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  • Locations: Urbania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 (undergrad); 3.0 (graduate)
Program Description:
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Bloch Summer in Urbania, Italy

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Travel Dates:

June 10 - July 1, 2018
The UMKC Summer Program: Urbania, Italy is three weeks of total immersion into Italian culture while taking UMKC courses from UMKC instructors. Urbania is located in the Le Marche region between Tuscany and the Adriatic coast of Central Italy. The region is best known for its beaches and it art and culture. Urbania will be our "home base" as we explore other cities in Italy including Rome, Florence, Gubbio, Pesaro, and more. Classwork is brought to life by utilizing Italy as the lens through which new topics are explored. To further enhance the experience, students will take part in a conversational Italian workshop. Students will learn the basic linguistic elements of "survival Italian" used in real-life situations outside the classroom (i.e. asking for directions, ordering a meal, shopping, etc.). Prepare to be transformed by an authentic experience of Italian life and culture.

See the
2018 Bloch Summer Urbania, Italy.pdf for more information. 
 Faculty Leader:
Andy Heise is an Instructor in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. 
Contact Information:, (816)235-2625, Bloch Executive Hall 329C 

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All of the following are included in the program:
  • Genga, Italy
  • "Food Valley" Tour - 3 days, 2 nights - Parma, Modena, and Castelvetro
    • Tour and lunch at a Prosciutto ham producer
    • Wine tasting and dinner at an agritourism
    • Tour at a cheese producer
    • Explore the Modena City Center on your own with dinner at a local restaurant
    • Museum House of Luciano Pavarotti
    • Tour and lunch at a wine producer
  • Pesaro, Italy
    • Half-day excursion
    • Seafood dinner by the Adriatic Sea
  • Florence, Italy
    • Full day Excursion
    • Explore on your own
  • Urbino, Italy
    • Half-day excursion
    • Explore on your own
  • Weekend in Rome
    • Explore on your own
Conversational Italian
  • "Survival" Italian language lessons
  • 13 lessons
Fully furnished apartment, double occupancy

On-ground support from Centro Studi Italiani

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ENT 497 Special Topics - Imprenditorialitá e Innovazione: Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the US and Italy (3 credit hours)

In this course students will compare and contrast the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in artisan small businesses in the United States and Italy. Students will examine the national context of both countries including the cultural views and perceptions of entrepreneurship and how it impacts entrepreneurial behaviors and attitudes of individuals. These topics will be explored through the lenses of the arts, cultural, food, and tourism industries through primary and secondary sources

For 3 weeks, students will enjoy their own little piece of Italy in fully furnished apartments shared with UMKC students located in Urbania. The apartments are walking distance to the city center. Each includes towels, bed linens, and a washing machine. During our overnight excursions, students will stay in hotel rooms shared with UMKC students. We do our best to accommodate all roommate requests and special housing requests. Below are photos of a typical apartment.
ESTIMATED Program Costs (2018)*
Budget Item Amount
Items Posted to UMKC Student Bill
UMKC Tuition(Resident Undergraduate)**  $1,307
UMKC Globetrotter Subscription (Study Abroad App) $100 
UMKC Student Bill Subtotal: $1,407
Program Fee Payments
Application Deposit due by February 15th 2018 $500
Program First Payment due by March 15th 2018 $1,094
Program Second Payment due by April 15th 2018 $1,094
Program Fee Subtotal: $2,688
Additional Independent Expenses
Passport (if needed) $110 
Required GeoBlue International Health Insurance(per 30 days) $35 
Books & Class Materials $15
Personal Expenses $300 
Accommodations Included in the program fee
Meals $500 
In-Country Travel $130 
Round Trip Airfare $1,500 
Additional Independent Expenses Subtotal:  $2,590
Total ESTIMATED Program Cost:  $6,645
*Spending money, food/meals, miscellaneous, and transportation costs will vary according to personal preference and should be included in budget planning.

**UMKC tuition rates are based on students' individual degree programs. The figure above is an estimate based on resident, undergraduate enrollment. See the UMKC Fee Estimator.


Deposits and payments can be made online through the Bloch Urbania, Italy payment site.

  • February 15th, 2018 – $500 program application deposit
  1. If accepted to the program, the $500 deposit will be applied to the program cost

      2. If not accepted to the program, the $500 deposit will be refunded

                3. Deposit needs to be made prior to completing the application. Visit the Cashier's office in the Administration Building. Upload proof of deposit in the  dedicated space on the application.

  • March 15th, 2018 – First payment of $1,094 due (non-refundable)
  • April 15th, 2018 – Second payment of $1,094 due (non-refundable)
The balance which will include tuition for 3 UMKC credit hours (approximately $1,307 for resident undergraduates) for summer session will be posted to your UMKC student account. The Cashiers and Collections office will send you an email and direct you on how to make the UMKC tuition bill payment.

UMKC Faculty Leader:

Andrew Heise
Phone: (816) 235-2625

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This program is currently not accepting applications.