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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 Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Italian Media, Society, and Culture in Milan

Italy, Summer 2022


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 25 – July 23, 2022

Sample Itinerary

June 25 Arrive to Milan | Evening Class Meeting
June 26 Afternoon Language Class | Welcome Dinner
June 27 Introduction to Italian Society | Class Meeting
June 28 Trip to Lago Como
June 29 University of Milan
June 30 Class Meeting - Italian Media
July 1 Class Meeting - Lecture
July 2-3 Free Weekend
July 4 Class Meeting - Media
July 5 Class Meeting - Media | Trip to Chiaravalle
July 6 Stresa and the Three Islands
July 7 Visit local market | Afternoon Lecture
July 8 Exam One | Castello Sforzesco
July 9-10 Free Weekend
July 11 Italian Fashion | Evening Activity
July 12 Italian Art Lecture | Visit La Scala Opera House
July 13 Italian Print Journalism & Law Lecture | Pinacoteca di Brera
July 14 Certosa di Pavia | The Last Supper
July 15 Italian Music Lecture
July 16-17 Weekend Free
July 18 Trip to Torino | Shroud of Turin
July 19 Trip to Torino | Museo Nazionale del Cinema
July 20 Visit the Triennale di Milano
July 21 Religion through the Ages Lecture
July 22 Exam Two | Farewell Dinner
July 23 Depart for U.S.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!

Summer 2021: $5125

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. 
  • Application Deposit 
  • Tuition and mandatory fees 
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Accommodations
  • Some group meals
  • Guided tours and field excursions as described in itinerary
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport fees 
  • Visa fees
  • Covid-19 Testing 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Some meals 
  • 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. 

Program Payments 

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.) 
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. 
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit 
  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account. 
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge. 
Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad. 
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal. 
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in 
After acceptance:  *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:
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at
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, 2022

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.

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, PhD
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 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2022 07/23/2022

** 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.