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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jun 5, 2021 - 8:18am

Quite false, have seen many undergrads from BIEF break directly into London IB. It's just that most people in Bocconi are italian and italians usually go for MSc, thus not applying to SA/OC while in undergrad for whatever reason. Moreover, undergrads who don't get into the "right" clubs are mostly clueless on how to play the IB recruiting game.

Academically Bocconi has a reputation of being tough and very theoretical. BIEF is quite an easy degree though, maybe not as easy as a UK degree but I wouldn't describe it as difficult

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Jun 6, 2021 - 11:53am

Not really I guess, but they can become "difficult", as in: it's likely you will get a non-exceptional grade, if the grades of the whole class are curved based on a benchmark distribution like they implicitly do in many Bocconi exams (only some exams explicitly tell you that they will be curving).

The above mostly happens in the best MScs of Bocconi and the hardest (2-3) exams of BSc, so I wouldn't worry, especially if you are doing BIEF/BIEM which are easier than the italian-taught courses

Jun 6, 2021 - 8:27pm

No true at all ahahahahah. The only thing that makes classes tougher for Italians are Private Law and Business Law. These two useless exams are very time-consuming for Italian students. But the first semester of the second year is way more difficult in English courses. It is very tough to get high gpa. It can easily ruin your gpa. Moreover, CLEAM has like 1000 students so selection at the entrance is not so tough and the level of the class is way under the average of other classes. Also in the first semester of the third year BIEF/BIEM students have 5 exams compared to the 4 of CLEAM/CLEF. I think this is an objective way to say the truth.

First year: cleam/clef more difficult than bief/biem because of private law, I would say (other exams, apart from management, are pretty much identical)

Second year: first semester at BIEF/BIEM is hell. You are going to ruin your gpa 90%. I have not seen the same in CLEAM/CLEF. Second semester is where major starts: CLEF is the toughest (very tough subjects such as quantitative methods), then BIEF, then Cleam, then BIEM

Third Year: Most of the time you don't do first semester at Bocconi. However, At BIEF is the most difficult semester: you have econometrics, corporate valuation (half of the class withdrawn from the exam), derivatives (very tough), international banking, Management of financial instiutitons (extremely long). ALso BIEM has 5 exams, which are less quantitative and quite easy. CLEAM/CLEF have 4 exams. Last semester is tougher for CLEAM/CLEF because of business law, which is very long and tough (as said before extremely useless). BIEM/BIEF easier exam and way shorter.

Jun 6, 2021 - 8:36pm

Most difficult courses are BESS and BEMACS. Especially the first year is terrible. You have way higher level of quantitative studies in any subject compared to other courses. However, bess tends to mix in the 2nd-3rd year very quantitative exams with sociological ones, that are quite easy. BEMACS is very focused on computer science, so be sure to be ready for quantitative stuff.

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