UMD: A Globally Connected University

BMGT Exchange: Bocconi University (Italy)

Milan, Italy
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Year (Fall-Spring)
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EA Advisor: 
Rachel McCloud
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Bocconi University is considered the leading university in Business and Economics in Italy and its School of Management has been ranked 11th in Europe and 31st worldwide according to the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2014. Bocconi is a full-fledged urban campus that comprises an entire city neighborhood.

To read about students' experiences on the Bocconi exchange program, visit the Smith Goes Global blog.

Host City
As the financial capital of Italy, Milan is a wonderful place to study business. As an epicenter of fashion and luxury goods, Milan offers a lot to students studying for a semester. Whether it’s attending famous Fashion Week or the equally well-known football matches, there is plenty to do with the city and the Lombardy region. Milan is also an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of Europe as it is located very close to France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
As an exchange student, you are required to obtain a visa. Please visit this website for more information.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Bocconi University offers courses in a wide range of disciplines, including Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics, and electives. Not all courses are offered each semester, however, so we advise you to check the semester availability of courses based on the current academic year.

Many classes are taught in English. Prior to the start of the semester, exchange students can participate in a “crash course” designed to orient them to the culture and language in Italy. Note that participation in this course will incur an additional cost that is not covered by tuition paid to UMD.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Bocconi University will be converted as follows:

Bocconi University Credit UMD Credit
.5 ECTS credits 1 UMD credit
6 ECTS credits 3 UMD credits

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Bocconi Grade UMD Grade
18 C-


Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

International Welcome/Orientation
Bocconi University organizes an intensive calendar of Welcome Activities designed to meet the needs of incoming exchange students. Additionally, Bocconi offers a two week optional Italian Language Crash Course.

Counseling & Health Services
Bocconi University offers both a health center and individual counseling for students. Interested students can also sign up for health and wellness programs.

Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*This resource guide provides general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023 08/25/2023 02/03/2024
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023