MACC Opportunities

MACC/ACCT in London, Paris and Rome

Location Course Professors 2015 Program Dates

London, UK, Paris, France, and Rome, Italy

MACC 580/581 or ACCT 494: International Accounting Issues and European Business Environments (6 units total) Diane Pattison and Mark Judd

Classes will be held on campus May 8 and May 21-29. Time abroad in Europe is May 30-June 12

Use this page to gather information about the courses, program costs, application, visas and other logistical information

Course Descriptions

MACC 580/ACCT 494: International Accounting Issues (3 units)

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.

MACC 581/ACCT 494: European Business Environments (3 units)

The primary goal of the course is to immerse students in the European 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 media, discussing actual business cases and classroom experiences. In addition, the students will study the differences and similarities of management systems in Western Europe. 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.

  • Prerequisite: ACCT 300 or equivalent
  • May be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit (course requirements vary)
  • Both courses must be taken concurrently

Estimated Program Costs

The 2015 program cost is $7,900 and includes the following:

  • 6 units of USD tuition
  • 14 nights double occupancy hotel accommodations
  • 1 group tour in each city
  • 1 group dinner in each city
  • Breakfasts at the hotel in Rome
  • Transportation from London to Paris (Eurostar through the Chunnel)
  • Transportation from Paris to Rome (flight)
  • Transportation to and from company visits

Costs not included in the program: 

  • Round-trip airfare from/to the U.S.
  • Ground transportation from London airport to London hotel
  • Ground transportation from Rome hotel to Rome airport
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Miscellaneous spending money


Begin your application by accessing the Apply Now button below. Note that clicking on the Apply Now button will lead you to a non-Ahlers website which houses online applications. Do not click on links more than once, as this will delay processing; simply wait for each page to load. It is recommended that you use Safari as your browser.  You will use your MySanDiego username and password to access the online system.

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The application deadline for this program is February 20th, 2015. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.

You will be notified of acceptance by February 27th, 2015. At that point, students must receive clearance to travel abroad from their health care provider (if applicable). Students should submit their flight itinerary as well as roommate requests by March 20, 2015. Further information will be provided to accepted students.

Applicants, upon completing their online application, are committed to paying a $1,200 program deposit. This deposit is NOT in addition to the program cost, rather this $1,200 is built into the overall program cost billed on your USD student account. Students who withdraw from the program, after being accepted, will be charged this $1,200 deposit in order to offset costs incurred on their behalf in preparation for the group's time abroad. Student's who withdraw from the program after the May 8, 2015 start date will be responsible for paying the full program cost billed to their USD student account.

Visa Info

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 Allison Howitt, academic programs director, for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to U.S. citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, see if you need a visa.


U.S. citizens should have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. A tourist visa is not required to visit these countries for stays of less than 90 days. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the appropriate consulate to see if you need a visa.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Academic Programs Manager
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198