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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

    Whether you are interested in media production and analysis, communication theory, or public discourse, study abroad will challenge your assumptions, deepen your knowledge, and broaden your understanding of communication.

     

    Academic Planning Recommendations

    Understand communication studies from an international perspective and within a variety of different contexts by exploring communication practices from different cultural, national perspectives, and sociocultural contexts. Broaden your academic horizons, increase your self-confidence, and expand your cross-cultural communication skills.

    Liberal Education Requirements

    Search the U Credit Abroad Search.  You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online. 

    Major and Minor Requirements

    • Consider programs with courses that will satisfy your Core or Elective credit requirements.
    • Students who complete credit-bearing internships in Communication Studies can earn up to 4 credits, equivalent to COMM 3896
    • Only upper-division courses will fulfill requirements in the Communication Studies major.

    Who will advise me and help me with course approvals? 

    Learning Abroad Center advisers can help you find program and course information to help you prepare for your study abroad academic planning discussion with your academic adviser. Once you have narrowed your options, use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • 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 or Spring semester. 

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • 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 or Spring semester.

    Americas

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • 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 or Spring semester. 

    Peru

    Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (available through IFSA Peru)

    • Program type: University Study (and Study Abroad Center)
    • Located on a campus in Lima, PUCP is Peru’s oldest private university. IFSA supplements 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 and requires five prior semesters of Spanish. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year.

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern 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 (available through Arcadia

    • 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.

    New Zealand

    University Study in 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.

    University Study in New Zealand: 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.

    Europe

    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

    Language & Culture in Southern France

    • Program type: University Study and Study Abroad Center (two tracks)
    • Two-track UofM 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.

    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 & Intern in Rome

    • Program type: Study Abroad Center
    • Relatively new UofM 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. Summer only. 

    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 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.

    Spain

    Study & Intern in Toledo

    • Program type: Study Abroad Center
    • UofM 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 community engagement 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.

    Royal Holloway, University of London (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

    • 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 & Intern in London

    • Program type: Study Abroad Center
    • UofM area studies program in the heart of London. Courses include: British Broadcasting Today; Ethical Issues & the Media; and a community engagement 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 United Kingdom)

    • 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 (available through IFSA United Kingdom

    • 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.

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

     

    Student Experiences

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