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.
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).
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.
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.
Most USAC courses are taught by local faculty; however, the following professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Professor Liu (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Chico. His research interests include recruiting and issues of fairness in organizations. He previously taught with USAC in Bilbao, Spain and it has been the highlight of his teaching career so far!
Lisa Simon (M.B.A. USC) honored six times for teaching excellence, has held positions in a broad range of industries, including non-profits, sole proprietorship, and a major corporation. She excels in connecting academic concepts to real world situations, helping students better understand and appreciate the knowledge they gain in her classes.
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 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.
Elementary Italian I
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.
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 definitions, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs.This course offers an introduction to the major issues related to intercultural communication. The course aims at providing students with an understanding of the intercultural communication process and to develop the skills necessary to analyze intercultural interactions, including evaluations of their own communicatory behaviour in intercultural settings.
International Human Resource Management
Summer Session I (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)
Human Resource Management (HRM) focuses on an organization's most important asset: its people. In this class, students will explore the importance of International HRM principles and procedures from three perspectives: yours, a manager's, and an organization's. This course will cover all the traditional concepts in HRM but with an additional focus on culture, an international workforce, and globalization. Topics include methods of recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating, rewarding, and disciplining employees in order to attract and retain the best possible workforce in any organization.
Summer Session II (Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)
Using the city as a living laboratory, students will build an understanding of global marketing strategy to describe customers, understand markets, and make marketing mix decisions. Topics include a comparative analysis of political, social, cultural, technological, economic, ethics, legal, and political aspects of international marketing and how they interact with the market mix.
Prerequisite: Introductory marketing course
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.
Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods, as well as to study the relationship between food and culture. USAC provides instruction and facilities for this cooking class. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture, and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. As such, the course has both a theoretical and a practical side. An introductory lecture is needed to understand Italian cooking. Its peculiarity is highlighted by a knowledge of history, geography and other social customs; knowing these allows the students to better appreciate this rich aspect of Italian life.
The course will include actual cooking and learning how to prepare Italian meals: antipasti, first courses, second courses with vegetable side dishes, desserts - and of course, how to make a good pizza. After learning how to prepare each meal, the class will enjoy eating the meal together.
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.
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 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.