Torino, Italy
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Torino, Italy

Course Information: 2018 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).

Session I and Session II

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.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus:


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 both sessions of 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.

U.S. Professors

Most USAC courses are taught by local faculty; however, the following professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. James Thoma | University of Mount Union

Course offered:

James Thoma is the director of the University of Mount Union Sport Business program. His education includes a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, a M.A. in Sport Management and a Ph.D. in Sport Science. His experiences include the National Track and Field Coach of Brunei Darussalam; experience with athletics and administration throughout Southeast Asia; and was the National Teams Coordinator and business manager for the 1980 USA Olympic Track & Field Team.

Session II:

Dr. Charles Wood | University of Tulsa

Course offered:

Dr. Wood has degrees in engineering, journalism, and business. Before becoming a business professor he worked as an engineer for a Fortune 500 firm and helped launch / manage a successful stage production company. His research and teaching have received national and international recognition, including a Fulbright scholar award to Ireland.

Course Descriptions

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.

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Consumer Behavior: Market Place Psychology

Summer Session II (General Business, Marketing; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is an interactive course which introduces students to the evolving field of consumer behavior (CB). We will explore people’s behavior across a number of domains – from the cognitive biases that impact our daily decisions, to the ways in which we’re influenced by our peers, and even to “dark side” behaviors. The course will include global topics, ethics, and will draw from research in behavioral economics, social psychology, and academic marketing.

Because we will be studying human behavior and we all regularly engage with marketplaces, every student should have a lot to contribute and discuss from our own personal experiences and the course readings. The students will regularly engage in in-class exercises, discussions, and a few experiential opportunities to work with key CB concepts, with the goal of giving us all a whole new perspective for thinking about the various ways we humans behave in the marketplace.

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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.

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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.

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Intercultural Communication

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.

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Intermediate Italian I

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.

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International Sport Business and Administration

Summer Session I (International Business; 300-level; 3 credits)

Attention is focused upon sport business that crosses country borders. Aspects of the course will sensitize the student to the cultural and political nature of sport. National, regional and global sport associations will be explained and discussed.

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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.

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Italian Composition I

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.

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Italian Cuisine

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. Not recommended for students on a gluten-free diet.

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Marketing Principles

Summer Session I (Marketing; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course on Marketing Principles is designed to teach you the fundamental concepts involved in the marketing function of modern organizations. The focus is on surveying the range of concepts and issues in the marketing of products and services to consumers. This is done in two steps: first, you are taught how to understand the marketing environment (MARKET ANALYSIS), and then you are taught how to implement successful marketing strategies in such an environment (MARKETING STRATEGY). The course is based on a combination of lectures/discussions, business cases, videos, outside speakers, company visits, country snapshots and a final marketing project in which student teams introduce a product or service into the Italian market.

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Modern Architecture

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.

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Operations Management

Summer Session II (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.

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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…

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