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Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 3
Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Business, International Business, Management College Sponsor: Pamplin
Program Description:

Pamplin Italy Bologna


Field of Study

Management, Business, International Business

Program Flyer

Italy Bookmark (PDF)


Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)

Gain hands-on business management, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills by exploring European culture and the business environment in Italy. 




Florence, Milan, Rome
Winter Session 2018-19 (December 26 - January 12)

Business & Culture in Italy

Our focus will be on luxury businesses in Italy, although we will visit a variety of other businesses, too. We will focus on food and wine, fashion houses, transportation, and home products. We will begin our travels in Rome, with a side trip to Vatican City, continue on to Florence, Bologna, and Milan. Along the way, we will visit many of the cultural sites and art museums for which Italy is so well known.

This study abroad program is intended to give students exposure and experience to European culture and the business environment in Italy. The country of Italy has been of vital interest to the United States for many years, as a trading partner and producer of luxury goods. This trip will provide the students an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the main drivers of the Italian economy: food and wine, luxury products, and art and culture.
The major component of the trip is to experience business and economics in Italy, and by extension, Europe. We will visit a variety of businesses, and have lectures by business professionals. Particular emphasis will be on companies that produce luxury goods. Students will also gain cultural competency through visiting historical sites and museums, such as the Vatican and the Uffizi Museum.

Students will stay in a hotel in the city center of each of our destinations: Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Milan. We will travel by plane to and from the United States. The rest of our travels will be by motor coach and train. 


Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students.  Non-business students and graduate students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits. Priority is given to business students. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


You will receive 3 credits—either: 
· MGT 3954 Study Abroad 
· MGT 5954 Study Abroad
Undergraduates will receive credit for MGT 3954 Study Abroad, and graduate students for MGT 5954 Study Abroad. This course can also be substituted for the Area 3 and/or Area 7 requirement. These credits count as elective credits and help to complete the requirements of Pamplin’s International Business Minor.
Students must write a research paper, as well as read a book about the area and do a short book report, prior to the trip. Keeping a journal and completing observations on cultural differences between Italy and the US is required. Participation in all activities of the program is required.


Program Fee

Estimated program fee is $4,700. A non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online, is due after acceptance into the program, with the balance of program fees due by October 15th.
Click here for a cost breakdown.

Application Deadline:  October 15

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:


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When applying for Pamplin study abroad, please be sure to select only the program that is your top choice. As long as you have done sufficient research on your study abroad options, you should be able to apply to one program that will meet your goals. We ask that you also identify the program of your second choice. In the instance that you are not selected for your first choice program, we will do our best to assist you in applying to program of your second choice. Although you are limited to one  study abroad application per program term (e.g. winter), Pamplin International Programs will assist qualified students who are declined from their first choice in finding an appropriate alternative program.

Contact Information

Jennifer Clevenger
Pamplin Undergraduate Programs Office
1046 Pamplin hall
(540) 231-6602

Linda Tanko
Study Abroad Specialist
1071 Pamplin Hall
(540) 231-3562

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2018-2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 12/26/2018 01/12/2019