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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

Location Rome, Italy
Academic Term Winter Quarter
January 7 - March 15, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $8,050
Credits 15 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Ekin Yasin |
Matthew J Powers |
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2018
Information Sessions April 18th at 4 PM at CMU 302
General Italian Media and Culture: Comparative and Global Perspectives is a 15-credit program offered through the Communication department. The course will use Rome as a site of study for comparative media and globalization.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Italian Media and Culture: Comparative and Global Perspectives is a 15-credit program offered through the Department of Communication. Students will take a 12-credit course co-taught by Ekin Yasin and Matthew Powers, each of whom bring a unique perspective to understanding how the globalization of media manifests itself in Italy and European media differ from those found in the US. Using ethnographic methods students will explore Rome and its surroundings and Rome’s media ecology, focusing primarily the interplay between globalization, mediatization and urbanization. Half of the class will be spent learning foundational theoretical and methodological tools; the other half will be spent carefully documenting trends of media and globalization in and around Rome. In addition to work completed during class, students will write various reports based on extensive observations of one or more 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.




Rome, Italy


Students and faculty will stay in private apartments or UWRC apartments, as arranged with the UWRC.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the program. Selection will be based on: (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.

Physical Components: This program requires extensive walking on uneven ground. Some apartments require the use of stairs.
Visas: Non US passport holders may require a visa.


15 UW Credits


COM 486: Italian Media and Culture: Comparative and Global Perspectives (12 Credits)

The theme of the course will be “comparative and global perspectives” on media and communication. The course will have two sections. The two sections of the course taught will draw on the instructors’ knowledge of European media systems and globalization processes in order to provide students with an understanding of similarities and differences in media systems as they vary by genre, audience, and country. The sections will be offered on alternating days, and each will have its own fieldwork component to enrich students’ study abroad experience as much as possible. Through this class, students will develop an understanding of – and appreciation for – the strengths and weaknesses of non-American media systems.

Learning goals include:
1. Goal: Students will be able to reflect on how their own cultural experiences and knowledge shape who they are, especially as they see themselves through the counterpoint of their new experiences studying abroad in Rome and other Italian cities
Assessment: Students will demonstrate understanding of theories about culture and communication by connecting the theories to their experiences while studying abroad.

2. Goal: Students will be able to explain the relationship between communication, globalization, and culture. Students will be introduced to the key theories of globalization and media studies and will be asked to observe symptoms of globalization in Italian media productions and everyday life
Assessment: Students will demonstrate their understanding of theories, concepts and methods through informed participation in class sessions and successful completion of quizzes.

3. Students will be introduced to key theoretical discussions in the field of comparative media systems. Students will learn about media systems in US and Europe. They will observe on site, the media system in Italy and reflect on its similarities and differences from the US and other countries in Europe
Assessment: Students will demonstrate their understanding of media systems through their informed participation in class discussion and successful completion of quizzes.

4. Students will be able to comment on positive and negative outcomes of globalization based on extensive fieldnotes and supported by theoretical work in Rome, Italy
Assessment: Students will produce well-argued observation-based multi-media presentations and reports for a range of audiences and will support their arguments about globalization, culture and communication with extant scholarly research.

5. Students will be able to comment on the state of media production and the relationship between media and politics by fieldnotes and field trips based on observation of media institutions located in Italy
Assessment: Students will produce well-argued observation-based report for a range of audiences and will support their arguments about comparative media systems with extant scholarly research.

COM 499: Everyday Italian (3 Credits)

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.

Learning goals include:
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




Ekin Yasin, Communication, Senior Lecturer

Matthew J Powers, Communication, Associate Professor



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $8,050

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1500)
  • Food (about $45/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 25th, 2019

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad 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 online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

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:

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.

Disability Accommodations

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


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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