Urbino, Italy

Urbino, Italy

Urbino Fact Sheet

Apply now to reserve your place in Urbino, Italy.
DATES: June 15 – July 15, 2023

Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Rolling Admissions Deadline: Applications are accepted after March 1, 2023 until program is full.

TOTAL COST: $5,495 ($5,045 without Credit) + airfare
FEE: $50 application fee (nonrefundable)
DEPOSIT: $2500 ($500 non-refundable) due by March 9th, 2023
BALANCE: $2995 due by April 1, 2023
DISCOUNT: A $250 discount is available for applications submitted by January 17, 2023 and paid in full within 10 business days from your acceptance notice (usually within 1-2 weeks after application submitted)

INCLUDES: Tuition – 3 credits; university dorm accommodations; transportation from Rome airport to Urbino and return; breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days; travel insurance; opening reception & dinner, awards ceremony & farewell dinner; and program activities. DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE.

GENERAL LOCATION: Le Marche Region of Italy

FOCUS: Immersion in multimedia journalism (writing, photography, video) or long-form/non-fiction journalism (with a strong emphasis on photography) resulting in a website.

COOPERATING UNIVERSITIES: University of Jamestown, James Madison University, Colorado State University, Rider University, University of Urbino

PLEASE NOTE: In order for your application to be complete, you must also submit a personal statement to admissions@ieimedia.com within 48 hours of submitting your application that answers the following questions. There are no formatting requirements for the personal statement, but please include your name and program of interest in the header and/or footer of the document.
  • Why have you selected this specific program and location?
  • How does this program tie into achieving your personal and professional goals?
  • What skills do you hope to gain by participating in this program?

NOTE: Colorado State University students must follow these steps.
DID YOU KNOW? You can participate in the 2-week Adriatic Program, and then stay on for the 4-week Urbino program! Learn more about this combination Adriatic/Urbino option and how to apply to both programs. Please note: the pricing and payment schedule for the combined program differs from the individual programs.
QUESTIONS? Contact Program Director Greg Luft at: greg.luft@ieimedia.com. You can also schedule an ieiMedia advising session.

See program flier

The Urbino Project

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 and digital storyteller.

Students will live and learn at the University of Urbino, with two meals per day included. No Italian language proficiency is required. Students will work with University of Urbino students who serve as translators/interpreters.

Urbino's Ducal Palace

Urbino's Ducal Palace

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 Long-form/non-fiction Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and feature writing where your work will be part of the website.

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 story
    • tell stories in ways that incorporate text, photos, video, and interactive elements
    • work with an interpreter

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.

Urbino is relatively small and off the beaten path of tourists, yet it's a hip college town with one of the oldest universities in Italy. The town is nestled on a sloping hillside and the surrounding scenery is awe inspiring. You're not likely to see buses with large groups of tourists here.

Beautiful Adriatic beaches are a short distance away and reachable via local bus service that runs multiple times per day. Florence and Venice are easily reachable via train in the nearby town of Pesaro.

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.

Recent Urbino Multimedia Projects

Urbino Project 2019. Between May 24 and June 21, 2019, 27 student journalists developed multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy. They came from James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, Colorado State University, Ithaca College, Boston University, and Winston-Salem State University.
Urbino Project 2018. Between May 25 and June 22, 2018, 30 student journalists developed multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy. They came from James Madison University, Colorado State University, Ithaca College, Georgia College and State University, Frostburg State University, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Check out the content Urbino students produced in other years at
and the Eppy Award-winning 2011 site at projects.ieimedia.com/2011urbino.

Eppy Awards
EPPY Award Winner

Recent Long-form Projects

Urbino Now 2017 (cover)Check out the latest travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2019.

Urbino Now 2016 (cover)Check out the 2018 travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2018.

You can also view earlier editions of the magazine for these years: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 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 Long-form Journalism.

Students on assignment on a steep street in Urbino.

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.

- 2022 Multimedia Journalism Syllabus

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

- 2022 Magazine Journalism and Photography Syllabus

Coached by teachers who have won Pulitzer Prizes and other top journalism 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.

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.

Travel Opportunities

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.


Nighttime in Piazza della Repubblica

Nighttime in Piazza della Repubblica.

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, Rider University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, Truman State University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Georgia College and State University, Frostburg State University, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Kennesaw State University, California State University Fullerton, 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 and Lee University, Wilkes University, Carleton 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.

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 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.

Students enjoying the end of program video at our awards ceremony.


(Subject to enrollments/budget)

Our faculty come from leading universities and news organizations. In 2023 our faculty will likely include:


Greg Luft  has recently been appointed as the interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Colorado State University.  Prior to that he as held a position with the university as a professor and chair of the Journalism and Media Communication department.  Greg is also an award-winning reporter and photojournalist, with a diverse career in television news and documentary production before and during his career in academia. He began teaching in Urbino in 2012. Greg served as academic dean on the Spring, 2019 Semester at Sea voyage, has served as a visiting professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing, and was named a Colorado State University Best Teacher in 2013.


