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

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

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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 Essential Italian This exclusive IFSA opportunity is a required, 1 U.S. Semester Credit Hour language and culture course taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them —this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life. Right from the start, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture.

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.
Ethical Decision-Making
This course invites students to examine a number of ethical issues revolving around economic order and business by understanding the context in which business agents operate. From empirical and normative perspectives, students engage with theory from moral philosophy, organizational behavior, economics and management, with cases that illustrate the ethical issues in the business environment.
Forced Migration, Refugees, and Change
More than 60 million people are displaced by war, violence, and environmental destruction today. Using ethnographic approaches, students investigate sociological and political forces behind the current increase of refugees impacting Europe, considering what has been accomplished and what can be done in the future through governments, NGOs, citizens, and researchers to address challenges with forced migration.
History of the Mafia
This course explores the history of the Italian Mafia from its origins to today as an economic, political, sociological, cultural and gendered phenomenon. Students examine the evolution of organized crime over the past century by seeking to answer questions such as: How do forms of social control operate? What role has the Mafia played in the political history of Italy? What are popular images of the Mafia?
Intercultural Professional Communication
Designed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, this course utilizes intercultural theory, verbal and non-verbal communication, personal beliefs and values, and strategies for building cultural intelligence and adaptability. Examination of Italian work environments, professional practices, and business etiquette underpin the course.
International Political Economy
This course explores theoretical issues and illustrative case studies related to international political economy. Students examine ways domestic and international politics affect relations between states by examining the role of government in the production, distribution, and consumption of resources. Students also learn to apply core concepts and theories in international political economy to case materials. 
The Jewish Community in Rome
This course explores the history of the Jewish community in Rome, the oldest one in Europe and one of the oldest continuous Jewish settlements in the world. Students utilize historical, artistic, and anthropological sources to learn in situ about the historical and religious events that have shaped it, from the Renaissance creation of the Ghetto through World War II.
Service Operations Management
This course explores the principals of service operations management in hospitality and tourism operations. Students develop an understanding of service excellence, facility designs and layouts, planning and analyzing service delivery systems, defining and measuring service quality, and service recovery. Additionally, students gain perspectives for managing demand and supply and making continual improvements a competitive strategy.
Sociology of Consumerism
We commonly hear that modern societies place disproportionate significance on money and material possessions – that we live in a consumer society. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines the ubiquitous presence of consumerism influences on individual behaviors, social welfare, culture, environmental quality, economic performance, and public policy. Students learn to critically engage with consumer culture within the Italian context.
Statistics for Social Sciences
This course demonstrates the value of being critical of the conclusions one hears reported, with a primary focus on techniques of measuring and counting for the purposes of analyzing data. Students apply statistical methods to answer questions social scientists ask about the world, and learn to use computerized tools of analysis such as SAS, SPSS and Excel descriptive statistics features.  
Strategic Communication in Business
This course challenges students to explore leadership styles by leveraging strengths to communicate clearly in a variety of settings and to a range of audiences. Students practice effective written and oral internal communication strategies proven to improve moral, inspire innovation, and increase productivity. Similarly, students study strategic communications theories to produce integrated external communications across platforms.
Urban Event and Project Management
This course explores in-depth planning and project management processes as part of event planning in urban settings. Students develop an understanding of methodologies, best practices, and applications of project management in the field of hospitality and the production of special events. Core PMBOK and EMBOK standards are also analyzed and applied directly to the practice of event management.
Service Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism
Students are placed in individual internships but collectively take part in the seminar to prepare for the experience, understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from each other throughout their term. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their professional areas, and Italian work culture. In this seminar, which is focused on application of theory to practice, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences that are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.
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 an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects 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 Arts Administration/Management Business Communications Community Studies Criminal Justice/Criminology Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Economics European History European Studies History Hospitality & Tourism Human Resources Human Rights Industrial and Organizational Psychology International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Italian Jewish Studies Management Management Information Systems Mathematics Political Science Population Studies/Demography 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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Nikki Bruckmann

Director. Program Advisor for Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Italy, and Spain

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Resident Director

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Francesco Burzacca

Resident Director, Rome

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-January 2021
Program End Date
Early May 2021

Program Fees

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

Estimated Costs

Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 27, 2020
Program End Date
December 12, 2020

Program Fees

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

Estimated Costs

Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs