DATES: June 1 – June 29, 2017
PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: tuition — 3 credits, accommodations, all breakfasts, welcome and farewell meals, travel insurance, program activities and cultural events). Internship program: $4,495 + airfare.
GENERAL LOCATION: The north-central Italian city of Bologna, in the lovely Emilia Romagna region.
Application deadline: extended while spaces remain
The Bologna Project
Cover the big global stories of our time, from the struggles of Syrian and African refugees surging through Europe to the post-Brexit controversies that threaten the very existence of the EU. Or delve into the cultural side of this sophisticated university city, famous for its food, street art and nightlife. No matter what your interest, you’ll be mentored by award-winning international journalists, multimedia storytellers and professors, who will help you develop the stories you care about.
You’ll learn to report, write and shoot multimedia stories as foreign correspondents do, while working with award-winning faculty to create a Web documentary about Bologna.
We also offer an internship program, which assigns students to write and shoot for professional English-language publications, in Europe and the United States. Internships are open to graduates of university journalism programs, to graduate students studying journalism, and to early-career professionals who want to sharpen their international reporting skills.
Global Journalism in Bologna is based at the European headquarters of Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in the heart of the city’s hip university district. The area is rich with restaurants, beautiful architecture and nightlife, and convenient to all urban bus and train transport.
Students will report on current affairs in Italy, and receive professional instruction in international reporting, videography and basic Italian. This will equip them with the full arsenal of skills expected of the modern foreign correspondent, who is often expected to work both as a writer and a visual journalist. Together, we’ll create a Web documentary about the city.
Classes run each morning, Monday through Thursday. After the customary long Italian lunch break, you’ll spend the afternoons reporting your stories, assisted by University of Bologna student interpreters, and by faculty members who will serve as your advisors.
You’ll also earn three academic credits you can transfer back to your home campus.
Except for the first weekend, devoted to orientation, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free for travel.
After five years in Istanbul, Turkey, this foreign correspondent training program is moving to Bologna. In Istanbul,
Students will earn 3 upper-division journalism credits from either Rutgers University or the University of Jamestown. Credits are transferable to your home campus, and may be accepted as journalism credit by your college or university. Graduates of university journalism programs, graduate students in journalism programs; and working professionals are eligible to apply for internships as junior foreign correspondents.
The course schedule and syllabus will be available soon.
Check out the site students produced in the 2015 program, Istanbul Stories – 2015.
Here is the web magazine the students produced in the 2014 program, A Nation in Conflict.
In 2013, our students covered Turkey’s Gezi Park uprising The Battle for Istanbul.
Bologna is one of the world’s greatest food cities, known for its salami (mortadella, the Italian word for baloney, was born here), prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, lasagna and artisanal tortellini. Dry sparkling regional red and white wines go so well with these dishes that many an apertivo bar will pair them for you.
Our Project Site and Accommodations
Students will stay in dorms on a well-equipped mini campus adjacent to the university district, in use by both Italian and foreign students year round, and a short walk or bus ride to Johns Hopkins.
The double and triple rooms are equipped with bathrooms and kitchenettes, within buildings that include cafeterias, gyms and “multimedia” rooms, which are available for screenings, watching TV and public computer use. Free wifi is provided.
Bologna is magnificently located in one of Italy’s most exciting regions, with Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, the Italian lakes and the Adriatic coast an easy day trip by train or bus.
The Emilia Romagna region itself is well worth exploring: it’s home to some of Italy’s top food destinations and restaurants, among them Osteria Francescana, in 2016 named the world’s best restaurant; to the luxury car empires of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati; and to the elegant Renaissance cities of Ferrara and Ravenna, known for their palaces, artistic heritage and bike-friendly medieval lanes.
Our faculty come from leading universities and news organizations.
Mary D’Ambrosio is an assistant professor of professional practice at Rutgers University, and the founding editor of Big World Magazine. She previously taught at New York University, Columbia University and Central Connecticut State University.
A dual-U.S. Italian citizen, and a writer specializing in international issues, she has reported widely in Europe and Latin America, for the Associated Press, Global Finance Magazine, and other publications. In 2015 and 2016, she traveled to Italy, Turkey and Germany, to write about the European migration crisis, as part of a project that argues for more humanizing coverage. The first installment was published in the Huffington Post.
[Additional faculty will be joining this program; please check back soon for updates.]
View complete faculty biographies on our Bologna Faculty Page.
The program is open to up to 16 English-speaking college students and recent graduates, from any school.
ieiMedia students have come from New York University, American University, San Francisco State University, the University of Colorado, Elon University, Iowa State University, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, UCLA, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University, Rice University, the University of Nevada-Reno, Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, the University of Arizona, the University of Montana, Loyola College, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, San Diego State Technological University, the University of Texas, Dallas, the University of British Columbia, Carleton University and Ryerson University. We’ve also hosted students from India, Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Thailand and Trinidad.
Most of our students are journalism or communications majors, but those majoring in other subjects are also welcome. Non-journalism majors should have a strong interest in reporting, and have had at least some experience working for a college or professional publication.
While the Bologna program provides professional digital cameras for shared use, students may prefer to bring a combined still/video camera of their own. An iPhone or other handheld device is adequate, but a DSLR with video capabilities, such as a Canon Rebel 5Ti or a Nikon D5100; or a compact video camera, such as a Canon Vixia; could also be helpful.
Each student must also bring a laptop computer, and a flash drive for storing and transporting work.
Tuition for the three-credit program is $4,995, plus airfare. The cost of the internship program is $4,445. In both cases, the fee includes daily breakfast, elegant welcome and goodbye dinners, housing, all instruction in Italian language, international reporting and photography, basic travel insurance, and special cultural programs and activities. It also includes production of our Web documentary.
Be sure to check with your school’s financial aid office to see if assistance is available. Many schools offer grants for their students to participate in independent programs.
If you are a Pell Grant recipient, consider applying for a U.S. State Department-sponsored Gilman Scholarship, which provides awards of up to $5,000 for study abroad. The early application deadline in Oct. 4, 2016; the regular application deadline is March 7, 2017.
The National Italian American Foundation is a significant font of study abroad financing to Italy, providing scholarships of $2,000-$12,000 each. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5, and at least one ancestor of Italian heritage.
The Global Foundation for Scholars offers $3,000 scholarships for study abroad experiences.
Here’s a summary of other financial aid options.
Students must fill out the online application, and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $150 application fee is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. Application deadline: Rolling admission until program fills.
If you have questions before applying, fill out our contact form.
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