Business and Culture in the Italian Context

A semester study abroad program in Urbino, Italy, designed for VSB Sophomores.

Location

A View of the Ducale Palace
A View of the Ducale Palace

Nestled in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, the walled city of Urbino played a significant role in the Italian Renaissance and was a major rival of both Florence and Siena.  Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich cultural and artistic history including being the birthplace of Raphael. The city's central location in Italy, along with its rich academic history, offers an excellent vantage point for students to explore the many facets of modern Italy's economy and culture.

Villanova University has twenty years of experience with the University of Urbino and has a full-time resident director, Dr. Pete Cullen, on-site to assist students with registration, orientation, and other matters throughout the term.  In addition, a Villanova faculty member, Dr. Kevin Clark, will accompany the students and will co-teach the anchor course, Competitive Effectiveness.

Why Participate in the Business and Culture in the Italian Context Program?

  • Complete VSB requirements while studying abroad.
  • Participate in a consultancy project for an Italian company
  • Learn about the modern Italian economy and explore Italy's rich history.
  • Live in a beautiful and vibrant college town, with opportunities to discover other areas of Italy.
  • Work towards an International Business co-major/co-minor and become a participant in the VSB Global Leadership Fellows Program.

Academics

The Business and Culture in the Italian Context (BCIC) Program has been designed to meet the curriculum needs of VSB Sophomores interested in International Business and Italian language and culture. Each participating student will be enrolled in four required courses and will choose one elective course.

Required BCIC Core Course - VSB2020 Competitive Effectiveness (6 credits)

Villanova group in Roma

VSB 2020 Competitive Effectiveness is a team-taught core course in which one professor will be from the Villanova Business School and the other from the University of Urbino.  The course will cover management and marketing principles and apply them to a class consultancy project for an Italian organization. The letter grade received in the 6-credit VSB 2020 Competitive Effectiveness course will transfer back to Villanova and be incorporated into the student’s GPA.

Required BCIC Economics Course - Taught at the University of Urbino - Economics of Globalisation (3 credits)

Students will also enroll in an Economics of Globalisation course taught in English at the University of Urbino. This University of Urbino course has been approved to fulfill the VSB requirement: ECO3108 Global Political Economy. This course will be open to Villanova students, as well as Italian students. Upon sucessful completion of this class with the equivalent of a 'C' or better, students will earn a 'T' for transfer credit.

Required BCIC Two Language Courses - Beginning to Advanced Italian (6-8 credits)

All students will participate in two language courses: one intensive Italian language course at the beginning of the semester and one Italian language course taught throughout the semester. Students with a prior knowledge of Italian cannot revert to a lower level and placement tests will be given prior to final enrollment. Upon successful completion of these classes with the equivalent of a 'C' or better, students will earn a 'T' for transfer credit.

Beginning Italian Students - complete IB co-minor language requirement - 8 credits
Intensive language instruction + Semester language instruction
Fulfills Humanities Requirement & Free Elective

Intermediate Italian Students - complete IB co-major language requirement - 6 credits
Intensive language instruction + Semester language instruction
Fulfills Humanities Requirement & Free Elective

Advanced Italian Students - 6 credits
Intensive language instruction + Semester language instruction or pre-approved Italian-taught University of Urbino course
Fulfills Humanities Requirement & Free Elective

BCIC Elective Courses (3 credits)

Students will choose an additional elective course from the following list to complete their academic schedule in Urbino. All courses are taught in English. Upon successful completion of this class with the equivalent of a 'C' or better, students will earn a 'T' for transfer credit.

  • History of Italy from Socioeconomic perspective - fulfills History OR SocNatSci requirement, and IB social science requirement
  • Italian Cultural Studies - fulfills SocNatSci OR BeHavSci requirement, and IB social science requirement

Housing

Students will live together in hotel-style accommodations alongside Italian students. The residences are located in the center of town and university buildings. A partial meal plan of two meals per day is included, but students should budget to buy some meals during the semester.

Program Costs

Students will pay regular tuition for the semester that they spend in Urbino.  As a special VSB program, housing and partial board is included in the tuition fee. Students are responsible for flights, additional meals, and all personal expenses on-site in Urbino. Please note - special billing applies for tuiton remission, tuition exchange, Augustinian family scholars and ROTC students. Please contact the OIS for information.

BCIC Program Calendar

Spring 2015
January 11
Departure from US
January 12
Arrival in Urbino
May 16 Departure from Bologna

How to Apply

* VSB BCIC Application 2015.docx
Application now available for 2015! Please include "BCIC 2015 application" in subject line when submitting application to ois@villanova.edu

Program Activities and Excursions

Various tours throughout Italy will be included in the program to complement coursework. Weekend visits to such locations as Rome, Milan and Lecce will be arranged. Day trips to other locations throughout Italy are also part of the program. Additional activities may include cooking classes, a visit to a winery and olive oil producer, and group dinners throughout the semester. These trips will keep students busy on many weekends, so students should not plan any additional travel before consulting the activity schedule provided by the VSB Program Coordinator and the Villanova Resident Director.

2014 Visit to Lecce

Video Tour of Urbino