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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Early Fall, 2018
September 7-19, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $2350
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites TBUS 300, TBUS 310 and TBUS 320
Program Directors Evelyn Shankus; Jennifer Heckman; Sally Deck
Program Manager Courtney Kroll |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General When in Rome: Intercultural Business Communication is designed to facilitate student learning of cross- cultural communication by the direct observation of cultural exchanges orally, in print and through visual rhetoric. Students will visit Italian corporations to interact with Italian business professionals and conduct informative interviews designed to interpret the underlying norms and standards of communication in the workplace.
Visas Visa not required for U.S. citizens. If you are an international student, contact ASAP. 

Program Description

Students will attend a series of academic lectures at the Rome Center designed to facilitate the day's theoretical approach to observation. Students will attend the lectures in the morning prior to visiting sites of significance or businesses that are on the docket. The course content will be informative and theoretical to establish foundational knowledge, but also designed to be reflective to identify and acknowledge the observations made when interacting in Rome with the businesses and public at large. Hofstede’s six dimensions of diversity will guide the students’ first hand research and will contribute greatly to the desired student learning outcomes of intercultural competence and intercultural communication. Students will visit and encounter top American artists and scholars at the American Academy in Rome. During a private tour of the Academy students will gain exposure to the model that has been responsible for incubating great collaborative work since the 1920s. Collaboration is a key component of successful organizational teams. Exposure to the Academy and the lectures to follow will explore the nature and function of collaborative work among diverse participants.

Students will visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, including the Sistine Chapel, to better understand the impact of Roman Catholicism on the culture of Rome as well as the intersection of tourism, business, fine art, and religion. On Sunday morning, students will have time to attend mass at St. Peter’s.

Lastly, students will travel as a cohort to explore the visual rhetoric of the Italian culture and political history while in Rome. Students will attend guided tours chosen for their academic value and significance in understanding the context of the cultural norms manifested in communication styles and norms. Sites of possible inclusion are as follows: The Pantheon, Colosseum, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and/or Vatican Museum.



Rome, Italy


Student housing will be arranged by the UW Rome Center (UWRC) and paid for through student program fees. Students are housed in furnished rental apartments located within walking distance of the UWRC. Apartments are located in residential buildings and typically have 1-3 bedrooms, living room/common area, bathroom(s), and kitchen or kitchen corner. Bedrooms are usually shared by 2-3 people.  Apartments are equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens and towels, closet/clothing storage space, and typical basic Italian kitchenware. 

Field Trips

Students will visit the American Academy in Rome as well as local businesses. They will explore the visual rhetoric present in the Vatican Museum, Pantheon, and other significant sites within close proximity to the UW Rome Center. Students will have the option to attend Catholic Mass in the Vatican to further appreciate a communication style and delivery that is of central importance to the values of a nation that is heavily routed and the center for Catholics the world over. Sunday morning will be free for students to attend mass or other religious services. 



Preferred Prerequisites 

TBUS 300, TBUS 310 and TBUS 320; exceptions are made at the discretion of program directors. 


5 UW Credits


T490: Special Topics in Business - 5 credits

Students will visit Italian corporations to interact with Italian business professionals and conduct informative interviews designed to interpret the underlying norms and standards of communication in the workplace. Additionally, students will witness marketplace exchanges between vendors and a multi-cultural customer base to interpret nuances of language and nonverbal communication while in negotiation and exchange positions. Lastly, students will explore the visual rhetoric present in the Vatican Museum, Pantheon, and other significant sites within close proximity to the UW Rome Center and will explore the manifestation of history and values as an underlying precursor to the form and style of communication that is witnessed in modern day interactions.

Learning goals include:
1. Develop and deepen cultural knowledge, adaptation skills, and attitudes needed to perform effectively within another society and to communicate with people socialized in that culture 2. Study theories of intercultural communication and their application in business settings 3. Examine one’s own culture and the effect bias can have on communication 4. Gain exposure to intercultural competence in various business settings, appreciating that cultural dimensions include national culture, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic class




Evelyn Shankus

Professor Shankus is one of the founding faculty members of the Milgard School of Business. Her areas of instruction include managerial communication, and human resources management. Additionally, Professor Shankus is the faculty supervisor of business student internships. Professor Shankus has done extensive committee work for the UWT since being hired in 1995. Much of her committee work is focused on helping the Business program achieve its AACSB accreditation. She is actively involved and a member of the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. As such she has assisted in the development of Distance Learning Policies as well as Planning and Notice of Intent Procedures for new programs seeking development. Her prior experience includes working as a Human Resources Staffing consultant for numerous banking, advertising and legal clients in the greater San Francisco area and as a temporary employment manager for industrial workers in the South Puget Sound Region. In addition to her academic and human resources experience, Professor Shankus brings 15 years of experience as a sole proprietor of her jewelry and jewelry making supply business, EvyDaywear.

Jennifer Heckman

Dr. Jennifer Heckman brings 13+ years of teaching experience in communication and a passion for civil rights, the environment and health to the classroom. Her professional background in human resources, strategic communication and leadership consulting inform her approach to teaching. Dr. Heckman studied abroad as a graduate student at USC. As such, she has learned first hand the power of intercultural experiences. She looks forward to facilitating UWT students' leanings as they explore Rome.

Sally Deck

Professor Deck has been engaged in study abroad opportunities since she was a teenager and included international travel in her undergraduate and graduate studies, completing one-third of her masters degree in Italy. Her masters degree is in Communication and Leadership and her doctoral program is in Leadership, with a focus on people who are marginalized and underrepresented in individual, organizational, and government leadership. She was the director of the first ever Milgard MBA study course in Rome in May 2017. The program was a great success and during Spring Break 2018, she will direct the second cohort of students, including additional UWT graduate students.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $2,350

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200)
  • Food (about $23/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 12, 2018

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • For UW Tacoma students, you can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid
  • For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the the Office of Financial Aid.   
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • UW Tacoma students should consult the Study Abroad Scholarships website to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Student Fellowships can also help you learn about additional opportunities. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students should consult the Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities. 

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website. 
  • UW Seattle or Bothell students can attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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

Students must be able to walk on uneven terrain or have assistive devices to allow them to motor along uneven terrain. There are many cobblestone streets that are uneven in this location. This excursion takes place in an urban environment where public transit including trains and buses will be utilized. Walking up a few flights of stairs will also be required. 

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


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.