Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy

ILR School and the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Bocconi University) Exchange

Bocconi University, founded in 1902, was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. Today, it is a prominent research university in business, economics, and law. Bocconi is considered the leading university in business and economics in Italy. The business school was ranked 8th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2014, and Bocconi's Global MBA program was ranked 26th worldwide by the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2015.


Bocconi is located in Milan, Italy. Milan is Italy's international economic and financial hub, as well as the center of fashion and industrial design. The Bocconi campus is within walking distance of the town center, a showcase for Milan's history as a regional capital of the Roman Empire, a powerful medieval Duchy, and Leonardo da Vinci's Renaissance home.

Program Terms

Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Courses and Credits

Students have the option to take courses in English or Italian across various university departments.

  • Students must enroll in four full-time courses, and students must enroll in all courses as attending students.
  • Additionally, students must take a pre-semester Italian language crash course at Bocconi University (not for credit).
  • Students can earn up to 15 ILR elective credits per semester.
  • Courses have to be approved for ILR elective credit.
  • Students will receive credit for academic coursework completed abroad that is equivalent to a Cornell grade of "C."
  • Students cannot take courses as Pass/Fail.
  • All courses and grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the host institution.
  • Grades are not calculated in the overall GPA.

View Bocconi University's course offerings here: Bocconi University Courses

Tuition and Other Costs

The Bocconi Exchange Program is tuition-neutral (students pay regular tuition to the ILR School). Financial aid would apply. If you are currently receiving financial aid, your package would be adjusted based on your determined level of need and the projected costs of the program.

ILR exchange students are responsible for their passport, visa, airfare, room and board, transportation, fees related to courses, books, and personal expenses.

Who Should Apply?

ILR undergraduate students interested in expanding their academic knowledge of Italy and interested in studying Italian language at any level.  In addition, ILR undergraduate students must

  • have junior or senior standing;
  • have all ILR core requirements completed;
  • be in good standing with the ILR School and the University; and
  • have a 3.3 GPA.