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. For examples of recent student work, see

Past programs have been based in Urbino, Italy (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Istanbul, Turkey (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Armagh, Northern Ireland (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014); Jerusalem, Israel (2013, 2014); Nice, France (2014); Valencia, Spain (2014); Perpignan, France (2010,  2011); Cagli, Italy (2002-2008) and Camerano, Italy (2006). Nearly 450 students have participated in these 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
  • Indiana University
  • Ithaca College
  • 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 Wisconsin
  • Washington and Lee University
  • West Virginia University

International students have come from 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 creditsand facilities this year or have provided credit sponsorship in the recent past.

  • San Francisco State University
  • Iowa State University
  • James Madison University
  • Bahcesehir University
  • University of Baltimore
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Guangxi Normal University
  • University of Urbino
  • Universty of Jamestown
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • 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, Instructor (Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist)

Mary D'Ambrosio

Mary D'Ambrosio - Istanbul Program Director and Editor of Big World Magazine


Susan West

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

Linda Gradstein

Linda Gradstein - Jerusalem, Israel instructor and Middle East Bureau Chief for The Media Line

Steve Anderson

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


Ilene Prusher

Ilene Prusher - International Reporting Instructor and multi-genre writer based in Jerusalem

Doug Cumming

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

Rachele Kanigel

Rachele Kanigel - Urbino instructor and journalism professor at San Francisco State University

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Students Say...

The ieiMedia program really opened up my horizons; I’d never done video or web or really any photography before and it was fascinating to see how each one told a story differently. I’m hooked on video now and can’t wait to bring what I learned back to my college paper.
by Alyssa Coltrain, Dickinson College, The Urbino Project 2009