Bocconi University Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Milan, Italy – Bocconi University
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students from all majors with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement
Application deadline:
  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: End of August - Mid-December
  • Full Year: End of August - End of May
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: Early February - End of May

View the program budget sheet for the available terms. 

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at Bocconi University and take classes with local or international students. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found on the Visa for Italy page.

Host Institution

Bocconi University is the premier institution of business and economics in Italy. Founded in 1902, Bocconi is financially and politically independent. It has played an important role in the social and economic modernization of Italy. Several faculty members in Northwestern’s Economics department received their degrees from Bocconi. Bocconi is located in the beautiful city of Milan, which is known as the leading main engine of Italy's economy and home to the country's stock exchange. Bocconi has an International Student Desk to help students prepare for their time in Italy.

Housing & Meals

Students live in university residence halls in various locations in Milan. Meals are not included, so students have the option of cooking or eating at local restaurants and cafés.


Students at Bocconi University may take classes in international economics, management, and finance. Northwestern students can take courses in either English or Italian, depending on their language fluency. Find course options in Bocconi's Exchange Student Catalog.

Students will receive a transcript issued by Bocconi, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.