Vincenzo Barbaro

Vincenzo Barbaro

Hometown: Lucera (FG), Italy

Undergraduate School: Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Management

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish

Why did you choose this program? I chose this program because I believe internationalization is required to achieve success in today’s business world characterized by a high level of globalization. Searching for the most suited master’s, I looked for an international and innovative environment where I could share my ideas with students with different backgrounds. At the same time, this program would give me the chance to live in three different continents and earn two degrees and a certificate from well-known and prestigious universities.

What do you enjoy about the program so far? So far, I have loved the chance to talk daily with people who have different backgrounds. Since it's an international program with students from all around the world, you have the daily opportunity to find out something new about other cultures and countries. Furthermore, group projects and presentations enable us to start working in an international environment where people with different ideas, attitudes, and knowledge collaborate.

Also, in this program, everyone is on an equal playing field; there aren't differences between students from the United States, Europe, or Asia. At UVA, the Americans have tried to make foreign students feel at home and live the "American dream," attending football games, tailgating, and other activities. Furthermore, professors have extracurricular activities, so we can spend time together and get to know each other even better.

What has surprised you? I was amazed by the University of Virginia campus since it's huge and has so many facilities. The faculty are really nice and always available to help you out in any situation. McIntire is equipped with all the tools students need to have a high-quality experience.

Fun facts: I love to travel all over the world. I traveled across 11 countries on three different continents.

Hobbies: Cooking Italian dishes for my family and friends, playing sports (e.g., football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming)