Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

International Politics and Government, B.Sc.

The Bachelor of Science in International Politics and Government at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi is the first undergraduate program offered by Bocconi in the field of political science, with a small class composed of international, highly motivated students, and a dedicated faculty coming from abroad. Due to its flexibility, students spend one semester studying abroad at a partner university and have the option of doing an internship.


You will learn how to interpret the evolution of social, economic and political systems in an international perspective, to understand the mechanisms of decision-making within national and international institutions, and develop skills needed for implementing and evaluating policies.

You will also acquire a toolbox of soft and hard skills through active learning from a wide array of subjects: politics, economics, management, law, history and quantitative methods. Large emphasis is placed on three moments of policy-making: designing public policies which are both economically efficient and politically sustainable; implementing public policies with an effective approach; and evaluating public policies using modern quantitative and qualitative techniques.

The International Politics and Government at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi is hence important for the development of abilities for future national and international policy-makers, active players in international organizations and regulatory authorities, and managers in international private firms dealing with an increasingly relevant non-market environment.

Career Opportunities

The majority of graduates in International Politics and Government are likely to go on to graduate studies. Nevertheless, they can access the labor market directly, typically playing junior roles in the analysis, evaluation and implementation of public policy; for instance:

  • junior consultant, junior researcher and junior policy professional in the analysis and evaluation of public policy
  • junior staff member in the management team of local, national, international and supranational institutions (e.g. municipalities, ministries, the European Commission, the United Nations)
  • junior project manager in the field of international cooperation and NGOs, or for companies operating in strongly regulated sectors (e.g. energy, environment, mass media).

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

This program features an international, policy-oriented approach to studying government and politics.

In the main courses, you will learn the core topics of the program (political science, political economics, history and international relations) and acquire research tools (mathematics, statistics, policy evaluation and negotiation skills) to interpret the evolution of social, economic and political systems in an international perspective, and to implement and evaluate public policies.

In the third year, study abroad opportunities, internships, workshops on specialized subjects and a large array of elective courses will allow you to gain more international exposure as well as labor market experience in your areas of interest.

1st year

Semester I

  • Political Science and Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences (Module 1 - Mathematics)
  • Law (Module 1 - Comparative Public Law)
  • Introduction to Economics (Module1 - Microeconomics)
  • Computer Skills

Semester II

  • Introduction to Economics (Module 2 - Macroeconomics)
  • History (Module 1 - Global History)
  • Political Philosophy
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences (Module 2 - Statistics)
  • Marketing Research Skills for Public Policy
  • First Foreign Language

2nd year

Semester I

  • Management of International, Supranational and National Institutions
  • International Relations
  • Political Economics
  • Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis

Semester II

  • Policy Evaluation
  • History (Module 2- History of Political Institutions)
  • Law (Module 2 - International and European Law)
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Second Foreign Language

3rd year

Semester I

  • Public Governance
  • Sociology
  • 3 electives

Semester II

  • Public Economics
  • Media and Political Communication
  • 1 elective
  • Final Report

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Each year, Bocconi University establishes the number of students who may be admitted to its programs, to ensure the best welcome, promote success during the study program and facilitate graduates’ entrance into the labor market.

Category of applicants

The categories of applicants vary based on the secondary school attended: Italian applicants, international applicants, talent students, applicants transferring from another University.

Elements of evaluation

Profiles will be evaluated based on the following elements:

  • performance on aptitude test; either the SAT, ACT, or Bocconi Test
  • school transcripts;
  • language and/or IT certificates (if available);
  • activities summary and personal statement.

Completing the Admission Application

Admitted applicants will receive an offer that depends on meeting several curricular requirements:

  • completion of a secondary school diploma by July 2016 valid for the purposes of enrollment in a first-level degree program;
  • meeting the language requirement which varies depending on the language of the degree program of enrollment: degree programs taught in English (by June 2016)

In order to confirm the offer, admitted students must complete enrollment by the specified deadline.

The Admissions Committee of applicants' admission results by considering each applicant’s personal background and choices expressed, assessing the complete profile and considering the spots places available for in the application session.

Within the timelines defined for the various application sessions, applicants may view the results by accessing the “My Application” with their login information.

The language requirements vary from Home University to Home University: TOEFL iBt 76-100, IELTS 6-7.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 11624 International
  • EUR 11624 EU/EEA

Università Bocconi has a detailed system of tuition and fees, financial assistance and exemptions, aimed at providing all students the necessary financial means to complete their studies.

Therefore, in order to ensure a fair tuition system, for the three-year Bachelor programs in Economics and the five-year degree program in Law, Università Bocconi foresees a yearly tuition fees which amounts to approximately € 11,000 which is equal to the 4th income bracket, and 3 reduced income brackets, adjusted to the economic and patrimony conditions of the student's original and de facto family.


Financial Aid for Prospective Undergraduate Students

Bocconi University is committed to making a higher education available to all talented students: we welcome motivated and bright students, regardless of their families’ financial situation. For years Bocconi has undertaken an investment policy to support deserving students through an expanding financial aid system based on both merit and need. Thanks to agreements made with the top Italian banks, our students also have access to a variety of student loan options.

To facilitate student applications and to allow families to evaluate the actual financial commitment needed to attend Bocconi before enrollment, the admissions application and financial aid applications have the same deadlines and timeframes and must be submitted together. The outcome of financial aid will be made available shortly after the admission’s results and prior do the deadline to enroll in Bocconi.

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