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Academic Recognition

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION OF COURSES TAKEN ABROAD - BEFORE DEPARTURE

Generally speaking, if you are interested in taking part in the exchange program, please note that the examinations taken abroad are not validated at home by themselves. The course/s taken abroad, the number of credits gained and the marks/grades obtained have to be converted into the Università Bocconi system.
In order to guarantee the validation of such courses, there are some rules and procedures you must respect and comply with.
First of all, you have to know that  only at the end of the Exchange Program is it possible to convert the exams taken abroad; furthermore, students must convert a minimum of 1 exam in order to have the Exchange Program validated in your Bocconi career.

Starting from the a.y. 2011-12, Exchange students will be able to recognize a maximum of 5 courses in Bocconi (with and/or without correspondence), apart from the credits of each course.

Moreover, some courses can not be validated:

  • computer tests;

  • compulsory courses from another specific degree course

  • other courses: students initially enrolled starting  from a.y. 2019-2020

  • language courses: for students enrolled before the a.y. 2017-2018

Course's language requirement:

For CLEAM - CLEF - CLES Exchange Program or Free-Mover Semester students in countries where sitting exams in English is not possible, the Bocconi Study Plan requirement is zero elective taught in English instead of 1. Starting from a.y. 2014-2015 this requirement is zero (see Guide to the University ch.9.3.1).

Please note: in order to give more flexibility in the courses choices, Bocconi students participating  in International programs have the possibility to modify their study plan one extra time once back from the exchange through Punto Blu available in the yoU@B student Diary. (see Guide to the University ch.9.3.4)

COURSES

1) Find the course/s you wish to take abroad
When considering the various alternatives in terms of schools and destinations, look at the information on the courses offered by the host university (indicated in the  Exchange destinations), visit  the list of courses taken abroad in the  Course history and  read the experience of the former exchange students' reports

2) Check whether there is a corresponding course offered at Bocconi
Some of the courses you wish to take abroad may have a corresponding Bocconi course, similar in terms of contents (courses with correspondence). Other courses may not be available within the courses offered at Bocconi (courses without correspondence).
It is your responsibility to look at the course content summaries in the online course profiles and find possible matches with the courses taught at the partner schools through the above mentioned web tools (Exchange destinations,Course history and students' reports).
Consider that both courses with and without Bocconi correspondence may be eligible for validation, but they involve different administrative procedures for you to follow.

Please also note that one or more courses taken abroad can be recognized as one Bocconi course, but one course taken abroad can only be recognized with one Bocconi course.

2a) Steps to be followed if the course/s to take abroad have Bocconi correspondence
Before departure you must first submit by yoU@B Diary - “Recognition"  link - an overall description of the course you wish to attend abroad to the professor responsible for the corresponding Bocconi course, in order to obtain his/her preliminary approval. The Bocconi professor has to receive the pdf version of the analytic syllabus of the course (e.g. course description and level - objectives, contents, lectures and/or special workloads, written/oral exam, the number of credits assigned to the course and/or the number of classroom and lecture hours, the local instructor's contacts).

Please note that it is possible that you will find many course already approved (green flag). If you choose this courses you do not need to get any preliminary approval: these courses will be automatically registered into your study plan.

2b) Steps to be followed if the course/s to take abroad do not have Bocconi correspondence
It is also possible to choose courses which have no equivalent among those taught at Università Bocconi, and include them in the Study Plan among the elective courses.
Before departure you must first submit by yoU@B Diary - “Recognition” link - an overall description of the course you wish to attend abroad to the Director of your Degree Course or his/her delegate, in order to obtain his/her preliminary approval as elective course without correspondence. The Director has to receive all the major information on the course (e.g. course description - objectives, contents, lectures and/or special workloads, written/oral exam, the number of credits assigned to the course and/or the number of classroom and lecture hours, the local instructor's contacts).

Please note that it is possible that you will find many course already approved (green flag). If you choose this courses you do not need to get any preliminary approval: these courses will be automatically registered into your study plan.

Furthermore if you decide to take an elective course without correspondence you will have to modify your study plan once back from the exchange, but remember that your study plan must be approved by the Director of your Degree Course.

CREDITS CONVERSION

The Bocconi credits system is based on the ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.
For courses with Bocconi correspondence, you gain the number of credits assigned to the correspondent Bocconi course; for courses without Bocconi correspondence, you gain the number of credits assigned to a Bocconi elective course. The professor in charge of the corresponding Bocconi course (courses with correspondence) or the Director of your Degree Course / delegate (courses without correspondence) is responsible for the credit validation. Be aware that, particularly for courses with Bocconi correspondence, they could give you extra workload in order to fulfil the minimum course-load required. Please note: it is not possible to have validated 1 course taken abroad with 2 Bocconi courses; on the other hand, 2 or more courses taken abroad can be either recognized into 1 Bocconi course, or can be recognized into 1 elective without correspondence.

MARKS/GRADES CONVERSION

Università Bocconi has worked out differentiated convesion tables (Tabelle di Conversione) for each Partner School in order to ensure fair grade conversion between different academic contexts.

For Undergraduate students, the conversion tables imply a one-to-one correspondence between every Partners grades and a Bocconi one.
They are based on information given by Partner Schools about their grading distribution (percentages, curves of distribution, description of grades and if any Country specifics) and compared to the Università Bocconi grading system.
Being based on such one-to-one association, some Bocconi grades cannot find any correspondence on some Partners' grading scales; therefore, you must be aware that not all the 13 Bocconi grades (from 18 to 30/30) can be assigned.
After selection, it will be possible to see, through Punto Blu, the conversion table of the school you have been selected for.
PLEASE NOTE: proctored exams in Bocconi once students are back from their exchange period are not allowed.

 ACADEMIC RECOGNITION OF COURSES TAKEN ABROAD - UPON RETURN

Only at the end of the Exchange, students can start the recognition of the exams taken abroad by entering a request through the Recognition procedure available in the yoU@B Diary. Please remember that there is no deadline for the recognition procedure, but students need to pay attention to the Study Plan completion date depending on the graduation session they want to join.

The requests can be submitted by students only if the final and original Transcript with grades of the exams taken abroad has been received (electronic version is allowed). Please verify that any procedures for issuing the original transcript for grades obtained at the host school have been completed.

The time to receive the transcript can vary from school to school and in some cases, it would take up to a couple of months from the end of the term abroad.

For students abroad in the Fall term: upon return from the exchange you have to consider that you may need to take the exams that you could not find abroad during the Fall semester. Therefore, it may not be possible to graduate in July.

For students abroad in the Spring Term: consider that the Spring semesters at partner universities can finish much later than at Bocconi. Therefore, it may not be possible to graduate in July due to the time needed to transfer exams taken abroad.

Please note: students that receive the Transcript at their home address shall upload a copy of it through the Recognition portal, available by the yoU@B student Diary.

Erasmus students are also required to provide the Learning Agreement to our Office and, if applicable, the Changes to the Learning Agreement, duly signed by the host university (for more details please refer to www.ir.unibocconi.eu/erasmus > Student Mobility); students will be able to upload the document/s directly through the recognition portal, available by the yoU@B student Diary. 

Students are allowed to complete ONLY ONE request for recognition, therefore it is important that this request includes all of the courses that the student may wish to convert from their experience abroad.

There is no deadline to finalize the procedure except the one given by the Academic Affairs Division by which date your exams must be registered in order to participate to a specific graduation session.

Students will be informed via their yoU@B student Diary when the request has been processed.


Last modified 05/12/2023 - 14:02:20