Student Testimonials

Megan Northcote

Megan Northcote, Appalachian State University

After spending a month in Urbino scheduling and rescheduling interviews and photoshoots, crossing my fingers for a strong enough internet connection to send an email, and hiking up hills to get to class, I’ve certainly learned my lesson – being an journalist in a foreign country is not easy, but definitely worth it! While I’ve faced many reporting challenges, there is no better location to grow as a journalist than in the gorgeous Renaissance town of Urbino, where every view of rolling green hillsides and birds circling around castle spires reminds me I’m in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And now I have an awesome Urbino Now magazine and tons of breathtaking photos to remind me of my once-in-a-lifetime international reporting experience.

(2012 Urbino Project)


Leah De Graaf

Leah De Graaf, Iowa State University

Urbino has stretched my reporting and writing skills to a new level and taught me that getting the story is so much more than simply asking the right questions. It is about absorbing the details around me. In Urbino, I gained confidence in my writing and photography skills, but most importantly, I created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

(2012 Urbino Project)


Leah De Graaf

Allison Butler, Iowa State University

Urbino has been more than an eye opening experience for me. It has showed me how to face diversity, language barriers and new customs with ease. I have grown as a photographer and journalist and can’t wait to hit the ground running with my new skills upon my return to the United States. I have fallen in love with Urbino and am counting down the days until my return.

(2012 Urbino Project)



Catherine Threlkeld

Catherine Threlkeld, Louisiana State University

Where to begin, Urbino? More than two weeks after I left, my head is now swirling with thoughts about my experiences there. Urbino was home for the four best weeks of my life. I learned so much about reporting, writing, videography and photography, and my cultural appreciation for that tiny Le Marche city broadened immensely.

Read more of Catherine’s impressions
(2011 Urbino Project)


Kat Russell

Kat Russell, California State University, Northridge

The instruction, support and help that I received from the instructors were nothing short of remarkable. I learned how to shoot, edit and produce a multi-media piece. I had the opportunity to work as a journalist in a foreign country and face all the struggles and triumphs that came along with that. In the end, I put together work that I am truly proud of. Additionally I made wonderful friends whom I know I will remain in contact with for the years to come. My experience in Istanbul helped me to grow as a student, a journalist, a photographer, a traveler and as a person.

See an excerpt from Kat’s blog
(2011 Istanbul Project)


Kailah Bharath

Kailah Bharath, Ryerson University

I have had the opportunity to see some beautiful sights and meet some incredible people in Urbino. Through the reporting process, I was able to delve deep into a local’s life, which has added such great value to my Italy experience as well as my journalistic skills. I’m leaving Italy with my heart full and a renewed motivation to go as far as I can in my career as a journalist.

(2011 Urbino Project)


Grant Bell

Grant Bell, James Madison University

I came to Urbino to gain professional and cultural experiences by creating a short documentary on the local life and interacting with the Italian culture. The lessons I’ve learned, both in terms of media and journalism, as well as living in a foreign country, are priceless and will never be forgotten.

(2011 Urbino Project)


Cassie Thunhorst

Cassie Thunhorst, Iowa State University

While I learned many things about journalism, photography, and video production in Urbino, I also gained a perspective I did not expect. I sincerely appreciate the Italian friends that I made who were willing to stumble through broken conversation and moments of confusion to show me the city, the culture, and the lifestyle of the people here in Urbino. It was a fantastic combination of hard work and adventure.

(2011 Urbino Project)


Kenneth Foo

Kenneth Foo, Nanyang Technological University

The experience of overseas reporting at a small renaissance Italian town like Urbino, has been exhilarating. Experiencing its sights and sounds, gaining new journalistic skills and working with local translators. What more can one ask for?

(2011 Urbino Project)

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Students Say...

“My experience in Urbino can be adequately be summed up by one very key Italian phrase: “Mamma mia!” The hills, the history, the pasta and the overall experience were such enjoyable eye-openers. Studying abroad is truly a priceless opportunity, and I know my time in Urbino will send me back to the states with a new worldview that will forever be with me.”
by Milana Katic, Indiana University, Urbino Project 2012