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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Rome, Italy
Early Fall 2017
August 23 – September 15, 2017
 Estimated    Program  Fee $4,315 ((includes $300 Foster School Study Abroad Fee)
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites Accounting 301
 Program      Directors Elizabeth Weber; Andrew Marzano
 Program  Manager Carrie Moore |
 Application    Deadline March 1, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Info session found here.

Please email the Foster Global Business Center with questions or for an advising appointment about the program at
  General Earn ACCTG 321 core credit while living and exploring in Rome for three weeks! This program allows accounting students to study abroad while being able to participate in summer internships and not missing Autumn Quarter. This is a brand new program just for Accounting majors!
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description

This program is specifically designed for Accounting majors at the Foster School of Business. Students will take an upper division accounting requirement. This program is a great fit for students that thought they could not study abroad because of the rigorous and lock-step nature of the accounting program. It is also a great opportunity for accounting majors to learn accounting in the country where accounting was invented over 500 years ago!

In addition to class sessions that will be highly interactive, students will also have the chance to visit accounting companies in Rome and listen to guest lecturers about the history of accounting, which was invented by Italian merchants and popularized by an Italian monk, Brother Luca Pacioli. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals at companies including visits to PWC Italy and EY Italy. There, the students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast the American tax structure with that of Italy. Company visits will also enable students to ask questions about and explore career paths in international accounting. The instructor worked in International Tax at PwC Seattle.

Also, students will have a chance to explore Rome!!! The program will include cultural visits to the Colosseum, the Vatican and more!

This program will be based at the University of Washington Rome Center, housed in the beautiful and historic Palazzo Pio in the heart of Rome. Built on the foundations of the Theater of Pompey, ancient Rome's first permanent theater (dedicated in 55 B.C.), the seventeenth-century palace incorporates a medieval tower and adjoins the Campo de' Fiori, site of Rome's most attractive open-air market. The Center offers full access to UW's online resources, a specialized library, and classroom facilities.


Rome, Italy


The UW Rome Center arranges to rent apartments located in the Trastevere neighborhood within a 10-15 minute walk from the UW Rome Center. The apartments generally accommodate between three and five students.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

This program is designed for Accounting Majors at the Foster School of Business, with special emphasis on students who might not have school-year opportunities to do a study abroad program. This program offers an upper division accounting requirement so that students can study abroad while remaining on track to timely graduate.

This course requires Accounting 301. Preference will be given to students who have completed higher level accounting courses (Accounting 302, 303, etc). There are no language requirements.


5 Credits


Accounting 321: Tax Effects of Business Decisions (5 credits)

Accounting 321 examines tax implications of business decisions. The course emphasizes determining after-tax profit or loss from business and investment transactions, which can be quite complex. Accounting 321 provides the tools to identify potential tax problems and exercise leadership in presenting those problems to tax experts. In an international setting, we will discuss the differences between US tax law and tax laws in Italy. Given different incentives, in which country might a business prefer to operate?

Learning Goals: 

The learning goals of this course are:

  1. to teach the foundations of tax law
  2. to enhance the students’ understanding of how international cultural differences have resulted in differential tax laws across countries
  3. to expand the students’ professional career opportunities with respect to international companies and U.S. multinational companies with international subsidiaries.

Students will be assessed through a combination of exams, discussions, and group projects.

Program Directors & Staff

Elizabeth Weber, Department of Accounting, Program Director

Elizabeth (Izzy) Weber is a Lecturer in the Accounting department at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where she also serves as the faculty director of the UW’s Masters in Tax program. In 2016, Izzy was voted Accounting faculty member of the year by Foster undergraduates. Also in 2016, Izzy co-led Triple Impact Africa, an Exploration Seminar in Morocco focusing on sustainability entrepreneurship. She can’t wait to be back on another study abroad trip!

Andy Marzano, Foster Undergraduate Diversity Services, Staff Director

Andy Marzano is the Program Manager for the Young Executives of Color (YEOC) program, which is run through the Foster Undergraduate Diversity Services office. Previously, he worked for the UW Office of Admissions, and Teach For America in Detroit, MI. Andy grew up in Sammamish, WA and graduated from the University of Washington in 2013. He is excited to help lead this unique, accounting-focused Foster Rome program!

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,315

Estimated Program Fee of $4,315, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $40-50/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,300 - $1,700* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Foster School Study Abroad Fee $300 October 13, 2017
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,015 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.