Study Abroad

The Department of Communication offers a few opportunities each academic year to study abroad, including the longstanding Rome Program (Winter) and the Journalism Foreign Intrigue Program (Summer). For opportunities outside the Department, visit the International Programs and Exchanges website or drop by their office in Schmitz Hall.

Rome and León 2018-2019


The Department of Communication is offering two separate 15-credit study abroad programs next year, León (Spain) in fall 2018 and Rome (Italy) in winter 2019.

Come learn more about the programs at one of our upcoming information sessions!

When:  January 16, 10–11 am

January 17, 4–5 pm

Where:  Communications 126

Who:  Any UW student*

* Information session attendance is not required for program participation. If you have any questions about the sessions or the programs, contact Dr. Lisa Coutu at


ColosseumParticipants in the Communication Rome Program will gain significant skills through living and interacting in a different culture, and experiencing first-hand the excitement of Rome, wellspring of Western civilization and culture. There will be excursions to relevant sites in Rome, and students often make their own travel plans to other parts of Europe over weekends.

During the winter quarter Rome program, based at the UW Rome Center, students earn a total of 15 Communication credits, 12 in COM486 and 3 in COM499.

The UW Rome Center provides a scholarly workplace in the city’s historic district, offering outstanding facilities for academic programs from a wide variety of departments. The Center is located in the Palazzo Pio, a 17th-century palace built on the ruins of the ancient Theater of Pompey. It overlooks the lively, colorful Campo dei Fiori, site of Rome’s largest daily flower and produce market, and is within easy walking distance of the most important monuments in Rome, such as the Vatican and the Roman Forum. Students have accommodations in completely furnished apartments in the vicinity. Learn more >>


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Now in its fourth year, Communication Spain offers a dynamic learning opportunity for students interested in broadening both their academic and lived cross-cultural experiences.

During the 15-credit program, students will go on field trips to other Spanish cities and towns; write about and photograph travel and living experiences; engage with “pilgrims” from all over the world who are walking the Camino; conduct observational research on culture and communication; learn to speak Spanish (or improve their Spanish if they already speak the language); live with local Spanish host families; and meet students from other countries who also are studying in León.

The program should be of particular value to Communication majors who are interested in storytelling, journalism, communication research, and culture and communication. Read a sampling of stories from last year’s students>>

Housing, meals and most excursion costs are covered by the $6,900 program fee. No language requirement. Students will earn 5 credits of Com485 (Fieldwork in Communication), 5 credits of Com495 (Storytelling about Contemporary Life in Spain) and 5 credits of SPAN 199 (Conversation).

Applications open: January 8, 2018 Apply here >>
Application deadline: February 15, 2018


Lisa Coutu is a Principal Lecturer in Communication. She has studied and taught communication and culture for almost 30 years. She has directed many study abroad programs in Rome, Italy, and is excited about learning alongside students in León.

Randal Beam is a Professor Emeritus in Communication. He has taught courses in journalism and mass communication for 30 years.  He has traveled extensively in Spain, and has directed the Department of Communication’s study-abroad programs in León in 2015 and 2017. He is eager to share his love of Spain’s culture and people with UW students.

Jerry Baldasty is a Professor in Communication. He has been a UW faculty member for nearly 40 years, and has traveled extensively in Spain, and read a good deal about the country. He is excited to be returning to León with UW students to explore Spanish life and culture.

Germanics Berlin: Beyond the Berlin Wall – Culture, Communication, and Representation


Spend four weeks in Berlin exploring how Germany’s troubled past shapes modern German identity. Explore how the Nazi period and divided Berlin of the Cold War impact present-day public communication strategies in areas such as political speech, news, art, film, and advertising. Focus areas will include migration/immigration, minorities, surveillance, and political identity.

Students will be housed in apartments in central Berlin, and earn six credits in either Introduction to German Cultural Studies (GERMAN 322, 399) or Special Topics in Communication: Communication and Culture in Germany (COM 495, 498).

Foreign Intrigue Journalism Scholarship

Children in a Cambodian classroomThe Journalism Foreign Intrigue Scholarship, created by a journalism alumna, provides funding for journalism internships abroad each summer. UW journalism students have traveled to Cambodia, China, Peru, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. Learn more >>

Study Abroad Stories

¡Vamos Perros! Storytelling in Spain

Rome Recap 2016

Study Abroad: Students share about a quarter in Spain

Study Abroad: Rome 2014

Students return from a winter in Rome