UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Italy: Bocconi University

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    Founded in 1902, Bocconi University is a leading research institution in economics and business administration. It is the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. Bocconi prides itself on being at the forefront of economic modernization in Italy and continues to play a significant role today through teaching, research, and international collaborations.

    *All courses are taught in English. Students may opt to take a language course in Italian, and are encouraged to do so.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English/Italian
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    ​​ Fall - Late August to Mid December

    Fall 2017 dates are August 28 - December 23

    ​​Spring​ - Late January to Late May

    Spring 2018 dates are February 1 - May 31

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    Bocconi has a large international student population and a thriving exchange program. The university offers majors in Finance, Management, Economics, and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication. UNC students generally enroll in five courses and transfer 15 credit hours towards the Undergraduate Business major.

    All courses can be taken in English, and no prior study of Italian language is expected. Bocconi does offer an Italian Crash Course for students interested in learning some Italian language before the official program start date. We highly recommend this intensive language course (no credit, 60 hours of language instruction), and there are four levels available from beginning to advanced. Students enrolling in the Italian Crash Course will pay an additional fee directly to Bocconi. To receive business elective credit, students must take business administration (not economics) courses.

    Internships may be available for the summer after a spring semester exchange. Career Services at Bocconi will assist exchange students interested in applying for summer internship opportunities. Semester internships are not available.

    Courses taken at Bocconi University will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 21 (out of 30) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 21 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the Bocconi transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 3 UNC credits for every 6 credit course, and are expected to take four to five courses worth 6 credits each during the semester. A student who earns a grade of 21 or above in all courses will receive a total of 12-15 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    Students who wish to apply for space in a residence hall must complete their application AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE (which occurs post-acceptance). You may list the Arcobaleno residence (see more information below) as your preference, but listing additional dormitories on your application is also strongly encouraged. Housing in Bocconi's residence halls is not guaranteed - it is essential for students to complete the housing application as soon as it is available, as housing is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Most visiting exchange students apply to stay in the Arcobaleno residence, located 30 minutes by tram from Bocconi. The residence offers single rooms in double occupancy apartments. All rooms are furnished with a bed, a desk and a wardrobe and have a refrigerator, air conditioning and internet access. Blankets, sheets and towels are also provided. There is a shared common kitchen and laundry facility in the building. UNC students often choose to live in the dorm for convenience and to meet other international students. A few students prefer to find an apartment in Milan independently.

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  • Student Life

    Milan is a large city of over one million inhabitants with a metropolitan area of over 4.3 million. Located in Northern Italy, Milan has a rich history dating to Roman times. Milan changed hands several times from the Renaissance through the Napolionic Wars due to its strategic prominence and has maintained an international community of expatriates, scholars, and workers ever since.

    Milan is known as one of the fashion capitals of Europe and has a rich artistic and creative scene. Students can take advantage of the city's performing arts and many museums.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $2,400
      OSHC Insurance (Required by UNSW) $200
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $150
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $100
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $350
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $17,580
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $30,594

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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