MACC Opportunities

MACC/ACCT in London, Paris and Rome

Location Course 2017 Program Dates

London, England, Paris, France and Rome, Italy

MACC 580 and 581 or ACCT 480 and 481: International Accounting Standards and European Accounting Business Environments (6 units total)

Class sessions on the USD campus take place May 5, 25, 26 and May 30-June 2. Students depart for Europe on June 2 and arrive to London on June 3. Students will spend June 3-15 in Europe and will depart home from Europe on June 16.

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

Course Descriptions

MACC 580/ACCT 480: International Accounting Standards (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 481: European Accounting 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

Program Costs

The cost for the 2017 program is $7,900 and includes the following:

  • 6 units of USD tuition
  • 13 nights double occupancy hotel accommodations (shared with another student)
  • One group tour in each city
  • One 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


Applications will be available beginning early spring 2017 semester. Please indicate your interest in the program.

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 Danielle Levanetz, assistant 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

Danielle Levanetz
Assistant 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
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198