USA Comparative Business Practices in Italy
This exciting new program examines the differences between business practices in the United States and Italy. The course provides an overview of the unique economic, business, social, and cultural dimensions of Italy as the fourth largest economy in Europe. There will be a particular focus on the bilateral business and economic relationships between Italy and the United States. Through a series of background readings, structured company visits, and interaction with local business leaders from Rome, students gain increased appreciation for the diversity of business practices in European economies. The three components of the course are: (1) Preparation phase of readings, offering some context to the Italian culture and the economy; (2) Visits to businesses in Rome and surroundings; (3) Concluding component, involving an integrative project and a debriefing and assessment exercise.
Accommodations and Meals:
Accommodations for the entirety of the trip are provided in the cost of the program. Students will be housed in a centrally located hotel or hostel. Also included are daily breakfasts, as well as welcome and departure meals.
Students will register for the following class for three (3) credit hours:
BUS 490 - Comparative Business Practices between Italy and the United States
Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Tentative Program Itinerary:
(Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.)
Day 1: Monday, May 7, 2018 - Arrive in Italy
Day: Arrive in Rome, transfer to accommodations. Check-in, take some time to settle, then attend on-site orientation and embark on a brief walk around to neighborhood to get acquainted with surroundings
Evening: Group Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Morning: Begin the day with an excursion to the iconic centerpieces of Ancient Rome: the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill.
Afternoon: Visit the Capitoline Museums to see some of the city’s greatest artifacts
Day 3: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Day: Meet with representatives at Fendi or Eataly Roma*
*Pending representative availability.
Day 4: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Morning: Excursion to Vatican City, the world-famous microstate enclaved within the city
of Rome. Visit the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Vatican Museums
Afternoon: Free afternoon
Day 5: Friday, May 11, 2018
Day: Free Day
Day 6: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Day: Free Day
Day 7: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Day: Enjoy a tour of Castelli Romani
Day 8: Monday, May 14, 2018
Day: La Vida Local cultural activities
Evening: Farewell dinner
Day 9: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Depart for Home
Day: Check out of accommodations and transfer to the airport for flights home
The cost of the USA Business in Italy 2018 program is $2,699. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first ten students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application before the priority deadline of February 16th
will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship.
Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time; accommodations in hotels or hostels; daily breakfasts; welcome and departure dinners; specified museum entrance fees; and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Tuition for three (3) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare.
All meals, other than breakfasts and specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.
Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Ermmano Affuso
Department of Economics and Finance
Mitchell College of Business