Bridging the Mediterranean Sea, or the Mare Nostrum, as the Roman conquerors called it, has for centuries been the ‘Silk Road’ for extensive commercial routes. The countries bathed by this sea have profited from this connection through wealth and fortune. This platform for the exchange of goods, services and ideas is grounded in Mediterranean civilizations. At the forefront of socioeconomic progress and competitive advantage is the ability to form alliances and regional economic blocks.
This study abroad program focuses on international trade, investment, outsourcing and business practices in a developed Southern European country (Italy) and a North African emerging market (Tunisia). We will explore a wide range of expert opinions in international business, management, government policy and economic development to better understand the similarities and differences between an emerging market and an advanced economy, at opposite shores of the Mediterranean.
Tunisia has a long history. Its capital city of Tunis is built a short distance away from the ancient city of Carthage founded by the Phoenicians of Tyre in 814BC. Carthage was an ancient empire that dominated trade in the Western Mediterranean until it was destroyed by Rome after the Third Punic War and the defeat of the famed general Hannibal. The city is now a juxtaposition of old and new anchored by the Medina with its massive gates and walls contrasted by the modern city built by the French in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Italy is the epicenter of the ancient great Roman Empire that has left a powerful mark on European and global culture and traditions. The country is home to some of the most visited cities and recognizable landmarks. It is a highly diverse country where people are proud to identify with their city or region before country. While people in Rome take great pride in their Roman heritage and its legacy including the Colosseum and the Forum, while Florentines are fiercely proud of their city’s mark in history as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and host to some of the most coveted works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Rafael.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 15 – Depart Atlanta
May 16 – Tunis: Meet & Greet (with TBS Students/TBS is our Partner School in Tunisia)
May 17 – Tunis: Joint lecture & Case Study at TBS & Tour of Tunis
May 18 – Tunis: Focus on cross-border exports: Randa Chambre Tuniso Italienne de Commerce et d'Industrie (CTICI)
May 19 – Tunis: Focus on IT Outsourcing: Predictix & Cisco Systems & Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce (TACC)
May 20 – Tunis: Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy & Travel to Rome
May 21 – Rome: Presentation at the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy’s & Vespa Company Visit
May 22 – Rome: Chamber of Commerce of Rome & Trasporti Biondi International Shipping / iTech Group-Rome
May 23 – Rome: Vatican City-Sistine Chapel & Saint Peters Basilica
May 24 – Rome: Walking Tour of Rome (Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps)
May 25 – Perugia: Joint lecture with University of Perugia students & Visit to Umbria Aerospace Cluster & Walking Tour of Perugia.
May 26 – Florence: Flagship Industries: ITAA-International Textile and Apparel Association & Florence Highlights: Duomo & Ponte Vecchio
May 27 – Florence: Joint presentations at Universita degli Studi Firenze
May 28 – Florence: Visit and Round Table discussion: PieroTucci (leather Industry)
May 29 – Florence: Visit & Discussions at La Marzocco (Expresso Machines)
May 30 – Return to Atlanta
Participants will stay in comfortable, double-occupancy 4-star hotels in Italy and Tunisia near major business and economic hubs as well as key cultural heritage sites
The program is open to undergraduate
students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 6
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for IB4410
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,800, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare and air travel between the two countries
- Hotel accommodations
- All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- All breakfasts and some meals
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
January 15, 2020: $1,500 deposit with application
February 15, 2020: $1,500 payment due
May 13, 2020: $1,800 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester term
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303