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  • Locations: Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2017 02/15/2017 02/22/2017 05/15/2017 06/03/2017
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Carrie Davis
Course(s) Offered:
COMM 4995/5995
Faculty Leader:
Julia Khrebtan-Hoerhager
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:


  • Explore the most beautiful and amazing sites in Italy, including Pompeii Ruins, Mt. Vesuvius Volcano, and Naples
  • Discover the museums of Rome, the coast of Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, and Capri
  • Ciao Italia! Immerse youself in your experience in Italy with complementary language classes taught by native speakers
  • Wake up each morning with a traditional Italian breakfast


This course will familiarize you with theory and research methods in the areas of global communication, construction and negotiation of Italian national identity (italianità), cross-cultural awareness and a hands-on management with a global mindset. Equipped with the theory, we will practically explore the unique nature of the historical and contemporary Italy, and build our own American-Italian bridge between the old (in fact, ancient historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites!), the new (immensely multifaceted, ethically diverse, culturally vibrant Italy), the borrowed (the legendary authentic Eat-alien cuisine, art, fashion, and elements of pop culture) and the blue (the magnificent Mediterranean sea that cradles the picturesque town of Sorrento, our host town).

The aim of the course is to transform its participants into culturally aware/skilled world travelers with a profound understanding of the phenomenon of Italian national identity and empirical experience of cultural bridging.

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Course Information

  • 3 Credits
  • COMM 4995/5995
  • Housing



    $4,800 (approximately)

  • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, Italian language class, entrance fees, every day Italian breakfast, welcome and farewell banquets, train, bus, and boat transportation in Italy, excursions, & international health insurance
  • Not Included: international airfare, most meals, visa fees & personal expenses
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    Faculty Leader


    This program is facilitated by Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager, who is professor of communication and a former lecturer of Italian and German studies. Her research and teaching interests are in intercultural communication, management with a global mindset, European studies, conflict, transnational feminism, and international cinematography. Also known by her students as la mamma chioccia, she greatly enjoys the experience of teaching and growing together during study abroad courses, and exploring one of the most culturally rich and endlessly colorful places on earth, Italy, with such brilliant young minds.

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    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid

    CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of summer term financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


    CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

    CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

    Additional Scholarship Information

    We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding: