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.


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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Communication: Spain, now in its third year, will help undergraduate students enhance their communication and research skills through studies at the UW León Center. León is vibrant city of about 130,000 on the historically important Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route through northern Spain. By train, it is about two hours north of Madrid.

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 comparative research on Spanish and non-Spanish media products; 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 nonfiction storytelling, journalism, public relations and other facets of applied communication. Read a sampling of stories from last year’s students>>

Housing, meals and most excursion costs are covered by the $7,000 program fee. No language requirement. Students will earn 5 credits of Com381 (Content Analysis), 5 credits of Com464/Com495 (Writing With Voice) and 5 credits of SPAN 199 (Conversation).

Applications open: Jan. 4 Apply here >>
Application deadline: March 1


Randal A. Beam is a professor in the Department of Communication, where he has taught courses on content analysis, mixed-methods research, the mass media and journalism. Beam has traveled extensively in Spain. This is his second time as director of the Communication: Spain program.

Katie King is a journalist, literary translator and digital media executive whose 25-year career includes reporting as a foreign correspondent in Latin American and launching digital news websites. She is now completing her PhD in Hispanic Studies, with a focus on literary translation. King has lived and worked in Spain.

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