Just received my admit
Based on conversations with my Italian friends (Some Milanese, others Bocconi undergrads), as well as the admissions interview, I came away with three points:
: Bocconi is the #1 MBA program in Italy, hands down. If you want to work in Milan, apply there. It holds the strongest connections to all major MCs, CPGs, Tech/Tele, & IBs in Italy
. The school may not have the glitter associated with programs like INSEAD, IESE & LBS, but generally good rankings based on FT/WSJ/BusinessWeek/EIU.
: As others have pointed out, yes, to an extent it seems "Italy focused". Bear in mind the program used to be divided between English- and Italian-speaking versions and lasted 16 months. Only recently was the decision made to combine the two classes into a single, 12-month (+ internship), English-only program. The one-year experience makes it very intense, and by no means a joke. For non-Italian students such as myself, be prepared to adjust to the Italian method of teaching & examinations.
: Milan lives and breathes commerce. Bocconi has a powerful alumni network in Italy, and good reputation in Western European countries. Naturally, not so strong in USA or Asia. Designated by UK Government as one of the top 50 MBA programs, which gives you more points if you apply for a UK work permit. If the Italian job search doesn't pan out as expected, there is always an open door to London. *Edit: The HSMP program is being phased out in the U.K. but one could qualify under the Tier 1 points-based system*
Anyone else applied to and heard from Bocconi?