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Intercultural Communication & International Media in Cagli, Italy

Go From Casual Tourist to Global Citizen

This unique opportunity gives you the tools to access a foreign culture and acquire practical language skills, rapidly — using an immersion technique. The ability to assimilate quickly and to hone in on another culture’s values are indispensable tools for anyone preparing for a career in a field where globalization and multi-culturalism are becoming increasingly important. At the micro level, students will learn how to read another culture on its own terms — thereby eliminating cultural bias. At the macro level, students will be ready to become facilitators in the inter-cultural dialogue that the modern world requires

The Program At-A-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Session I: Tuesday, June 9 – Thursday, June 25, 2014 Session II:  Friday, June 26 – Sunday, July 12, 2014. If enrollment grows, we may offer both dates below to accommodate all students. A decision will be made by February 1st and will be based on enrollments & student date flexibility.
  • Eligibility: Graduate students or graduating seniors (from any discipline and/or university).
  • Language: Courses will be taught in English and there will be conversational Italian.
  • Subjects: Intercultural Communication and Multi-Media Studies.
  • Housing: Shared Apartments with Kitchen and Laundry.
  • Estimated Cost: $5,276
  • Cost includes: 6 credits graduate tuition, 17 nights housing, transportation in Italy, some excursions and meals, technology, and orientation program.
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.
  • Program Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis and no later than February 1, 2014. The program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the program is filled prior to February 1, 2014, a wait list may become necessary.
  • Application: Visit the main Study Abroad page here.
  • Application for Cagli Project/Rick Steves Scholarship: The Master’s Program in Communication & Leadership Studies in cooperation with the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media is pleased to announce two $300 graduate scholarships to students. Application deadline February 7, 2014.

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Contact information:
Katuska Kohut
Assistant Director & FLSA Program Manager
Gonzaga University Study Abroad


This is a multimedia summer program in a small Italian town for graduate students and graduating seniors. You will begin in Florence with a two-night hotel stay, an opening dinner, and a walking tour of Florence that starts at the Piazza del Duomo, continues to the Piazza di Republica, on to the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Galleries. From there we will take you to the famous Ponte Vecchio and end at the Mercato Centrale. On the third day we will take a train or bus to Cagli, Italy where the bulk of our teaching and fieldwork will take place. In Cagli students will share apartments with full-cooking facilities and a washing machine for laundry. In addition we will have a possible daytrip to the Renaissance city of Urbino and there will be weekend travel available to Rome, Venice, local seaside towns, or relaxing and absorbing the charms in the medieval city of Cagli. The program involves the creation of a web documentary, online components including readings and postings preparing for Italy, and a post-Italy reflection paper.

Cagli, Italy

Cagli is an ancient town of 15,000 people, nestled on the eastern slopes of Italy’s Appennini Mountains in the little-known Marche region in central Italy. The Adriatic coast and its beaches are a 40-minute bus ride away, but Cagli has plenty of attractions amid its small cobblestone streets: shopping, a gem of an opera house, a weekly street market, numerous cafes and amazing restaurants, mountain hiking, a modern fitness center, bike rentals, excellent medical care, two hotels, a waterfall, river swimming, and a fantastic, lively piazza. Hidden from tourists, Cagli offers a unique opportunity to explore authentic Italian life.

Cagli has a rich history dating back well over 2000 years. Cagli became part of the Roman Empire in 295 BC and quickly grew in prominence as a vital stop on the ancient Via Flaminia, one of Rome\’s earliest and most important roads. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Caglis strategic location made it a popular staging ground for battles. In 1287, the city was destroyed by fire in a battle among noble Italian families but was rebuilt two years later under orders from Pope Nicholas IV. Various noble families held Cagli until it was incorporated into the Papal States in the 17th Century, with it eventually becoming part of united Italy in 1860.

The course is a hybrid that combines classroom instruction and lab work with aspects of internship and practicum courses, including field work in a setting unfamiliar to student participants. Students work to produce multi-media stories with faculty members serving as supervisors. Faculty work with students to master intercultural competence and apply media skills.


Cultural Immersion classes in Italy (6 credits required):

  • COML 506 – Intercultural & International Communication (3 credits) or
  • COML 513 – Advanced Topics in Communication: International Media and Culture (3 credits) or
  • COML 517 – Communication Practicum in Multi-Media (3 credits)

Students who complete the courses in Cagli, Italy in addition to the following courses online or on campus are eligible for recognition in the International and Intercultural Concentration

  • COML 508 – Theorizing Communication (3 credits)
  • COML 509 – Social Dynamics of Communication Technologies (3 credits)


Class schedules vary, but are generally planned for Monday to Thursday, allowing independent travel on weekends.

A typical class day:

  • Class sessions – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Caffe discussions – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Class sessions II – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lunch & Pausa – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Lab and Field work – 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.


  • Intercultural and International Communication
  • Conversational Italian
  • Photography
  • Blogging and Journaling
  • Profile Writing

Students will develop essays, blogs/podcasts and photos that explain and describe elements of intercultural communication in a foreign environment. There will be both pre-program readings and a post program reflective essay. Additionally we may have guest speakers on art, winemaking, Italian media, etc.

