MBA Studies in The Italian Economy

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Location: Milan, Italy - SDA Bocconi University

This 3 week, 3-credit program includes a study of culture and languages, politics, society, economics and history of Italy. A practical introduction to European and Italian business, as well as culture and society is also included. The program is taught in English by faculty from the SDA Bocconi, Bocconi University School of Management and focuses on macroeconomics, business management, finance and marketing in Italy and the Euro-zone.

Open to students enrolled in the Villanova University MBA students only.
No language proficiency required. Must be taken for a letter grade.

Students will reside at the Hotel D'Este in Milan. Breakfast is included at the hotel. A limited number of lunches will be provided at the faculty club on campus at Bocconi University. If a student intends to bring a 'guest' (spouse, significant other, friend), the guest will be responsible for the additional per person per night charge by the hotel, as well as any additional personal expenses. This fee will be paid directly to the Hotel D'Este. Please note, guests are not permitted to participate in the Program's lectures. If space is available, guests are allowed to attend excursions at their own expense. They are more than welcome to join the group in the evenings and weekend. All program guests are required to sign a waiver. Please contact the Office of International Studies for this form.


Middle weekend available for personal excursions. Venice, Florence, Rome, Zurich, Cinque Terre, among many others have been popular options.

Trip Dates: (Tentative) May 20-June 2, 2017


VU Pre-Departure Coursework & Orientation: Dates TBD

Trip Overseas:
Departure on May 20, 2017
Return on June 2, 2017


Applications are due no later than March 1, 2017; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Program Fee

Total: $5,700-$6,000  

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, hotel in Milan, and lunches at Bocconi. All other expenses are the student’s responsibility. Airfare not included.

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 3-weeks Long
  • Credits: 3
  • 2017 Program Fee: $5,700-$6,000

Faculty Coordinator

Debra A. Arvanites, Ph.D.
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 1006
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085