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International Economics and Finance, BSc

Bocconi University, Italy

Bocconi University

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About International Economics and Finance, BSc - at Bocconi University

The Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Finance trains the future generation of economics and financial experts, who can adapt to an environment that is constantly subject to change, in order to perfect their inclination towards a global thinking perspective.

You will understand and analyze economics and financial phenomena in an international perspective and get a solid education built on rigorous quantitative and qualitative tools. 

You can choose between two majors. In the Economics major, a sound methodological background gives you the tools to understand a large set of issues: globalization, international and monetary macroeconomics, competition policy, political economics and development economics. In the Finance major, you are exposed to a large set of topics related to the functioning of modern financial systems: capital markets, financial intermediaries, financial contracts and instruments. Principles and applications of corporate finance techniques are all studied and discussed from a global perspective.

Program structure

First Year

Main topics

  • Management
  • Economics (micro and macro)
  • Math
  • Legal methods (basics)

First foreign language
Computer science

The first three semesters introduce the fundamental notions and concepts of management, economics, quantitative methods, accounting, finance and commercial law,  with a clear focus on the international aspects of each of them.
During the first year, you will be given rigorous training in several basic subjects in order to understand, from an international perspective, how companies and organizations work and how they are structured (functions, processes, activities).
Economics describes the functioning of economic systems both at an overall level (macroeconomics) and at the level of the individual behavior of firms and consumers (microeconomics). Through math, you'll be provided with the quantitative tools to understand and apply an array of economic models.
Finally, you will be offered an overview on the fundamentals of civil law (property interests, contract law, tort law and insurance law) in both a domestic and a broader European context.

Second Year

Main topics

  • Accounting and finance
  • Economic history
  • Statistics
  • Financial markets
  • Economics: Markets and antitrust; labor and political economics
  • Finance: corporate finance and government; financial intermediation; asset pricing

Second foreign language
Soft skills seminar

In the first semester, you'll learn more about the main topics related to economics and management, while in the second semester you can choose between the major in Economics and the major in Finance.
Teaching in the core courses focuses on issues related to internationalization of businesses and financial institutions, the international economy, comparative European and international commercial law. You will learn to use quantitative and qualitative tools to perform comparative studies.
You'll also attend a seminar aimed at improving your leadership and managerial skills.

Third Year

Main topics

  • Major compulsories
  • Empirical methods (econometrics)
  • European law
  • Macroeconomics (major in economics)
  • Business strategy (major in finance)

Exchange program
Final report

The third part of the program is made up of courses within the chosen major, as well as 2 elective courses.
You have the opportunity to further boost the international profile of your education by studying at leading universities abroad and/or by undertaking internships in Italy or abroad. Internships, exchange programs and innovative teaching methods enable you to sharpen your problem solving approach and develop lateral thinking skills.

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