Made in Italy

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The goal of this Made in Italy workshop is to provide students with an understanding of major innovations in the so-called "Three F's" of Italian industry: Fashion, Food and Furniture, including accessories and clothing, food and wine as well as furniture and design. Italy has distinguished itself worldwide for the excellence of its products in relation to its quality, elegance, taste, style and creativity. The course analyzes the history and evolution of these industries from their origin to the present, and the challenges faced in Italy today in the era of globalization. The course also aims at offering an introduction of basic principles of business management from an Italian point of view as well as at familiarizing students with basic vocabulary and professional expressions of Italian language for business. Through the course students will be offered the unique possibility to participate in workshops and guided visits to such Italian businesses as Ferrari, Ferretti and Moschino Fashion industry, Orciani leather factory, Guerrieri wine and oil factory, Ice cream factory, a cooking course and so on.


Students will spend a week in lively and historical Bologna, a mid-side city full of culture and industries and two weeks in the beautiful college town of Urbino, a World Heritage Site. Weekends are free to travel to other Italian cities such as Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice.

Course offering

ITL 299 (6 credits): Made in Italy

This intensive course aims to provide an overview of the historical and cultural evolution of the Made in Italy industry, along with an introduction of basic principles of business management from an Italian point of view.

Course objectives:

  • Familiarize students with the Made in Italy industry through its history and evolution.
  • Instruct students in understanding Italian culture and life while studying and living in Italy for three weeks.
  • Provide students with the basic vocabulary and professional expressions of Italian language for business.
  • Provide students with a basic understanding of concepts related to individual differences/diversity, leadership and motivation.
  • Assist students in understanding dimensions in which cultures differ worldwide.
  • Most importantly, enable students to understand the concepts in the above objectives from the unique viewpoint of doing business in Italy, through a combination of readings, classroom discussion, individual/group assignments, and business visits.

Business Visits and Workshops

Through the course students will be offered the unique possibility to participate in business visits and workshops organized by Lingua Ideale, University Centre of Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners, which originated as a spin-off from the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo.

Ferrari Automobiles

Guided tour to the museum of Enzo Ferrari which not only tells the story of Ferrari's founding father but also showcases some of the most beautiful cars ever built. The museum also encompasses the former workshop of Enzo Ferrari's father which has been meticulously restored and now houses the Museum of Ferrari Engines where visitors can see the Prancing Horse's most experimental power units as well as the perfect engines that equip the track and road cars that have given such satisfaction to both Ferrari and its supporters.

Carpigiani Gelato University

Instructors from Carpigiani Gelato University teach participants how to transform fresh fruit into an excellent gelato that can be made at home! They will also present the evolution of gelato production techniques, from the ancient sorbettiera to machines boasting the latest technologies. During the workshop, participants will taste two flavors of gelato made during the activity. At the end, they will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Italian Traditional Kitchen Course at "Mulino"

Kitchen workshop at an ancient mill dating back to the 12th century. Following the recipes of the Italian tradition, the coursers will be able to learn how to make homemade pasta like people used to and to create a complete menu based on local products to match with excellent wines from Marche.

Guerrieri Winery

Visit to a farm producing wine and oil: afternoon guided tour to discover the production of these two fundamental Italian products. Guided tasting of 13 different wines, of sparkling wines, extra virgin olive oils and of honey produced in the farm.

Olivia Monteforte, Leather Factory

Laboratory of leather: vision of the philosophy of the brand, explanation of the different material, styles and techniques. Each participant will make a belt.

Ferretti-Aeffe and Moschino Fashion

Visit to the factory, world leader in the fashion field. Vision of the philosophy of the brand and guided tour to the production department.

The Faculty

Nicoletta Pazzaglia is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of French and Italian at Miami University. She holds a MA in Italian from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon. Her areas of specialization include Eighteen and Nineteenth centuries Italian literature, gender studies and photography. At Miami University she has been teaching courses in Italian language and culture since Fall 2015 and directing the summer Study Abroad Program in Urbino.

Rocco Manzo is a Senior Clinical Professor teaching courses in the areas of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. Rocco joined the faculty of the Department of Management in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in 2008, after an 18-year career in Human Resources with Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his Masters of Business Administration at Indiana University in 1989 after completing his undergraduate degree in Finance at Miami in 1986. Rocco primarily teaches the Intro to Management & Leadership, and Compensation Management courses. He has also had recent experience teaching an online Management & Leadership course, as well as teaching in Europe through the Farmer School study abroad program.

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Tuition and Fees

All updated information about tuition fees can be found on the application page.

Passport: $110.00 to renew / $135.00 for new (valid for ten years)

Program Fees: $1, 700 (the fees include lodging in Hotel with breakfast included, guided visits and workshop to Italian firms, transfers).

Administrative Fee: $175

Out-of-Pocket: Approximately 2,300 (the estimated cost includes the flight to Bologna and return to USA, meals, weekends travel and GeoBlue insurance)


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Application Procedure

The application process is now open!

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible because qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis generally within one week after receipt of the application. The group is typically limited to twenty-five students. On October 1st, 2017 you will be expected to confirm your place in the program by making a $500 deposit that will be used to reserve your lodging, and is non-refundable. The full program fee is due on November 1st, 2017.

Contact Information

For more information and/or questions, contact: Dr. Nicoletta Pazzaglia, or Mr. Rocco Manzo,

Online Application and Brochure

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