Study Abroad

Study Abroad Group 2016

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.

Study Abroad Programs in Florence

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

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 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 at the International Center, 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