Spain vs. Italy: Comparing IE University and Bocconi

If you are a student from the U.S. or an international student looking for a great college experience in Europe, consider IE University in Spain or Bocconi University in Italy. Bocconi has traditionally been considered a top European business school, and Milan offers a rich cultural backdrop for your studies.  And my visit to IE last year really impressed me. IE’s diverse student body, fantastic modern facilities, and dynamic programs have created a real buzz. The interview is an intricate part of the IE application and will only become more critical as interest grows. I’ve had students apply to both Bocconi and IE in recent years, and they’ve delighted in the opportunity to acquire a top-notch education while immersing themselves in Italian and Spanish cultures.

IE University in Spain 
“To say our student body is dynamic is an understatement. Every year, we welcome students from all corners of the globe, and their diverse aspirations, ambitions, and ideas contribute to our innovative and collaborative environment.”
IE Professors emphasize practical learning, real-world applications, and the opportunity to collaborate with classmates from around the world. Given its location in Madrid and Segovia, students can take advantage of the school’s strong connections to industry professionals, which helps them gain valuable insights and networking opportunities. The university focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation, as it encourages students to think creatively and develop a proactive mindset.
IE University has two main campuses: one in Segovia and another in Madrid. The campuses have some differences in terms of location and offerings:

Segovia Campus

  • Location: Located in the historic city of Segovia, about an hour’s drive from Madrid, this campus offers a picturesque and serene environment. You can’t miss the Roman Aqueduct or the Alcázar.
  • Campus Setting: The Segovia campus is known for its beautiful architecture, including a blend of historic and modern buildings. Think converted historic convents and monasteries.
  • Programs: This campus offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various fields, including business, international relations, law, architecture, design, and more.
  • Community: The smaller campus size contributes to a close-knit community where students and faculty interact more closely.
Madrid Campus
  • Location: Situated in the heart of Spain’s capital city, the Madrid campus provides students with access to a bustling urban environment. Students are just a bus/metro ride away from the Puerta del Sol, La Plaza Mayor, or El Retiro Park.
  • Campus Setting: The campus facilities in Madrid are ultra-modern and well-equipped, offering a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The vertical campus is a unique concept and one of the only settings of its kind in the world.
  • Programs: Similar to the Segovia campus, the Madrid campus offers a diverse array of programs with a focus on business, innovation, arts, communication, and social sciences.
  • Networking: The Madrid campus benefits from its location in a major business and cultural hub, offering students more networking and internship opportunities.

Both campuses provide a unique experience, and the choice between them depends on a student’s preferred location, program offerings, campus size, and the kind of environment they would thrive in.

Bocconi University in Italy

“Our campus is a lively, multicultural, and safe place near the Milan city center. The dynamic pace of university life pulses through historic and ultra-new spaces alike. And in 2021 we added a new sports center and a campus green. Bocconi and Milan offer culture, sports, art, and ideas to make your experience here an exciting and essential part of your personal and professional growth.”
Bocconi University
Students at Bocconi University often speak highly of the university’s strong academic reputation, particularly in business, economics, and social sciences. The school offers a rigorous curriculum, which is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation and practical skills. An engaging faculty who are experts in their respective fields offers students the chance to participate in research projects or internships. Bocconi’s location in Milan also offers students access to a vibrant business and cultural hub.
Bocconi offers three-year undergraduate courses in Economics which share a common basis in the first three semesters and then distinguish themselves from one another by focusing on either Finance, Social Sciences, or Business Administration.
Research Opportunities: The university is actively involved in research, and students have the chance to participate in research projects and gain exposure to cutting-edge academic work.

Networking Events: Bocconi frequently hosts events, seminars, and conferences that bring together students, faculty, industry professionals, and thought leaders, creating ample networking opportunities.

Bocconi University’s campus in Milan is known for several highlights:

1.  Modern Facilities: The campus boasts modern and well-equipped facilities, including state-of-the-art lecture halls, research centers, libraries, and study spaces.
2.  Central Location: Situated in the heart of Milan, the campus offers easy access to the city’s vibrant business, cultural, and social scenes. This central location provides students the opportunities for internships, networking, and cultural experiences.

3.  Global Community: Bocconi is known for its diverse student body and international atmosphere. Students have the chance to interact with peers from all over the world, fostering a rich cross-culture learning environment.

Bocconi University

About The Author

Tony Lambert, M.A.