Double BA Programme between Keio University and Bocconi University
The Faculty of Economics at Keio University started a Double Degree Programme with Bocconi University (Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi) in the 2016 academic year. One year of study at Bocconi University will qualify Keio students to receive two bachelor’s degrees from the Faculty of Economics at Keio University and Bocconi University.
The maximum number of participants is four per year. Keio students taking part in this Programme will study at Keio for three years and at Bocconi for one year. Upon satisfying the graduation requirements of both institutions, the participants will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio, and a Bachelor of International Economics and Management from Bocconi.
All classes for the Double Degree Programme at Bocconi are offered in English except for the Italian classes. While in Italy, students broadly study social sciences including economics and business administration. Students also take language classes to improve their communication skills in Italian.
The study plan displayed in the above figure is for students who start their academic studies in April and who are not in the PEARL programme. PEARL students can participate in the Keio-Bocconi Double Degree Programme, but it is highly likely that PEARL students will require more than four years to complete all the graduation requirements of the two degrees. In order to satisfy Bocconi’s degree requirements, participants in this Programme must take a large number of courses at Keio that are currently taught only in Japanese. Credits for these courses will not count towards the graduation requirements for the PEARL programme.
For students who start their academic studies in April and who are not in the PEARL programme:
Prior to applying to this Programme, prospective applicants need to take mandatory classes from their second year. Information on the course requirements will be provided before the beginning of the second year. If you are planning to apply to this Programme, please check the requirements that you must satisfy.
Successful applicants who have passed the screening must take mandatory classes in the Spring Semester of their third year and possibly after their return from Italy.
For PEARL students:
The screening will take place at the end of the third semester (Autumn Semester in their second year).
Prior to applying to this Programme, prospective applicants need to take mandatory classes from the second semester (Spring Semester of their first year). Information on the course requirements will be provided before the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you are planning to apply to this Programme, please check the requirements that you must satisfy.
Successful applicants who have passed the screening must take mandatory classes in the fourth semester (Spring Semester of their second year) and possibly after their return from Italy.
About Bocconi University
Established in Milan, Italy, in 1902, Bocconi University is the first higher education institution in Italy to confer degrees in economics.
Bocconi University has international exchange programmes with Keio University at both the university and the Faculty of Economics levels. Both Keio University and Bocconi University are member schools of the CEMS MIM programme.
Tuition: Participants from Keio will pay their tuition fees to Keio and will be exempted from paying tuition fees for Bocconi.
Living expenses: Approximately 150,000 yen (€900–1350 in total; €500–900 for housing, €200–250 for food and other expenses). Students are required to purchase medical insurance (approximately 170,000 yen per year).
Applicants will be evaluated by their application documents and an interview.
Applicants pre-selected by Keio can proceed to the final selection to be made jointly by the staff of Bocconi and Keio.
Application Requirements and Admission Process
Applicants must be second-year students at the Faculty of Economics, Keio University.
*They will join Bocconi in the fall semester of the third year and will graduate in four years.
Because all classes at Bocconi are taught in English, all applicants must submit their test scores of English proficiency tests. The required minimum test score is 88 for TOEFL iBT or 6.0 with at least 6.0 in every section for IELTS.
- AY2023 Application Guideline [Japanese language only]
Contact: Faculty of Economics Section, Office of Student Services, Hiyoshi Campus & Double Degree Programme Section at the Faculty of Economics (dd-kei[at]adst.keio.ac.jp).
Application forms are available at the following page:
- Application forms for the Double Degree Programme [Japanese language only]