MACC Opportunities

MACC/ACCT in London, Paris and Rome

Location Course Professor 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) Dr. Diane Pattison and Professor 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 press, 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

Program cost: 2015 Program cost is still undetermined at this time.  This information will be updated when available in early spring 2015.  The 2014 cost was $7,900 (competitively priced to 6 units on campus but includes all of the additions below!)

  • 14 nights double occupancy hotel accommodations in 3 of the most expensive cities in the world
  • 1 group tour in each city
  • 1 group dinner in each city
  • 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 the US
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Miscellaneous spending money


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Applications for the 2015 program are not currently available.  These applications will be made available to interested students at the start of the spring 2015 semester.

The application deadline for this program is generally the final week of February.  Students will be notified of acceptance to participate in early March and given until mid/late-March to provide copies of their confirmed flight itineraries.

Applicants, upon completing their online application, are commited to paying a $1000 program deposit.  This deposit is NOT in addition to the program cost, rather this $1000 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 $1000 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 start date will be responsible for paying the full program cost billed to their USD student account.

Those who would like to be personally notified when online applications are made available should take a brief moment to click here and register for the London, Paris, Rome 2015 program interest list.

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 for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, click here to see if you need a visa.


US 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 US 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