Urbino, Italy

Urbino Partners

DATES: May 27 – June 24, 2016

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinners on most days, travel insurance, welcome and farewell dinners, program activities and cultural events).

GENERAL LOCATION: Le Marche Region of Italy/Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region of Italy

MEDIA: TextMagazinePhotographyVideo


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Steve Anderson

Questions about the Urbino Project? Contact Program Director Steve Anderson at: sanderson@ieimedia.com


Urbino, Italy

Urbino, Italy

Urbino lies in the northern part of central Italy’s Marche Region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Many say the Renaissance started here under the patronage of Duke Federico da Montefeltro, whose twin-turreted palace still houses an outstanding collection of period art. Work with a team of experienced media professionals to create multimedia publications about the town of Urbino, Italy, and get a taste of being a foreign correspondent.

Students will live and learn at the University of Urbino, with all meals included. No Italian language proficiency is required. Students will work with University of Urbino students who serve as translators/interpreters. The program includes basic Italian language instruction.

Students who sign up for Multimedia Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and video, and will produce a website about the city. Those who sign up for Magazine Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and feature writing, and will produce a print-on-demand magazine, Urbino Now.

The programs include full room and board in a University of Urbino dormitory.

During this four-week program, you will learn how to:

  • research and report a story in a foreign setting
  • produce multimedia content for a website or produce articles and photos for a feature magazine
  • tell stories in ways that incorporate video, audio, graphics, maps and interactive elements
  • work with an interpreter
  • speak some basic Italian

Recent Urbino Multimedia Projects

Between May 29 and June 26, 2015, 38 student journalists from around the world developed multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy. They came from James Madison University, Iowa State University, Ryerson University, Rider University, Carleton University, Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, State University of New York at New Paltz, Wilkes University, Humboldt State University, and Thammasat University.  

Between May 30 and June 29, 2014, 41 student journalists from around the world participated in the Urbino program. Students came from James Madison University, Kennesaw State University, Mount Royal University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Colorado State University, University of Northern Iowa, California State University – Fullerton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carleton University, Louisiana Scholars’ College, and Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi.

Check out the content Urbino students produced in other years at 2013.inurbino.net, 2012.inurbino.net and the Eppy Award-winning 2011 site at 2011.inurbino.net.

Eppy Awards
EPPY Award Winner

Recent Magazine Projects

Urbino Now 2015 (cover)

Check out the latest travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2015

Urbino Now 2014 (cover)

Check out the 2014 travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2014. You can also view earlier editions of the 2012, 2011, and 2010 (in print and digital formats). 

Academic Credit

Journalism Course (3 credits)

Students in the Urbino, Italy, program can sign up for either Section 1 Multimedia Journalism or Section 2 Magazine Journalism.

Students in Section 1 Multimedia Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and video, and will produce content for a website about the community. Each student will be required to write and create a slideshow and/or shoot and edit a short video story.

Multimedia Journalism Syllabus

Students in Section 2 Magazine Journalism will study feature reporting, writing, and photography, and will create content for a print-on-demand magazine about Urbino and the surrounding area. Each student will produce text and photos for a full-length feature article.

Magazine Journalism Syllabus

Coached by teachers who have won Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards, students in both sections will work on skills critical for successful journalism, including the basics of reporting and telling compelling stories, through both words and images. Students will learn how to navigate as professional journalists in a foreign culture by working with interpreters and crafting ready-to-publish features and news stories. Students will also study “survival” Italian and learn about the history and culture of the region.


Ducal Palace

University Credits

Students will sign up for 3 credits from our partner university, Jamestown University. (James Madison University and Iowa State University students will sign up for credit through their universities). Credits are transferable and may be accepted for journalism elective credit by your college or university.

The City

Urbino is a picturesque Renaissance hill town and the jewel of the Marche region of central Italy. Although Urbino was a Roman and medieval city, its peak came during the 15th century when Duke Federico da Montefeltro established one of Europe’s most illustrious courts. Urbino’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The University

The University of Urbino was founded in 1506, and currently has about 20,000 students, many of whom are from overseas. The university has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside.

Travel Opportunities

Urbino Area Travel

Other hill towns, Adriatic beaches and major cities, such as Florence and Rome, are accessible by public bus.

