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Study Abroad in Italy

August 2, 2017

Study business at the University of Padua, where Copernicus and Galileo lectured. Celebrate the “spirited” life by driving a Vespa scooter down a cobblestone street among 16th-century buildings.

Mohamad Al Jabery took his first swimming lesson this summer in the most unlikely way. He was reluctant to jump into the cold, murky water off the Isle of Capri on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in Italy. However, his classmate had different plans for him. With a little push Al Jabery found himself floating in his life jacket in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Much like this story, students in the study abroad program break out of their comfort zone, experience new things, and make memories for a lifetime.

In May, nineteen University of Michigan-Dearborn students traveled to Italy as part of the College of Business’s 2017 ISPM-Italy program.  The five week long program begins in May and ends mid-June. Courses are taught by instructors from both the University of Padua and the College of Business. Classes meet Tuesday through Thursday, leaving long weekends to travel and explore Europe.

“Sometimes students bring their suitcases to class on Thursday because they have to catch a train afterwards.” said Chris Samfilippo, Director of the ISPM program. “Travel is part of the value of this program. Sure the classroom experience is far different from their experience back home in Dearborn, but much of the learning takes place as they’re immersed in Italian culture.”

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 program. Travel dates are May 8 to June 7, 2018. Contact for more information. View more photos from the trip.

What Are Students Saying About Their Experience

Mohamad Al Jabery “The next day in Capri, we went on a boat tour of the island, it was the most beautiful place I've seen, either on TV or in person.  The water was a glowing blue and so clear, it was like a glass tabletop. In fact it was 40 feet deep. This was definitely a once in a life time opportunity for me”

Amanda Murad “Naples and the Amalfi Coast were beautiful, but my true loves of Italy were Venice and Rome.  Traveling to Rome, one must see St Peter Square and Vatican City.”

Adrian MaloyMy favorite side trip during my study-abroad was my bike tour through the Chianti region of Tuscany. The region was filled with beautiful, verdant hills dotted with wineries and presenting some of the most breathtaking views. The tour took me 10 miles around the region, and concluded with dinner with travelers from Texas, California, and Massachusetts.  

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