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MBA Study Abroad: Tuscany

One of the advantages of being in the Portland State MBA program is the opportunity to access the vast network of resources throughout the entire University. This includes the 10th annual sustainability-focused study abroad program offered in Tuscany, Italy from September 6-20, 2013.

"Sustainability in City and Country," organized by the Office of International Affairs and the PSU Department of Geography, explores Italian hill towns as models of sustainable form. Throughout the trip, students will learn about sustainable agriculture and forestry, agritourism, cultural landscape, relationships between city and country, and the Slow Food and Slow Cities movements.

The excursion starts with three days in Siena, widely regarded as among the best-preserved medieval towns in Italy. The next two days will be spent exploring the countryside and towns of the Chianti region.The remaining nine days of the program are based at Spannocchia, a rural estate that is a working organic farm and forest and part of the Alto Merse nature reserve. On day trips, the group will visit nearby hill towns such as Volterra, San Gimignano, and Massa Marittima; small villages such as Sovicille and Chiusdino; and the 13th century Abbey of San Galgano.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students. Application deadline: April 8, 2013.

Click here to learn more about the Tuscany trip.

Click here to read more posts about the MBA program's emphasis on developing a global business perspective through study abroad opporutnities.

Click here to read more about the Portland State MBA program's full time, part time and online options.


By Kelly Doherty: Kelly is the Director of Marketing and Recruiting for the Portland State Graduate Business Programs. She leads the global marketing and branding initiatives and student recruitment strategy for five distinct graduate business programs including: MBA, Master of International Management, Master of Science in Financial Analysis, Master of Real Estate Development and the Healthcare MBA programs.You can connect with Kelly on LinkedIn.


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Portland State's MBA program has earned numerous accolades, including a 2011-12 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Report rating of #1 in the world — for small schools — for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.