Torino, Italy | 2017 Summer Session I
Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.
You will enroll in three to six credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.
Italian Language Studies
Summer language courses are intensive, with one to four credits of Italian taught in each five-week session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each (varying upon level).
- Introduction to Italian Language I (ITAL/WLL, 100-level, 1 credit) This course is for students not taking intensive Italian language. It is designed to help students assimilate into the community.
- Elementary Italian I (ITAL, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: none.
- Elementary Italian II (ITAL, 100-level, 4 credits, Session II only) Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian.
- Intermediate Italian I (ITAL, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.
- Intermediate Italian II (ITAL, 200-level, 3 credits, Session II only) Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian.
- Italian Composition I (ITAL, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian.
- Italian Composition II (ITAL, 300-level, 3 credits, Session II only) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian.
International Business, Politics, Architecture, and Electives
Taught in English
The following courses offer International Business studies as well as a wide range of classes designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.
- Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union (ECON/PSC, 300-level, 3 credits)
- Intercultural Communication (COM, 400-level, 3 credits)
- International Marketing (BUS/MKT, 400-level, 3 credits)
- Internship (1 credit) This course has a refundable fee.
- Italian Cuisine (NUTR/WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for materials.
- Operations Management (BUS/SCM, 300-level, 3 credits)
- Urban History of the City: from Ancient to Modern (ARCH/HIST, 400-level, 3 credits)
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Internship opportunities fall into broad categories that include: working on projects at architecture studios with local architects; tutoring English to Italian university students or children; business research and marketing for local firms; graphic design; marketing, social media and assistance for USAC; English language elementary schools. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview on site with the internship sponsor.
Eligibility: enrollment in the Torino summer program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
Most USAC courses are taught by local faculty; however, the following professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Prof. Mark McConnell, University of Mount Union
Professor McConnell's teaching career was preceded by more than two decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience. Professor McConnell (MBA, Tulane University) owned and managed his own advertising agency from 1990 to 2015, and he has held a variety of marketing and management positions in the automotive and hospitality industries. He has been teaching at the university level for more than 20 years (including for USAC in India, Thailand, Spain, and Ghana) and has extensive international travel experience.
Dr. Hana Johnson, University of Idaho
Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Management and Human Resources at the University of Idaho. She obtained a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from University of Washington, an M.B.A. from UCLA, and a B.B.A. from University of Washington. She has worked for Starbucks Coffee Company and Procter & Gamble, and studied in Taiwan, London, and Barcelona.
Comparative Government and World Politics
Summer Session II (Political Science; 200-level; 3 credits)
This introductory course offers an overview of the concepts and methods that allow for the systematic comparison of political phenomena across countries, including government structures, political institutions, ideologies, parties and party systems, elections and political behavior. The use of six case studies -Mexico, Italy, UK, Iran, Russia and Nigeria- will allow students to examine in depth the political life of each of these countries. ,
Economic and Political Institutions of the European Union
Summer Session I (Economics, History, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)
The creation of the European Union will go down in history as one of the most remarkable achievements of the twentieth century; in less than two generations Europeans fought two appalling wars among themselves, appreciated the dangers of nationalism and sat down to design a system that would make inconceivable that they would ever take up arms against each other again. A body of laws and treaties has been agreed upon and a set of institutions has been created that have altered the political, economic and social landscape of western Europe. The main objective of this class is to gain understanding on how European Union works and about what it means for the millions of people who live under its jurisdiction. Our goal is to provide students with fair understandings of concept of the European market integration within the present framework of globalization, trade liberalization and regionalism. Taught in English.
Elementary Italian I
Summer Session I (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.
Elementary Italian II
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian.
Summer Session I (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal style, and perceptions in order to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. Course Benefits: Knowledge about diverse communication and observation practices will enhance your ability to study, work and live in any culture of the world. Taught in English.
Summer Session I (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.
Summer Session II (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian.
Summer Session I (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (International Business, Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)
A study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. This course examines the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Please be sure to confirm this with your advisor before starting the course.
International Organizational Behavior
Summer Session II (International Business, Marketing; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course exposes students to the interpersonal aspects of working internationally. As the world becomes more globalized, it becomes increasingly important for students to recognize and develop skills that will help them to succeed when working with diverse colleagues and internationally. This class will cover all of the traditional organizational behavior concepts but with an additional focus on the diversity and cultural aspects within each topic. Topics include cultural values, individual differences, motivation, communication, teamwork, leadership, and ethics in an international context. Students will learn concepts in an experiential learning environment which includes video, case studies, self-assessments, role playing, and in-class exercises. A portion of the class will be focused on self-development; students will begin to understand their current global mindsets and how they can develop them. Prerequisites: Introduction to Accounting, Introduction to Economics.
Introduction to Italian Language I
Summer Session I (Italian; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 1 credit)
The course objective is to enhance the period of study in Italy for participants with little or no knowledge of the Italian language.
A working basic knowledge is provided, including a general introduction to common vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and precise pronunciation.
Class activities will include some role playing, dialogues. Additional activities such as language lab work and possible class visits to enhance the course topics may be scheduled.
Italian Composition I
Summer Session I (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian.
Italian Composition II
Summer Session II (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian.
Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Students are given the opportunity to observe the art of preparing Italian foods and study the relationship between food and culture. USAC provides instruction and facilities for this cooking class. Each student is charged a separate, non-refundable fee of $280 to help pay for the ingredients. This fee also entitles you to enjoy the great dishes that are prepared in class! Taught in English.
Summer Session II (Architecture, Art; 300-level; 3 credits)
The history of modern architecture from the late 18th century to 1965. The course considers the "prehistory" of modern architecture and follows its development as a new architecture by addressing rapidly changing cultural, economic and technological forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and modern science.
Lectures will be presented in conjunction with engaging in-class activities. Video watching, online researches, readings, writings and drawings will be a completing part of the course program and will amplify the work done in class.
Summer Session I (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)
Taught in English. The course is designed to provide students with an overview of the concepts and techniques of operations management across various activities of an organization and for various types of processes. Basic methods of analysis to support decision-making will be presented. Such concepts include (but are not limited to) operations strategy, process and product design, quality and supply chain management. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these concepts to actual business situations. Real cases, facts, examples of existing companies will be analyzed and discussed in class.
As this is a 300 level, please make sure you have the proper business core prerequisites or any other requirements from your home university. Confirm before the USAC drop/add deadline.
Urban History of the City: from Ancient to Modern
Summer Session I (400-level; 3 credits)
The course aims to analyze the most relevant moments that marked the European and North American urban history over the centuries (from the Ancient city to the most recent transformation), addressing a number of case studies that mirror different models of urban growth, development, design and planning from the Greek City to the Contemporary city (i.e. the industrial city, the garden city, the City Beautiful movement, the vertical city, the suburban development, the orthogonal grid, the linear city…). An urban vision per period will be selected and analyzed in class, not only from the standpoint of the spatial transformation but also observed within the frame of the political, economic and social changes that generated the urban models.
While lectures will provide the framework of the course, a series of visits will offer the students the possibility to observe the implementation of some of the urban experiences addressed in class at the local level. In fact, the city of Turin will provide an interesting laboratory to investigate the application of the studied urban visions: through the guided visits the students will be able to analyze the most relevant phases of the local urban history and of the planning, development and transformation of the city: from the Roman city to the Medieval City, from the Baroque City to the industrial City, from to the city of the economic miracle to the Olympic City…