About ETSU @ Rome
explore international opportunities within the College of Business and Technology
Thank you for taking the opportunity to explore international opportunities within the College of Business and Technology. We all live and work in an interconnected global economy. Understanding other cultures, values, and traditions are very important for all students. One way to better understand other cultures and the global economy is through study abroad. I encourage you to take full advantage of the rich international experience offered by the ETSU at Rome program, which is led by a very experienced faculty and staff.
- Dr. Dennis Depew, Dean
The ETSU at Rome program is open to any student that has completed two semesters of college prior to program start date. Applications must be received by early February. Program space is limited. To enroll or receive further details about the program, please contact Kevin Varney at 423.439.6167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETSU partners with ACCENT, an independent study abroad program provider with a multinational team of staff members who all have personal experiences in study abroad. With more than 20 years of experience coordinating high-quality overseas study abroad programs, ACCENT works in partnership with the US colleges and universities to develop academically challenging and culturally enriching overseas study experiences. The ACCENT San Francisco Center coordinates program enrollment and pre-departure preparation for students which helps to make living overseas as smooth as possible.
The fully-staffed ACCENT Rome Center provides on-site support services to program participants. The ACCENT Rome Center is located in the historic city center near Piazza Navona. The ACCENT Center is open during the week for students to use the resource and lending library, ask questions, check their email in the computer lab and collect their mail. The ACCENT staff in Rome provide a wise variety of on-site student services and are an invaluable resource for students who want to find out more about their host city.
Students will live in double occupancy rooms in shared apartments which include kitchens, bathrooms, and a general living area. Housing is provided throughout the duration of the program. Student will live in a traditional Roman neighborhood where they will be immersed in the Roman culture.
Jeremy Ross, an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology Program and Chief of Staff for External Operations at ETSU, serves as the Director of the Rome Program. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science in Engineering Technology degree from ETSU. Jeremy has studied architecture and art history while living in Rome and attending Temple University. In addition to Jeremys efforts at ETSU, he has served as a principal with Ken Ross Architects, Inc. and continues to consult with the firm. The company has produced architectural works in over eighteen states and many award winning projects. Jeremy has been involved in the design, construction, and management of many of these projects and numerous buildings on-campus.
Keith Johnson is Chairman and a full professor in the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveyingat East Tennessee State University. He holds a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Technology from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in Technology from The Ohio State University. He has studied and taught architectural design for over two decades.
Joel Ryman is an Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at ETSU. He holds a B.A. from Goshen College, a Master of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management and a PH.D. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He has studied, researched and taught courses in numerous locations abroad. He will be directing the Accelerated MBA Students in courses taught at the LUISS Business School for ETSU in Rome, Italy.
Dean Isham is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Interior Architecture Program. Professor Isham has been teaching university level interior design courses since the fall of 1994, where his teaching has focused on visualization skills and the beginning design student. His creative activities have produced award-wining designs in architecture 2D and 3D categories.
Kristi Julian is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Architecture Program. She holds a Ph.D. from Auburn University and has been a state registered interior designer since 2000. Her teaching has focused on human behavior, sustainability and universal design. During the last five years she has been actively engaged in facilities design and construction.
"You could take the seven worst days of this experience, and it would still be the best week of my life." -Kevin Varney, Engineering Technology
"It was a chance to see the beginnings of the field I was going into. It was absolutely one of the best and memorable experiences I have ever had." -Victoria Alexander, Interior Architecture
"I have always been interested in art and history. Going to Rome and seeing in person the art that I had admired my entire life, as well as getting to walk through history, was by far the best experience of my life!" -Jonathan Brooks, Digital Media
"You can't get any more surreal than sitting on a bench or a curb and looking up at the Colosseum, Roman Forum, or Circus Maximus. This is a very different learning experience." -Ben Daugherty, MBA