Group of students jumping in Italy

This is a faculty-led, intensive two-week summer school program on international business in a unique setting: Universita’ degli Studi di Brescia (uniBS) in Brescia, Italy. The program is designed to expose students to themes concerning international business, both in the form of classes and site visits. Furthermore, the classes are taught by both American and Italian professors (in English), which will add to a diversity of viewpoints and subject matters. U.S. students study alongside Italian students to further enhance the cross-cultural experience of learning about international business. Lastly, site visits to leading global enterprises based in Brescia and the surrounding areas provide students with exposure to international business practices. At a general level, the program will focus on topics related to international marketing and strategy, global competitiveness, foreign market entry, world trade and commerce, as well as risk and supply chain management, and the European Union.

Course Description

The goal of this program is to introduce students to the many facets of doing business internationally. To accomplish this, the program allows for multiple topics focused on international business, as well as various viewpoints, so students can build tools and integrate different perspectives. Through a combination of theoretical, practical and experiential learning opportunities, students gain a base understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Course Objectives

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Understand the challenges of doing business across cultural, economic, geographic and administrative boundaries.
  • Develop a set of tools and frameworks for recognizing global opportunities.
  • Assess market-specific considerations that can facilitate or hinder foreign market entry.
  • Appraise different modes of foreign market entry and global competition.
  • Have applied those frameworks’ recommendations to Italian businesses/organizations and presented recommendations to their stakeholders.
  • Receive in-depth exposure to Italian culture and business practices.

What Students Have to Say About the Course

"Going abroad with the International Experience program was the best decision I have ever made. I have learned so much from the classes we took, the places we saw, and the locals we met along the way. This program wouldn't have been the same without the wonderful people I experienced it with that I can now call my Euro Family."

"After this trip, my perspective of the world around me has changed. In our day-to-day lives, it is all too easy to get caught up in our own country, state, town or even school that we forget about the rest of the world and how interconnected we truly are. Traveling to Italy ignited my love of exploring, pizza, pasta and international business, meanwhile reminding me of the admiration and appreciation I hold for my own country and customs."

Course Structure

The 2-week course breaks down as follows:

  • Four or five 2-hour pre-program sessions to take place approximately one month before the start of the program
  • 40-hours of classroom lecture: 20 hours by UM faculty, 20 hours by uniBS faculty
  • Approximately 7 off-site visits to Italian companies (see list below)
  • Approximately 3 workshops for Group Projects
  • Cultural trips to regional museums in Brescia and other cities


  • 3 credits (spring class), plus extra course fee TBA
  • Open to upper-division and graduate business students
  • Deposit required
  • Includes lodging and some meals (functions). Students pay for their airfare, and any meals not covered

Course name:
BGMT 493 International Experience:  Italy

May 21-June 4, 2017

3 credits (spring) plus extra course fee of $2,500

Airfare and some meals/activities not included

Information sessions:

Application Deadline:

Interested students, contact the course instructors Prof. Nader Shooshtari or Prof. Suzanne Tilleman