ALEC faculty member, Dr. David Rosch also leads a biannual leadership study abroad opportunity to Italy. The two-week immersive trip emphasizes "Leaders in Roman History," and focuses on how leadership decisions influence society and vice versa. This immersion trip focuses particularly on the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Church, the times of Machiavelli in Florence, the times of Marco Polo in Venice, and the modern Euro state. The overall goal is to compare and contrast the curriculum in leadership coursework at Illinois with the significant leadership history that exists in central Italy.
This study abroad opportunity includes enrolling in a three credit second-8-week course during the Spring semester. The trip to Italy occurs in the two weeks immediately following May graduation weekend at the University of Illinois. This opportunity is open to any student (even graduating seniors), with preference given to students in ALEC or enrolled in the Minor in Leadership Studies. Applications are open during the Fall semester prior to the trip occurring, and are due December 1 of that semester, with accepted students notified prior to Winter Break.