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  • Locations: Volterra, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
   Spring Break: International Business 
                              Volterra, Italy

   Volterra, Italy
                          March 1 - 10, 2018

Program Description: Through lectures and field trips with businesses in the Tuscany area, participants will extensively interact with a diverse set of business professionals and learn what it takes to be successful in leadership in today’s interconnected world. Cultural intelligence will be explored for leadership effectiveness in international business settings. 

Program Location: This course will be taught at the SIAF International School of Advanced Studies located in Volterra in the Tuscany region of Italy. Idyllically situated in the Tuscan countryside offering a panoramic view of the sea, just a short distance from the historical hilltop town of Volterra, SIAF provides a congenial environment for study courses. Only an hour from Pisa, Florence and Siena, Volterra is a historical hilltop town with about 10,000 inhabitants, founded by the Etruscans in the heart of Tuscany three thousand years ago, rises 550 metres above sea level and affords a spectacular panoramic view of the Cecina valley and the Era valley. A haven of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, Volterra is famous throughout the world for its age-old tradition of alabaster carving.

About SIAF: The SIAF International School for Advanced Education is the result of a partnership between Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, the Foundation of Cassa di Risparmio di Volterra and the regional government of Tuscany.The aim of the School is to provide advanced executive education in the areas of management and technology. SIAF offers a unique educational experience which draws from its distinguished faculty, providing academic excellence in a variety of fields, whilst at the same time allowing participating individuals the opportunity to engage with their peers from a diverse set of organizational backgrounds.

Course Information: The course will focus on leadership and cultural intelligence. This will include discussions with leaders on the challenges of developing innovative new programs and solutions, while reconciling local and global cultures. Visits to various organizations including banking, technology, and tourism type organizations will be featured to learn from practitioners in the field in regard to leading an international-based organization.
Through these experiences, class sessions, and projects, participants will come to more fully understand that leadership is not the same everywhere; that professionals must shift communication, interpersonal strategies, and leadership methods to adjust to the values and experiences of different cultural contexts and groups. By exploring ways in which specific leadership characteristics are valued differently in different cultures, students will gain hands-on experience in practicing leadership, followership, and teamwork behaviors in a culture not their own. 
Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(Subject to Change)
$350 Application Fee
Some Meals
Activities and Excursions
International Student ID
Round-Trip Airfare
International Health Insurance
Personal Expenses and Incidentals

Program Scholarship: For this program, students may apply for the International Business Scholarship. The deadline to submit a complete application is November 6 at 11:59pm.

Apply for Int'l Business Spring Break Scholarship

Faculty Leader: This program will be led by Dr. Kathy Tuberville, Director of the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center. You can contact Dr. Tuberville at or 901.678.4740.
Program Itinerary (Tentative)
Day 1 Arrival at the SIAF Tuscany Campus. Tuscan buffet dinner and SIAF presentation
Day 2 Tour of Volterra, presentation of the Etruscan and Roman town and all the recent archaeological discoveries, archaeological tour, the business of culture, lunch at SIAF, Italian survivor lesson, Cooking classes and dinner –learn how to make homemade pasta and pesto sauce.
Day 3 Chianti tour and Castello Banfi Winery tour and lunch and wine tasting, dinner at SIAF.
Day 4 Antinori wine cellar visit, Gucci and Ferragamo museum in Florence, lunch at Eataly, free time in Florence, dinner at SIAF.
Day 5 Piaggio Scooter Museum guided tour and Pisa, dinner at SIAF.
Day 6 Testimonial from Cassa di Risparmio di Volterra, the local bank, lecture for students.
Tour in the Prison a medieval castle, we have a new restored part for public visits, dinner at restaurant in Volterra.
Day 7 Visit Polo San't’Anna Valdera, the most important Technology pole in Italy, visit Edra a very nice innovative Company (furniture), lunch in Pontedera, dinner at the SIAF.
Day 8 Visit Sant’Anna and Normale the first two universities in Italy, dinner at SIAF.
Day 9 Free time in Volterra discovering production of chocolate and Gelato, brunch at microbrewery, closing dinner and party and awarding of the international certificate of study at the SIAF with music entertainment.
Day 10 Depart for Memphis, TN, USA.
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This program is currently not accepting applications.