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  • Locations: Milano, Italy; Turin, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate):
Language of Instruction:
Number of Credits Offered:
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Milan Duomo

Italian Media, Society and Culture in Milan

During this four-week study abroad course, students will travel to Milan, Italy and immerse themselves in Italian media and cinema to consider how it interrelates to culture and society as they experience it. Students attend lectures given in English by Italian faculty from the University of Milan on specific topics and then visit related sights in Italy. In-class course work is supplemented with tours to several other Italian cities where participants will learn about and experience Intercultural Communication, Renaissance Art, Fashion, Architecture, Commerce, and the Performing Arts. Assessment is determined by written exercises, daily journal entries, in-class discussions, quizzes, and a final project focusing on the student's particular area of study.

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Program Details

Seeking Approval for the Following:

  • Art History (ARTH) 303: National Traditions
  • Art History (ARTH) 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art 
  • Communication (COMM) 307: Field Study in Communication
  • Communication (COMM) 396: Special Topics in MPC Media Production and Criticism Concentration
  • Communication (COMM) 452: Media Production Practicum
  • English (ENGH) 309: Topics in Literature
  • English (ENGH) 362: Global Voices (satisfies Mason core requirement in global understanding)
  • Film and Video Studies (FAVS) 399: Special Topics in Film and Video Studies (up to 6 credits)
  • History (HIST) 398: Historical Study Abroad (up to 6 credits)
  • Honors (HNRS) 122: Reading the Arts
  • Integrative Studies  (INTS) 399: Study Abroad in Special Topics (eg: Fashion)


This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.


Double or triple occupancy in dormitory style housing

Program Cost $4,770. Summer 2017

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Double or triple occupancy in dormitory style housing
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Unlimited metro/bus pass for transportation within Milan during July
  • Walking tour of the area around the University of Milan and student residence
  • Excursions to Lago Maggiore, Castello Sforzesco, National Museum of Cinema, Armani | Silos, Milan Duomo Terrace, and Turin.
  • Personal Guided Tours of the Last Supper, Certosa di Pavia, Pinacoteca, di Brera, city of Pavia, and Milan Black Death Tour.
  • All day Personalized cooking class with Chef Moreno on Lago di Como.
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Travel Insurance
Not Included:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Other transportation
  • Lunches
  • Personal spending

Program Itinerary*

Date Description
1-Jul      Benvenuto a Milano!
2-Jul      Exploring the neighborhood & Getting to know each other
  Welcome dinner at Pizza Pazza (which means Crazy Pizza!)
3-Jul      Milan Market
  Neorealism movie
  Elisa for Italian language lesson.
4-Jul      Luisa Leonini:  Introduction to Italian Society
  Chiaravalle Abbey
5-Jul      Federico Boni: Italian Pop Culture
  Italian Comedy movie
6-Jul      Edoardo Fleischner: Italian Media Landscape
  Italian Giallo
7-Jul      Certosa di Pavia
8 & 9 July Weekend free
10-Jul      Cinema Museum and Fashion Tour in Turin, Italy
11-Jul      Stresa on Lake Maggiore
12-Jul      Castello Sforzesco at Sunset:  Tour of the Covered Street of the Ghirlanda and the Walkway of the Battlements
13-Jul      Armani | Silos
  Pre-symphony gathering
14-Jul      Exam 1
15 & 16 July   weekend free
17-Jul      Religion & History of Milan through the ages, visit Duomo Rooftop Terrace
18-Jul      Dominic Holdaway, PhD from University of Bologna will visit to discuss film
19-Jul      Silvia Mazzucotelli:  Italian Fashion Industry.
20-Jul      Alessandro Uccelli Italian History & Art at the Pinacoteca di Brera. Time, tbd
Jul 21, 22, 23  Long weekend
24-Jul      Massimo Scaglioni:  Italian media System:  Television
25-Jul      Luca Barra:  Italian Music
  Guided tour of the Last Supper
26-Jul      Chef Moreno welcomes us to Il Caminetto
27-Jul      Black Death Tour
28-Jul      Exam 2
  Farewell Dinner
29-Jul      all participants depart Milan 

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

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Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Catherine Wright

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/19/2017
Rolling Admission 07/01/2017 07/29/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.