Standing at the bottom of the hill, before the walls that surround Urbino, it appears that time has left it untouched since the Renaissance. Home to the University of Urbino, the Ducale Palace and other historically significant sites, the truth is that the city and its population have changed with time, though its history has been preserved and savored–the town is a World Heritage Site.
For one month in the summer, Iowa State students have the chance to immerse themselves in Italian culture and gain multimedia reporting experience under the guidance of professional journalists. Iowa State has sponsored the Urbino Project for the past two years, and the Greenlee School offers students the chance to earn three 300-level credits for their study abroad experience, where they will produce a multimedia package featuring video, photography and writing components.
Greenlee School senior Kaitlin McKinney participated in the Urbino Project 2012 along with 9 other Iowa State students last summer. Being able to work with the professors, who came from various universities and professional backgrounds, was the best part of the program for McKinney. "I was able to learn about their personal experiences and got their advice about the industry, which was extremely valuable for me as a student," she said.
To see the projects from the last two years, click here for 2012 or click here for 2011. For more information about the Urbino Project visit the Greenlee Study Abroad website, or to apply for the 2013 program visit the ieiMedia website. If you have questions about the Urbino Project 2013, contact Dennis Chamberlin.