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  • Locations: Various Cities, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/15/2019 11/20/2019 03/11/2020 03/21/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher
Duration: Short-term, Spring Break Excluded from Open Doors: Include
Program Description:
bridgeProgram Dates: March 11-21, 2020

Program Overview

Italy is a global leader in 4 distinct industries, abbigliamento (fashion), arredamento (interior design), alimentari (culinary), and automobile (automotive) which have been joined together under the umbrella concept “Made in Italy”. Students from all over the world flock to Italy to learn from industry masters in these fields and visit production sites and showrooms of internationally recognized brands such as Ferrari, Barilla, Gucci, Cassina, and the like. In additional to these multinational brands, Italy hosts a thriving artisan sector where “Made in Italy” comes to life through hand-made wares, and skillfully crafted culinary delights.

Madison College will offer a 1or 3 credit course called “Global Entrepreneurship.” The purpose of this course will be to learn about global entrepreneurship through the lens of Italian culture and industry. At the conclusion of the course, in March 2020, participants will visit educational, business, and cultural locations in Italy experiencing first hand both internationally recognized brand leaders in their field as well as thriving small artisan businesses. Cities visited will include Florence, San Gimignano, Milan, Modena, Maranello, Siena, and Tavernelle. A special visit to Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano for lectures in Entrepreneurship and the Italian design industry coupled with a special presentation from the Anna Piaggi foundation will be highlighted along with art, design, culinary and industry tours. These experiences will be accompanied by content specific lessons and post experience reflections. The course will culminate with a capstone reflection activity and post-travel meeting to share, debrief, and solidify real world application of what was experienced.

Shana LaFore and Jill Huizenga will be leads for this experience. Shana LaFore lived, studied and worked in Italy for several years. She is fluent in Italian, holds dual citizenship and returns to Italy annually. She has been teaching at Madison College since 2014 in Business and Applied Arts and with Business and Industry, as well as serving as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jill Huizenga is Program Director for the Entrepreneurship Program and co-facilitated the Global Entrepreneurship course in 2017.

Course Information

The Global Entrepreneurship course has an option of 1 or 3 credits. The 3 credit course is required for
students who are enrolled in the Small Business Entrepreneurship diploma program. Students in other programs may be able to take the 3 credit course as an elective course in their program (please see program requirements). Those who do not need a 3 credit course as part of their degree requirement
can sign up for the 1 credit “mini” course that will have the same travel prep, and participation reflection component as the 3 credit course. Participants in the community who are not students but want to participate in this experience, can also take the 1 credit course to be eligible.

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will be staying in double or triple-occupancy hotel rooms during their stay in the host country. Single occupancy is available for an additional fee of $810 total, per participant. Continental breakfast is provided daily. Either lunch or dinner will be included for participants each day, and both will be included on some days. All other meals, snacks etc. must be paid for by the participants.


As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities in Florence, San Gimignano, Milan, Modena, Maranello, Siena, Tavernelle. Excursions on the program include: San Gimignano Farm/Wine Industry tour, Uffizzi Gallery, La Academia, Palazzo Pitti Museum, Baboli Gardens, Milan City Tour, Milan University visit and Fashion Event, Anna Piaggi Design Lecture, Modena Balsamic Vinegar and Lambrusco Wine Industry Tour, Maranello Ferrari Team Building “Pit” Workshop and facilities tour, Siena Palio - City and Industry Tour among others.

Physical requirements

Due to the extent of physical activity, including extended periods of time walking on uneven and/or hilly terrain, all participants must be physically fit enough to walk for at least 90 minutes at a regular pace on moderately difficult terrain without assistance.


The cost for the Spring 2020 Global Entrepreneurship - Italy Study Abroad Program is estimated at $2665.60 per person.
Program fees include the following:
• In-country transportation
• Breakfast daily, plus 1 additional meal per day
• Lodging for the duration of the program-double or triple occupancy (Single supplement is
additional $810 total)
• All Excursions (Florence, San Gimignano, Milan, Modena, Maranello, Siena, Tavernelle)
• Mandatory International Health Insurance
• Admission fees for planned excursions/tours
• Ground transport to and from US airport of departure

Additional costs include the following:
• International Airfare
• Tuition for 1 or 3 Madison College credits
• Some lunches or some dinners
• Spending money
• Passport (if you do not have one)

To Apply

Interested students are required to complete an application by the deadline date. All materials, including the initial deposit of $500 (made payable to Madison College), must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable). Accepted students will be sent information on how to register for the Spring semester course upon acceptance. Please contact us for more information.

For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.