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    Bocconi (with full scholarships and free housing)
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    Hey yall,

    I'm a year 13 international student who got offers from UCL, KCL, Edinburgh and Manchester. I've applied for different courses for each university, but all of which focused on economics, sociology and social policy: Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods at UCL, International Development at KCL, Social Policy and Economics at Edinburgh, and Economics and Sociology at Manchester. Considering its world ranking, among those four universities I'm guessing UCL to be the top for sure (correct me if I'm wrong). I was quite impressed UCL is ranked 7th in the world, even beyond the Ivy League schools like Chicago, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Penn, though its international recognition may be less known.

    Apart from the UK, I've also got an offer from Bocconi University in Milan for its Economic and Social Sciences course, if you have ever heard of the place. In fact, it's a merit-based full-scholarship offer with free housing, which really is tempting. I'm an only child and my financial status isn't so bad, so affording tuition fees for UCL isn't much of a burden tbh. But still, you know it's London, so the cost of living there would be tremendous I'm assuming. Also, nobody would refuse full scholarships (with housing), when they can spend the money on something else instead, right?

    Since Bocconi is a school specialised in economics, business and social sciences, it is not listed on the world university ranking (QS). It is however still in the ranking for specific subjects, being 16th for economics & econometrics and 17th for social sciences and management. In contrast, UCL's ranked 17th and 30th for each subject. (Btw my course at UCL is under the Institute of Education which is ranked 1st in the world for education if it's ever relevant.) I know I may seem to care too much about the ranking, but I kinda do consider it to be significant for further postgraduate studies and employability. I also care about the university's recognition, which would the main reason I would choose to go to UCL over Bocconi (if I ever do). I'm not sure about which country but I think I'll be staying in Europe after graduation anyway, working under an international organisation such as OECD in Paris. I'm expecting everyone in Europe to know UCL, but how about Bocconi? I heard that people who major in economics recognise the school, but I'm not so sure if the others would do so.

    To consider the environment, tbh I'm more tempted to go to Milan than to London. I'm aware London is the world's centre city, but the weather and the food... meh. I've been to London quite a few times while I've never been to Milan, but from my secondary research via Google, I'm expecting it to be the city of fashion full of hot Italian guys (lmao) and amazing Italian food (tiramisu and coffee <3). I'm actually visiting Milan during the upcoming spring break so I'll see if my expectations are correct ;P

    Oh and the languages as well. Yes, it would be much more convenient to live in a city where everyone can speak English but the thing is I'm a language nerd lol. So if I'm ever gonna go to Bocconi I'm actually looking forward to learning Italian. Yeah, it'd be difficult to learn a new language at the age of 19 but I do speak Spanish and French so I'm assuming Italian to be similar. (Idk if you'll be surprised by this but I'm Korean and I speak Mandarin and a bit of Arabic too - soz technically that counts up to 6 languages in total)

    Last but not least, the exchange programs as well. I'm really that kind of person who loves travelling around the world, so I'd definitely go for a study abroad program. I've looked up the programs at both UCL and Bocconi and found out both of them provide opportunities to go to UC, WashU and Texas in the USA. Whilst UCL has got few more universities in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan where I have no intention of going, Bocconi offers a wider range of prestigious US universities such as Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, UPenn and Princeton. Of course, the slots are limited to only 1-6 students per school, but tbh I had a chance to talk to the admissions officer and she confirmed I was the top student among this year's applicants so why not (sorry I'm not trynna be the bragging smartass lol).

    Aaaanyways. That was pretty much all from my personal account in both schools. So, which school should I go to in your opinion? I would appreciate every piece of advice from yall. Thanks in advance
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    Hi,
    I come from Italy and I'll study finance @Bocconi.
    UK unis are great and Bocconi is probably the best school of economics in Continental Europe.

    The choice is yours but a full Bocconi scholarship is a great opportunity and you can consider to study in London after the BIESS: get a MSc from a UK university saving 3 years of fees.

