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  • Locations: Online, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer (Online)
  • Budget Sheets: Summer (Online)
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Number of Credits Offered: 3 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: Communication, Film and Video Studies, Integrative Studies
Program Description:

Italian Media

Online, Summer 2021

This virtual program gives students from all majors the opportunity to learn more about Italy and its rich history and people through guest speakers who will lecture on Italian film, television, politics, and music, accompanied by in-depth discussion of these topics. Students interested in learning about Italy’s diverse and abundant culture should consider this virtual program. Each day, participants will be introduced to new elements of Italian media and culture to gain a well-rounded understanding of what it means to be Italian in the 21st century. 

Program Highlights

  • Learn about Italian Media, politics, music, film and culture through lectures and interactions with guest speakers
  • Actively view media (film, television, and music) to better understand what it means to be Italian
  • Engage in robust discussions about lectures and media for a fuller understanding of Italy's rich media, film, political and cultural history
  • Gain a global understanding and engage in intercultural communication from home
  • Earn 3 credits in Communication or Film & Video Studies


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 one course for a total of 3 credits.

Each student on the program will attend all lectures and activities 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.

Course Options

  • COMM 386: Italian Politics (3 credits)
  • COMM 396: Italian Media (3 credits)
Film & Video Studies
  • FAVS 399: Italian Film Study (3 credits)
Integrative Studies
  • INTS 399 (3 credits)

Program Dates

June 21 – July 3, 2021


Tentative Itinerary

Students must be available and present online from 8:30am-1:00pm during the program dates.
*Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
June 21 Class Meeting | Introduction to Italian Media | Guest Lecture
June 22 Class Meeting | Italian Politics
June 23 Class Meeting | Virtual Activity
June 24 Class Meeting | Italian Media
June 25 Class Meeting | Italian Media | Virtual Activity
June 26-27 Free Weekend
June 28 Class Meeting | Italian Media | Virtual Activity
June 29 Class Meeting | Italian Media | Student Presentations
June 30 Class Meeting | Guest Speaker
July 1 Class Meeting | Guest Speaker | Student Presentations
July 2 Class Meeting | Wrap Up Discussion
July 3 Exam due by 11:59 PM EDT

Program Cost

Virtual Summer 2021: $1627 for undergraduate students

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

Included: Tuition for 3 credits

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (Deposit + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments. All payments and charges are reflected in the student's Mason Student Account.

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 cost.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by May 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you've already paid (Deposit). Students who are using financial aid will need to contact the Financial Aid Office upon applying for the program.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must reach out to the Financial Aid Office directly. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to assess if a student will have aid available for summer until April 5. Please complete the summer aid request form on the Financial Aid Office’s website on/after April 5. 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:

Application Deadline:

May 1, 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.

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

Financial Aid: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly before May 10, 2021.

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 (she/her)
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer (Online) 2021 05/01/2021
Rolling Admission 06/21/2021 07/03/2021

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.