Italy & Greece (March 8-16, 2014) Spring Break

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional information.

  1. Program Description
  2. Travel Dates and Locations
  3. Program Costs
  4. What is Included
  5. Eligibility
  6. Courses Offered
  7. Tentative Itinerary
  8. Financial Aid
  9. Program Director Contact
  10. Program Due Dates
  11. Refund Policy
  12. On Campus Meetings
  13. Scholarships
  14. Travel Visas
  15. Application / Enrollment Information
Program Description

This study abroad program is conducted within the context of the international marketing and legal environment of business courses offered by the College of Business during the Spring term 2014.

This marketing study abroad program in Italy and Greece offers the unique opportunity for a limited number of students to gain knowledge about conducting business in another culture/foreign environment from a marketing perspective, and to obtain specific in-country experience regarding marketing and marketing communications opportunities and challenges through in-country lectures and presentations by local experts, business visits to companies and communications agencies as well as cultural visits.

Marketing study abroad programs are designed to introduce students to the marketing practices of US companies seeking opportunities abroad and to raise their awareness about the importance of viewing marketing management strategies and tactics from a global perspective.

The marketing department has developed a very interesting, activity-filled program to Italy & Greece which will be preceded by 2 on-campus meetings in preparation for the trip. All in-country lectures, presentations, and business visits to companies and advertising agencies will be conducted in English as well as tours of local sites.

Travel Dates and Locations

The program will travel from March 8- 16, 2014 ( Spring Break 2014) to Rome and Pompeii, Italy & Athens, Greece.

Access to the courses will be online through blackboard starting Spring, 2014 semester.

Program Costs

The cost of this trip is $2,985 program fee + $610.77 instructional fee (per class) + $175 Study Abroad Fee (includes international medical insurance). Please note that an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 is due when enrolling

The registration fee can be paid with any major credit card. We cannot accept checks or money orders. Additionally, we cannot add the initial registration fee to a student's Panthersoft account. The registration fee will be deducted from the program fee.

What's Included

The program fee includes round-trip international airfare, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation (as indicated on the itinerary), entry to cultural and business visits, and daily breakfast.

Students will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to), travel visas, passport fees, currency exchange fees, Internet fees, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals (i.e. room service) or extensions, meals not covered in the program, appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program. Gratuities are not included and will be collected at the start of the program. Information about gratuities will be provided during one of the on-campus meetings.


To participate in this study abroad program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Business students must already be admitted to the College of Business.
  2. Must be a junior or a senior to participate. The courses offered are 4000 level courses and carry prerequisites that must be met.
  3. Non-business students may participate as long as they are a junior or senior enrolled at FIU. Speak with your academic advisor to see if the classes offered will count as upper level electives.
  4. Professional BBA Students should consult with the Professional BBA office before applying.
  5. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Courses Offered

All students are required to take the mandatory MAR 4933 course and may select one additional course (for a maximum of 6 credits). If a student has already taken MAR 4933, they may take MAR 4907 in lieu of MAR 4933 and can select one additional course.Students should check the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take before applying. Our office will get an advisor approval for the classes selected and will automatically register the student once approved.

Tentative Itinerary

The following itinerary is a preliminary itinerary, that is subject to change. Students will receive an official itinerary prior to departure.

day 1 Saturday, MARCH 8, 2014 miami
» Airport meeting, depart from Miami for London
day 2 Sunday, march 9, 2014 rome
» Arrive London 10:30am. Connect to flight to Rome.
» Arrive Rome. Hotel check-in.
» Orientation and walking tour of surrounding area.
day 3 monday, march 10, 2014 rome Full Day of Cultural Immersion
» 8:00am Breakfast at the hotel
» 9:00am departure for visit to Vatican City (walking shoes required)
» Lunch Break – on own
» Rome city tour continued in the afternoon
» Dinner – on own
day 4 tuesday, march 11, 2014 ROME-Pompeii-ROME
» 7:30am Breakfast at the hotel
» 8:00am – departure for drive to Pompeii & walking tour (walking shoes required)
» Lunch Break – on own
» Afternoon: Continue visiting Pompeii and return to Rome
» Dinner – on own
day 5 wednesday, march 12, 2014 ROME Business Visits
» 7:30am Breakfast at the hotel
» 9:30am: Business Visit- Wyeth Pharmaceutical
» Lunch Break – on own
» 2:00pm: Business Visit – to be confirmed
» 6:00pm : Cooking Class – Italian Cuisine & Group DINNER – 4 course meal
» Pack bags for flight to Athens in the morning
day 6 thursday, march 13, 2014 ROME to ATHENS
» 6:30am Breakfast at the hotel

