University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2019: Italy FINC/ENGL

Program Dates January 07, 2019 - February 06, 2019
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Students will have the opportunity to study Finance (FINC 392) and Written Communications for Business (ENGL 312, with an international emphasis) in both Volterra, Tuscany, and Paderno del Grappa, Italy. Locations for the program include stays in Volterra and Florence, Tuscany, and in Paderno del Grappa and Venice, the Veneto. For the first two weeks, you will be in Tuscany, first at the SIAF campus in Volterra, a hill town southwest of Florence, and then in Florence itself. The next few weeks, you will be based in Paderno, a quaint town at the foot of Mount Grappa, approximately one hour northwest of Venice. Here you will stay at the Instituto Filipin campus, a private Italian boarding school utilized by CIMBA (Consortium Institute for Management and Business Analysis). The University of Delaware is a participating member of this Constorium. The conclusion of the program includes a stay in Venice with the option for personal travel time before returning home.

Both sites enable you to experience living in a small Italian community while providing access to business and cultural experiences of the regions. The major Tuscan and Veneto towns are home to many small and intermediate sized companies and several multi-national corporations in design, manufacturing, engineering, and agriculture. Examples include Aprilia (motorcycles), Benetton and Diesel (textiles and apparel), Geox (shoes), Luxcottica (eyewear), Technica (ski boots and equipment), and Electrolux (home appliances) to name a few. In addition, you will enjoy beautiful and majestic scenery while experiencing regional Italian food, culture, magnificent art, and treasured historical artifacts in Volterra, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Padua, Venice.

The campuses are full service facilities with multi-media classrooms, cafeterias, residence halls, and study areas. The Paderno campus has modern athletic facilities including an indoor swimming pool, cardio and weight rooms, and a gymnasium. The dorms offer a combination of double and single-occupancy rooms with internet connections and private bathrooms. The cafeterias serve standard Northern (Paderno) and Tuscan (Volterra) Italian cuisines, which are excellent and more than ample in quantity! If you tire of the cafeteria, visit the local ristoranti in Volterra or the Al Sole Pizzeria, Tabacchi (deli), and Alpina (pastry and caffe shop) in Paderno del Grappa.

Worried about the language barrier? On campus, all classes are in English, and there will be a “Survival Italian” session offered to enhance students' Italian experience. Want to see more of Italy than the places we visit? You will have opportunity for personal travel on extended weekends and at the end of the program. Some examples: Rome is a mere 2-hour train ride from Florence; Verona, Bologna, and Bolzano, 1½ - 2 hours by train from Paderno. And nearby sites to the Paderno campus include Venice, Bassano del Grappa, Asolo, Treviso, and Possagno. Marco Polo International (Venice) is an hour from Paderno; Treviso’s airport, hub for Ryan Air, is 40 minutes away.

If you’re interested in Finance and English course work and a chance to experience the incredible culture of Italy (ranked by UNESCO as one of the major World Heritage Sites for art and culture), this winter session is not to be missed. It will open the door to a broader, brighter, and more interesting world than you have ever experienced before. We look forward to your joining us!

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, guest speakers, several business visits and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in campus dormitories, with most on-campus meals included. Students are responsible for their meals during free travel weekends.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Europe, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Pisa. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
ENGL 312-072: Written Communication in Business (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Fulfills the second writing requirement of all Lerner majors.
FINC 392-071: Seminar on International Financial Management (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Other: Finance 392, Seminar in International Finance, will count as a professional elective or Group E free elective all Lerner students. In addition, fulfills requirements in the International Business minor.
UNIV 370-059: Study Abroad - Italy FINC/ENGL (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,295.00$6,165.00
Final Program Fee$3,600.00$3,600.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $5,925.00$9,795.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,400.00$1,400.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Charlene Bunnell
Faculty Director
203 Memorial Hall
Timothy Detwiler
Faculty Director
321 Purnell Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2018

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
02/27/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Purnell 238
03/07/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Purnell 238
03/20/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Purnell 238
04/05/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, PRN 229
04/11/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Purnell 238

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.