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Go From Casual Tourist to Global Citizen

This award-winning program begins with three-days in Florence and then moves into the beautiful Italian medieval village of Cagli in the Apennine Mountains, near the Adriatic Sea and the Renaissance cities of Urbino and Gubbio. You will be on the ancient Via Flaminia from Rome to the sea, where this unique opportunity will give you the tools to access a foreign culture and acquire practical language and multi-media skills—using proven cultural immersion techniques.

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.

Faces of Cagli 2016

cagli-2016As the students document the residents of Cagli and live everyday life in an Italian village, their experience culminates in a published book. The Faces of Cagli 2016 is now available with wonderful profiles that are a part of a 14-year documentary story of everyday people of Cagli, Italy.

These stories were guided by Gonzaga University Professor Kris Morehouse and the photographic work developed under David Maialetti, a prize-winning photographer of the Philadelphia Daily News and Temple University faculty member.

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Program Overview

Program Type
 Short-term, faculty-led program offered by Gonzaga University in Cagli, Italy
 June 17-July 3, 2017
Intercultural Communication and Multi-Media Studies.
Courses will be taught in English and there will be conversational Italian.
Shared apartments with kitchens and laundry in Cagli, and hotels in Florence.
Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.
Application Deadline
Application deadline January 15, 2017. Deposit deadline: February 1, 2017. Visit the main Study Abroad page here.
Personal Travel
There are two personal travel days to relax on the village piazza, go to the beach, or visit historical Rome, Venice, Perugia, or Assisi.
Graduate students or graduating seniors (from any discipline and/or university)
Application for Cagli Project/Rick Steves Scholarship
The M.A. in Communication & Leadership Studies program in cooperation with the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media offer a $500 graduate Intercultural Fellowship to students participating in the Cagli Project 2017.  See more details in the scholarship form.


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 Courses in Cagli, Italy (6 credits required):

  • COML 600: Multi-Media Practicum
  • COML 524: Communication & Culture
  • COML 513: Advanced Topics: International Media and Culture

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

  • COML 521: Travel Writing
  • COML 515: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication


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.

View Past Participant Projects

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

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.

Kristina_Morehouse_webKristina Morehouse

Storytelling (M.S. Journalism, University of Kansas)

Kristina Morehouse graduated with honors with an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, one of the top journalism schools in the country. Her previous degrees include a B.S. in biology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City – also with honors. Kristina worked 13 years as a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review where she earned several writing awards. Kristina teaches journalism, mass media history, and speech at Gonzaga University in the Communication Arts department. She was a recipient of Faculty of the Year Service Learning Award for her Community Journalism class. She also teaches master’s level writing for the MA in Communication and Leadership Studies program at Gonzaga University. Kristina Morehouse has been with the GonzagainCagli project since 2010.

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

Concentration in International & Intercultural Communication

COML Required Concentration Elective Course: (3 credits)

  • COML 509 Travel Writing; or COML 515 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (3 credits)
  • COML 602 Thesis or Project (3 credits)

Cultural Immersion classes in Italy: (6 credits – two of the three following courses):

  • COML 600 Multi-Media Practicum (3 credits)
  • COML 524 Communication & Culture (3 credits)
  • COML 513 Advanced Topics in Communication: International Media and Culture (3 credits)

*To complete the 30-credit COML degree, the required core courses, one additional elective, and the two capstone course are needed in addition to the above concentration courses.  The capstone course requires a topic choice relevant to international and intercultural communication.

What Our Students Say...

Stephanie Burger

The trip to Cagli changed my life. I know that everyone says that and it might sound a bit cliche but my time in Italy truly changed me, my relationships with others, my views on life and my views on the world. In my brief time in Cagli, I became a member of a family. I connected with my Italian heritage, experienced pure human kindness and made friends for life. My trip took me on adventures throughout Europe and I was pushed way out of my comfort zone but in the best way possible. I have learned to appreciate the things in life that otherwise get overlooked. I stop to smell the fresh spring flowers, and take time to enjoy a quality cup of coffee in the middle of the day. I appreciate the hard work that it takes to create a quality and honest living and always prioritize time with those I love and care about. These are all things that Cagli taught me and all lessons that I carry with me every day. If you are considering taking the trip to Cagli with Dr. Caputo and his incredible team I urge you to stop considering and simply commit. This experience will change you for the better and will truly turn you into a citizen of the world. E Siempre Una Avventura!

Meagan Newsome

Cagli and the entire Italy trip engages all your senses; your taste buds, your language skills, your people skills, and your love for continued travel abroad will be enlightened. “Living as the locals” gives you a whole new perspective on village of Cagli. With Gonzaga professors  as your guides, you’ll suddenly feel as though Cagli isn’t so foreign after all.

Courtney Dirk

Tears ran down my face as I watched our final presentation out on the piazza in Cagli. I was sad to leave, happy that I was able to experience so much, and grateful for the amazing people that I was honored to meet and now call my friends.   The Cagli project was truly a gift to my life.

Shelly Hepler

Few things teach you about your life and your interactions with other people like fully immersing yourself in your surroundings. It is the only way to have experiences such as losing yourself in the cobbled streets of Cagli, climbing the hills of Urbino, touring Florence and trying not to speak English (tough!), visiting the little shops, and watching children play in the Burono River. These things aren’t just pleasures; they teach you about yourself and your place in a world, that it is much bigger than the confines of an office desk or the halls of academia.

Rachel Price

Much of graduate school can seem overly theoretical, leaving us as learners to figure out the how and the why of mountains of learning.  But during the Cagli program everything is real–still complicated, still up for interpretation and application, but happening in the now, allowing us as students to see our learning dynamically in the faces and places around us. Because cultural differences are real and significant, communication really is so much more than mere verbal expression, and everything we are used to relying on is thousands of miles away, we are challenged to think differently, and see things which we would just plain miss when studying from the comfort of our own carefully crafted lives.  The Cagli Project gave me an opportunity for what I consider deep learning and scholarship–the kind from which I will never recover.  Along the way I met amazing people, saw beautiful places, had some incomparable coffee, pastries, pasta, and gelato, and decided that no force on this earth would keep me from giving a moment of my experience back.

Emily Hernandez

I’ve made memories in a culture yet untouched by few outsiders and still fewer tourists. I’ve learned from some of the best professors in my field of study. I’ve made lifelong friendships. My time in Cagli haunts my daily life and I often find myself daydreaming about Monte Petrano, eating cherries on the steps of the opera house, or sitting on the old man’s wall in the square. It was an immersive learning experience, to be sure, and the rich experiences I had there still affect me deeply.

Steve Hertz

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