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  • Locations: Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/07/2022
Rolling Admission 06/05/2022 06/17/2022
NOTE: This program includes several pre-travel mandatory class sessions on May 6, and May 26-June 3, 2022. Students will depart San Diego on June 4th and arrive to Paris on June 5th. Time abroad will be June 5-16, 2022. Students will be free to depart Rome and return home on June 17, 2022.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. James Smith, Prof Mark Judd Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Science in Accountancy (MACC), Master of Science in Taxation (MTAX)
Program Advisor: Ahlers Center - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

Paris Milan Rome
Locations Courses Professors Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Paris, France
Milan, Italy
Rome, Italy
MACC 580/ACCT 480: International Accounting Standards (3 units) Jim Smith, PhD Friday, May 6, 2022
12:30 - 5:00pm
Location TBD

Professional dress required.
In addition to the pre-departure meeting on May 6, this program includes six days of mandatory on-campus class sessions prior to travel:
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, May 27, 2022, from 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday, June 3, 2022 from 8:00am - 12:00pm
There is no class session on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of Memorial Day.

Students must depart the United States on June 4, 2022, in order to arrive to Paris on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Course activities abroad run Sunday, June 5 - Thursday, June 16, 2022. Course itinerary will be as follows:
  • Paris, France: Sunday, June 5 - Thursday, June 9, 2022
  • Milan, Italy: Thursday, June 9 - Monday, June 13, 2022
  • Rome, Italy: Monday, June 13 - Thursday, June 16, 2022
Students will be free to depart Rome on Friday, June 17, 2022.
MACC 581/ACCT 481: European Accounting Business Environments (3 units) Professor Mark Judd

Course Descriptions


The study of international accounting issues is crucial for effective interpretation and analysis of financial information from companies located around the world. This course examines diverse financial reporting practices with an emphasis on the underlying cultural, political, institutional, and economic factors. This course also studies business operations of multinational corporations, including foreign currency translation, transfer pricing and taxes. Note: MACC 580 and MACC 581 must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 300
Corequisite(s): MACC 581


The primary goal of the course is to immerse students in the European Accounting Business Environment from a physical, cultural, and intellectual perspective with an emphasis on doing business in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Students will have the opportunity to personally experience the world of European business at the same time they are learning significant facts and concepts in a classroom setting. This will be accomplished by talking to business professionals, hearing lectures by individuals from Europe, visiting major European companies, following the local press, discussing actual business cases, and classroom experiences. In addition, the students will study the differences and similarities of management systems in Western Europe as well as other parts of the world. The course prepares business professionals to recognize the different values and cultural factors that are encountered in the international business community and how these shape and determine appropriate behavior. Note: MACC 580 and MACC 581 must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 300
Corequisite(s): MACC 580

Estimated Program Costs per Student



Program Fee


Airfare (to/from Europe)

Purchased on your own

Visa Fee(s)

No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see "Visa Information" section below

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for courses offered abroad through the Ahlers Center for International Business is discounted through a 25% tuition scholarship off the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,565/unit. Please note that the 25% tuition scholarship is only applicable if the course is offered abroad, as it is intended to help offset the costs of travel. Should travel no longer be possible at any point, tuition will revert to the regular on-campus tuition rate.

  2. PROGRAM FEE is non-refundable once you apply and are accepted to the program. This fee is not a deposit toward tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logisitcal fees including group cultural activities, some meals, transportation between cities in Europe and to/from some group activities, and group accommodations (see "ACCOMMODATIONS" section below for more information). Should this program convert to a non-travel program, the program fee will be returned. More information on such a scenario can be found below in the section titled "COVID-19 Contingency Plan".

  3. AIRFARE for both your outbound flight (to Europe) and your returning flight (traveling home from Europe) is to be purchased on your own. It is recommended that students use Google Flights ( to estimate the cost of their airfare. Students should wait to book these flights until they have been accepted to the program and been provided with the Flight Booking Calendar.

    • Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students are strongly encouraged to purchase flights from carriers that have extremely flexible cancellation and/or credit policies. Students may wish to consider purchasing flight insurance. Should the program be canceled at any time before the first day of the course abroad, either should conditions warrant as USD determines in its discretion, or due to circumstances outside the University's control, students are solely responsible for recouping the cost/credit of their purchased flights.

  4. ACCOMMODATIONS are provided for this program in the form of a group room block in each city. Students are required to stay at the group hotel. Please note that the cost of accommodations as included in the program fee listed above is the estimated per-person cost, assuming twin occupancy (two students sharing a room, two beds) and taking into account the current exchange rate (subject to change). Students have the option in their study abroad application to request a single room instead, but will incur additional fees for single occupancy. Information on the group hotels will be available soon.

  5. In addition to the tuition, airfare to and from Europe, the program fee, and any necessary visa fees, participants are responsible for paying for ground transportation (including but not limited to, to/from airports, and to/from group activities not organized as part of the program), meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.


