Globalization, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Innovative Entrepreneurship

Location: Rome, Italy - American University of Rome


Trip Dates: May 26 - July 11, 2014
*To be confirmed mid/late January (May 26 arrival)


The American University of Rome (AUR) program provides students with a multi-faceted experience wherein issues of globalization, responsible corporate-society interface, and innovation entrepreneurship are highlighted. During this eight-week program, a group of distinguished outside leaders from Italian business and politics will help you navigate the global business environment through innovative coursework, company site visits including, an  Italian Parliament tour, a visit to the U.S. Embassy, and either an internship or service project focused on either an Italian business, governmental agency, or non-profit organization. Students will become immersed in the Italian culture through an intensive cultural immersion course delivered by AUR faculty, through living in an authentic Italian neighborhood, and by working in and with Italian organizations. Students will earn a total of six credits consisting of an AUR-led three-credit course, and a three-credit Villanova-led business course which includes an internship or project-based consultancy.

Additional Academic Requirements

Program open to undergraduates only.
2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Language proficiency preferred, but not required. Support for improving language skills will be provided.


Students are required to take a total of six credits on this program.

All participants enroll in the required three credit, graded VU course FIN 2335: International Financial Management with a linked internship or consultancy project. The course will meet during the first four weeks of the program and will include prominent guest speakers from leading Italian firms, the Italian Government, and American organizations and agencies focused on Italy. Internships and consultancy projects will be with leading organizations and, though subject to change and contingent upon completion of the interview process, past opportunities have been with Brand Portal, Flumen, Conair Corporation, the Italian Parliament, the National Italian-American Foundation, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy.

In addition to the required VU-taught course, all students enroll in one 3-credit course at the American University of Rome. Please note that students are not allowed to take courses counting towards the VU Italian Major/Minor, including but not limited to Italian language courses.

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

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


While the program is based in Rome, it is a central focus of the program to allow students to garner a more comprehensive view of Italy. For this reason, trips are planned to other regions including Tuscany (Pisa, Florence, Siena) and Compania (Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii). Students will also have some ability to use weekends for brief excursions to explore other areas of Italy.


In order to further the program goal of cultural immersion, students will live in apartments located in an authentic Italian neighborhood. Students are responsible for their meals. Students will gain a familiarity and comfort level with everyday life in Italy by shopping in the local market, visiting local restaurants, and using the local transportation system to get around as the American University of Rome in located about a fifteen minute bus ride from the apartments.

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

Faculty Coordinator

the Colosseum

Dr. Paul Hanouna
Department of Finance
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 2004

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total:  $8,500
2014 fee will be confirmed late-November/early-December
Includes: Tuition, housing, academic site-visits, some excursions.

Scholarships for this program may be available to Villanova Students based on financial need and academic merit. Contact Dr. Paul Hanouna for details.