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 during Session I and three to five credits during Session II. 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 five credits of Italian taught each session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Daniel Eveleth worked in the airline, wine, and non-profit industries prior to the University of Idaho where he has over 20 years of experience teaching management, leadership, and human resources topics. He has extensive international travel experience, including his first trip abroad many years ago studying in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lisa Simon (M.B.A., USC), honored for teaching excellence and club advising, has held positions in a broad range of industries, including nonprofits, sole proprietorships, and a major corporation. She excels in connecting academic concepts to larger world situations, helping students better understand and appreciate the knowledge they gain in her classes.
USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. They are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is very helpful, but not necessary to complete an internship. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Internship credit(s) are only offered in addition to the minimum credit load.
Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.
Eligibility: enrollment in Verona 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 $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
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.
Summer Session I (General Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)
Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of organising an event from start, to event operations to successful completion. Event Management is a course designed to familiarize students with an overview of the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions industry. The course explores the different roles of the organizations and people involved in the businesses that comprise the event industry.
Food and Culture
Summer Session II (Anthropology, Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports, or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.
Summer Session I (Marketing, Tourism / Hospitality; 300-level; 3 credits)
Description not available at this time.
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.
International Sports Business
Summer Session I (General Business; 300-level; 3 credits)
The course focuses on the new challenges and possibilities globalization brought into the world of sport and sport business. Special attention will be paid the commercial management of sport events and organizations. The course will also discuss, as essential aspects of international sports management: sponsorship, broadcasting revenues, marketing, economics and finance of international sports, human resource management, leadership strategy in a global market, governance of sports organization, branding and retail, social media in international sport business, tourism, facilities, governing bodies and legal aspects. The course will also incorporate the role differing cultures plays in sport.
Summer Session II (Sociology, Tourism / Hospitality; 400-level; 3 credits)
Description not available at this time.
Introduction to Italian Language I
Summer Session I (Italian, World Languages and Literatures; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Italian, World Languages and Literatures; 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 role playing, dialogues, and games. Additional 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 and to study the relationship between food and culture. 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.
Principles of Management
Summer Session I (General Business, Management; 200-level; 3 credits)
Organization, planning, leadership, and control; evolution of philosophies of management, decision making, motivation, human relations, and communication; organizational behavior and theory; history and present management practices, showing interrelationships between the needs and expectations of the individual, the organization, and society.
Principles of Marketing
Summer Session II (General Business, Marketing; 200-level; 3 credits)
Using the city as a living laboratory, students will build an understanding of the marketing process by identifying target markets, developing and launching products or services, and managing pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies.
Summer Session I (Art History; 300-level; 1 credit)
This course will examine the birth of Renaissance art in Italy. It will explain the evolution of Italian painting and sculpture from the end of the thirteenth century with the innovative frescoes by Giotto and the antiquity inspired creations of Nicola Pisano in Tuscany, to the great changes in Florence with Donatello and Masaccio in the first half of the fifteenth century. Thanks to an accurate selection of the most important works of art of this period, students will be able to understand why the Renaissance period has been and is still considered as a key moment in the European art and culture. They will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class thanks to two visits in Verona, the Castelvecchio museum and the Basilica of San Zeno.
Roman Art and Architecture: Verona and Veneto Region
Summer Session II (Architecture, Art; 400-level; 3 credits)
A History of Roman art and architecture: styles, techniques, materials and methods, from the Etruscan Rome, through the Republic, the Age of Augustus, the Empire and the late ‘decadence’, including art and architecture of the Provinces.
Method: Illustrated lectures and site visits. Classes and lectures will be held in English.
Teaching methods include:
Lectures and class discussion;
Assigned readings and class discussion;
Students-led seminaries and students’ presentations;
In-class group activities.
Museums and sites visits.