The Business in Italy Program combines a course with a field trip to Italy. The course framework includes: readings, lectures, and group activities.
While in Italy, students will meet with business leaders, tour business facilities and cultural sites, attend lectures, and immerse themselves in the culture of Italy.
THE ON-CAMPUS COURSE In the Business in Italy Program, students study the effects of globalization on Italian business. The on-campus course is designed to broaden the global perspective of students who have chosen studies in business and management. We will focus on the unique role that Italy plays in the world economy and more specifically on the history, culture, and management practices that enable Italian business to influence the worldwide markets for high-end designer consumer products. All this will be accomplished through readings, research, and discussions taking place both in the classroom on campus and during the trip in Italy.
THE TRIP TO ITALY As is often said, one learns best about oneself in reference to some well-defined other. In this context, we expect that understanding the nature of business and management in a different country will likely expose opportunities and vulnerabilities that may be embedded in our taken-for-granted practices at home. Contemplating business and culture in another land is good global business education at home. The field trip to Italy takes place over a 10-12 day period. We travel as a group, beginning and ending our journey at Boston's Logan Airport together. While in Italy we travel by chartered bus. The field trip provides an intense group experience that students have often said builds lasting memories and friendships.
THE COMBINED APPROACH
The on-campus seminar has two main objectives: (1) to provide students the opportunity to learn about globalization and (2) to prepare students for the field trip. Once we return from Italy, our on-campus study has two new objectives: (1) to discuss what was learned in class in relation to what was observed and experienced in Italy, and (2) to reflect upon the professional and personal experiences the seminar and field trip facilitated.
Students will travel with two-three Isenberg School representatives to Italy for a first-hand look at Italian business and culture. Accompanied by at least two faculty members from the Isenberg School of Management, students will visit cities, such as Venice, Florence, and Rome with day trips to nearby locations of interest. Students will meet, with business people to observe business in action, and they will visit cultural and historical sites to get a feel of the societal undercurrents.
More about the Program
Before the trip: The class meets once a week beginning end of October through December for 75 minutes Study Abroad trip: Takes place between approximately January 5th - 17th Post Trip: One class meeting to present final projects
Places we've visited recently include:
Orvietto, Chianti, and Montepulciano wine tours and tastings
Palio Horse Race tour and lunch with Contrada officials
Cooking class in Florence
Tour of luxury leather production company
Balsamic vinegar tour and tasting
Parmesan cheese production tour and tasting
Prosciutto di Parma tour and tasting
Visit Eataly World in Bologna
Visit to Murano glass factory
Meeting with Italian business startup entrepreneur
Meeting with American Consulate and Embassy in Italy
“It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will likely never get the chance to do after college. You will gain invaluable knowledge, experiences and friends!
“I would pay to do this all over again, the experiences, memories, and people I met on this trip are amazing”
“Just when I thought it was the best day of the trip, the next day offered an entirely new adventure. The variety of experiences we had truly encompassed every aspect of Italy”
“If you have a chance to take this class do not hesitate. This was the best decision I have made throughout all of college”
“Best two weeks of my life! I learned so much about myself, culture, and other people on this trip and returned back to UMass with 30 new friends”
Estimated cost of the program fee is $3800- $4500. Airfare is estimated at $900 - $1100. Program fee includes: tuition for 3-credit course, all hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, several additional meals, in-country transportation via private coach transportation in Italy, all business visits, academic tours, and excursions.
Enrollment in these programs is by application. The programs are open to all Isenberg students. These programs span over fall, winter and spring semesters. Students earn three credits for each of these options.
If you would like to learn more about semester or yearlong exchanges, stop by the International Programs Office on 70 Butterfield Terrace, Amherst, MA 01003 early in the spring semester to discover the options available to you.