    Milan is very nice, it's small and big at the same time and you can visit other Italian cities by train (cheap in Italy). I love it
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    Hello, how did you find out that you got scholarship? It should be noted in my application platform? Could you help me please? Thank you in advance
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    (Original post by Elias Secchi)
    Hi,
    I come from Italy and I'll study finance @Bocconi.
    UK unis are great and Bocconi is probably the best school of economics in Continental Europe.

    The choice is yours but a full Bocconi scholarship is a great opportunity and you can consider to study in London after the BIESS: get a MSc from a UK university saving 3 years of fees.

    Milan is very nice, it's small and big at the same time and you can visit other Italian cities by train (cheap in Italy). I love it
    Heya, thanks for your reply

    That's exactly what one of my teachers was suggesting me. She was like grab the full scholarship chance at Bocconi and do your Masters at Oxbridge - if it is ever easy to get in lol. And that's actually what I was wondering about as well: where would be the postgraduate school destinations of Bocconi undergraduate students? I thought most of them would rather continue their Masters at Bocconi too.

    And hell yeAH Milan's like the dream city isn't it? I'm actually planning to visit Milan and Bocconi during early my spring break around early April. I'm so excited xx
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    (Original post by Natobalavadze)
    Hello, how did you find out that you got scholarship? It should be noted in my application platform? Could you help me please? Thank you in advance
    Heya,

    I applied to Bocconi last summer in June during the early session and got my offer around late September. But it only informed me about the acceptance first, and about the scholarship they told me like a couple of weeks later. If you have received the offer, when you go to my applications you will first see the offer letter like this indicating the date you will be notified of the scholarship:



    and after that date it will show like this:




    Hope this helped!

    P.S. I think you'll be already aware but you don't have to apply for merit-based scholarships - they're automatic. About need-based scholarships I don't know much about it sorry
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    Thank you very much!!! It doesnt say anything about scholarship. So it means that I didnit get one thank you and good luck



    (Original post by annathepumpkin)
    Heya,

    I applied to Bocconi last summer in June during the early session and got my offer around late September. But it only informed me about the acceptance first, and about the scholarship they told me like a couple of weeks later. If you have received the offer, when you go to my applications you will first see the offer letter like this indicating the date you will be notified of the scholarship:



    and after that date it will show like this:




    Hope this helped!

    P.S. I think you'll be already aware but you don't have to apply for merit-based scholarships - they're automatic. About need-based scholarships I don't know much about it sorry
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    (Original post by annathepumpkin)
    Heya, thanks for your reply

    That's exactly what one of my teachers was suggesting me. She was like grab the full scholarship chance at Bocconi and do your Masters at Oxbridge - if it is ever easy to get in lol. And that's actually what I was wondering about as well: where would be the postgraduate school destinations of Bocconi undergraduate students? I thought most of them would rather continue their Masters at Bocconi too.

    And hell yeAH Milan's like the dream city isn't it? I'm actually planning to visit Milan and Bocconi during early my spring break around early April. I'm so excited xx
    Some people in Italy don't recognize the BSc as a degree, that's why many Italian students study in the same university for undegrad and grad courses. Getting into unis such as LSE or Oxbridge is hard but a good student with a Bocconi BSc has good chances
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    One more question. What was your sat score?

    (Original post by annathepumpkin)
    Heya,

    I applied to Bocconi last summer in June during the early session and got my offer around late September. But it only informed me about the acceptance first, and about the scholarship they told me like a couple of weeks later. If you have received the offer, when you go to my applications you will first see the offer letter like this indicating the date you will be notified of the scholarship:



    and after that date it will show like this:




    Hope this helped!

    P.S. I think you'll be already aware but you don't have to apply for merit-based scholarships - they're automatic. About need-based scholarships I don't know much about it sorry
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    Righttt, thank you for your advice!
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    (Original post by Elias Secchi)
    Some people in Italy don't recognize the BSc as a degree, that's why many Italian students study in the same university for undegrad and grad courses. Getting into unis such as LSE or Oxbridge is hard but a good student with a Bocconi BSc has good chances
    Righttt, thank you for your advice!
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    (Original post by Natobalavadze)
    One more question. What was your sat score?
    I got 1480
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