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Learning Abroad in Communication Studies

Learning Abroad in Communication Studies

“My year abroad in the People’s Republic of China was the single most important element of my undergraduate education. It demonstrated the value of communication to every facet of life: personal, professional, and political.”
—Ronald Greene, Communication Studies faculty

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Communication Studies before beginning your study abroad research.

Choose your study abroad experience wisely

Align study abroad with your personal, academic, and professional goals

Work on your Communication Studies major or minor

Consider timing and length

Seek cultural immersion

Pay special attention to program type

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once You Have Selected a Program

While You Are Abroad

After You Return

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Botswana

University of Botswana (available through CIEE Botswana)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in Gaborone, the capital of one of Africa’s best-governed and most stable countries, the University of Botswana has a student body of 12,000.
  • Although the Media Studies department emphasizes journalism, it also offers such courses as Media Ethics; Gender, Sex & Ethnicity in the Media; Imaging Africa; and Evaluating the Media.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of an African language is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Israel

University of Haifa

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (also University Study)
  • Participants study in the University of Haifa’s International School. Strengths include Israeli and Middle Eastern studies, peace and conflict studies, communications, and Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Sample Communications courses: Media in War & Crises; Media, Politics & Public Opinion; and Israel Media Research—Politics, Culture & Identity.
  • Instruction at the International School is in English; no prior Hebrew is required. University courses available to students fluent in Hebrew. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Kenya

MSID Kenya (Minnesota Studies in International Development)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, ethnographic research, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, community environmental conservation, refugees.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Senegal

MSID Senegal (Minnesota Studies in International Development)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, ethnographic research, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, literacy projects, community centers, many more.
  • Instruction is in French. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Tunisia

SIT Tunisia– Emerging Identities in North Africa

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential Tunis-based program examining culture, identity, bilingualism, religion, mass media, and role of the new social media in political change, with particular emphasis on youth.
  • Includes structured field experiences in Tunis, field study elsewhere in Tunisia, and an independent research project.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Arabic or French is required. Fall or spring semester.

Americas

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador (Minnesota Studies in International Development)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and field research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past internship placements include rural women’s empowerment, literacy, public health/nutrition, community environmental conservation, education, literacy, community development.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

Mexico

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida (available through ISFA-Butler Mexico)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Center courses supplement university courses in this program, located in the heart of Mexico’s Maya region. UDAY has a substantial Department of Social Communication.
  • Sample course titles: Communication Theories; Discourse Analysis; Organization Theory; Communication and Development; and Legislation, Ethics, & Rights to Information.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Peru

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (available through CIEE Peru–Lima Liberal Arts or ISFA-Butler Peru)

  • Program type: University Study (and Study Abroad Center)
  • Located on a campus in Lima, PUCP is Peru’s oldest private university. Both CIEE and ISFA-Butler supplement university courses with 2 required center courses.
  • Relevant courses (see Sumillas in the online catalog) are scattered in departments of Comunicación para el Desarrollo; Ciencias de la Información; Periodismo; and Sociología.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; both CIEE and IFSA-Butler require five prior semesters of Spanish. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

Venezuela

Study Abroad in Venezuela

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Very cost-effective language and area studies program set in the  Andean university city of Mérida. Some courses focus on Venezuela, others on Latin America as a whole.
  • Wide range of course offerings in history, social sciences, humanities, Spanish language, business, intercultural communication, and environmental studies.
  • Most courses taught in Spanish, some in English. No prior language required for admission to program. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or either or both of two 6-week summer terms.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Internships in Sydney

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Area studies program with a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on Australia. Sample courses include Intercultural Communication and Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: Sydney.
  • Program centerpiece is an outstanding internship option (6 credits in semester program, 3 or 6 credits in summer program), for which an astounding variety of placements are possible.
  • Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

University of Wollongong

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in a seaside city an hour south of Sydney. Wollongong’s School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication offers courses in media studies, cultural studies, and film studies.
  • Sample course titles: Digital Communication, Regulation & Social Action; Global Television & Cultural Identity; Convergent Asian Mediascapes; Media Audiences; and Media, War & Peace.
  • Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

India

MSID India (Minnesota Studies in International Development)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past internship placements include women’s rights organizations, literacy, ethnographic research, public health/nutrition, sustainable agriculture, work with traditional herbalists/healers/midwives, schools, orphanages, etc.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Hindi is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year; consider year option to maximize cultural immersion and gain deeper research experience.