Students will have three-day weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) free to explore the city, or to travel within Italy. Florence, Rome, Bologna and Venice are accessible by bus and train; regional buses from Urbino serve many charming, small towns in the region. Those who want to tour extensively should plan travel time before or after the program.


Urbino Students

Nighttime in Piazza della Repubblica

The program is open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from any school. Students from many universities — including Iowa State University, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, Rider University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 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, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Humboldt State University, Indiana University, Washington & Lee University, Wilkes University, Carleton University, San Diego State University, American University, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia, Westminster College and Baylor University — have participated in past ieiMedia programs. We’ve also had students from 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 welcome as well. 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 are also 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.


Reporting in Urbino

Faculty and a student near Urbino

Our faculty come from leading universities and news organizations. In 2016 our faculty will likely include:

Program Director

Steven D. Anderson is a professor of the James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design. He is also a former environmental reporter at KCNC-TV in Denver.

Multimedia and Magazine Faculty

Susan Biddle was a Washington Post staff photographer for thirteen years and now freelances for the Post as well as other publications and organizations. As a White House photographer, she documented the Presidency for the last year of the Reagan administration and all four years of the George H.W. Bush administration.

Dennis Chamberlin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and associate professor at Iowa State University who spent much of his career as a photojournalist in Poland working for such publications as National Geographic, Time and The New York Times Magazine.

Doug Cumming, Ph.D. (Reporting) is an associate professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University with 26 years experience at metro newspapers and magazines. Since getting a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in mass communications, he has taught multimedia reporting and feature writing at Loyola University-New Orleans and at W&L in Virginia. Earlier, he worked at the newspapers in Raleigh, Providence and Atlanta; was editor of the Sunday Magazine in Providence; and helped launch Southpoint monthly magazine in Atlanta. He won a George Polk Award and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Michael Gold, cofounder of Health, former editor of Strings, book author and consultant who helped launch Dwell magazine and other prominent publications and websites.

Rustin Greene spent his first career as a television writer/producer/director, earning two Los Angeles Area EMMY awards and three Cable ACE awards. Rusty is now in his second career, teaching in James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design.

Barry Janes works and teaches electronic media theory, programming and technology at Rider University. He has been a producer, director and/or writer of more than 100 video productions, and has advised numerous corporations, non-profit organizations and municipalities. 

Greg Luft is chair of the Journalism and Technical 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.

Bob Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, the New Orleans non-profit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom dedicated to unique in-depth reporting projects. While at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Marshall was a two-time a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He has spent much of his career chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana’s wetlands culture.

Susan West, founding editor in chief of Afar, former executive editor of Smithsonian, and consultant who has advised magazines and websites from Cooking Light to WebMD.

Italian Language and Culture Faculty

Francesca Carducci received her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) in the Department of Modern Literature and Philological-Linguistic Sciences at the University of Urbino.

View complete faculty biographies on our Urbino Faculty Page


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


Urbino Multimedia Reporting Students

Urbino Multimedia Reporting Students

Students are expected to bring a laptop computer and digital camera. Digital high-definition video cameras, microphones (handheld, lavalier and wireless) and tripods are provided by ieiMedia. Some digital still cameras will also be provided for those who need them.

Italian Instruction

Students will have daily instruction in “survival” Italian, taught by Francesca Carducci, a professor at the University of Urbino. The classes cover the basics of conversational Italian and provide some insight into the culture, food and way of life in Italy.


When reporting you will work with University of Urbino students, who will act as interpreters. In the past, students have found the process of working with these Italian students to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the program.

Program Cost

The cost is $4,995 plus airfare. The price includes tuition (3 credits), housing and most meals, instruction, basic travel insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and special programs, activities and cultural events. Transfer from and to the airport in Rome is also provided.

Financial Aid

Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options. 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.

Application Process

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 $350 deposit 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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Students Say...

Spending four weeks in Urbino has been a phenomenal experience. I find myself walking down the cobblestone hills, in awe of my surroundings as people pass by, laughing and talking and living their lives. This is the most photogenic place that I’ve ever been in, yet I still feel as though it’s impossible to capture the beauty in this town through a lens. The very air breathes history and sentiment that exceeds all expectation.
by Kendall Gilman, James Madison University, Urbino Project 2015