Study Abroad Programs

picSemester and Summer Study Abroad Programs

Study in Florence for Spring 2018

Take classes taught by critically acclaimed professionals in their fields, choose courses from the university’s seven schools, and enjoy activities and excursions in and around Tuscany.

Course options: COMM 3470 (Culture as Communication); Communicating in Italian; Public Relations; Ethics in Communication, and more.

Estimated Program cost: Fall/Spring Semester (12-15 credits) = $12,950, plus airfare

Scholarships are available.  Visit

Apply to the Communication Department’s Summer in Tuscany Program!

cookTuscany Program Fall Information Session: Monday October 30, 2017 3 pm,

Location TBA,  Come learn about program details and financial aid, get your questions answered, and hear about prior students’ experiences!

Early Acceptance Deadline: December 15, 2017

A&S scholarship office’s scholarship deadline (separate application): February 1

Regular Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

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 2018 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 Dr. Haley Horstman and Dr. Colleen Colaner 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, 2017 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 2018 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

Winter Break in India with Dr. Villamil

The purpose of this January 2018 study abroad experience is to learn first-hand the global nature of issues faced by women and the varied styles of leadership they engage. Through the contexts of business, politics, education, and culture, students will gain deeper insight into the challenges women face globally and the leadership strategies they employ in order to make progress. Open to undergraduate students in any major; students enroll in one 3 credit course in the Institute of Leadership Studies. The two week program will include visits to multi-national businesses, nonprofit organizations, women-owned start-ups and small businesses, and educational institutions, and meetings with women from the corporate, nonprofit, small business, political, and educational sectors. 

This program is run by the University of Kansas, but one of the two professors leading the program is Department of Communication professor, Dr. Villamil.  For more information please visit: and contact Dr. Astrid Villamil ( directly to express your interest.  Application deadline is in October, 2017. 

Summer Communication Internship in Bangalore, India

We are also excited to be collaborating with the College of Education for a brand 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

For semester-long study in Italy, we recommend several options that may be particularly well suited to communication majors:

  1. SAI has a partnership with Florence University of the Arts (FUA).  Several courses offered at FUA are taught in English and are easily transferrable to the communication degree program at Mizzou, allowing you to continue to make timely progress toward your degree while adding international experience.  Visit: for more information.
  2. The CIMBA semester program that 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. 

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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