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Gonzaga-in-Cagli Summer Intercultural Institute
Cagli, Italy
Program Terms: Summer I,
Summer II
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer I,
Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Studies: Communication Leadership Featured Programs by Department: Communciation and Leadership Studies
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 Faculty Leader(s): Caputo, John, Crandall, Heather, Morehouse, Kris
Program Type: Faculty-Led Academic Level: Graduate Student
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:
CagliProgram Overview:
The course is a hybrid that combines classroom instruction and lab work with aspects of internship and practicum courses, including field-work in a setting unfamiliar to student participants. Students work to produce multi-media stories with faculty members serving as supervisors. Faculty work with students to master intercultural competence and apply media skills. The Program has been cited in numerous professional journals and many newspapers and magazine and cited as an innovative Study Abroad experience.

Students participating in the Cagli Project are assigned time each day to work on the project. This includes time spent in class, in the field researching and producing stories, and in the lab completing assignments and coordinating the elements of each story. Students should be prepared to perform a variety of assignments and tasks to support the effective functioning of the project. In addition to the course in Cagli, students in this program will participate in various excursions in Italy, including the 2-day program opening in Florence, a day trip to Urbino and weekend free travel.

Because of its setting, students will have a unique opportunity to learn how to access a foreign culture and to acquire practical language skills, rapidly -- using an immersion technique. The ability to assimilate quickly and to hone in on another cultures values are indispensable tools for anyone preparing for a career in a field where globalization and multiculturalism are becoming increasingly important. At the micro level, students will learn how to read another culture on its own terms -- thereby eliminating cultural bias. At the macro level, students will be ready to become facilitators in the inter-cultural dialogue that the modern world requires. Students successfully completing this cultural immersion experience (and two additional COML courses) are eligible to receive a completion of the Intercultural and International Communication Emphasis.

As a hybrid interactive experience, the Cagli Project has the following teaching modules: Intercultural Communication, Italian Conversation, Photography, Profile Story-writing, and Web layout and design.
Course Objectives:
Given full participation in the course, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate cognitive learning regarding theories of intercultural communication

students• Use Italian language in conversation.
• Develop an awareness and sensitivity to Italian cultural norms and expectations as they are similar and different than American cultural values and use this learning in the development of a multi-media project on some aspect of the community
• Demonstrate the mechanics and artistry (ars elequentiae) of communication media and use them to tell a narrative of the community of Cagli using photography and profile storywriting in a blog, a created website, and a hard-copy book publication.

Cagli is an ancient town of 15,000 people, nestled on the eastern slopes of Italys Appennini Mountains in the little-known Marche region in central Italy. The Adriatic coast and its beaches are a 40-minute bus ride away, but Cagli has plenty of attractions amid its small cobblestone streets: shopping, a gem of an opera house, a weekly street market, numerous cafes and amazing restaurants, mountain hiking, a modern fitness center, bike rentals, excellent medical care, two hotels, a waterfall, river swimming, and a fantastic, lively piazza. Hidden from tourists, Cagli offers a unique opportunity to explore authentic Italian life.

Cagli has a rich history dating back well over 2000 years. Cagli became part of the Roman Empire in 295 BC and quickly grew in prominence as a vital stop on the ancient Via Flaminia, one of Rome's earliest and most important roads. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Cagli’s strategic location made it a popular staging ground for battles. In 1287, the city was destroyed by fire in a battle among noble Italian families but was rebuilt two years later under orders from Pope Nicholas IV. Various noble families held Cagli until it was incorporated into the Papal States in the 17th Century, with it eventually becoming part of united Italy in 1860.

Course and Schedules:
Students take 6 credits by choosing two of the following three courses:
• COML 506 International and Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
• 513 Advanced Topics In Communication (3 credits) (COML 513 can be repeated twice for credit in the COML MA degree.)
• COML 517 Communication Practicum: Multi-Media (3 credits)
The Cagli Project if offered in two different sessions:
Session I: June 9 – June 25, 2014 or Session II: June 26 – July 12, 2014.
There are 17 days t
otal in each session. The Project is held in Florence and Cagli, Italy (with a half-day trip to Urbino and “weekend” independent travel available to Rome, Florence, Venice or local seaside towns.). Pre and Post Italy work is online using Blackboard.
Housing and Meals:
Upon arrival in Florence, students stay in shared hotel accommodations for the first two nights. While in Cagli, students stay in shared apartments with full cooking facilities as well as access to laundry equipment.  The program provides an opening and closing dinner as well as a pizza night in Cagli and a pizza lunch in Urbino.
Additional Information:
For archival student work from the last six years and student reflections go to: and visit our 2013 Cagli student blog

You can also visit our Gonzaga in Cagli Facebook

This program is currently not accepting applications.