Globalization and Business

Location: Rome, Italy - American University of Rome

The American University of Rome (AUR) program provides students with a multi-faceted experience and cultural immersion in Italy while ensuring an understanding of international business and the global marketplace. 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 visits to Italian businesses, governmental agency, or non-profit organizations. Students will become immersed in Italian culture through an intensive cultural immersion course delivered by AUR faculty and through living in an authentic Italian neighborhood. Students will earn a total of six credits consisting of an AUR-led three-credit course, and a three-credit Villanova-led business course.

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 VSB 3500 International Special Topics: Understanding the Global Marketplace. 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.  

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.

AUR Course Approval

Students must ensure that the AUR course they take is approved for credit at Villanova. This information is available on Passport, by searching the Globalization and Business program, and clicking on Previously Approved Courses. If a course is not approved, a student must submit it for approval using the below link.

Please use this link to faciliate the approval

Please complete the template with all the required course information. Our office will work with the relevant academic faculty to facilitate the course approvals, which could take 1-2 weeks. The OEA will contact you to let you know when your courses have been approved. You will then need to stop by the OEA to pick up your finalized Course Approval Form, which you will then take to the relevant department(s) for their final approval.

Failure to obtain approval for your course will result in no credit being awarded. Please make sure your course is approved prior to registration so that you can be reassured that it counts towards your correct academic requirements.

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.

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.

Program Dates: May 28 -July 13, 2018
*May 27 departure from USA

Dates are tentative and subject to change.

2017 Itinerary (2018 Itinerary to be announced soon)

May 29: Rome - Orientation and Course Overview

June 1: Republic Day (University closed; no class)

June 3/4: Optional Beach Trip and Porta Portese Open Air Market sponsored by AUR

June 9-11: Pompeii Excursion (included in program fee)

Includes tour of the ancient Greek city of Paestum and a climb to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

June 14: Papal Audience

June 16-June 18: Tuscany Excursion (included in program fee), includes towns of Florence, Pisa, and Trequanda

June 22: Corporate Visit:, Small Business Incubator at Termini Station

June 27: Parliament Visit, Business Attire Required

June 28: Introduction: Eataly, Mega food store founded by Oscar Farinetti

June 29: St Peter and Paul Roman Holiday. University closed (no class).

June 30: Final Exam

July 3: Augustinian Order Tour

June 11: Tivoli Day Trip

July 12: Final Service Journal Assignment Due

July 13: Final Marketing Plan Presentations

July 14: Departure from Rome


Total:  Approximately $8,900 (2017) *Program fee is tentative and subject to change.

For more a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes: Tuition, housing, academic site-visits, some excursions. A $15 VU fee will be added to program fee at time of final billing.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 7-weeks Long
  • Credits: 6
  • Price: $8,900

Faculty Coordinator

the Colosseum

Dr. Michael L. Capella
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 1074