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  • Locations: Tuscania, Italy; Volterra, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2020 05/29/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
   International Business in Italy
                              Volterra, Italy

 Volterra, Italy
May 13 - 29, 2020
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.
Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
$3,000 (if 15+ students register)
$3,250 (if 14 or fewer students register)
(Subject to Change)
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Housing
  • Some Meals
  • Activities and Excursions
  • International Student ID
  • Tuition for 3 credit hours (Spring Term)
  • Round-Trip Airfare (Estimate $1,200)
  • International Health Insurance
  • Personal Expenses and Incidentals
*Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.
Program Payments: This program travels in the summer but students enroll in a spring term course. Thus, the program fee and tuition will be charged to students' TigerExpress accounts in the Spring term. 

If you are an undergraduate, full-time student then your tuition fee for the Spring will not increase due to your study abroad course. Undergraduate students who are taking a full-time course load are charged $4,956 for Spring tuition, no matter how many credits you register for.

If you are an out-of-state student, then your tuition for 3 credit hours in the Spring is $1,719. If you are a part-time student, then your tuition for 3 credit hours in the Spring is $1,239.

Course Information: MGMT 4810: 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. 

Credits: Students will be awarded credits for either MGMT 4810: International Management or MGMT/BA 4910: Independent Study in Management or International Business.  

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 for 2019 (Tentative)
May 13 Depart USA
May 14 Arrival in Pisa
Visit Leaning Tower
Transport to Volterra
Cooking Class
Italian Language Lesson 
May 15 Tour of Volterra
Free Time in Volterra (Museums, Shopping, Hiking)
Dinner at SAIF
May 16 Vist to Volterra Bank
Guest Lecture: International Banking
Bank Community Foundation for Networking Event Dinner at SAIF
May 17 Tour of Chocolate Factory
Lecture: International Marketing Trends and Challenges
Dinner at SIAF
May 18 Tour of Sienna and San Ginnimiano
Dinner at SIAF
May 19 Tour of Lucca and Montalcino
Dinner at SIAF
May 20 Piaggio Museum and Villa For Lunch
ncient Abbey visit
Lecture Global Entrepreneurship
Dinner at SIAF
May 21 Excursion to Florence
Visits to The David and Duomo
Shopping and Free Time
Free for Dinner in Florence
Return to SIAF at 10:00 PM
May 22 Lecture at SIAF
Group Project
Tour to Monte Rosola Winery 
Dinner at SIAF
May 23 Lecture at SIAF
Guest Lecture: Volterra City Officials
Guest Lecture: Alabaster entrepreneurs
Free time in Volterra
Dinner at SIAF
May 24 Lecture: Project Development
Visit to Lischetto Cheese Factory
Dinner at SIAF
May 25 Excursion to Italian Coastal Area Beach
May 26 Free Day in Volterra 
May 27 Class at SIAF
Lectures from City Officials
Visit to Agritourismo in afternoon
Dinner at SIAF
May 28 Final Day in Volterra
Group Project
Lecture in City Center
Free time in afternoon 
May 29 Depart from Florence to return to US
May 30 Arrive to US
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