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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Other Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Art History, Honors, Communication, English, Film and Video Studies, History, Integrative Studies Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan

Italy, Summer 2021


Special Scholarship Opportunity: The Love, KK Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan Program Scholarship. Click Financial Info to learn more.


This study abroad program gives students from all majors the opportunity to learn more about Italy, and its rich history and people through lectures and excursions. People interested in learning about Italian art, politics, culture, society, food, history, film, media, and engaging in intercultural communication daily should consider this trip.

Each day, Monday through Friday, participants are introduced to new elements of Italy, with the goal of having a well-rounded understanding of what it means to be Italian in the 21st century when they return home. Weekends are free for participants to travel to famous cities like Florence, Rome, Venice, and Verona (home of Romeo and Juliet). 

Italian professors, who are experts in their field, have warmly welcomed participants for 10 years and thoroughly enjoy sharing with us what they know!  All professors are fluent in English and have traveled the world, including the U.S. They love learning more about who we are, what you we studying, and what we are learning in Italy.

To enhance the lectures, participants engage in numerous excursions weekly. Participants are guided by English-speaking experts in their field while we learn about the historic city of Turin and the Roman city of Pavia. We learn about the Black Plague and its importance not only to Milan, but to the world as we know it today.  We have a special visit to see Leonardo daVinci’s The Last Supper, with a guide who knows it intricately. One of the favorite days of previous participants is our day-long personal cooking lesson overlooking Lake Como with Chef Moreno! There, we will learn to cook Italian dishes such as gnocchi and pasta, and will learn how to make tomato sauce from scratch. This day will change the way you think about food and its place in our culture!

We spend time in Milan experiencing its rich history and remarkable sights. Much overlooked by tourists, this northern Italian gem boasts some of the best art and exciting world history in Europe. We have a guided tour of Milan’s art museum where we can see some world-renowned pieces such as a Caravaggio, Raphael, and Mantegna. We will spend time in the Castello Sforzesco, where we learn about life and treachery in a medieval settlement.  Yet, some of the most exciting moments in Milan happen when you have time during lunches or after lectures to explore the city! Whether it’s lunching near the Duomo, having aperitivo by the Navigli, or shopping during the month-long sales, you will find yourself feeling caught up in the excitement that is Milan!

Program Highlights

  • Experience the society and culture of Italy while living in and studying some of the most fascinating and historical cities in Italy  
  • 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, di Brera, city of Pavia, and Milan Black Death Tour
  • Full day personalized cooking class with Chef Moreno on Lago di Como

Student Videos


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

Minimum GPA: 2.25 GPA


Students will enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits.

Each student on the program will attend all lectures and excursions as described in the itinerary, but focus the topics of their written coursework around the courses in which they are enrolled. Through the course of program, students will produce three short papers on their research topics and a final creative project.

Tentative Course Options

Art History
  • ARTH 398: Art History in Italy (3 credits)

  • COMM 386: Italian Politics (3 credits)
  • COMM 396: Italian Media (3 credits)
  • COMM 397: Video Production in Italy (3 credits)
  • COMM 399: Italian Cultural Studies (3 credits)
  • COMM 399: Photography: A Foreign Lens (3 credits)
  • ENGH 362: Global Voices (3 credits) (Mason Core)

Film & Video Studies
  • FAVS 399: Italian Film Study (3 credits)
  • FAVS 399: Video Production in Italy (3 credits)
  • HIST 398: Italian Historical Studies (3 credits)

Integrative Studies
  • INTS 399: Italian Fashion (3 credits)
  • INTS 399: Fashion LookBook (3 credits)

Program Dates

June 26 – July 24, 2021

Sample Itinerary

June 26 Arrive to Milan | Evening Class Meeting
June 27 Afternoon Language Class | Welcome Dinner
June 28 Introduction to Italian Society | Class Meeting
June 29 Trip to Lago Como
June 30 University of Milan
July 1 Class Meeting - Italian Media
July 2 Class Meeting - Lecture
July 3-4 Free Weekend
July 5 Class Meeting - Media
July 6 Class Meeting - Media | Trip to Chiaravalle
July 7 Stresa and the Three Islands
July 8 Visit local market | Afternoon Lecture
July 9 Exam One | Castello Sforzesco
July 10-11 Free Weekend
July 12 Italian Fashion | Evening Activity
July 13 Italian Art Lecture | Visit La Scala Opera House
July 14 Italian Print Journalism & Law Lecture | Pinacoteca di Brera
July 15 Certosa di Pavia | The Last Supper
July 16 Italian Music Lecture
July 17-18 Weekend Free
July 19 Trip to Torino | Shroud of Turin
July 20 Trip to Torino | Museo Nazionale del Cinema
July 21 Visit the Triennale di Milano
July 22 Religion through the Ages Lecture
July 23 Exam Two | Farewell Dinner
July 24 Depart for U.S.

Program Cost

Summer 2021: Coming Soon!

Summer 2020: $5,125

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, including a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge which together equals the published Program Cost for this course.


  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Double or triple occupancy in dormitory style housing
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Unlimited metro/bus pass for transportation within Milan in July, walking tour of the area around the University of Milan
  • 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, di Brera, city of Pavia, and Milan Black Death Tour
  • Full day personalized cooking class with Chef Moreno on Lago di Como
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, lunches, other transportation, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.

When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Special Scholarship Opportunity:  The Love, KK Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan Program Scholarship

Open to George Mason University students participating in the Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan Program, with a minimum G.P.A of 2.5, The Love, KK Foundation will award one student a $1000 scholarship to assist in the participation in the program. The scholarship is need- and merit-based and each applicant is carefully considered. Applicants are encouraged to share special circumstances, personal stories, or any other connections that demonstrate why and how the student will benefit from the Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan, Italy and the scholarship award.
The scholarship is given In memory of KK Brady. KK Brady was a star athlete and loving person. She played soccer at George Mason University and had a great desire to travel the world. KK's experiences and friendships made while on the study abroad program were instrumental in influencing the amazing things she set forth to do in life. In Milan she embraced the full experience of her study abroad. She balanced fun, play, work and study. The friends she went with and the ones she made while there were all positively affected by her sunny personality and her melodic laughter. After college, KK was living her dream as a young entrepreneur.
“Here Megan and I sit next to the Duomo di Milano, a landmark.  Surrounding the cathedral lives endless shopping and gelato. I saw the Duomo in the heat, lit up at night, and I even climbed to the top and saw Italian life from above.  Living in Milan for a month was the experience of a lifetime.“ --KK

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Active application to a Global Education Office (GEO) program in Milan Italy by the scholarship application deadline
  • Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate only) at the time of application 

Submit all materials to:
Subject line: The Love, KK Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan Program Scholarship
  • Unofficial transcript with your application
  • Explanation of financial need/assistance in 100 words or less.
  • Description of what you expect to get out of your study abroad experience, and why you feel inspired to take part in this experience.
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, employer, or mentor depicting your character. This should be emailed directly from the person recommending you to the love, KK email: Please make sure they list your name and the scholarship: The Love, KK Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan Program Scholarship.

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  Catherine Wright
Name Catherine Wright
Phone 703-993-1278

GEO Program Administrator

Name Jess Ostrowski-Wright
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/26/2021 07/24/2021

** 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.