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.


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 >>


Leon 1This program offers undergraduates a robust living-and-learning experience in León, a medium-sized city in northern Spain. You will advance your knowledge of Spanish, practice cross-cultural communication, increase your tolerance for ambiguity, strengthen your resourcefulness and gain experience in adapting to cultural differences. You will accomplish these goals through a range of academic and nonacademic experiences. You will live with local families, conduct research in León, interview Spanish colleagues, and draw upon local resources for group projects. You will go on field trips to other Spanish towns and cities, read and write travel essays, create blog posts, and practice writing to learn. The Communication course satisfies the Department’s methods requirement. The English course can be taken for “W” credit. Learn more >> or Read about a past quarter>>

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

BerlinSpend four weeks (August 2016) 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). Learn more >>

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

Rome Recap 2016

Study Abroad: Students share about a quarter in Spain

Study Abroad: Rome 2014

Students return from a winter in Rome