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SPIA Program at Bocconi University
Milan, Italy (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: WWS Task Force Program Degree Level: 3rd year u/g students
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Adviser: Gisella Gisolo
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SPIA Program at Bocconi University

SPIA early GPS application deadline for Spring 2020: Friday, October 11, 2019
Beware: Bocconi nominations for SPIA students close Friday, October 11, 2019

Princeton’s exchange agreement with Universitá Bocconi was started as an opportunity for Economic students only, but effective Spring 2018 the program opened up to the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs students as well.

Students can select from a range of courses that have been pre-approved for departmental credit by the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and may request approval for other courses of interest as well. Previous study of Italian is desirable, but not required; the program includes an intensive crash course in Italian for three weeks before the beginning of each semester. The Universitá Bocconi, founded in 1902, is a small, selective institution that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and specializes in economics, finance, social and political sciences, and management. The undergraduate population numbers a little above 7,000, of which almost 1,000 are international students from all over the world.

Bocconi offers a wide range of courses in English (more than 90 each semester), and an intensive crash course in Italian for three weeks before the beginning of each semester.

For detailed information about Bocconi and their exchange program, review the Bocconi Fact Sheet.

The Setting

Milan is the financial and economic capital of Italy, and the financial district and the Stock Exchange are not far from the Bocconi. The city is also known as a hub for fashion, cuisine, and sports. Milan has a population of 1.3 million people. Milan is located in the north-west of Italy, and all of Europe, as well as the rest of Italy, is easily accessible. The Alps and the Ligurian Riviera are both only a couple of hours away.



For a full list of courses offered at Bocconi, see the Educational Offer on the Bocconi website.

Courses pre-approved by the Economics department at Princeton: click Bocconi ECO courses pre-approved by Princeton.

SPIA Task Force Program course selection: SPIA students are advised to chose courses from this Bocconi courses preaprroved by the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs _updated October 2019.pdf., which has been pre-approved by Dean Lipton for Princeton credit as SPIA electives.  These are in addition to the list preapproved by Economics for Princeton credit (above), some of which may also count as SPIA electives. In general, SPIA students are recommended to take two courses from this list and no more than one from the economics list, except for the finance courses (which it would be preferable for them not to take at all during their semester at Bocconi, so as to maximize their exposure to politics/policy and general economics topics only, which are more appropriate for SPIA students). 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. A minimum B+ average in Economics coursework is required for SPIA students intending to pursue Economic courses at Bocconi. Coursework in Italian language is desirable (ITA 107 or higher), but not required.

Grading & Credits: 

A full course load for Princeton students consists of 28-30 ECTS, which often corresponds to 5 6-ECTS courses (equivalent to 4 Princeton credits). Please note that students must receive a minimum grade of 18/30 (equivalent to a grade of D) in their courses at Bocconi to receive Princeton credit. For detailed information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from late August to late December.

Spring semester typically runs from late January to early June.
You can view exact program dates on the Bocconi academic calendar.


Please note that rooms in Bocconi residence halls are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Arcobaleno Residence (Via Fratelli Fraschini 3, Milano) is mainly dedicated to international students and students living in Milano for short-term periods. It is located 30 minutes by tram from Bocconi and offers single rooms (furnished with bed, wardrobe, and desk) in double-occupancy apartments. Each apartment is furnished with shared bathroom, a small room with microwave and refrigerator, small terrace, air conditioning, phone and internet connection. Community kitchens are available on the floor, and there is also a laundry room and TV lounge. A cleaning service and clean linens are provided once a week. Electricity and heating is included in the monthly rent. No guests are allowed between midnight and 7 a.m. Reception is open 24 hours a day.

Student Life

Bocconi organizes an ongoing calendar of free seminars, workshops and concerts on campus.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.

All students, except those coming from EU countries, are required to apply for a Student Visa for Italy. To obtain a student visa, you must present yourself in person (by appointment only) to the nearest Italian Consulate. Required documents vary by consulate. The Consulate General of Italy in New York lists the required documents on its website. The Bocconi recommends that students apply for a multiple-entry Schengen Visa if possible.

Once in Italy, all international students will have to obtain a "Permesso di Soggiorno" (Permit of Stay) in order to reside in Italy for more than three months.

Application Process

In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.

Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in the Bocconi exchange program.

Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.

Complete the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline. The following items should be submitted to OIP:
  • a statement outlining the reasons for applying to the exchange
  • an official Princeton transcript
  • one letter of recommendation
  • a resume

OIP will review applications, and will then nominate qualified students to the program. After nomination, nominated students will be given a username and password to access and complete an online Bocconi enrollment application.

In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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