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Bocconi Semester Program
Program Level: Undergraduate/Graduate
~Number of Weeks/Term: 23


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Georgia Tech (GT) has developed a number of overseas programs around the globe. These programs provide students with the opportunity to complete a portion of their academic programs in top-notch foreign universities that are partnered with GT. As a result of immersion in a foreign academic and cultural environment, students have the maximum opportunity to learn to operate effectively in an atmosphere that is wholly different from that of GT and the U.S.


Italy is located in Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the European Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.

Milán is the main city of northern Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. The city proper (Comune di Milano) has about 1,308,500 inhabitants (2004), and the population of the urban area (Greater Milan, or La Grande Milano) is about 4,280,820 people (2006 estimate). In European terms, Milan's metropolitan area covers an area roughly equivalent to that of Paris with a population of more than 7 million people. Milan's so-called regional city (Città Regione) has over 9.4 million inhabitants. This area meets the criteria of the Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) of the United States. By population, Milan is Italy's largest city and the 3rd Metro Area of the UE. Municipal borders wrap a relatively small area—about one-eighth that of Rome. Milan is an alpha world full service city in GaWc inventory. The urban agglomeration includes Swiss territories in Canton Ticino: this does not imply any kind of administrative unity, though.

The city is one of the world's major commercial and financial centers. The city is famous for fashion firms and shops (via Montenapoleone) and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza Duomo, reputed to be the world's oldest shopping mall. Milan is one of the world capitals of fashion—along with New York City, Paris, London, Tokyo—and design. Indeed the English word milliner is derived from the name of the city. Another famed product of the city is the traditional Christmas sweet cake Panettone. Milan is also famous for the Alfa Romeo motorcar and for its silk production. Milan is also one of the wealthiest cities in the European Union.


Spring Term: late January - late July
Academic Year: late August - late July

NOTE: Students may participate in this program for the spring term or for a full academic year.



The "Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi" was founded in Milan in 1902, the first Italian university to offer a degree course in Economics. Independent economically, academically and in its teaching from the outset. Its academic tradition has always been characterized by pluralism, the exchange of ideas and continuous research for a knowledge-based society. A private university, it is considered to have the leading economics faculty in Italy with a marked international orientation, as demonstrated by the courses, the teaching staff, the students, and the numerous activities and initiatives.

SDA Bocconi School of Management
Like Università Bocconi, the "Scuola di Direzione Aziendale" (School of Management) is the perfect model of an institution serving the country, society and the economic system. Concrete examples of its aims include the introduction of a managerial culture into the health service, the special attention paid to the non-profit area, and the influencing of the European Union's policies in an authoritative manner.

The leader in Italy and one of the most prestigious in the world, SDA Bocconi has been Università Bocconi's School of Management since 1971. It offers about a thousand executive courses each year and 4 MBA programs. It boasts a faculty of teachers and researchers that ensures academic excellence and direct contact with business and the institutions. The leader in Italy, it is rated highly in the major international rankings:

MBA Ranking the Wall Street Journal 2006:
20th in the World

Ranking Financial Times Open Market 2006:
12th in Europe
33rd in the World

Ranking Financial Times Executive Programme 2006:
12th in Europe
31st in the World

Ranking FORBES MBA 2005:
1st in the World for "Value for Money"



Subject Areas Available

  • Economics
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Management

    For more information on courses offered at Bocconi:
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    Language Information
    Many courses in the school of MGT at Bocconi are taught in English, so language skills are not required. Others will require that students have an advanced level of Italian.

    There is an optional Italian language course offered at the beginning of each semester at an additional cost of 100 euros. For more information: click here=



    Credit for courses taken as part of GT exchange programs is added as transfer credit on the GT transcript. Since it is important to know which kind of credit students will earn abroad as soon as possible, GT requires that courses be pre-approved for transfer. With a Foreign Credit Approval Form (available from OIE) in hand, and the credit transfer system information (listed below), students should submit course descriptions to the appropriate academic unit to request their approval. If taking Math classes, for example, then the student should go to the GT School of Mathematics to get permission for the courses to transfer to GT. If approved, the GT School of Mathematics signs the Foreign Credit Approval Form showing how the courses will transfer so that students will know which type of credit they should expect to receive.

    For detailed credit transfer instructions click here

    For the Foreign Credit Approval Form click here

    This information is intended for undergraduates students only. Graduate students must speak with their academic unit to to determine the acceptance of transfer credits.

    Bocconi uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS):
    1.4 ECTS credits = 1 GT credit

    Bocconi uses the ECTS grading system listed below:
    Bocconi Grade = US Grade
    A, B = A
    C = B
    D = C
    E = D
    FX, F = F


    Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate MBA student
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • undergraduates should have completed at least two semesters of college-level study prior to participation
  • at least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • enroll in 12 credit hours at the host institution and earn a C or higher for each course
  • International students (non-US citizens) may have additional requirements set by the overseas university.
  • all students must have completed all the prerequisites for any courses they wish to take


    The same matriculation, tuition and other mandatory fees (including transportation, technology, activity, health, and athletic) apply to a term abroad as would normally at Georgia Tech. Exchange students must pay tuition and fees to the GT Office of International Education for each semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.

    Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.

    The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). Exchange rates fluctuate, so check the newspaper or click here for the most current rates.

    DON"T FORGET TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!! See the OIE web site for more info: click here

    Following are cost estimates for one semester at Bocconi that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.

