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Powerpoint slide: Business in Italy Information Session

Next winter break, I will hopefully be participating in the Business in Italy program, hosted by Isenberg. The 12-day study abroad experience that accompanies the course takes you to fives cities in Italy during the winter break session. Classes for the course are on Tuesday evenings beginning in late October. You earn three credits toward Isenberg's upper-level business elective requirements. Not enrolled in an ISOM major? This experience is open to students of any major! The course focuses on learning about the business culture in Italy and the processes of various Italian companies, many of which you will get to visit on the trip.

Because I'm fairly certain I won't be doing a full study abroad program, this winter abroad opportunity is a perfect option for me. I still get to go abroad but without the lengthy time commitment. It is also extremely nice that it is held over winter break, so that it doesn't interfere with any summer vacation or work schedule.

The five cities the program will visit in January 2020 are Florence, Rome, Venice, Bologna, and Siena. Activities include a cooking class in Florence to make homemade pasta, a visit to three unique wineries across the country, tours of parmesan, luxury leather, balsamic vinegar, and glass production companies, and of course, visiting many famous Italian landmarks. 

While I am not yet sure that I will be accepted into the program, since junior and senior applications are given priority over underclassmen, I am hopeful that I will be able to go and experience some of the wonders that Italy has to offer.

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