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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Shire, Taylor Program Director: Cannon, James
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Italian
Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:
ACCT 284 in Rome, Italy - May 2018
ACCT 285 in Rome, Italy - May-June 2018

Complete one or two business core classes this summer in Rome, Italy! This program is an introduction of financial and/or managerial accounting concepts and applications using experiential learning opportunities in and around Rome. Includes five company visits to illustrate specific managerial accounting topics.

Students may enroll in EITHER OR BOTH courses.

Planned company visits include:
  • Cinecitta Studios: Movie studio, notable productions include: The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Gangs of New York (2002).
  • Eni S.p.A: Multinational oil and gas, includes operations in: Exploration and production, natural gas, electrical power generation, refining, and engineering and construction.
  • Rome Chamber of Commerce & University of Rome:  Discussion of Roman economic history, economic development, and current economic initiatives; Presentation by University of Rome faculty on international accounting
  • Telecom Italia: Telecommunications, largest Italian telecom company; services include: landline communication (including telephony and DSL services) and mobile phone services in Italy and Brazil.
  • Fiat Cassino Plant: Auto manufacturer, located in Piedimonte San Germano (approximately ninety minutes from Rome); models manufactured include: Fiao Bravo, Lancia Delta, Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Planned Cultural Visits:
  • Rome City Tour given by ISU history professor: Multi-stop tour of Roman Forum, Vitoriano, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colloseum, and other sites (as time & energy permit)
  • Vatican Museum: Tour of the Vatican Museum featuring: Sistene Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica, Rafael's art, a meeting with the Museum Director, etc. Followed by a bus tour of Vatican City
Optional Extracurricular Cultural Visits (these are only a sampling of what can be arranged):
  • Weekend excursion to Naples, Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast: Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum to see their collections of sculptures, art, and other antiquities. Visit the ancient city of Pompeii, preserved by tons of ash from Mount Vesuviius' eruption. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast
  • Piazza Navona: A city square in Rome, built on the site of the 1st century AD site of the Stadium of Domitian where ancient Romans came to watch the "games".
  • Galleria Borghese: A museum that contains some of the Borghese (nephew of Pope Paul V) collection of sculpture, paintings, and other antiquities.
  • Catacombs of Rome: Underground burial places begun in the 2nd century AD, source of art history of early Christianity.
  • Weekend excursion to Venice, Florence & Pisa: Take a gondola ride on the famed waterways of Venice. Take in Da Vinci's "Last Supper" in Florence. Take an afternoon to take a guided tour of the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Aqeuduct Tour: Discover the gravity-fed water delivery system that served for 600 years. The 'ducts span up to 500 miles and were later used as city walls & medieval towers.

Former student quotes:
“My experience in Rome was unlike anything that I've done. It allowed me to go out of my comfort zone and make incredible memories in a beautiful country. Taking a class in Italy allowed for incredible opportunities that I couldn't have experienced in the States. Traveling abroad was one of the best experiences I've had not only in my college career, but overall in my life. The people I met and traveled with made my experience that much better! Being from Italian descent, it was almost surreal being in such a beautiful place that my ancestors came from. I would love to go back and I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who is looking for an adventure.
“I think that my best memory would probably be my second weekend trip. [My classmate] and I decided to go to Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain. We flew from Rome to Paris and stayed there for a night. The next day we took a bus to Barcelona, a 17-hour bus ride... an experience lol. It was the cheaper way to do it. We stayed for a night in Barcelona and then flew back to Rome. I think that this was an amazing opportunity to see other parts of Europe besides Rome. Traveling from the U.S. would cost loads of money to go to Paris and it would be a long flight. However, since we were already in Rome it was pretty cheap and a short flight!”

Details about the Program:
  • Take a business core class (ACCT 284 and/or ACCT 285) in Rome this May/June
  • Live and study in Rome, Italy for three to seven weeks.
  • Visit some exciting companies in Rome.
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture, see the sights, and have fun!
  • $1000 automatic scholarship for College of Business students
  • Fore more information, contact Dr. Jim Cannon or Taylor Shire

This program is currently not accepting applications.