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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Undergraduate CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Communicating Across Cultures: Rome & Prague 

About the Program 

The program will begin with approximately 10 days in Prague followed by roughly 3 weeks in Rome and will offer engaging coursework in intercultural communication, video production, and international public relations while studying in two of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities.
This multi-site program is designed to expose students to multiple versions of the European experience in order to provide them with a more complex and deeper understanding of how cultures are shaped as well as important considerations when communicating across cultures. Experiencing two different countries with distinct cultures will provide students with a rich opportunity to apply what they are learning in their courses to two different contexts and thus gain a better appreciation of the concepts.
Field trips, guest speakers, and site visits will both help familiarize students with Italian and Czech culture as well as engage them in the process of learning about communication in international settings. 

Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"It gave me more experience with communicating with other people, especially from different countries. Communication involves people interacting with others and learning about their stories, and going abroad has shown me the true meaning of communication."


Curricular Options

All undergraduate students enroll in CMS 316 (Intercultural Communication) and select one other course for a total of 6 credit hours. Students who have already completed CMS 316 will instead earn elective credit for this course. CMM 499, the video production class, will be adapted to all levels of student background, from beginners to experts. Students are required to participate in UDI 220 (1 credit hour) during the spring 2017 semester, with two follow up sessions in the fall 2017 semester.

CMS 316: Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
Study of interpersonal communication with emphasis on people from different countries and with different cultural backgrounds. Focus on the influence of culture on communication and language, verbal and non-verbal communication similarities and differences from culture to culture, and challenges of successful intercultural communication. Specific foci on Prague in the Czech Republic and Rome, Italy.
CAP approved: Crossing Boundaries-Integration; Social Justice and Diversity

CMM 469: International Public Relations (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide in-depth insight into effective PR practice in an international setting. The course will explore a variety of international PR contexts including, but not limited to corporate, for-profit PR. The course utilizes a combination of real case studies, guest lectures/site visits, and a core text to help students develop their knowledge of PR and its application in international settings. 
Class topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Nation branding – Czech Republic’s name changes
  • Tourism PR
  • Public diplomacy
  • International mega-events/hosting mega-events/sponsorship of mega-events
  • International crisis management
  • The use of social medial as a communication medium for international communication strategies
  • The importance of corporate social responsibility for global organizations
  • The implementation of international charitable fundraising

CMM 499 Special Topics: Video Production (3 credits)
Course will focus on video and documentary production at all levels. As a special topics course, this may be repeated once with change of topic. No previous experience or coursework in video production is required.

Graduate students may earn up to six graduate-level credit hours. All graduate students will enroll in COM 630 (Issues in Intercultural Communication) for 3 credits, and may choose between COM 562 (International PR) and COM 531 (Directed Study) for an additional 3 credits. Graduate activities, lectures and site visits will be coordinated with those offered at the undergraduate level, but assignments will be adjusted for graduate credit.
Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"Video production was great, exploring Rome while completing the course was very interesting and allowed us to expand our learning and experience Rome, opposed to learning the content in the classroom."


Dr. Kelly Vibber (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) (Site Coordinator)
Prof. Roland Flynn (Instructor, Department of Communication)
Dr. Teri Thompson (Professor, Department of Communication)


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"Studying abroad widens your worldview past the limited scope of things you see at home, making you venture beyond your comfort zone and build confidence in oneself after seeing all you can adapt and adjust to."

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm
Rike 107
Section Number: UDI 220 – M3
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"Studying abroad gives you a better understanding and appreciation for cultures, practices, and beliefs, and values other than your own. It forces you to step out of your comfort zone, become more resourceful, and learn how to be more independent in everyday life."

Prague and Rome Map

This program is currently not accepting applications.