Photography instructor Susan Biddle has worked as White House photographer and as a photojournalist at the Washington Post.

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.

Dorian Geiger, an ieiMedia Urbino alum, is an award-winning Canadian journalist, producer, and filmmaker based in New York City. He has a diverse background in breaking news, digital video, and media strategy and is a currently a full-time writer-producer at LinkedIn News. He also serves as a part-time national crime reporter for NBC Universal.  His journalism has been featured by The New York Times, POLITICO, Al Jazeera English, AJ+, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, TIME Magazine, Fortune, VICE, The New York Post, NowThis, Teen Vogue, the BBC, Insider, The Root, The Toronto Star, CBC, The Canadian Press, and others. In 2015, Dorian directed the documentary, "Glen's Village,” which won a National Award for Education Reporting in the category of best news single topic feature.

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.

Bob Marshall

Reporting instructor Bob Marshall has two Pulitzer prizes for his environmental reporting.

Bob Marshall is a New Orleans journalist whose reporting on Louisiana coastal issues at The Times-Picayune and The Lens has been recognized by two Pulitzer Prizes; the John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University; the Keck Award for best science reporting from The National Academies of Sciences, a national Edward Murrow Award from the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, Gannett Award for Innovative Watchdog Journalism from the Investigative Reports and Editors Association, The National Headliners Award and many others.

David Wang is an Associate Professor at James Madison University. With more than twenty years of industry experience, he has worked as an art director, photographer, and interactive developer in advertising, business-to-business communications, and higher education. He teaches foundation courses in SMAD with an emphasis on creative process and interactive media.

Shaun Wright is Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professor of Telecommunications at James Madison University. He has over 15 years of production and post-production experience and has worked on projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Discovery Docs, Animal Planet, TLC, History Channel and HGTV. Before going to JMU, Wright was a Lecturer at Towson University where he was also the director of the Media Active Film Festival.


Steven D. Anderson is a professor in the James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design. He is also a former environmental reporter at KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. His reporting often involved in-depth examination of local and regional environmental issues and an explanation of the science behind them.

Deni Chamberlin is an associate professor of journalism at Iowa State University, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and the Director of Photography at the Food & Environment Reporting Network. She has more than 20 years experience as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist and has worked for publications such as TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic.

Doug Cumming, Ph.D. is an associate professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University with 26 years experience at metro newspapers and magazines.

Michael Gold has been a writer, editor, and manager at award-winning publications, in print and online. He started his career as a reporter at the Bergen County (NJ) Record and the Boston Herald American. He was a founding writer and editor for Science 80, which won three National Magazine Awards while he was there. As a consultant for West Gold Editorial, he helped conceive and launch University Business and Dwell magazines as well as Thrive, an online health network produced by Time, Inc. and AOL

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.

Robert A. Reeder has taught photojournalism as well as mentored graduate photojournalism students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. His work has been widely published and recognized by White House Press Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, as well as other organizations.

Susan West is a principal at West Gold Editorial consulting, where she has helped launch magazines such as Dwell, trained online editors at websites such as BabyCenter, and advised publications from the New England Journal of Medicine to Cooking Light and Acoustic Guitar.

View complete faculty biographies on our Urbino Faculty Page.


Students will live in a student residential building in a single or double room. A few students will stay in a triple room. The building is located in the center of Urbino just 40 yards from the main piazza and the Palazzo Ducale. Our classrooms and the another main piazza (Piazza della Repubblica) are within a short walking distance. Two tasty, varied meals a day in the nearby student cafeteria are included. Laundry facilities are also on the premises. Sheets, towels, and a pillow will be provided.


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.

Some of the student award winners at our final dinner.


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 $5,495 plus airfare. The price includes tuition (3 credits), housing and most meals, instruction, basic travel insurance, farewell dinner and special programs. 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, but Pell grant recipients are encouraged to apply and receive our help in applying for a Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Check with your school’s financial aid office and your study abroad offices to find out if other assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available  here.

NOTE: Colorado State University students must follow these steps.
Apply now to reserve your place in the Urbino, Italy, program. Or contact Program Director Greg Luft at: greg.luft@ieimedia.com.

Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references using the “Apply Now” link. A $50 non-refundable application fee is required with the application or else the system will not accept it.

Application deadline: ASAP, ROLLING ADMISSIONS UNTIL PROGRAM IS FULL. See application deadline information in program Fact Sheet above.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for your application to be complete, you must also submit a personal statement to admissions@ieimedia.com within 48 hours of submitting your application that answers the following questions. There are no formatting requirements for the personal statement, but please include your name and program of interest in the header and/or footer of the document.
  • Why have you selected this specific program and location?
  • How does this program tie into achieving your personal and professional goals?
  • What skills do you hope to gain by participating in this program?

TRAVEL ADVISORY: ieiMedia will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and will provide status updates to those who sign up for the program.

VACCINATIONS: Students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the program.

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