New Zealand

University of Otago

  • Program type: University Study
  • Otago (enrollment 20,000) is located in Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, a great location for students interested in outdoor activities. It is renowned for its vibrant campus lifestyle.
  • Otago’s Communication Studies department offers majors in Communication Studies and in Film and Media Studies, in addition to participating in an interdisciplinary program in Visual Culture.
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program type: University Study
  • VUW is located in Wellington, New Zealand’s political capital strategically situated on the North Island at the ferry crossing to the South Island.
  • In addition to Communication Studies, Film, or Media Studies, check out relevant courses in History, International Business, Linguistics, Pacific Studies, and Political Science & International Relations.
  • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

South Korea

Yonsei University

  • Program type: University Study
  • Yonsei, located in Seoul, teaches many courses in English as a strategy to position Koreans for the global workforce; thus study abroad students can take courses alongside Korean students.
  • Sample past offerings in Yonsei’s Division of International Education and Exchange include Culture & Communication; Introduction to Mass Communication Theory; and Mass Media in Korea.
  • Instruction is in English, with additional courses open to students fluent in Korean. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Thailand

CIEE Thailand– Development & Globalization

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Based in Khon Kaen, northern Thailand, this interdisciplinary, highly experiential program experience Includes visits to community-based projects and opportunities for community research.
  • Program will raise interesting issues in the mind of any Communication Studies major about the relationship between development and communication in a globalizing world.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai is required. Fall or spring semester.

Europe

Czech Republic

CIEE Czech Republic– Central European Studies

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Multidisciplinary area studies program offering in such fields as political science, economics, and history, including several courses directly related to Communication Studies
  • Participating students may also take some Cinema Studies courses at the Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Czech is required. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Copenhagen-based DIS, one of Europe’s largest and academically strongest study abroad programs, offers a wide variety of courses on Denmark, Scandinavia, and Europe.
  • Program tracks available in Communication. Relevant courses are listed under Communication; Journalism; Film Studies; and Media Studies.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

France

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program type: University Study and Study Abroad Center (two tracks)
  • Two-track U of M program that permits a mix of special language and culture courses with regular French university courses in a proportion suitable to each student’s language proficiency.
  • Advanced students select from courses with international students, the regular curriculum at Paul Valéry University (including media and communication courses), and an internship option.
  • Instruction is in French; one year French prerequisite for center track, two for university study track. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or a summer intensive language program.

Greece

The Greek Intellectual Revolution

  • Program type: Collegiate and Departmental Program.
  • The origins of key aspects of the western intellectual tradition can be traced to ancient Greece. This May term program is a series of encounters between ancient texts and their settings, both physical and cultural. 
  • Taught by Communication Studies Lecturer John Nordin.

Ireland

University Study in Ireland:  University of Limerick

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of Ireland’s leading institutions for business, science, and engineering, the University of Limerick enrollment 12,000) is located in western Ireland 125 miles from Dublin.
  • Department of Communication Studies offers a wide array of courses. Samples: Analyzing Media Discourse; New Media, Language & Globalization; Current Issues in Irish Media.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. Summer (with limited curriculum) also available through Arcadia.

Italy

Study Abroad in Rome

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Relatively new U of M area studies program offering a multidisciplinary Italy-focused curriculum expected to expand gradually over the years.
  • Relevant courses include: Italian Media—Popes, Politicians, & Popular Culture; and Italian Cinema. Internships also offered.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Italian is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or summer

Universitá di Bologna (available through Bologna Consortial Studies Program, BCSP)

  • Program type: University Study (and Study Abroad Center)
  • UB’s Communication Science department offers a broad curriculum in such areas as media studies, communication and society, and interpersonal communication.
  • BCSP supplements UB courses with courses designed for US students in such fields as Italian art history, film studies, history, language, and literature. A pre-session strengthens language skills.
  • Instruction is in Italian; at least two prior years of language study are required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. (Academic year option highly recommended.)

