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  • Locations: Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2020 09/30/2019 10/09/2019 01/05/2020 01/24/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Dr. Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Dr. Rangapriya Kannan-Narasimhan, Dr. Richard Hofmaier Disciplines offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Danielle Levanetz - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

European 2019 Collage
Location Course Professor Dates Pre-Departure Meeting
Munich, Germany GSBA 593: International Consulting Project (3 units) TBD  January 5-15, 2020 (students arrive during the daytime on January 5 and may depart anytime January 16) Friday, December 13, 2019

8:30AM - 1:30PM

IPJ, rooms A/B
Rome, Italy GSBA 594: Creative Thinking: Designing Sustainable Innovations (2 units) TBD January 16-24, 2020 (students arrive anytime on January 16 and may depart anytime January 25) TBD

Course Description


Students work in multicultural teams to provide solutions to a business problem or strategic project for a company abroad. The overseas professional project delivers hands-on experience of the markets, economic policies and business practices of the country in which the company operates. The consulting project will require students to apply creativity and analytical tools to complete the project and communicate the results to clients. Faculty members will serve as supervisors for student teams.

  • Prerequisites: GSBA 504 and GSBA 505


How can you stimulate, develop, and manage creative ideas for designing sustainable innovations? In recent years sustainability has been seen as the key driver for organizational innovation. Unlocking creative ideas to design sustainable innovations requires an in-depth understanding of the creative process. Given the importance of designing sustainable innovations for organizational success, it is important for our graduate students to understand and experience the creative process. This course synthesizes the abstract nature of the creative process, with the concrete nature of organizational constraints to design sustainable innovations successfully. Readings and assignments for this course will be multi-disciplinary and will include topics from diverse fields such as music, theatre, and film production. In addition to regular case studies, students will explore different idea generation processes. A part of the assignment will be to deconstruct a popular innovation or invention to understand the creative process, determine the tradeoffs between different creative ideas and understand what determined innovation success versus failure. Students will also interact with different organizations to understand the creative process in applied settings and develop original ideas for addressing real world issues. Exposure to the creative process will provide participants with a well-rounded perspective on how organizations can nurture creative ideas to design sustainable innovations. This course is open to graduate students from Business school and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

  • Prerequisites: GSBA 501 or GSBA 515
  • Concentrations: Managerial Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility 

Estimated Program Costs

  GSBA 593 GSBA 594
Tuition  $3,000 $2,000
Program Fee $250 $350
Accommodations $900 $600
Round-trip airfare $1,400 $1,250
Total $5,550 $4,200

Notes about program costs:
  1. TUITION is discounted from the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,520/unit to $1,000/unit to allow students to use the extra funds towards airfare, accommodations and other expenses. Students may choose to take up to 5 units abroad during the January term to realize the most cost savings. 
  2. PROGRAM FEE is non-refundable once you apply and are accepted to a program. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, rather a separate payment towards on-site logistical fees such as classroom rentals, speakers,overhead, some group activities, some meals and select ground transportation. 
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of March 2019 using Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. If you are applying to take 5 units over intersession, you should research airfare very carefully and compare multi-city flights to round-trip and one-way flights. You may also want to price flights from LAX (Los Angeles) to potentially save on costs.
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs in Europe are currently estimates only. Calculations are based on double-occupancy accommodations and the current exchange rate. Students are not required to stay in group housing, although it is highly recommended to do so. Additional details on the group hotels will be provided to accepted students. 


The application deadline for Intersession 2020 is September 30, 2019. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the program fee. This program fee will be charged to each student's account upon acceptance and is non-refundable unless admission is denied. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 9, 2019. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by October 28, 2019. Further information will be provided to accepted students.

For applicants who have already opened an online application, you can visit the direct login page to continue working on your application.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa or contact Danielle Levanetz for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you need a visa. 

Germany & Italy

A passport that is valid 6 months after your return date is required for travel to Germany and Italy for U.S. citizens. Germany and the Italy are part of the Schengen Agreement, so a tourist visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days.

Additional Questions 

Danielle Levanetz
Administrative Director
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 118
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-6881