Jiahui - Bocconi University

Bachelor of Commerce
Semester 1, 2018

Academic experience

I studied Corporate Finance, Principles of International Finance, Financial Contracting, Financial Economics and Business Valuation. Most of the lecturers have experiences in professional organizations and often invite experts to share the real life in the industry, from whom I learned a lot about application. The biggest difference is that each course has 2 or 3 lectures but no tutorials every week, which makes it hard to follow up and understand all materials at the beginning. So I sent emails to lecturers once I had questions and finally adjusted to the pace. As for the enrolment, I received emails with detailed instructions from the host university. They had an e-learning system called YOU@B, which is like a combination of SI-Net, Blackboard and StudentHub.

Personal experience

I met a lot of local students and other exchange students from all over the world. I made friends with some of them and we explored Italy, France and Spain together. I joined in the Italian crash course and learned some daily conversation. The Italian teacher also showed us some interesting social practice and introduced the food culture in Italy. My friends and I experienced them in person when we lived in Milan and visited Firenze and Verona.

Accommodation

On-campus accommodations were booked out in 15 minutes. So most of exchange students, including me, rented a room or an apartment around the school. I rented a wonderful master room in a house, which was 20 minutes away from school, 3 minutes to bus stops or tram stops and 10 minutes from supermarkets. Workers in the public transportation system often strike and thus students who live far away and rely on buses or trams will be affected. I recommend future students to find accommodation close to school. Bocconi has a facebook group for students share housing information and the International Student Desk will provide advice when needed.

Costs

The rent around school is 600 Euro per month on average, 650 all bill included. I cooked for myself so I spent 50 Euro on food each week. In restaurants, it costs about 10-15 for a meal. At school, exchange students have special offers and only pay 4.10 Euro for a combo/meal. In Milan, monthly pass is available for public transport. For students, it costs 22 Euro every month and entitles unlimited access to buses and trams. I would recommend a budget of 400-600 Euro each month, rent and travel excluded. Flixbus is usually the cheapest and the most convenient option for travel in Europe.

Professional Development

I learned 5 finance courses with many practical cases and assignments instructed by lecturers. I also learned how these principles work and how we should adjust them in real world. Now I have improved my skills to find the link between each course and form a net of the principles of economics, accounting and finance. I can integrate them and think from different aspects when solve one problem.

Highlight

Lecturers and guest speakers shared a lot secrets and traditions in the finance world. They all like telling stories of true cases and what role they played or how they commented them. These stories make me love finance more than ever.

Top tips

  • Get ready for a fast-paced study progress. 
  • Ask questions whenever you have them without any hesitation. 
  • Make use of the mid-term break for study or travelling. 
  • Study hard! Study hard! Study hard!