Study Abroad Programs

Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs

Semester in Florence-Culture as Communication


The Department of Communication at Mizzou now accepts select course offerings from Florence University of the Arts (FUA). As part of this program, students will have the opportunity to learn from highly qualified international faculty, engage in community and hands-on learning projects, and experience intercultural communication first-hand.

Prior to the start of the semester, you will arrive in Rome and spend one week learning the culture, economy, history and society, of Italy while traveling with a Communication Department professor and some of your semester cohort. At the end of the week, you will arrive in Florence ready to hit the ground running for the regular semester at FUA!  

MU Communication Majors will take the following courses:

  • Cultural Introduction to Italy
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Communicating in Italian
  • Special Project: Experiential Learning in Public Relations

Scholarships are available.  Visit

Summer in Tuscany-Communication and Culture in Tuscany

Early Acceptance Deadline: December 15th
A&S scholarship office’s scholarship deadline (separate application): February 1st
Regular Application Deadline: February 15th


Join 12-18 MU students and two communication department faculty as we study intercultural communication and explore in Italy.

We are pleased to announce our Summer study abroad opportunity in Italy’s historic and beautiful Tuscany region. This summer’s program is hosted at IES’s Siena Center, is led by faculty from the Department of Communication, and is open to all majors.

This six-credit, summer session program will run for 5 weeks, approximately May 31st- July 5th, with a home base in the beautiful, medieval, Italian city of Siena. In particular, students will be in town during Siena’s world-famous Palio horse race on July 2nd, an incredible cultural experience that is not to be missed.

Academics: Students in the program earn communication department credit for the program, including the Communication as Culture (COMM 3470--3 credits*) course and a course (COMM 4960--3 credits) that focuses on the food, culture, and language of Tuscany.  No prior experience speaking Italian is necessary.  As a class, students will have traditional class meetings, tour museums, and visit businesses (e.g., cheese, olive oil, wine, and coffee producers) in several classic hill towns, including overnight class trips to Florence and Bologna.

*Outstanding students who have already taken 3470 may email Dr. Meisenbach ( about potentially taking an advanced organizational culture course instead of 3470.

Weekend Travel: During your time in Tuscany you will also have opportunities to travel independently on weekends to cities such as Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan, which are all easily accessible via Italy’s extensive train system. 

Funding: In addition to regular financial aid processes, and the many scholarships available here, all communication majors are strongly encouraged to apply for the College of Arts & Science Scholarships worth up to $4500 toward this (and any other) summer program.  Applications are due February 1st for Summer A&S scholarships.

For more information: Attend an information session, go to our Italy study abroad information page on the University’s International Programs website, send us an email at, and/or email our Director of Department International Programs, Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach at

Summer Communication Internship in Bangalore, India

We are also excited to be collaborating with the College of Education for a new opportunity for 2-3 highly qualified undergraduate and graduate communication students to join an existing program in Bangalore, India.  The program runs from approximately June 23-August 8th as a six-week internship.   The existing education program focuses on education majors teaching in three partner schools.  The focus of the 3-6-credit communication internship will be developing informational and/or curricular materials for dissemination to lay populations in Bangalore based on the findings and recommendations of research that has been generated by our partner institution.  These materials could take many forms and the students would work very closely with the partner institution. 

Visit the College of Education page for more information on the overall existing program:

If you are interested in learning more about this new program, please email Dr. Meisenbach at

Here are some additional great options for communication majors who want to study abroad:

Summer Internships Overseas
Students may also be interested in the Global Mizzou Internship Program.  Program locations for communication internships include: Barcelona, London, Shanghai, Santiago, and Sydney.

Semester Long Program in Italy
The CIMBA semester program is held in Northern Italy.  Students can take classes in communication, business, and journalism in addition to studying Italian language and culture.  This is a good choice for students with a strong interest in the intersections of communication and business fields. Several courses offered in this program can count toward your communication and MU degree.  For more information, please visit You may also contact Dr. Rebecca Meisenbach who taught at Cimba in Fall 2012. 

Summer Ireland Media Production Practicum
Earn three credit hours (INFOTC 4001) by enrolling in a month-long media design course in Ireland, home to one of the most picturesque country-sides in Europe, alongside modern media and film production studios. This program is run by Brian Maurer, Information Technology faculty member in the College of Engineering.

Dublin and the surrounding communities of Ireland are the perfect place to immerse yourself in culture and contemporary international media production. The study abroad program in Information Technology will explore international media, photography, film, and television production trends, and the challenges and rewards of film production in an international setting. Industry veterans, actors, and production specialists will guide you throughout your studies.

Students will spend one week in the capitol city of Dublin, one week in the coastal city of Galway, and will visit numerous other communities, cultural, and heritage sites. Student are required to participate in a 3-week pre-departure course that will begin the first week in April.

Additional details on the pre-departure class and times will be established once the applications are finalized. The course will be taught in English. No course prerequisites.  Course credit may be applied to a degree in communication, pending approval.  Program Dates: Summer (June)

For up to date information: Engineering Media Production in Ireland Program

Contact: Brian Maurer, program director,

Other Study Abroad Options in Communication

  • Mizzou supports over 250 study abroad programs in 50 countries; including:
  • Arcadia – 57 study abroad programs in Communication in over 15 countries
  • CIEE – 13 study abroad programs in Communication in 8 countries
  • ISA – international internships and study abroad opportunities


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