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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Wintersession
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Wintersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Winter 2020 Business in Italy program applications now open
FALL 2019 course with WIntersession January travel, 3 credits
Fall 2019 Class Meetings: TBA
Faculty: Melissa Baker and Timothy Mitchell

Note: you do not have to have a passport to apply for this program in April, but you will need one by October 2019

Course Overview
Business in Italy is a three-credit course made up of on-campus seminars in the fall and spring and a 12-day study abroad experience during Wintersession in Italy. Studying and traveling in Italy provides a rare opportunity for a first-hand study of a unique economic power that is known for combining business with a deep sense of aesthetics. The course is designed to be a highly interactive study of Italian culture and business, with the expectation that it will help students appreciate the dynamics of globalization as seen from the vantage point of another developed economy.

Our primary emphasis will be on understanding globalization and its effects on traditional Italian business, using the wine and food industry as a case study for in-depth exploration of this effect. We will read articles that discuss globalization, intercultural communication, the Italian economy, and relevant business industries. During our field trip to Italy, we will seek further understanding by meeting with Italian business people, governmental officials, and students in Italian institutions of higher learning.

Dates and Details
This is a fall semester course, with class meetings in the fall, travel during January and additional class meetings in the spring semester. Fall and Spring semester meetings will be arranged based on students' availability. All class meetings are mandatory. 

Travel to Italy will take place in January; tentative dates are January 5-16, 2020. A group flight will be arranged from Boston Logan; all students must take the group flight. Payment for airfare will be made directly by the student to the travel agent (accepted students will be notified on deadlines and payment information).

Isenberg School of Management applications receive priority, but non-Isenberg UMass Amherst students may apply.

US citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy. Non-US citizens may need to apply for a Schengen visa in advance of arrival. Non-US citizens should contact IPO to request the necessary documents and learn about the process as early as possible. You may contact Mike Romero for inquiries related to visa applications.

Details and itinerary are being finalized.  Students in the application will be notified when updates are posted.

Students in Italy


This program is currently not accepting applications.