Initially, the program will enroll four Dartmouth students to spend the Fall term at Bocconi University and four Italian students to spend the Fall term at Dartmouth (or alternatively, two Italian students to spend Winter and Spring term at Dartmouth). If successful, we hope the program could expand.
Economics is one of the few departments at Dartmouth without an off-campus program for its majors. Currently, students majoring in Government or Economics can apply to the Keble program at Oxford University in the UK, which is managed by the Rockefeller Center. This program has been a huge success and has been very popular with our students. We would like to encourage Economics students to study abroad.
One major focus of research and teaching in our department is International Economics and studying abroad is very important for better understanding the topics we teach (for example, the effects of globalization), for exposing students to current economic issues (for example, the effects of a common currency, the Euro, on economic growth) and to different schools of economic thought. In addition, this program will allow Dartmouth students to benefit from the experience of a small, urban university in a country with a social and economic system much different than our own. The program will enable our students to become fully affiliated members of Bocconi University with complete access to libraries, lectures, seminars and other facilities. Similarly, Bocconi students coming to Dartmouth will experience an environment much different from their own and will have complete access to Dartmouth facilities. Both institutions will benefit from the cross-fertilization process that will result from this exchange.