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The International Residential experience cost for 2014 is estimated at $5276

The Program costs include:

  • 6 graduate credits
  • Hotel stay and opening dinner in Florence, Italy
  • Transportation from Florence to Cagli and Cagli to Florence
  • Shared apartment residency
  • Technology fees and courses in a famous 14th Century Palazzo in Cagli
  • Day trip to the classic Renaissance city of Urbino
  • Guest Lecture by Italian Media specialist
  • Closing dinner celebration
Costs not included:
  • airfare
  • most meals
  • personal expenses
  • textbooks
Cagli Project/Rick Steves Scholarship The Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies in cooperation with the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media is pleased to offer two $300 graduate scholarships to students participating in the Cagli Project 2014. Application deadline: February 7, 2014.

John_Caputo_webDr. John S. Caputo

Director/Intercultural Communication (Professor and Walter Ong, S.J. Scholar, Chair, Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University)

Dr. Caputo earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication, communication and culture. He is the author of six books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; Public Speaking Handbook: A Liberal Arts Perspective; Effective Communication Handbook; and McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture. Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Universita de Firenze, Italy. He has been taking student groups to Italy for the past seventeen years and has been part of the Cagli Project since 2002.

Heather_Crandall_webDr. Heather Crandall

Associate Director/Storytelling (Ph.D., Washington State University)

Dr. Crandall’s areas of concentration are American Studies, Communication, and Rhetoric. She is specifically interested in visual rhetoric and social change, media literacy, and communication pedagogy. Heather teaches courses in theorizing communication, media literacy, small group communication, interpersonal communication, advanced rhetorical criticism, organizational communication, and public speaking. Heather teaches courses in theorizing communication, media literacy, small group communication, interpersonal communication, advanced rhetorical criticism, organizational communication, and public speaking.

Carolyn_Cunningham_webDr. Carolyn Cunningham

Storytelling (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Cunningham completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Radio-Television-Film where she also earned a doctoral certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research areas include media and technological literacy, social media, the digital divide, nonprofit communication, youth studies, and qualitative research. She is the editor of Social Networking and Impression Management: Self-Presentation in the Digital Age (Lexington Books, 2012). Her work has been published in New Media & Society, Journal of Children and Media, as well as several book chapters. She teaches classes in communication theory, social dynamics of communication technology, communication teaching and pedagogy, and public speaking. She is a board member of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

GioGiovanni Caputo

Italian Language and Translator (M.A., B.A. in communication and fine arts, Gonzaga University & The Evergreen State College)

Aside from teaching in Italy, Giovanni has spent time teaching at various levels in the French public school system. Back in the U.S., he works as a French translator and graphic designer. Giovanni’s academic interests include journalism, short story writing and storytelling. In addition to teaching a course on journaling in last year’s Cagli program, he was also the editor of the Armagh Examiner and Around Armagh, online news and information blogs created for the program InArmagh 2007. Giovanni has been with the GonzagainCagli project since 2009.

D_Caputo_webDarcy Caputo

Web Master and Head Lab Technician (B.A. in Communications & Fine Art Photography, The Evergreen State College)

After graduating Darcy worked for various photography studios before focusing on print journalism, contributing writing and photography to Spokane, Wa alt weekly newspaper The Pacific Northwest Inlander and San Francisco’s XLR8R magazine. In 2007 he joined ieiMedia (The Institute for Education in International Media) as a lab technician for their study abroad programs in Cagli, Italy and Armagh, Northern Ireland. Starting in 2009 he joined the Gonzaga-in-Cagli project first as head Lab Technician, then later as Web Master. During this period he befriended Stones Throw recording artist James Pants and was given the opportunity to contribute instrumentation and cover art for his 2011 self-titled release. More recently he has been working in the localization industry as a Language Support Specialist for such clients as Microsoft, Starbucks and Playdom, Disney’s Facebook games branch.

DaveDave Maialetti

Photography (C.C. of Philadelphia, Staff Photographer at Philadelphia Daily News)

Before joining the Daily News in 1997, he worked at the Press Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg, Pa. Maialetti is the director of Philadelphia Conference, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of photojournalism. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Press Photographers Association. Currently teaches the Introduction to Photojournalism course at Community College of Philadelphia and is an adjunct at Temple University. He is a 1989 graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications. Dave instructed photography for the 2006 Camerano Project as well as the 2007 & 2008 Cagli Project hosted by ieiMedia and has been with the GonzagainCagli project since 2009.

To apply for the Gonzaga-in-Cagli Project click here.

Gonzaga University offers a wide selection of courses within the field of Communication. To offer our students the utmost flexibility relevant to their interests, we offer a broad selection of courses that students are free to choose from to complete their degree. Many students choose to take particular courses to create opportunities to develop skills in particular sub-specializations within the field of communication.

Here is one that can enhance your intercultural competence skills:

Course a: COML 506 International and Intercultural Communication in Cagli, Italy

Course b: COML 517 Multi-Media Practicum in Cagli, Italy

Course c: Choose one of the following two courses

  • COML 508 Theorizing Communication or
  • COML 509 Social Dynamics of Communication Technology

Course d: COML 680 Capstone with project or thesis on Intercultural Theme