IFSA Influence In Society and Business

Rome, Italy


Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Influence in Society and Business

OPENING FALL 2019!  If you're ready to start exploring, this is the program for you! While making Rome your home, you'll feel empowered to take a seat at the table and find your voice among other influencers. Courses and internships are designed to prepare you for your future role in local and global networks.

Influence in Society and Business Benefits


  • Walk by ancient Roman city walls, stop for a quick espresso, and admire spectacular works of art—all on your way to class
  • Choose from a variety of IFSA-taught courses in English that fulfill common requirements in business and the social sciences
  • Share weekly homemade dinners and conversation with an Italian host family while living independently in student apartments
  • Develop your intercultural and professional skills with an exciting internship designed for you in Italy's capital city
  • Talk openly with Rome's influencers in diverse fields and learn about the forces that influenced their passions and careers
  • Explore common intellectual dilemmas from Roman history and today where your courses and activities intersect

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Influence in Society and Business

Academics at Influence in Society and Business
Influence in Society and Business provides a compelling curriculum in English focused on Business and the social sciences. Crafted for U.S. degree requirements and contemporary hot topics, IFSA-taught courses explore relevant topics in the Roman, Italian, and European contexts by incorporating a variety of case studies and field visits. The 15-credit semester is comprised of five elective courses open to all students without pre-requisites. All courses are worth 3 U.S. semester credits.

All students will take Survival Italian Language, an intensive 15-hour non-credit-bearing course designed to introduce the basics of Italian language and its cultural contexts.

Not all courses may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment. Click on each link below for a detailed course syllabus and suggested U.S. university equivalencies.
Beginning Italian 1
Additional levels available upon request based on previous student language experience
Experiential Learning
Internship and Methodology Seminar
In Rome, IFSA students may choose to participate in a part-time, credit-bearing internship at sites that may include Italian family businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Students undergo an individually tailored placement process and collectively take part in a methodology seminar that culminates in a final paper and presentation. Throughout the semester, students acquire real world work experience while developing intercultural skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success. Internship placements may include galleries and museums, business incubators, United Nations agencies, religiously affiliated non-profits, marketing firms, and human rights advocacy groups.
IFSA courses are taught by English-speaking faculty from various higher education and professional institutions throughout Rome, who combine theoretical and practical expertise in their chosen subject area. Most courses also incorporate guest lectures and field visits with Italian scholars, government officials, community organizers, and local influencers.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Influence in Society and Business
Anthropology Business Business Psychology Communications Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Economics European History European Studies History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Management Political Science Population Studies Religious Studies Sociology Statistics Urban Studies

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
All students live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Rome. Students have shared bedrooms and bathrooms. Apartments include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and stovetop. There is no meal plan: students purchase their meals or cook for themselves.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kendall Hook

Program Advisor - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy

317-940-4205 khook@ifsa-butler.org Read Full Bio   Schedule Time to Talk

Finance Advisor

Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-January 2020
Program End Date
Mid-May 2020

Program Fees

Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
Coming soon

Fall 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-August 2019
Program End Date
Mid-December 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
Coming soon