Programs : Brochure
Communication Italy: Roman Communication and Culture (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Rome, Italy
- Program Terms: Winter Quarter
|Winter Quarter 2018|
|January 3 - March 9, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$7,500|
|Credits||15 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Valerie Manusov, Andrea Otanez|
|Program Manager||Katherine Kroeger | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Application Deadline||May 1, 2017|
|Information Session(s)||Contact Program Director for more information.|
|General||Using observational and journalistic methods, students will explore Rome and its surroundings, focusing specifically on the interplay between history, culture, communication and contemporary life.|
|Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Communication and Culture in Rome is a 15-credit program offered through the Department of Communication. Students will take a 12-credit intensive fieldwork course co-taught by Valerie Manusov and Andrea Otanez, each of whom brings a unique perspective on observing people in diverse spaces and reporting and analyzing those observations to diverse audiences. Using observational and journalistic methods, students will explore Rome and its surroundings, focusing specifically on the interplay between public space, culture, history, communication and contemporary life. Half of the class time will be spent learning foundational theoretical and methodological tools; the other half will be spent carefully observing life in and around Rome. In addition to work completed during class, students will write various reports and produce multimedia stories or other journalistic essays based on extensive observations and sensory reporting of assigned field sites.
To facilitate students' transition to Rome, the program also includes a 3-credit intensive Italian language course during weeks 2-4. Students will learn some basic tools for interacting with people in order to accomplish day-to-day tasks.
The program includes excursions to many sites in and around Rome and in other parts of Italy.
Students will stay in private apartments or UWRC apartments, as arranged by UWRC.
The program is designed for undergraduate students. An ideal student is a high-achieving, group-oriented sophomore/junior/senior with a well-articulated interest in culture and communication, who is seeking to have a new experience living in a culture different from his/her original culture. We strive for a diverse group of students, so invite applicants from all three campuses and from a wide range of majors (although we give some priority to Communication majors). We seek students whose primary aim is increasing their cultural sensitivity rather than those who want a "fun and easy" travel experience.
There are no prerequisites for the program. Selection will be based on these factors, although not in this order (1) major, (2) class standing, (3) GPA, (4) letters of recommendation, (5) reasons for wanting to participate in this particular program, (6) ability to adapt to new situations, (7) willingness to work with others, (8) previous study abroad experiences, and (9) interview.
Students immerse themselves in communication and culture in Rome. They explore the historical and contemporary connections between Roman culture and communication, particularly as played out in public spaces. Through intensive fieldwork, research, and writing, students acquire skills of observation and understanding that they can apply to navigate their intercultural experiences and to reflect on their personal influence on their interactions.
Students learn Italian language skills relevant to their everyday life experiences in Rome. The course meets intensively for the first 3 weeks of the program.
Goal: Students become familiar with the Italian language and can conduct simple transactions in Italian. Assessment: Students will be required to evidence their learning in the classroom on exercises and exams, as well as outside of the classroom in everyday interactions.
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.
|Payment Type||Payment Amount||Payment Due Date|
|Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee||$350||January 19, 2018|
|Program Fee Balance||$7,500||January 19, 2018|
|TOTAL FEES CHARGED||$7,500||-|
There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.
To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.
You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.
In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:
Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.
The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm
For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.