Mercurio’s Communication and Culture in Italy is an international immersion for students, educators, and professionals who want to experience the real Italy. Expand your worldview and nurture your adventurous spirit. Become a global citizen and learn a new culture by truly living it. Participants will gain immeasurable professional and personal perspective by exploring longstanding customs and building new intercultural skills and relationships.

Based in Cagli, Italy, under the sponsorship of Rome’s Sapienza University-CORIS (Department of Communication and Social Research), you’ll be immersed in the day-to-day life of Cagli, a medieval town in the center of the Marche region. You’ll be encouraged to move beyond the role of a casual tourist to develop a better understanding of the true heart of Italian life – the people.

Through a curriculum that uses a transmedia/multimedia approach, students tell the stories of the Cagliese people through words and images that come together in both an online and in-print magazine.

The curriculum comprises coursework in intercultural communications, photography, writing and storytelling, video, social media, website development and conversational Italian.

In addition to your coursework, you’ll engage with the local community through daily life, whether enjoying an aperitivo in the piazza, shopping at the weekly market, or simply relaxing by the riverside. You’ll have opportunities to observe and occasionally participate in traditional cultural and religious festivals, join in a pick-up soccer match or bocce ball tournament, or attend a performance in the historic theatre.

The faculty comprises experienced educators who are leaders in their field, including former and current journalists and photojournalists, language instructors and other communications professionals. We have over 20 years’ experience leading study abroad programs, including Cagli since 2003.

The Communication and Culture Program in Cagli is a 24-day, 5-credit summer program kicking off at Sapienza University in Rome, where you’ll begin a rich, cultural journey that will ultimately leave you with a deeper appreciation and broader understanding of the world around you and the roles communication and culture play.

  • Over 20 years’ experience leading study abroad programs since 2003. 
  • 24-day, 5-credit summer program sponsored by Sapienza University in Rome, Italy—one of the most prestigious universities in Italy and one of the largest universities in Europe. 
  • 5 credits in communication from Sapienza University (Department of Communication and Social Research), eligible for transfer based on approval by home institution. 
  • Open to all students over 18 years of age and non-students at a reduced rate.

What makes this program unique? This program is different than other study abroad programs because participants truly immerse themselves in another culture. They experience and build real relationships with the Italian citizens whose families have lived in Cagli for centuries. This intimate study abroad program offers extensive experiential, guided, personal and professional development opportunities. Develop language, cultural, communication competencies, and the trust, confidence, and adaptability to thrive in your personal and professional life. 

What practical skills will I gain/learn? This program teaches intercultural communication and so much more. Whether you are a student, educator, or one who wishes to broaden your intercultural awareness, understanding, and communication skills, this program offers a variety of useful technical skills. 

Curriculum includes: 

  • Conversational Italian 
  • Photography 
  • Social media 
  • Storytelling 
  • Transmedia/multimedia 
  • Video 
  • Website development 
  • Writing 

Which institution is responsible? Can I get credits? Sapienza University (Department of Communication and Social Research) offers 5 ECTS (European transfer) credits in communication transferable to your university (subject to approval by home institution). 

This independent Italian immersion was once exclusively available to Gonzaga University students, but now students from all institutions, and non-students may attend, to receive this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Who is it for? This program is for anyone who wants to: 

  • Be in the moment and gain new intercultural experiences 
  • Expand their personal and professional horizons 
  • Enhance their contribution to their organizations 
  • Learn and is open to cultural differences 
  • Live outside of their comfort zone 
  • Tap into a global community 

Each year, students produce a book documenting local people in the community. You can see a recent edition here.