Summer Business Institute (SBI)


SBI '20 UPDATE

In accordance with the university's recent decision regarding summer courses and programs, this year's SBI program will be held online. This revised format will still allow students to interact with SBI faculty and engage with their classmates from across campus – and other universities. Both synchronous and asynchronous options will be used to deliver the 16-credit SBI course content and experience, including classes, lectures, faculty and peer discussions, professional development activities and tutoring.

Both formats will provide content to students like a traditional on-campus course, employing the same learning objectives and awarding the same academic credit, ultimately leading to a business minor – or business certificate for non-Villanova students.

Please click on Program Updates button below for more specific updates as they are confirmed.


VSB’s Summer Business Institute (SBI), a full-time, 16-credit program held on Villanova’s campus, focuses on finance, economics, accounting, marketing, management, analytics and information technologies. Created exclusively for non-business majors in 1997, SBI has educated more than 1,800 students in the fundamentals of business.

Through the Institute, students gain fluency and competency in business basics. The unique and interactive Professional Success course, designed to help students develop their professional brand and job search skills as well as gain exposure to career options and industry representatives, complements the business curriculum.

Regardless of desired outcome – complementing a primary field of study, developing entrepreneurial interests, pursuing a career in business, and/or gaining a personal understanding of the economy – SBI provides the foundation.

The program not only provides you with an understanding of key business fundamentals and career development strategies, but also delivers a wide array of additional benefits:

  • Diversified academic credentials
  • Enhanced professional competence and confidence
  • Refined problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Expanded communication and teamwork skills
  • Broadened perspectives regarding career options
SBI Factsheet