Study Abroad

Summer 2023 Study Abroad Group Photo

Summer in Tuscany-Communication and Culture in Tuscany

A&S scholarship office’s scholarship deadline (separate application): February 1st
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 Italian cities such as Florence and Bologna.

*Outstanding students who have already taken 3470 may email Dr. Haley Horstman ( 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 at the International Center, all communication majors are strongly encouraged to apply for the College of Arts & Science Scholarships worth up to $6500 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, and/or email our Director of International Programs, Haley Horstman (