Luigi Bocconi University: Student Feedback


Student Profile

Kunal Patel

Highlight of my semester abroad:
Traveling around Europe and making friends from all over the world. Academically, I likely learned the same/similar content to what I would have at Stern, but what IBEX gave me is perspective so I tried to take every opportunity to broaden mine by traveling every weekend, immersing myself in Italian culture, and developing friendships with people from a much more diverse set of backgrounds than here in New York.

If you go, you must...:
Every pizza, pasta, and panini place around Bocconi is amazing. You can't go wrong. Join ESN (Erasmus Student Network) Facebook page after semester starts to keep up to date on clubs and where everyone is going each night. Duomo is a must-see, don't wait until last minute like me (I went night before my flight home).

Something about me you might be interested to know:
I spent a semester in Shanghai and did SAW: Abu Dhabi prior to going on IBEX.

What would I say to students considering participating in IBEX:
Course selection is great, strong in finance and economics, Italy is the best, large proportion of international students, and you'll come back more fashionable.

Contact me about Bocconi:
Kunal Patel -


Student Profile

Name: Nilay Shah


Student Profile

Nilay Shah

Highlight of my semester abroad:
Meeting students from all around the world in my dorm!

Who I spent most of my time with abroad:
Americans and other international students - however, if you make a bit of an effort, it's really easy to meet Italians!  They're very friendly.

Something about me you might be interested to know:
I studied at NYU Prague the semester before going to Milan for IBEX.

Additional Feedback from Students


Airline ticket to/from IBEX site: $1,000 - $1,400 USD
Housing: $2,400 - $3,750 USD/semester
Food: $1,000 USD/semester
Books: $120 - $500 USD
Local Transportation: $100 - $300 USD/semester
Phone: $100 USD/semester


"Capital One had great cards without fees that were a great value abroad. Highly recommended."


"Arcobaleno Residence Hall. Furnished with bed (including sheets, pillow, and cleaning service once a week), wardrobe closet, desk, and bathroom/kitchen that you share with suitemate. No wifi, bring ethernet cable. Arranged it through partner school but runs out fast so sign up as soon as it opens."

"I rented an apartment near the campus. I lived with another seventeen girls from different countries. I found the website for apartment hunting on the school website."

"I lived in Arcobaleno Residence hall -- it's a converted hotel about 30 minutes from school. The location is definitely not the best, but the people here are what make the dorm so incredible. It's largely composed of international students (a lot of Americans, Australians, Canadians, Spaniards, Indians, and Chinese) with a few Italian students here and there. It's nice to be in an environment where everyone gets close so easily and starts planning travels together from week one."

"Residence -- Dubini: No meal plan. Living situation was good, although the whole Bocconi area and living arrangements are not in an exciting area of central Milan."


"Grading system is really catered towards Italians who are there for a full academic year. You can spread out exams so that you only have to take 1 every couple weeks with multiple exam days, so they have plenty of time to hear from other students how the exam is and take so much time to prepare. International students have to take all of their finals in 1 weeks. Exams don't have many questions so if you don't know 1 question you're not in a good position which is different from Stern final exams. Overall courseload during the semester was lighter than Stern but rigor of exams was a little worse than Stern (especially because you don't know what to expect)."

"The grading system and expectations were not as transparent as compared to Stern.  The quality of the instruction was also different because teachers were not as charismatic and classes were much larger.  The workload involved reading and some online quizzes/tests to gauge learning."

"Bocconi is an extremely highly ranked school in Italy and Europe; however, I would say the quality of education is less here than it is at Stern for the most part. Grades are out of 30, and it's very hard to get a 28, 29, or 30. However, a 22-25 is very manageable with some work. I'm very glad that our classes are pass/fail because the students here whose grades transferred back had complained all semester about professors who wouldn't give more than a 25, etc."

Course Registration

"The course offerings were published before August. My classes were confirmed after the add/drop period, which was two week after school started. I registered through an online registration process."

Course Recommendations

"My favorite class was introduction to futures and options. The professor explained the concepts very clearly. I recommend this class. I would not recommend financial markets and institutions if one wants to learn something more challenging with little repetition of previous knowledge. Part of the content of this class overlaps with foundations of finance at Stern."

"All classes are incredible. I particularly enjoyed Public Finance it was a class that at first really challenged me and became very rewarding."

"Corporate Finance with Professor Hannes Wagner. He's won a couple distinguished professor awards at Bocconi and realizes why we're taking the class (interview prep and a career in Finance) so he keeps everything real. He also is German and went to Oxford so its refreshing to have a non-Italian professor."

"My favorite class was ‘The Enterprise and International Markets' with Professor Carlo Alberto Carneval-Maffe. He was an engaging and very knowledgeable professor, and used real life examples from cases and his own career to teach about forming strategies within a company."

"Corporate Finance with Professor Wagner was great! Very good professor, manageable coursework, and great learning opportunities with him."

"The course structure of Corporate Valuation was sometimes frustrating and there were many gaps to fill outside of class."

Student Life

"Erasmus Student Network puts on trips basically every-other weekend that are much cheaper than planning on your own, you go in big group, and good way to meet people."

Restaurants, Shopping & Must-See Sites

"Lake Como, Italy"

"La Fontanella (Bar) and Old Fashion (Club) were our two favorites this semester!"

"The International Student Organization at Bocconi is great at organizing club nights and get-togethers. Old fashioned is great when they have events there. Fratelli la Bufala is a good chain pizza place. California Bakery (multiple), Stendhal (Brera) / Chocolatini (Duomo)."

"Cinqueterra and Sicily"

"DaWilly has huge pizzas that are really good. Cool Clubs: Casablanca, Rolling Stone, Just Cavalli."

"It's really expensive in Milan usually, but Corso Vittorio Emmanuele has a huge H&M which changes it's inventory every 2 weeks and is pretty cheap."

Travel Tips

"Try to fly from the Linate airport since it's much closer to the city center. Take the train when you can."

"I traveled almost every weekend.  Traveling from Milan is extremely cheap- to explore Italy, you can fly or take TrenItalia or Italo, to travel to other countries, you'll end up taking EasyJet and RyanAir a lot!"

"I took 10 trips abroad from Milan--it was very easy. I would recommend booking as early as possible although doing it on short notice isn't horrible price wise. For cheaper lodging than hotels airbnb is great although you have to be discerning."

"Bring a big suitcase with not a lot of stuff because you will end up buying a lot."

"I traveled to the Riviera. It was 2 hours from Milan, and absolutely gorgeous. The train ride was about €15 each way. I would recommend a rail pass only if you're going to A LOT! I mean it costs around €500, so don't buy it unless you want to hike all around Europe!"

Language Skills

"Italian is very helpful. High level gives you many more options."

What You Should Bring

"Clothes for all seasons; it's damp and cold in the winter."