Italian Business School Teaches in English

Posted by: Francesca Di Meglio on June 27, 2008

Scuola di Direzione Aziendale Bocconi, among the top business schools in Europe and considered the best in Italy, is turning to an all-English format for its MBA program.

Dean Alberto Grando recently explained that the decision was made because many Italian students were expressing a desire to join the international class (until this year the MBA was divided into an Italian and an English class) and to be exposed to a multicultural environmen, writes school spokesperson Tomaso Eridani in an e-mail. Eridani adds that in today’s international job market a sound and thorough knowledge of English is vital.

MBA porgram director Walter Lazzari explained that the decision also allows the school to further intensify the global nature of the program, writes Eridani, and allows SDA to further diversify the class profile by increasing the available number of seats for international students.

Rossana Camera, director of Admissions, says the new format will indeed attract a more diverse and international class. If you'd like to be among those students from abroad who enter the intimate Bocconi MBA in Milan, Italy, you should know that the visa process is fairly simple, says Camera. "Normally, we do not have a problem," she adds.

Visits to the school before deciding whether to attend are hihgly recommended. You can experience a full day from sitting in on a class and speaking with a professor to seeing the environment and meeting potential classmates and alumni. Of course, to enter the program you'll have to speak English!

--Francesca Di Meglio in Ischia, Italy

Reader Comments


July 1, 2008 12:12 PM

Bocconi is playing catchup. Most of the top European MBA programs such as Insead, IMD, IESE, HEC, etc., are already taught in English.

Francesca Di Meglio

July 1, 2008 1:32 PM

That is true. Why do you think it's taken Bocconi this long to teach in an all-English format?

Daniela Miglioli

July 31, 2008 11:00 AM

If I may offer an insider comment (I work in the Marketing at SDA Bocconi), our MBA program has been the first in Italy, back in 1991, to run an international class in English, in parallel with an Italian class. Student body in the international section has always been very diverse (around 90% of the students coming from over 30 different countries).The Italian section was mainly targeted to the Italian market. Global changes in this market, as well as in world economy, have now led us to look ahead and increase the global character of our MBA, offering the program only in English to an even more diverse and well-blended student body.

Actually, incoming exchange students from top US schools are often pleasantly surprised of the international character of our program, even if compared with their home institutions: students from dozens of countries, getting along well in at least 3 languages!

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