Study Abroad

Study abroad programs are life changing experiences.

The Department of Communication offers several fantastic opportunities to study abroad, in either Italy or Spain. These popular programs attract students across campus. For details about a particular program, check the Department website to attend information sessions, or contact the faculty instructors listed below.



Study journalistic writing, audio storytelling, and content analysis, as well as Spanish language and culture in León, Spain. Earn 15 academic credits and live with a local host family. Your program fee includes several trips within Spain and most meals.

COM 464 WRITING WITH VOICE (5 credits): This course will take advantage of its location in Spain as a home for travel writing and audio storytelling. The rise of podcasting and online media has meant not only a shift in economic and publishing models but also its tone and participants. This course will focus on point-of-view storytelling that challenges assumptions of the omniscient voice and pushes the boundaries of what travel writing can be.

COM 381 CONTENT ANALYSIS (5 credits): Content Analysis is a research method used by government, businesses, organizations and scholars to understand how an issue, individual or organization is portrayed in the mass media. This course will introduce you to comparative content analysis through a team research project. You will examine systematically how some kind of media content – for example music, news, TV programs, advertisements – in Spain differs from similar media content from another country or culture. The course satisfies the research methods requirement for Communication majors.

SPAN 199 FOREIGN STUDY – SPANISH (5 credits) Spanish language and culture. All levels.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

For more information, contact:

Jessica Partnow:

Randal Beam:

Is Spring 2020 too soon for you to go to Spain? The Department will also offer a program in León in Spring 2021. For more information, contact: Andrea Otanez (

Also coming up: In Winter 2021, 21 students will have the opportunity to study at the UW Rome Center, located in Campo d’Fiori in Rome. For more information, contact: Valerie Manusov ( or Kristina Scharp ( Watch here for information sessions about the Rome Program coming up in Winter Quarter.

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