|Dates||June 28- July 26, 2014*|
|Deadline||Extended. Apply Now.|
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The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Earn 6 credits from among the following disciplines: Art History (ARTH 303), Communication (COMM 307: Photography), Communication (COMM 307: The Italian Media), Communication (COMM 452: Media Production Practicum), Film and Video Studies (FAVS 399), History (HIST 398), Honors (HNRS 122) & New Century College (NCLC 399)
*New NCLC 399 credits pending in Italian Fashion!
Double-occupancy rooms at Residence Turro.
Turin, Lake Maggiore and more! Participants will have free time on the weekends to make trips to Rome, Venice, and Florence.
One of the many highlights of the program in Milan is seeing Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper in person. The painting still stands on the wall of the church where Leonardo originally painted the extraordinary masterpiece.
Check out this AMAZING student video from Summer 2010 -- Thanks, Travis!!
Catherine Wright, PhD, Department of Communication, GMU
Italian Media, Society and Culture
During this four-week study abroad course, students will travel to Milan, Italy and immerse themselves in Italian media and cinema to consider how it interrelates to culture and society as they experience it.
"I only needed 9 credits to graduate in the Summer 2008 session, so I decided to go on one of the study abroad programs offered by the Center of Global Education. My experience studying abroad in Milan, Italy was amazing. If I was asked to change anything from the trip, I wouldn't. I got a chance to meet Mason students I had never met before and I formed new friendships with people outside of the social circle I'd become accustomed to. I made a couple of friends in Italy and still keep in touch with via email. Studying abroad gave me a new perspective on life. Going on this trip taught me to be a better person overall. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on life!"
--Jessica, CGE Alum, Summer 2008 Program in Milan, Italy
Sforza Castle in Milan
Students attend lectures given in English by Italian faculty from the University of Milan on specific topics and then visit related sights in Italy. In-class course work is supplemented with tours to several other Italian cities where participants will learn about and experience Intercultural Communication, Renaissance Art, Fashion, Architecture, Commerce, and the Performing Arts. Assessment is determined by written exercises, daily journal entries, in-class discussions, quizzes, and a final project focusing on the student's particular area of study.
Indulge in some delicious Italian food and desserts!
Professor Catherine Wright is the Undergraduate Academic Advising Coordinator and Term Associate Professor for the Department of Communication at George Mason University. She has taught courses in public speaking, small group communication, mass media and society, business and professional communication, interpersonal communication in the workplace, and web development (Fall). Dr. Wright received her B.S. from Phillips University and her M.A. in Mass Communication from Texas Tech University. She earned her Ph.D. from Regent University in May 2005, after completing her dissertation entitled, "Digital Piracy: The Investigation of Music Downloading via Peer-to-Peer Connections on the Internet." Her passions include travel and technology.
Guiding students as they explore communication theory and practice outside of the classroom is her top priority on study abroad trips. This is the 6th consecutive year Dr. Wright will be leading her beloved Milan program!
Assistant Academic Director
Professor Megan Tucker is the Assistant Undergraduate Academic Advisor and an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Communication at George Mason University. Megan has taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication and intercultural communication. Professor Tucker received her B.A. in English and Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University and her M.A. in Communication from GMU. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation towards a PhD in Higher Education with a focus in Communication from GMU. She loves to travel and dabble in photography as well as blogging and narrative writing. A huge music buff, Megan also attends multiple concerts every year (over 150 to date).
Megan took part in a study abroad program while she was an undergraduate at CNU. In the summer of 2005 she traveled to Dublin, Ireland and created a photo-documentary focused on sights from the James Joyce novel, Ulysses. This will be her first year assisting in the Milan program with Dr. Wright!
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Milan for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Milan for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Housing - double-occupancy accommodations at Residence Turro, a university student housing residence in Milan
- Unlimited metro/bus pass for transportation within Milan during July
- Walking tour of the area around the University of Milan and student residence
- A week of excursions to places such as Lake Maggiore and Turin
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
How to Apply
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.