Netherlands

University of Amsterdam (available through CIEE Netherlands–Amsterdam Social Sciences or IES Netherlands–Direct Enrollment or Bilateral Exchange in Amsterdam)

  • Program type: University Study, Study Abroad Cetner
  • Study at the University of Amsterdam’s International School for Humanities and Social Sciences. Classmates are mostly international students from throughout the world.
  • Offerings include many media studies courses. Samples: Ethnic Diversity & Popular Culture; Intercultural Communications; Changing Television in Europe; Money & Media.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Dutch is required. Regular courses in UA’s Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation & Rhetoric are available to students proficient in Dutch. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Norway

The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Based in Oslo, the program uses a carefully integrated field study, classroom study, and volunteer placement to explore the program themes.
  • The New Norway affords an excellent opportunity to learn about Scandinavian grassroots citizen involvement, as well as state support of health care, education, and economic security.
  • The New Norway includes comparative field study elsewhere—in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Norwegian is required. Offered fall semester. 

Portugal

CIEE Portugal

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Language and area studies program that offers courses on Portugal from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  • CIEE courses include The Portuguese Media Ecology and Portuguese Cinema. University also has a Communications department.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Portuguese is required. University courses are available to students with sufficient Portuguese fluency. Fall semester, spring trimester, or academic year.

Spain

International Program in Toledo

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • U of M program located in Spain’s medieval capital and one of Europe’s most picturesque cities—a living museum of architecture that UNESCO has declared a World Cultural Heritage Site.
  • No communication studies courses per se, but many relevant offerings in other social sciences and history. Internships available, as well as a service-learning course on immigrants in Spain.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; four prior semesters of Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, May term, or summer.

United Kingdom

HECUA Democracy & Social Change in Northern Ireland

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Highly experiential program examining historical, political, economic, and religious roots of conflict in Northern Ireland and prospects for long-term reconciliation—all from multiple perspectives.
  • Activities in and outside the classroom bring students in direct contact with people on all sides of the conflict. Halftime, 8-credit internship can permit in-depth exploration of a communication topic.
  • Instruction is in English. Spring semester.

Lancaster University

  • Program type: University Study
  • For relevant courses in Lancaster’s online catalog look first under Communication Systems (heavy on technology) and Media, Film & Cultural Studies (heaviest on film studies). 
  • See also such departments as American Studies; Film Studies; Linguistics and English Language; Organization, Work and Technology; Politics and International Relations; and Sociology.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Royal Halloway, University of London (available through Arcadia England or Butler England)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located on a beautiful, self-contained campus, Royal Halloway is strong in many social science, humanities, and natural science disciplines.
  • The highly ranked Media Arts department offers such courses as Film & Television History; UK Film Industries; The Cultures of Celebrity; and Documentary. Strong emphasis on film.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Study & Internships in London

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • U of M area studies program in the heart of London. Courses include: British Broadcasting Today; Ethical Issues & the Media; and a service-learning course on contemporary London issues.
  • Crown jewel is a 6-credit course-internship combination (3 credits in the summer) with an astounding variety of possible themes and organizations, including remarkable media placements.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program type: University Study
  • UEA’s location in the city of Norwich offers easy access to the continent. Although UEA offers no Communication Studies major, many relevant courses are scattered among its departments.
  • Check out American Studies; Film and Television Studies; Language, Linguistics and Translation Studies; Management; and Political, Social and International Studies.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus (available through Arcadia Northern Ireland)

  • Program type: University Study
  • In contrast to most universities listed on this sheet, little is available in the area of media analysis; instead, the curricular emphasis here is on learning to communicate effectively.
  • Sample course titles: Interpersonal Communication; Communication in Groups, Communication in Relationships, Sociolinguistics; Organizational Communication, Political Lobbying.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Work on your CLA language requirement or on a language minor while immersed in the language
  • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer.

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Summer research abroad preceded by spring semester preparation and followed by fall semester project write-up; ideal vehicle for overseas research toward a senior project.
  • A faculty adviser helps students prepare, accompanies each group during the summer, and assists as the thesis is written.
  • Locations vary from year to year; two to four destinations offered annually. No language prerequisite for most sites. Summer.

Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Opportunities

  • The Communication Studies department encourages study abroad programs offering experiences outside the classroom such as internships, service-learning, or research opportunities.
  • Don’t confine your search to study abroad; check out non-credit online WIV or teaching English first step modules.
  • Consider combining a WIV experience with study abroad.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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