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  • Locations: Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: March Break
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Eligible Populations: See Eligibility Link Below Pre-requisites: See Below
Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

ECN7575 Competitive Challenges of the New Europe

GRAD Italy 2017

Lidija Polutnik, Ph.D., Professor and Division Chair





Quick Facts


Information Session
Graduate Electives Abroad Pub Night Monday, September 18, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 PM ET
Roger's Pub
Application Deadlines
Initial Application Opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017 
9:00 AM ET
Initial Application Deadline Sunday, September 24, 2017
11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Deadline Sunday, November 26, 2017
11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: Oct - Nov)
Course Dates
Pre-Travel Class Session #1
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 PM ET

Class Session #2
Friday, March 2, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Travel Travel Dates: Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 25, 2018
(Course Dates: Saturday, March 17 - Saturday, March 24, 2018)
Post-Travel Final paper due TBD


Milan, Italy


Open to students who are half way through their graduate program*, have completed pre-requisite requirements, and are in good academic and social standing with the college. *For specific eligibility information, by program, click here.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $2,100
Airfare (Individual estimate to/from BOS): $800
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-18 credit rate. Elective Abroad course is 3 credits.
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.

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Program Overview

Grad Italy 2017 - Duomo

Course Information

"Competitiveness Challenges of the New Europe” course will explore competitive and strategic dimensions of companies in the context of the EU, its institutions, its history and culture and its present reality. This course builds on the core economics and global strategy courses by taking a deeper look at strategy of companies doing business in the EC. It also examines emerging trends, and opportunities and challenges for business and business creation in Italy and in the EC in light of its comparative advantages and current economic and political pressures and events.

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available for download here: Syllabus ECN7575 Compet.Challenges of the New Europe SP2018.docx

Sample Schedule

Download a copy of the sample schedule (NOTE: actual schedule will vary): Grad Italy 2018 - Sample Schedule.pdf

Faculty Brainshark

To learn more about the course, watch the faculty's Brainshark presentation: Stay Tuned.


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Program Details


3 credits (tuition is a separate charge from the program fee)


Milan, Italy


Open to students who are half way through their graduate program*, have completed pre-requisite requirements, and are in good academic and social standing with the college. *For specific eligibility information, by program, click here.

Course Pre-Requisites

ECN 7200 Managerial Economics
ECN 7201 Managing at the Crossroads, Business, Government, International Economics

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Students will stay in a 3-4 star hotel accommodation in Milan, Italy during the course in double occupancy rooms. Students will have the opportunity to choose single room accommodations prior to departure for an additional fee ($500).


The program fee includes the following transportation: charter bus and subway tickets. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city.

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Milan (MXP or LIN). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.

  • Arrival Airport Code: MXP or LIN
  • Departure Airport Code: MXP or LIN


Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, farewell dinner, and alumni reception. Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.

Accommodations Due to a Disability

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability for an Elective Abroad should complete and submit the Elective Abroad Accommodation Request Form by the course deposit deadline. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Elective Abroad Program Manager and faculty verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College. It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at Elective Abroad locations.


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Financial Considerations

Financial Summary

Program Fee (based on double occupancy) $2,100
Tuition Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate. Elective Abroad course is 3 credits.
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information
Billable subtotal:   $2,100 + Tuition (3 credits)
(double room)
Airfare (Individual estimate to/from BOS) $800
Estimated Additional Meals* $500
Estimated Incidentals* $400
Visa (if applicable)** See notes below
Non-billable subtotal:   $1,700
Total:   $3,800 + Tuition (3 credits)
(double room)

Program Fee and Airfare

Program fee includes: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. 
Program fee DOES NOT include: Tuition, international flight, single room supplement (additional $500), visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

Tuition will be paid to SFS. To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

*Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the budgeted expenses for faculty and administrators traveling on the course in previous years. For the current U.S. Department of State per diem rates, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

**All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Italy before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Cancellation Policy

All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

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Faculty Information

Lidija Polutnik   Dr. Lidija Polutnik conducts research in the area of strategic cost management. Her research in this area is based on analysis of the relationship between the firm's costs and customers' value and the influence of this relationship on the firm's profit. Dr. Polutnik also conducts research in public finance and is focused on the role institutions play in market economies and specifically in countries in transition. Dr. Polutnik’s work has been published in numerous academic journals and books including: The European Accounting Review, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Cost Management, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Industrial Relations Journal, and Comparative Economic Studies Journal.

Dr. Polutnik has extensive consulting and executive teaching experience in U.S. and international companies in the area of customer value analysis, tactical and strategic pricing and capacity costing.
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Contact Information

Program Manager


Alex Nesbeda Dr. Lidija Polutnik
(781)239-5244 (781)239-4211

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This program is currently not accepting applications.