The Finance program aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for entering the "big world of finance" and to be a successful first-class specialist or consultant. The program offers challenging courses in all the key areas of finance, from investment banking, corporate finance and advisory to quantitative finance, risk management, derivatives and capital markets. This foundation enables second year students to choose from among a large number of specialized, technical elective courses to complete a major in their desired field. This selective program has a great reputation among professionals in major investment banks, who regularly come to Bocconi for presentations, recruiting events and lectures in class; it was also one of the first five graduate programs worldwide to be recognized as a CFA Program Partner by the CFA Institute, the world's most important association of investment professionals. Moreover, students have the opportunity to attend international exchange programs abroad (see Double Degree), interact with professionals and live with other high-profile colleagues who will represent their first network in the future.