International Studies and Global Practicum

Location: Rome, Italy - John Cabot University


Trip Dates: May 15 – June 21, 2014
*Departure from USA on May 14, Rome arrival May 15*
Orientation Dates: TBD


The purpose of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in their choice of academic courses overseas and to gain an international perspective on global business activities. Students from all four Villanova University colleges are encouraged to apply.

Additional Academic Requirements

No language proficiency required.
Minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.


In recent years, site visits have included the US Embassy, UN organizations in Rome, and various business firms. Students are able to arrange independent travel to visit other Italian cities and tourist areas on weekends. They may also take advantage of the wide range of social and cultural activities such as musical performances, theater, film, opera, and social clubs available in Rome.

Additional Information

Gymnasium and sports club facilities are available through John Cabot University.

Course Offerings

All courses are conducted in English.

Required course:
MGT 3305:
International Business Studies - 3 credits. This course will include a series of lectures and site visits.

All students enroll in one additional business or social science course offered by John Cabot University during the summer session. 3 credits Classes at John Cabot are two hours a day, Monday through Thursday.

Villanova University College of Liberal Arts & Science (CLAS) and College of Engineering students must obtain approval for their JCU course prior to departure.

Please email the Office of International Studies to the coursen course approval process for the selected JCU course:
Subject line - JCU/Rome Course Approval

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NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Faculty Program Coordinator

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Dr. David Shaffer
Chair, Department of Finance
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 2019


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John Cabot University arranges for students to share apartments throughout the city. Every effort is made to locate apartments relatively close to John Cabot. Students may elect to prepare meals in their apartments or to take advantage of the wide variety of restaurants available in Rome.

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2013; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: $6,600
Includes tuition, housing, orientations, various receptions and excursions, airport transfers, and fees.

Itinerary - Summer 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013: Departure from USA

Thursday, May 16: Arrival in Rome, Program Begins

Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18: John Cabot University Registration and Orientation

Saturday, May 18: Walking Tour of Rome

Monday, May 20: Classes Begin

Friday, June 21: Final Exams

Saturday, June 22: Return to USA, Program Concludes