Italy: Global Business Experience

Spring/Summer 2018: May 13 - May 26, 2018

Join the Mike Ilitch School of Business for a study abroad program trip to Northern, Central, and Southern Italy. This is an educational experience of a lifetime! The course, which includes readings, business tours, lectures, and cultural experiences, will feature Italian companies that are either headquartered, or have a major presence, in Southeast Michigan. The group will spend twelve days between Turin, Rome, and Naples.

Students will visit businesses and cultural locations as a group, and also have time to explore on their own. In Turin, students will have a chance to explore northern Italy's business and cultural center with highlights such as the Palace of Venaria, the Automobile Museum, and the Ancient Egyptian Museum. Students will tour Fiat Chrysler European Headquarters, Maserati assembly plant, Mopar parts wearhouse and Comau robotics assembly plant. The students stay in a small, charming Italian hotel owned by a local family. The group will take a bullet train to Rome, where they will tour historic locations such as the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Forum, and many other world famous places. Again, a bullet train will carry the group to Naples, where students visit the Fiat Chrysler Panda Plant - a World Class Manufacturing facility, a Lear Corporation production plant, a Fiat Chrysler Engine Plant, and Naples' Container Shipping port. Cultural experiences include a tour of Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the Isle of Capri.


Program Cost: $2,700 with Business School Scholarship excluding tuition 

Costs Included:
Roundtrip airfare, accommodation, daily breakfast, group transfers, tours, three group dinners, international health insurance, and administrative fees.

Payment Information:
A deposit of $500 is due within 14 days of acceptance.

The remaining balance is due in four equal payments of $550 on the following dates:


Payment Deadline Payment
January 12, 2018 $550
February 9, 2018 $550
March 9, 2018 $550
April 13, 2018 $550



Additional Costs:
Additional meals, personal expenses, passport processing fees, tuition.

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

In addition to program cost, students will pay current published fees to WSU for 1-3 credit hours at the appropriate level through the normal tuition payment process. Students with questions regarding the tuition and fee assessment rate may contact Registration and Scheduling at (313) 577-3541 or view:

Passport and Visa:
In order to travel to Italy, you will need a passport which is valid for 6 months after your return date. Please click here for more general information on passports and visas.


Turin, Florence & Naples, Italy

Course work

Directed Study:

  • Undergraduate: GSC4991, MKT4991, or MGT4991 (3 Credits)
  • MBA: GSC7995, MKT7995, or MGT7995 (3 Credits)

Open to students of the MBA program and could count towards one of the three elective courses for the GSC MBA Concentration, the International Business Concentration, the Management Concentration or the Marketing Concentration. Students must talk to advicors to determine how the credit will work toward his/her degree.


Dr. John Taylor and Associate Professor Bertie Greer

Prerequisites and Eligibility: 

Undergraduate and graduate Wayne State University School of Business students are eligible to participate as well students from other universities and colleges interested in receiving college level credits.

Selection of applicants is done on a rolling basis; students are evaluated and considered for admission throughout the academic year. You will be notified of your acceptance status by the Study Abroad Programs Office. If you wish to participate, you will be required to sign and return the Decision Form and Waiver and Release Statement to accept the terms of the program and secure your place.

Apply now

Applications for 2018 have closed. Applications for 2019 will open during September 2018.

What happens next?
After you submit your application, transcript, and $50 application fee, we will forward it to the program director (usually the professor leading the program) who makes the final admissions decision. Each program has a slightly different set of criteria. If anything else is required, someone will contact you. After we receive the decision, we will send you a letter informing you of the outcome. If you are admitted, you will have 2 weeks to accept your place and pay your non-refundable deposit.

All correspondence and acceptance will be made by our office via email. Be sure to list an email address that you regularly check on your application. It is your responsibility to make sure you are receiving pertinent documents. If you are worried that your email account is rejecting our email, please contact our office immediately.

For more information, please contact:

The Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs
Office: (313) 577-3207


Dr. John C. Taylor
Chair, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
School of Business
Office: (313) 577-4525