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  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland; Milan, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Dates: June 10 - 20, 2018


This study abroad program will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to health communication and media effects as global phenomena.   The course is specifically designed to allow graduate students the opportunity to experience a study abroad program while taking courses that are a part of the graduate curriculum, while introducing undergraduate students to the field of health communication. Highlights of the program include the study of the intersection of health, communication and media across cultures. Students will also be introduced to historical elements of health and health communication by traveling to one of the most renowned humanitarian countries in the world, Switzerland, headquarters of the World Health Organization and International Red Cross.  

Students will have the opportunity to travel in one country with three official languages (German, French and Italian) and study communication and health, with an emphasis on cultural competence across cultures. Networking and forming relationships with universities abroad is a fundamental part of the study abroad experience. The Institute of Communication and Health (ICH) located in Lugano, Switzerland offers a graduate degree in health communication and will provide lecture opportunities for ECU students during the program. 

Our program will then take us to Italy. When visiting Milan,students and faculty will visit an ICH partner institution, the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, which offers an MA in Cognitive Psychology and Communication in conjunction with ICH, Lugano.

Cost: $3,475

  • tuition for 6 c.h.
  • international health insurance
  • in-program transfer transportation
  • lodging
  • most meals
  • in-country support
Does not include:
  • airfare
  • passport fees
  • visa fees (if applicable - not required for U.S. citizens)
  • some meals
  • spending money

Undergraduate Courses:

COMM 3190 Health Communication
COMM 3172 Media Effects
COMM 3063 Special Topics in Health Communication

Graduate Courses:

COMM 6110 Media Effects
COMM 6240 Special Topics in Health Communication

Accommodations & Meals:

Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms.  Students are responsible for some of their own meals.


  • Visit with World Health Organization representatives in Geneva
  • Visit Red Cross Museum
  • Visit Museum of History of Science
  • Talk with representatives from Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders)
  • Visit Lugano University and meet with faculty and students

Safe Zone Certified InstructorAccessibility: ability to walk up to five miles per day


Minimum 2.5 GPA
Students will be chosen based on their meeting the minimum GPA requirement and submitting the application and fees. Students will be chosen in the order that they apply assuming that they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 overall GPA.

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin
  • Dr. Linda Kean

This program is currently not accepting applications.