Friday, October 23, 2009

Study multimedia journalism in Italy or France

Do you dream about being a foreign correspondent? Would you like to learn "backpack" (multimedia) journalism skills in Europe for college credit?

San Francisco State University and the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), are co-sponsoring 4-week intensive summer sessions in Italy and France in the summer of 2010.

The programs are open to college students and recent graduates from all schools.

* Urbino, Italy (June 3-July 2, 2010) This picturesque Renaissance hill town is the capital of the Marche region, a beautiful but little-touristed region of Central Italy. The city's impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world. Students study digital video, photography, blogging and reporting (as well as intercultural communication and Italian language) and produce an online documentary about the town (see last year’s project at Students will live and dine (most meals included) in a University of Urbino dormitory.

* Perpignan, France (June 24-July 23, 2010) Perpignan lies in the Languedoc region of southwestern France, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean Sea and 19 miles north of the Spanish border, within sight of the Pyrenees. The city features a charming, pedestrian-friendly historic quarter; a daily market; and lively night life. Many attractions in France and Spain are only a short train ride away. Students will share studios in a modern apartment-hotel and take French and multimedia classes at the ALFMED language school in the heart of the old city. This program puts a particular emphasis on video storytelling; students will produce an online video gallery about the city.

Students can earn 3 transferable units of upper-division undergraduate credit (JOUR 677 Multimedia Study Abroad) through the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.

Program cost: $4,900 plus airfare

Early-bird rate (for students who apply by Jan. 15, 2010): $4,700

For more information about the Urbino program, email; to learn more about Perpignan, email Go to and to see past ieiMedia student projects.

Applications will be available on the ieiMedia Web site beginning Nov. 1.