Travel to airport for international flight

» Arrival in Athens, check-in hotel, orientation/tour of surrounding area
» Lunch - on own
» Dinner - on own
day 7 FRIday, MARCH 14, 2014 ATHENS Business Visits
» 8:00am Breakfast at the hotel
» 9:30am: Business visit – US Embassy – presentation by Commercial Services
» Lunch Break -on own
» 2:00pm : Business visit – Coca Cola – plant tour and marketing presentation
» 5:30pm return to hotel
» Dinner - on own
day 8 saturday, march 15, 2014 ATHENS
» 7:00am Breakfast at the hotel
» 8:30am: Cultural Visits – Full day tour of Athens, including Marathon.
» Lunch Break – on own
» 6:00pm return to hotel
» Dinner on own
» Prepare/pack for return to Miami
day 9 sunday, march 16, 2014
» 6:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check - out
» Departure for airport
» 9:10am Flight to London
» 1:40pm/13:40 flight to Miami
» Miami arrival 19:35/7:35pm
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for this study abroad program. Students who wish to use financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) to help cover the cost of this program must speak with Financial Aid (305-348-7272) to discuss their individual needs.

While we do our utmost to accommodate students with financial aid, please be aware that it is the students responsibility for paying the balance of this program by the due dates. In the event the disbursement date of the financial aid funds occurs after our due date, students will be responsible for paying the balance out of their own pocket by such time

Program Director

For questions regarding your study abroad application, please contact CIBER at (305) 348-1740 or by e-mail

For any questions regarding academics of this program, please contact the program director for this program:

Prof. Elisabeth Beristain
Dept. of Marketing
Phone: (305) 919-5497
Prof. Frederick Perry
School of Accounting
Phone: 305-348-2581

Due Dates

Please be mindful of the due dates listed below. Failure to turn in the requested documents by the due date may result in removal from the program and forfeiture of all monies paid. Our office will not make any exceptions to any student. Students must adhere to these dates in order to successfully participate in this program.

1. Balance Payment January 7, 2014
2. Copy of Passport and U.S. Residency Card/Visa January 28, 2014
  Passport must be valid for at least six months beyond date of return.  
3. Submitted Medical Information Form January 28, 2014
4. Last day to withdraw with a refund (see refund policy below) November 1, 2014

Refund Policy

Cancellations received by November 1, 2014 will be eligible to receive a refund, less a $100 dollar processing fee. Written notice of cancellation is required. We regret that cancellations received after November 1, 2014 will not be eligible for refunds due to financial commitments to various vendors.

On Campus Meetings

Students enrolled in this program will be required to attend two on campus meetings prior to the departure of the trip. Attendance is mandatory. Lunch will be provided to the students. Students who cannot attend must e-mail the professor and CIBER in advance and will be required to obtain any missed information. Parents and spouses are always welcome to attend these meetings, but please know these meetings will mainly discuss the course curriculum.

  1. Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm


The following scholarships are available for this program:

  1. CBA-CIBER Need Based Scholarship
    This $750.00 scholarship is available to two students that meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.7 GPA
    • Admitted to the College of Business Administration
    • Enrolled in this study abroad program
    • Must demonstrate the need for financial assistance
    • Adherence to the rules of the program, timely submission of assignments and conduct both on campus and abroad
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to CIBER along with a 1 page proposal on why you want to study abroad (Deadline: February 28, 2014). Scholarship awards will be announced shortly after the end of the program.
  2. Panorama Travel Gobal Leadership Scholarship
    Panorama will award a $300 scholarship for the Italy and Greece Study Abroad Program for students who meet the following requirements:
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Admitted in a Study Abroad Program sponsored by Panorama
    • Must present proof of Community Service/Volunteer Work (such as a letter from the organization)
    To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the Application Form and submit it to Panorama no later than TBA.

Travel Visas

All students are responsible for verifying if they require a visa for travel or not. Students are responsible for applying for a travel visa and paying all necessary fees. When applying for a visa, please apply for a tourist visa. Our office will provide the student with any necessary documentation needed when applying, such as a letter of enrollment verification, an official itinerary, or a copy of their airfare/hotel reservation.

These documents should be requested one week in advance from our office. These documents can only be processed once the student has provided us with a copy of their valid passport, and a copy of their student visa/green card (if applicable). Students are urged not to wait until the last moment to apply for their visa.

Students who require a visa to travel to Europe will need to apply for a Schengen tourist visa through the Consulate General of Italy in Miami:

Consolato Generale d'Italia
4000 Ponce de Leon Boulevard - Suite 590
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Tel: 305-374-6322

Application / Enrollment

To enroll into this study abroad program, please complete the online application by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below. You will be required to make an initial registration fee of $1,000.00 with any major credit card. The remaining balance will be added to your Panthersoft account once you have been enrolled in the classes.

In addition to the online application, students must submit the following documents to our office by the due date listed above:

  1. Clear copy of valid passport
  2. Clear copy of Visa/U.S. Residency card (if applicable)
  3. The Medical Information Form (A copy will be e-mailed to you after enrolling)

The application is not considered complete until these documents have been received. We cannot receive fax copies of these documents.

The application will close once the program has been filled. We have a few spaces avaible left for this program. Otherwise:

Please note: FIU Faculty and staff are not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of program, or other matters which are beyond their control.