We’ve got some exciting news hot off the press: the Study Abroad Office is opening its first exchange program in Italy open to all majors in Spring of 2017! Students will study at the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan, which ranks consistently well in world rankings of business and management studies.
You will study in Milan, the second largest city in Italy, that functions as a bustling economic center and fashion hot spot. Textile production, commercial trade, and the banking sector play a large role in the economy of this international metropolis. Modern and fast paced, Milan offers an eclectic blend of architecture ranging from Gothic to futuristic.
Located in the Alpine northern region of Lombardy, Milan offers many opportunities for weekends of hiking and enjoying nature. In addition, a major international airport and railway stations connect the city to the rest of the continent. Centrally located in Europe, students can easily reach France, Germany, Switzerland, and the rest of the Mediterranean region.
The University of Bocconi offers a range of courses suitable to International Relations (IRG) and Economics majors, in addition to those pursuing the Business Foundations certificate. Sample classes approved for UT credit listed in the My Credit Abroad database include Economics of Imperfect Labor Markets, International and Monetary Economics, and Management of Fashion and Design Companies among many others.
In contrast to many other exchanges, there are no language requirements for this program since most of the classes are in English. Due to their common Latin roots, Italian mirrors Spanish closely, and students with a background in Spanish learn the basic vocabulary faster. There are also classes in Italian for those who wish to immerse themselves in the local culture.
In terms of cost effectiveness, Bocconi offers the best deal for a semester in Italy. By paying UT tuition and transfer financial aid and scholarships, the estimated cost of this exchange program falls $6,500 lower than the cheapest semester affiliate program in Italy. Helped by the relatively weak economy, a semester in Bocconi is comparable in cost to Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain and Universite Jean Moulin in France and cheaper than University College London in England and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
As always, you should always browse through our database of study abroad scholarships. Economics and IRG students should focus on the following scholarships: College of Liberal Arts Exchange, the Liberal Arts Council Study Abroad, and the IRG Study Abroad in addition to the national scholarships for which you could qualify.
The deadline to apply for the program in Spring 2017 will be October 1st, 2016. Come to the International Office for an appointment with a program coordinator to get started on your application!