All students accepted to a study abroad program coordinated through the Ahlers Center for International Business receive a 25% tuition scholarship (25% off the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,565/unit) applied to the tuition for the study abroad course. The 25% tuition scholarship is only applicable if the course is offered abroad, as it is intended to help offset the costs of travel.

There are no merit scholarships for study abroad courses.


Course Enrollment Minimum

Study abroad courses offered through the Ahlers Center for International Business require a minimum enrollment of 12 students in order to run. Study abroad courses that do not meet minimum enrollment will be canceled.




To start your application, click the yellow "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. If you have already opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click the button above, but rather login via the direct application login page.

The application deadline for this program is Monday, March 7, 2022. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for the program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before Monday, March 14, 2022. Once accepted, information will be provided on completing your post-acceptance requirements. All post-acceptance requirements, including housing assignments, are due by Monday, March 21, 2022, with the exception of flights (departing and returning flights to/from Europe). Students will have through Sunday, May 15, 2022, to purchase and upload proof of flight bookings to their application.


Passport & Visa Information

France and Italy require travelers to carry a passport that is valid for 6 months after their planned date of departure. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passport is valid for at least 6 months following Friday, June 17, 2022, when they will be free to depart the program.

If your passport is due to expire less than 6 months past the planned date of departure from Europe, please start the passport renewal process immediately. Due to COVID-19, passport renewal processing times are highly inflated, and even expedited processing can take up to 6 months.

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into France and Italy. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you will need a visa.

Accepted students in need of a tourist visa to enter the European Union should begin the visa application process as soon as they are accepted to the program. The Ahlers Center will provide students with instructions on applying for their Schengen visa (the tourist visa for the European Union), however students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you should apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa.


COVID-19 Travel Information

Updated as of January 26, 2022.

USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally on a study abroad program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that:

  1. participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) no later than 14 days prior to departure, and that participants eligible to receive the booster shot for their vaccine series have received it.

  2. OR participants must have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the USD Student Health Center.

All participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of a Student Health Center exemption, via their online study abroad application.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for unvaccinated students with an approved exemption to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions for entry into or for activities within the host country, and thus should take care to review the host country's entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section). Unvaccinated students may also encounter restrictions or additional requirements for certain group activities that are at the discretion of the third part host (for example, company visits, guest lectures, etc.).

Host Country Entry Requirements & In-Country Safety Protocols

Study abroad participants are responsible for staying apprised of entry requirements and in-country safety measures for the host countries and cities the program plans to travel to. By applying to study abroad, participants commit to complying with the regulations of the host countries. This means that participants also commit to completing any testing and quarantine requirements imposed by the host country in time to participate in the first day of course and program activities, and/or as required while abroad. Since restrictions and safety measures are frequently subject to change, students are expected to check these links frequently, especially in the weeks prior to departure, in order to stay apprised of the latest requirements.

Entry Requirements:
Restrictions & Safety Measures in Paris:

Entry Requirements:
Restrictions & Safety Measures in Italy:

  • Students should make sure to take note of current safety measures in both Lombardy (where Milan is located) and Lazio (where Rome is located).

USA Re-Entry Requirements

For All Travelers: The CDC currently requires all travelers entering the United States to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before your returning travel. For more information, see the CDC announcement here

Additional requirements may apply depending on your US citizenship/residency status. Please review the relevant information at the links below to learn more.

US Citizens, US Nationals, US Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants:

Non-US citizen, Non-US immigrants:


COVID-19 Contingency Plan in Case of Travel Cancellation

Although we certainly hope this program will run as planned, due to the fluid and disruptive nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a possibility that travel could be canceled. By choosing to apply for study abroad, students acknowledge that while travel may be approved at the time of application, travel may be suspended or restricted by USD at any time should conditions warrant as the University determines in its discretion, and/or due to circumstances outside the University's control. We are continuously monitoring COVID health information, as well as local guidelines in both in-country and out-of-country; the following are our contingency plans:

If travel becomes no longer possible prior to the beginning of the course (May 6), the MACC/MTAX office will work with each individual to develop an alternative course plan to complete the equivalent six units consistent with the International Accounting Experience coursework.

If travel becomes no longer possible between May 6 and June 3, both MACC 580 and MACC 581 will pivot to 100% in-person on-campus or remote/virtual delivery.

If we successfully travel to France, but are restricted from travel to Italy, we will have a contingency plan, with remote Italian business visits and such.

In the event that the group is able to travel to Europe but company visits are cancelled on site due to local covid policies, students should be advised that additional online contact hours may be required after the travel abroad in order to ensure that the program meets its minimum contact hours required for three units in each course.

If any or all travel becomes no longer possible, the pre-travel portion of MACC 580 and MACC 581 will continue to be held on-campus. Course content will be delivered primarily within the same time frame/dates as the courses would have run abroad. Students will be billed the regular on-campus tuition rate for MACC classes ($1,565 per unit) and the $2,500 program fee will be waived. The MACC/MTAX office will work with each individual to develop a plan to complete the equivalent of the International Accounting Experience coursework.


Additional Questions

Please contact the Ahlers Center with any additional questions,

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)