Marche/Italy Fact Sheet

Apply now to reserve your place in Marche, Italy.
DATES: June 22 – July 6, 2018

PROGRAM COST: $2,995 plus airfare (includes tuition for three credits, accommodations, most meals, travel insurance, farewell dinner and program-related local travel).

GENERAL LOCATION: Le Marche Region of Italy

FOCUS: Travel Journalism | Media Production

COOPERATING UNIVERSITIES: University of Jamestown, Colorado State University

CONTACT: Questions about the Urbino Project? Contact the Program Directors Steve Weiss ( or Greg Luft (

Italy's Marche Region Travel Journalism Program

Earn three credits during a fast-paced travel journalism and media production program based in the enchanting Marche region of central Italy. This two-week adventure includes travel to secretive hilltop restaurants, historic walled villages, exciting coastal cities with beautiful beaches and a countryside where every field and village seems as though it is designed by an artist. Students will travel by van, bus and trains to a variety of nearby destinations, learning how to practice travel journalism effectively and inexpensively. Coursework and field experiences focus on how travel reporting and media production during travel are extraordinary. More importantly, experiences during the program will demonstrate how the journey itself can enhance the telling of a story. Assignments will include written stories, photos and video presented in a blog developed for the course.

BeautIful scenery in the Marche Region of Italy.

Students will stay in the magical walled city of Urbino. The program includes rooms and most meals provided by the University of Urbino. The city will serve as a base of operations, with day trips to the coast, beautiful villages with spectacular food, out-of-the way historical sites and at least one major tourist destination. The cities of Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rimini, Ancona and Rome are easily accessible by train. For more information about Urbino, see the Urbino Project, a four-week program that precedes the travel journalism course.


Students will sign up for three credits of transferable upper-level journalism electives from our partner university, Jamestown University. Students who are interested in earning six credits can complete both the Urbino program and the Marche program back to back over a six week period.

Contact: Program Directors Steve Weiss ( or Greg Luft (


The program is open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from any school. Students from many universities have participated in past ieiMedia programs, including: James Madison University, Colorado State University, Ithaca College, Iowa State University, Stanford University, Pennsylvania University, Penn State University, McGill University, Rider University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, Carleton University, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, Truman State University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin, Kennesaw State University, California State University-Fullerton, Colorado State University, Temple University, Arizona State University, State University of New York at New Paltz, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Georgetown University, University of Northern Iowa, Humboldt State University, Indiana University, Washington & Lee University, Wilkes University, San Diego State University, American University, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia, Westminster College and Baylor University. We’ve also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Thailand and Trinidad.

The program is based in the historic city of Urbino.

Most of our students are journalism or communications majors, but those majoring in other subjects are welcome. For non-journalism/communication majors, experience working for a college or professional publication is helpful, but is not necessary. The program is open to English-speaking students and recent graduates from around the world.

Graduate students also are invited to apply. We’d be happy to talk with you about supervising an independent project that would qualify for graduate credit at your school -- or to offer this experience as a graduate internship.


Vineyards near Urbino.

This program is led by professors Steve Weiss and Greg Luft from Colorado State University. Both instructors have taught in the region previously. Professional travel journalist Ashley Colburn also will participate.

Steve Weiss is an award-winning television anchor, reporter and producer of local and network television sports and news programming. He has produced and hosted programs for ESPN, TNN, FOX Prime Sports and the Outdoor Network, among others. He has been teaching full time at Colorado State University for seven years and directs the university’s program in live television production.

Greg Luft is chair of the Journalism and Media Communication Department at Colorado State University. He has a diverse career as a television news reporter and anchor; documentary, educational, and corporate video producer; freelance video journalist; teacher and academic administrator. He has been named a Colorado State University Best Teacher. He began teaching in Italy in 2012.

Ashley Colburn began her career as a host, producer and writer for Wealth TV in 2009. She is an Emmy award winner and has produced television programs in 30 countries since she began her career in 2009. Since 2011 Colburn has operated her own production company, completing a wide variety of travel journalism media projects for companies and countries around the world.

View complete faculty biographies on our Marche/Italy Faculty Page.


Students will live in University of Urbino dorms, either in a private room with private bath or sharing a room with a private bath with one other student. Three meals a day in the student cafeteria are included. Sheets and towels are provided.


Students are expected to bring a laptop computer and digital camera. ieiMedia will provide additional equipment, including high-definition video cameras.


University of Urbino students will act as interpreters. Students find working with these Italian students to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the program.

Program Cost

$2,995 plus airfare (includes tuition for three credits, accommodations, most meals, travel insurance, farewell dinner and program-related local travel.

Financial Aid

Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options, but they increase if you are earning six credits for the summer by taking the two-week Marche Travel Journalism Program after the four-week Urbino Project. Check with your school’s financial aid office and your study-abroad offices to find out if assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available here.

Apply now to reserve your place in the Marche Travel Journalism program. Or contact program directors Steve Weiss ( or Greg Luft ( Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two (academic or professional) references using the Apply Now Link. A $50 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.

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