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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students: Yes Language coursework offered: Yes
Field of study: Business, Humanities Program Advisor: Kelly Brannan Trail
Academic Level: Undergraduate Max credit hours: 11
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Business in Rome: A History and Culture of Global Commerce

About the Program colo

Studying in Rome affords students the chance to immerse themselves in a unique and proud culture while simultaneously completing coursework that emphasizes international aspects of business.  The “Eternal City,” Rome served as the capital of the vast Roman Empire and subsequently as the center of Catholic faith. 
Students have the opportunity to learn about the history of Italy within the context of the European Union and through the prisms of topics in marketing and economics– all elements contributing to their understanding of their future professional roles in an increasingly global marketplace. Students also have the opportunity to study medieval Europe where the history took place, rather than in a book. Tentative program excursions will include visits to financial and governmental institutions and historical sites such as The Vatican, Venice, Genoa, and Pisa.

Curricular Options

Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

ECO 445: Public Finance (3 credits)
Rome - Business - pizza making
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources.  Public Finance is the study of government’s role in reallocating resources from the private sector to the public sector and redirecting resources within the private sector.  This course will discuss situations where there is an economic rationale for government intervention in private markets and analyze the efficiency of different forms of government involvement.  The first half of the course will focus on government expenditures, while the second half will center on government taxation. When relevant, this course will discuss similarities and differences between government policies in the United States and those in ancient Rome and modern Italy. Prerequisite: ECO 203
MKT 300: Survey of Marketing (3 credits)
Survey of marketing for non-marketing majors. Course introduces students to market and environmental analysis, marketing strategy and links with corporate strategy, market segmentation, organizational and consumer markets, and marketing mix (product, price, promotion, distribution). Prerequisite(s): Non-business majors only.
CAP: Crossing Boundaries - Inquiry
MKT 301: Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
The general principles and practices underlying the processes of marketing. Analysis of the environmental conditions of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and other marketing agencies. Prerequisite(s): Business majors only.
HST  305: Early Medieval Europe (3 credits)
The Early Middle Ages covers the period roughly 400-1100, a period marked by the Fall of Rome and the kingdoms and cultures of Europe emerging from that. Taking full advantage of our location, we will begin this course with a study of ancient Rome, one of the prime inspirations to medieval culture and society. We will then consider the crucial role of Christianity in shaping medieval Europe (and vice versa), economic development, social structures, and cultural expressions. The course will end with a consideration of the Renaissance as a “rebirth of Rome” and a culmination of the Middle Ages. Throughout the course, Rome will be our classroom with field trips nearly each day to such sites as Roman ruins, churches, palaces, and more. Prerequisite: HST 103
CAP: Advanced History and Faith Traditions

LNG 1xx/2xx/3xx Italian Language (3-4 transfer credits, all levels)
Language courses are offered to students on this program through a partner institution on-site.  These are available to students interested in enhancing their language skills at a multitude of levels.  Students must submit a Course Pre-Approval form to the CIP in the Spring in order to successfully earn transfer credit.  Only transfer credit (i.e. a “K” grade) will be earned for any language course pre-approved and taken abroad with a passing grade.  Please note that students choosing to take a language course abroad on this program will be assessed a regular tuition fee based upon three or four credits.

UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded minicourse required of all student participants.

Faculty Rome piazza

Dr. Bobbi Sutherland, Assistant Professor, Department of History (Site Coordinator)

Dr. Yue Pan, Professor, Department of Management & Marketing

Dr. Trevor Collier, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance



Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows:

Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UDI 220 - M2
Rike 206 

Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of April.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Rome students with Marianists
Business in Rome, Summer 2017, Students and Faculty with the Marianists in Rome

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Program Reviews:
Summer 2014 Participant
you grow so much as a person, and become more independent than you could ever imagine

Summer 2013 Participant
I had an amazing experience with this program. The most rewarding thing in my opinion was meeting so many different people that you get to spend the rest of your time at UD with. The most challenging was balancing schoolwork and all the fun things that you want to get done. The most memorable things were just seeing all the most famous monuments that you never though you would be able to.

Summer 2014 Participant
I highly recommend this program for students. The whole experience of going outside of your country and comfort zone was truly a growing experience for me. Not only will you experience new sites and cultures but you'll also make many new friends and aquaintences on this trip. It's an experience of a lifetime and no one should miss out on it

The most important thing that I took away from this program was learning about different cultures as well as learning how to travel and plan side trips in a different country.
     — Marie Pinnell, Summer 2014

This program is currently not accepting applications.