s son, Luigi Bocconi,  who died fighting for his country , the motto “Knowledge that matters” perfectly describes the relevancy of the Bocconi courses to modern business life.

The university is consistently ranked as the best in Italy for its courses, and in 2021 the QS world rankings ranked Bocconi University 7th worldwide and 2nd in Europe for business and management

Study economics at Bocconi University

Bocconi university specialises in undergraduate courses in Economics, offering the possibility to study Economics with either Finance, Management, Social Sciences, or Computer Sciences. The university also offers a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

All of these courses are taught in English.

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Bachelor in business in Italy and worldwide studies

The university also offers the prestigious World Bachelor in Business, a four-year course in which students will study not only at Bocconi University but also at USC (University of Southern California) in Los Angeles and at HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).

Students spend their first year in the USA, the second in Hong Kong, the third in Milan and they choose in which of the three schools they wish to spend the fourth year.

The course is rigorous and the 50 selected students will obtain 3 Bachelor’s degrees (one from each university) at the end of the four-year course.

Only outstanding students need apply !


Étuduer à l'université Bocconi : vue des fameux Navigli de Milan


Study in Italy : when to apply to Bocconi University?

There are three admission periods for application.

  1. For students in their penultimate year of school who are sure that Bocconi is their top choice university the Early Session from mid-July to mid-September is an excellent opportunity to apply early and receive an offer in autumn, so taking away the stress of university applications in the student’s final school year.
  2. Many students however apply in the Winter Application Session (mid-November to late January).
  3. There also exists a late Spring Session from early March to early April for the late-comers. We advise against applying in the Spring Session as there are limited places left by then for most courses.


étdier à l'université Bocconi à Milan


How to apply to Bocconi University?

Competition for places on the courses of this prestigious university is fierce and students must have excellent school grades to be considered. 

Applications are judged on the following criteria :

  • school grades for the last 2 years
  • SAT/ACT scores or the Bocconi’s own online admission test score
  • the student’s Curriculum Vitae and motivational letter 
  • and of course the student must have an excellent level of English

The application process for the World Bachelor in Business differs from the process for the other courses. Candidates for this course must apply through the Common Application and select the WBB as their first-choice program. Applications are open from August to December for admission the following year, and each application will be considered by the admissions officers of all three universities. The selection process includes personal essays and an online video interview.


Bocconi University : Study in beautiful Milan


The cost of the Bachelor’s degree

The bachelor’s tuition fees are fixed at €16,500/year for the year 2024-2025 to which one must add accommodation and living fees. This compares favourably with the tuition fees of the UK, where a Bachelor in Business Management for example at the reputable King’s College London would cost 33,500€/year.

However, the World Bachelor of Business has a completely different tuition fee level. Each university applies its own tuition fee. For the year 2022-2023, the tuition fees for each university are :

  • Year 1 USC $ 66,640 (approx €62,540)
  • Year 2 HKUST HKD 210,000 (approx €26,000)
  • Year 3 Bocconi  €25,000

Although academic merit scholarships are available for this course, it is important to remember that all the admitted students will be very strong candidates.


Study in Italy : How can Expat Student help my child apply at Bocconi University?

Expat Student can help you apply for all these courses. We help each student to apply to the course that is the best fit to their interests and abilities. We assist them with their reflection on the motivational letter and the preparation of their CV. The application to Bocconi is usually part of a larger application strategy where we will help students apply to the best-fit courses and universities in the UK, Europe and Canada. 

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