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 >>


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Study writing and photography in Léon, Spain with Artists-in-Residence and founders of The Seattle Globalist Jessica Partnow, Alex Stonehill, and Sarah Stuteville. Study Spanish language and culture while earning 15 academic credits and living with a local host family. Several trips within Spain and three meals a day are included with your program fee.

This 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. Students will earn 5 credits of COM 464 (W), 5 credits of COM 460, and 5 credits of SPAN 199/299. There is no minimum or maximum language requirement. Read about a past quarter>>

Applications open: June 15th Apply here >>
Application deadline: November 15th

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