About Us

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) offers journalism study-abroad courses and internship programs that help prepare students for the complex demands of 21st century global journalism. Our programs combine training in a range of media skills — photography, videojournalism, international reporting and writing for digital media — with hands-on practice reporting on a foreign culture.

Our alumni have gone on to professional careers with major media outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, CBS News, New York Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Wired, PCWorld, and The Charleston Gazette (find out more about our former students on the Alumni News page).

ieiMedia programs are open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from all schools. Each media course is taught by a team of professional journalists and journalism educators.

Andy Ciofalo

Andrew Ciofalo, ieiMedia Founder and President

A pioneer in journalism education, ieiMedia has been taking students abroad since 2002. It was founded by Andrew Ciofalo, now a professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland.

Our projects aim to educate students in various media disciplines while at the same time inspiring them to explore a foreign culture. For each project, students produce a publication — a multimedia website, print magazine or book — about the community where they live and learn. The stories produced range in subjects from economics and health care to language and culture.

Past programs have been based in Urbino, Italy (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Istanbul, Turkey (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Armagh, Northern Ireland (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Jerusalem, Israel (2013, 2014, 2015); Nice, France (2014, 2015); Valencia, Spain (2014, 2015); Perpignan, France (2010,  2011); Cagli, Italy (2002-2008) and Camerano, Italy (2006).

2015 Program Sites

Some of the most desirable locations to study abroad!

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Nearly 800 students have participated in past programs. Students have come from more than 80 schools in the U.S. and Canada, including:

  • American University
  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston College
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Carleton University
  • Colorado State University
  • Indiana University
  • Ithaca College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Mount Royal University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Rice University
  • Ryerson University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Arizona
  • UCLA
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Montana
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington and Lee University
  • West Virginia University

International students have come from Turkey, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad, Canada and the United Kingdom.


ieiMedia has partnerships with several prestigious universities who sponsor credit and provide faculty at our sites. The following universities are providing credits and facilities this year or have provided credit sponsorship in the recent past.

  • San Francisco State University
  • James Madison University
  • Iowa State University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • University of Jamestown
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Bahcesehir University
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • University of Baltimore
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Urbino
  • Berry College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Marquette University
  • Temple University

To find out more about how your department or university can co-sponsor an ieiMedia program, go to our Institutional Partnerships page.

Featured People Behind ieiMedia

Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall, Reporter - The Times-Picayune (Two Time Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter)

Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin - Urbino, Italy Instructor (Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist)

Mary D'Ambrosio

Mary D'Ambrosio - Florence, Italy Program Director and Editor of Big World Magazine


Susan West

Susan West - Urbino, Italy Magazine Co-Editor and former executive editor of Smithsonian magazine


Steve Listopad

Steve Listopad - Oslo, Norway Program Director


Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson - Urbino, Italy Program Director and Former Environmental Reporter at KCNC-TV in Denver


Terry Ciofalo

Terry Ciofalo, Armagh, Northern Ireland Program Director


Doug Cumming

Doug Cumming - Armagh instructor and journalism professor at Washington & Lee University


Michael Dorsher

Michael Dorsher - ieiMedia Director of Admissions and Nice, France Program Director

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Students Say...

My experience at The Perpignan Project was unbelievable, not only as as traveler but as a student. I was placed completely out of my element to take on a challenge that included language barriers, wrong directions, and Final Cut Express! As a student journalist, I was able to connect with the people of Perpignan to find meaningful stories that helped me increase my skills as a journalist and as a global citizen.
by Audrey Arthur, San Francisco State University, The Perpignan Project 2010