Italy: Family Business Studies

Verona, Italy

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Dates

  • Summer 1 Semester - May 9 - June 7, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leaders: Prof. Justin Craig (j.craig@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy
  • ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Description: 

The Family Business Studies Italy Dialogue provides students with:

  • a comprehensive contemporary overview of Italian family business dynamics, politics, history, culture ,and society, with an intentional focus on the comparisons between Northern Italy versus Southern Italy. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, company and historical site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Italian family business leaders in dialogue and discussion of contemporary challenges sustaining business across generations as well as related topics concerning impact of current events, culture, history, and global issues.
  • an understanding of: why families continue to play such a large role in some of the most prominent firms in emerging and mature economies? how families in business manage to maintain ownership control, yet divest of unrelated business ventures? how Italian family businesses internationalize yet maintain control?

Courses

ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy

ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Host University

Inlingua (Verona)

University of Catania (Sicily)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA reccomended
  • 2 completed term at Northeastern

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10, 634

DOC Fee: $3,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

Verona: http://www.residenceadige.it/index.cfm/it/

Two to a room share hotel accommodation. Breakfast, laundry and internet included. Classes in the building and on bus. Walking distance to city centre. Bus tickets and museum passes included.

Catania: http://www.hotelmediterraneoct.com/en/home-age.aspx

Two to a room share hotel accommodation. Breakfast and internet included. Classes in the building and on bus. Walking distance to city centre.

 

Destination

Verona: The city of Verona, today the capital of the province of Verona, is situated in northern Italy at the foot of Monte Lessini on the River Adige. It was founded by ancient tribes and became a Roman colony in the 1st century BCE, rising rapidly in importance. It was occupied by the Ostrogoth Theodoric I (5th century), by the Lombards, and by Charlemagne (774). In the early 12th century, it became an independent commune, suffering during the wars of Guelphs and Ghibellines. It prospered under the rule of the Scaliger family (the period of Romeo and Juliet) and particularly under Cangrande I, who protected the exiled poet Dante. It fell to Venice in 1405, was part of the Austrian Empire from 1797, and joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1866. Today, Verona is the Northern Italian centre of culture and industry and boasts some of Europe's prominent family-owned businesses.

Sicily: Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. Thanks to the regular growth of the last years, Sicily is the eighth richest region in terms of total GDP in Italy. A series of reforms and investments on agriculture such as the introduction of modern irrigation systems have made competitive this important industry. Tourism is an important source of wealth for the island thanks to its natural and historical heritage. Today Sicily is investing a large amount of money on structures for the hospitality industry, in order to make tourism more competitive. All commercial activities in Sicily are dominated by proud multi-generational family businesses.