    Tuition$2167 (in state)
    $2417 (out of state)
    GT Mandatory Fees$592
    Books and Supplies$250
    Administrative and/or Application fees$0
    Miscellaneous (includes passport/visa fees,$650
    required field trips, local transportation
    and incidentals)
    Roundtrip Airfare$1500
    Room and Board$6700
    Additional Language Instruction$0
    Mandatory Insurance$150
    Total Fee$12009 (in state)
    $12259 (out of state)

    *Out-of-state students pay in state tuition, plus $250 for this exchange program.

    *Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for undergraduates based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar for "continuing students." Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site click here to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.Top


  • off-campus residence halls
  • off-campus apartment

    Bocconi housing web site: click here=

  • NO meal plan


    Students participating in this program will be assessed $150 per semester for mandatory insurance coverage. You will be covered by T.W. Lord and Associates. For detailed information about this insurance plan, click here. This cost is included in the above cost estimates for the program.


    Cultural initiatives offered by Bocconi ISU
    Bocconi ISU organises, in co-operation with the University, a number of cultural activities: concerts, conferences, exhibitions, roundtables, and events. Jazz and classical music concerts, along with theatre plays staged by amateur companies (students or graduates of Bocconi University), are regularly scheduled entertainment events offered to the Bocconi community. ISU also organises art and photo exhibits. for more information: click here

    Extracurricular Courses
    These are courses that students can freely choose on the basis of their personal interests.
    They include courses in music, literature, information technology, languages, and learning support classes, e.g. learning how to deliver a speech, write effectively, communicate via the Internet.

    Most sports activities are organised by Bocconi ISU, which promotes the participation of students in national and international tournaments in athletics, soccer, five-a-side, kempo, basketball, handball, water polo, volleyball, rugby, skiing, and golf. The Bocconi University Students Sports Association (ASUB) is in charge of raising and training the various teams. ISU also organises intramural five-a-side and basketball tournaments, in which various Bocconi student teams challenge each other with genuine competitive spirit. All Bocconi students are eligible members of CUS Milano, the citywide university sports association. enabling them to access various sports facilities around the city.
    On the ground floor of the University dorm located in via Bocconi, there is a gymnasium with fitness facilities at the disposal of students and faculty.


    The Italian climate is unique and can be far from the stereotype of a "land of sun.", depending on the region.
    In fact the north of Italy (Turin, Milan, and Bologna) has a true continental climate, while below Florence it becomes more and more Mediterranean. The climate of the coastal areas of the Peninsula is very different from that of the interior, particularly during the winter months. The higher areas are cold, wet, and often snowy. The coastal regions, where most of the large towns are located, have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and generally dry summers. The length and intensity of the summer dry season increases southwards (compare the tables for Rome, Naples, and Brindisi). The Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Italy and Europe.Between north and south there is a quite remarkable difference in the temperatures, above all during the winter: in some days of December or January it can snow in Milan by -2°C while Palermo or Naples have just clouds and +17°C. In some morning Turin can be by -12°C while on the same time Rome has got +6°C and Reggio Calabria +12°C. In the summer the difference is lighter. The east coast of the peninsula is not as wet as the west coast, but during winter is usually colder. The east coast north of Pescara is occasionally affected by the cold bora winds in winter and spring, but the wind is less strong here than around Trieste. During these frosty spells from E-NE cities like Rimini, Ancona, Pescara and the entire eastern hillside of the Apennines can be affected by true "blizzards". The town of Fabriano, located just around 300 mt a.s.l., can often see 50/60 cm of fresh snow fall in 24 hours during these episodes. Italy is subject to highly diverse weather conditions in autumn, winter, and spring, while summer is usually more stable, even if in the north cities like Turin, Milan, Brescia, Verona or Udine sees a lot of thunderstorms in the afternoon/night hours. So, while below Florence the summer is typically dry and sunny, in the north is quite cloudier and relatively rich of rain, even if a little muggy/sultry.


    Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available from the GT Office of International Education or online: click here

    As a University Exchange Student, you will need a valid passport and visa. Please consult the web site of the Italian Embassy for more information on obtaining a visa: click here


    To begin the process of participating in this exchange, please do the following:

  • Attend a semester program information session. For dates visit: click here If you are unable to attend, please make an appointment with the OIE staff member listed below.
  • Download an OIE Semester/Exchange Study Abroad Application instructions/forms click here and submit the completed application by the appropriate deadline.
  • Deadlines: Fall/academic year/summer applications are generally due in mid-February. Spring applications are generally due in early to mid-September. Specifics are listed in the application packet.
  • Visit the host institution's course information link located under "academic disciplines". Print course descriptions of all the courses of interest that you believe will fit into your GT academic plan.
  • Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to review course options, bring course descriptions to help.
  • If you need to get or renew a passport, you should start that process now! Passport information is online: click here.
  • For financial aid information click here
  • For scholarship information click here


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    Ms. Lorie Johns Páulez, Semester Study Abroad Advisor
    GT Office of International Education
    631 Cherry Street
    Savant Building, Suite 211
    Atlanta, GA 30332-0284
    Phone: (404)894-7475 Fax: (404)894-9682
    E-mail: lorie.paulez@oie.gatech.edu
    OIE web site: click here

    Host/Program Web Site: English web site: click here=

    Italian web site: click here

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