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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Post-Spring 2020.




Travel to Italy and Croatia to explore co-ops, businesses, food and culture, and see how these aspects of life are being impacted by Brexit. Learn how these countries differ and adapt to changing environments, all while experiencing a life-changing travel experience. The natural scenic beauty, historical cities, streets, majestic rivers and lakes, castles and movie locations will be the classroom in an effort to understand and explore how business is conducted and economy is developed through entrepreneurial activities and innovation.

Quick Facts

  • August 3-10, 2020

  • Open to all ASU students, regardless of major

  • Earn three credits


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

The birthplace of modern society hosts plenty of museums, churches, architectural sites and artwork.  The group will arrive in Florence and meet our Director for transfer to the accommodations.  We will walk the neighborhood to become acquainted with the area and enjoy a welcome pizza dinner that evening.  Day 2, will be spent touring Florence and self-guided exploration to the Uffizi and Academia galleries.  Day 3, will consist of free time in Florence travelling to visit Fattoria di Maiano farm in Fiesole (~30 min), including a tour of the olive mill where you’ll learn about the production of olive oil.  The group will then head to Bologna and check in to their new accommodations.

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy, known for its cooperatives, industry, cafes and Renaissance structures. We’ll take a tour of the historic city center, embark on a guided walking tour of Bologna’s historic city center, and visit the oldest continuously functioning university, the University of Bologna.  On Day 4, we will visit two local parmesan cheese cooperatives, tour the factory and taste the product. Meeting with cooperative members will enlighten us on how Bologna's entrepreneurial system has survived and affected their economy.  In the afternoon, we will travel to the seaside town of Ancona where we will embark an overnight ferry (with sleeping cabins) to Split, Croatia.  

Known as the “Second City” in Croatia, Split lies along the Dalmatian Coast and houses both many beautiful beaches, courtyards a cathedral, shopping and a fortress like area at the center of town.
Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches, beautiful wooded peninsula and the fortresslike former Roman palace at its center, the Diocletian's Palace, During our visit the palace’s courtyard, the “Peristyle” becomes an open-air stage for their summer festival. With many shops, restaurants, hotels and bars, this location is a summer retreat.
On Day 5, We will arrive in Split in the morning and check in to our new accommodations. The group will then visit the Split City Museum and learn about the urban, cultural, artistic and economic growth of Split over the centuries on a self-guided tour. Day 6, we will embark on a 3-hour historical and gastronomic guided walking tour of Split, including stops at the Diocletian's Palace and Green market. Our final day is a free day to explore the Split area, shop, go to the beach, etc. We will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Day 8, we will gather and prepare for our travels home.


Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students of any major or academic level are encouraged to apply. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.  No prerequisites are required for this course.


Students will take*:

OGL 343: Social Processes in Organizations (3 credits)


IDS 315: Integration - Social Contexts (Topic: The Global Workplace) (3 credits)

*Please note that this course counts towards your Fall semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.     

Course Format

All students will participate in the online component of the course one week prior to their departure for the study abroad trip.  This required module will provide a foundation of historical events concerning both Italy and Croatia’s economies along with their current situation and the economic models they have followed. 

The coursework is comprised of readings, videos and quizzes to maximize the participant’s understanding of their future travels. The course will have a variety of guest lectures and visits that will be incorporated in both digital and written assignments. There will be a final paper/project due two weeks after the study abroad program is completed. Upon successful completion, the student will earn three credits for their OGL/BIS343 course.



Faculty Directors


Cristen Mann
ASU @ Lake Havasu


Leepsa Nabaghan Madhabika
ASU @ Lake Havasu
Phone: (928) 854-9739






Program Housing

Student will stay in shared accommodation housing (3-6 students per room) in centrally located hostels. Students will also spend one night on a ferry in shared occupancy cabins for 2-4 students per cabin.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.  In Croatia, the geography is hilly and often steep, particularly along the coast, and presents challenges to people with mobility disabilities. Access to public transportation may not always be available.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.   

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Fall 2020 is $3,000.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, welcome and farewell dinners, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for three-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.