Joint Programme with LUISS (Rome)

In collaboration with the Italian university Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS), Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) offers an unique exchange programme in International Business Economics for a selected group of 20 students. Are you a first year student interested in Business Economics, and would you like to spend your second year studying in Rome? This is an excellent opportunity to work on an international curriculum vitae.

All students participating in this program have the possibility to apply for an Erasmus grant. Students with a Dutch nationality also have the right to receive approx. €90,- per month OV (public transport) reimbursement. For this and other practical matters you need to arrange before your departure see Study abroad: Before departure.

Students leaving in September 2019 for Rome will take the following (second year) courses at LUISS:

Course Semester ECTS
Marketing  1 8
History of Economic Thought and Policy  1 8
Money and Banking 1 8

Public Economics 

1 8
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology 2 8
Corporate Finance 2 8

Two of the following courses:
- Behavioural Economics and Psychology
- Markets and Strategies
- Capital Markets



Please note: some of the courses overlap with U.S.E. courses, see Graduation Requirements.
Moreover, the above linked course descriptions are from the academic year 2018/2019 and may be subject to change.

Contact details

Programme coordinator - Professor Paolo Giordani  -

International Development - Antonella Fabbricatore -


Programme Coordinator – Dr. Stefano Lugo –

Exchange Officer - Ms. Felix Zielinski –

All students who are enrolled in the first year of the bachelor’s programme Economics and Business Economics can apply. To apply, please send i) a motivation letter; ii) a curriculum vitae, and; iii) a compiled application form (you can find the form here) to

The deadline for application is March 2020 (exact date to be announced). 

A committee will revise all applications and select the (maximum) 20 best candidates to participate in the programme. Selected candidates will be notified and be invited to have a first meeting with the coordinator of the programme.

Timeline after the application:

- Selected students are notified
- first meeting with the IBE programme coordinator and the U.S.E. exchange officer

- Application for Erasmus grant (see FAQ’s) and other formal procedures for enrollment 

- Second meeting with IBE programme coordinator & with LUISS students currently visiting U.S.E.

Beginning of September:
- Moving to Rome!