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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership, Marketing
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in Rome

"The structure of our class was amazing. I learned so much about Entrepreneurship and was inspired by my professor."
- Anonymous, Winter 2017

"Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I enjoyed meeting with entrepreneurs after the class portion because it broadened my perspective on developing a business."
- Anonymous, Winter 2017

"This was a great experience due to our professor having so much business experience and knowledge on the subject."
- Anonymous, Winter 2016

"[The major strength of the program was] our meetings with local entrepreneurs."
-Raena P., Winter 2016

Winter Break 2019
Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Maximize your study abroad experience in a two week winter break program in Rome Italy. Get a full 3 credits for Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (MGT 358). This course is needed for both the Major/Minor in Entrepreneurship; however anyone who is a student at SDSU can take this amazing course. Stretch your perspective of the world and get a new point of view and a rich set of new skills and experiences. The benefits of this course are three course credits, short time frame, a perspective of what it takes to identify great ideas/trends, learn how to evaluate the product potential and create a company and the opportunity to visit the best cities in Europe and potentially create a rewarding study abroad experience.


Rome Italy is an amazing place with its architecture and history from the Roman times up to modern day entrepreneurial Rome. We will stay in historical neighborhood in student housing.


When you complete this course, you will have acquired the knowledge to examine a service or product idea thoroughly, through a very solid new business model framework, to determine its viability of ever becoming a business.  You will learn that all initial ideas need to be examined, trends are examined, feasibility analysis needs to be conducted, and secondary and primary research provides additional insights.  You will learn how to target customer segments within marketplaces, to conduct a competitive analysis and to work with team members in analyzing course cases.  And you will prepare a final plan and presentation of one idea that you have thoroughly examined as a team. 

We will conduct this case-study based class in the mornings and meet with entrepreneurs later in the day. We will visit with local founders and incubators in Rome. The course is also designed to allow for two free weekends for side trips to Lisbon, London, Madrid or Barcelona.

All participants are required register for the following SDSU course, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • MGT 358: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (3 units)*
* This course has been approved as a marketing elective. However, to be official, students need to complete a RAAR form. Please contact Teresa Donahue at to complete this form.

  • Cultural and safety orientation
  • Guided walking tour of Rome
  • Welcome dinner
  • Multiple startup and incubator visits
  • Farewell dinner
Bern_SchroederBernhard Schroeder brings over 20 years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience both as a Senior Partner in a global integrated marketing agency and as a former Chief Marketing Officer on the client side. Today, Bernhard is the Director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Programs at San Diego State University and he oversees all of the centers undergraduate and graduate experiential programs. He has worked with hundreds of start-ups in San Diego, on and off the campus, is a strategic advisor to several start-ups and is quoted frequently in both local and national media and has spoken at TEDx events. He is also teaches several entrepreneurship courses (Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship Fundamentals, Business Model/Plan Development for Entrepreneurs) within the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University. His first book, Fail Fast or Win Big was released in February 2015.

Payment Schedule:

Included in Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • SDSU tuition
  • Daily breakfast\
  • Two group dinners
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pickup and dropoff
  • 24/7 onsite support
  • Metro card
  • Medical and repatriation insurance
Not Included in Program Fee:
  • Airfare
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Lunch and most dinners
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund: 
*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Open to all approved upper division business majors or minors in the College of Business Administration. For all other students, please email Professor Gary Grudnitski, Director of Undergraduate Programs, with your name, red id and reason for choosing the program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Winter Break 2019: Application Coming Soon!

This application will open late summer. Please add your name to the inquiry list below so we can provide you with updates about the program and application.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.