Learning Abroad in Journalism, Mass Communication & Strategic Communication

Learning Abroad in Journalism, Mass Communication & Strategic Communication

“I urge every student to make learning abroad a top priority. Nothing comes close to matching the adventure, intellectual growth, and preparation to live and work in an increasingly interdependent global community. You might forget the names of professors but you‘ll never forget how learning abroad changed your life.”
— Albert R. Tims, Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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 School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) before beginning your study abroad research.

Fulfillment of major or minor requirements

Most universities in other countries do not offer the professional courses taught in SJMC. However, many offer fascinating media courses that fulfill context course requirements or other courses that fulfill the non-journalism supporting course requirements for the major.

If you want to fulfill major requirements, look for junior-senior level courses that may apply to either the context course area or the non-journalism supporting course area of your program plan. If you find a professional course of interest, you must get preliminary approval for this course from SJMC.  Final approval for professional courses may not be given until the course work you did in the learning abroad course is reviewed by SJMC.

To determine whether programs or classes you have chosen will fulfill major requirements, talk to an adviser or faculty mentor in SJMC.

If the course has not be pre-approved, you must complete a Transfer Course Work Petition and submit it with the course description or syllabus to 110 Murphy Hall. The DUS will use these materials to determine if the study abroad course will apply to the major.

Honors students can use a learning abroad course to fulfill one of their honors opportunities requirements.

The Study & Intern in Rome program (LAC); The Study & Intern in Florence program (LAC) The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS); and The Study and Intern in London program offered through the Learning Abroad Center (LAC); have worked well for SJMC students because these programs offer pre-approved course work that will apply to all three major tracks. 

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Build second language skills

If you hope to jumpstart a new language or to gain advanced fluency, select a program that suits your goals.

For suggestions, see the LAC’s Language Study Options.

Participate in field study/internship and experiential learning opportunities

Conduct research under the direction of a faculty member or international colleague

Once you have selected a program

SJMC students planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID Kenya

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Offers credit through coursework, research and internships that focus on development, globalization and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include community centers, health education organizations, women’s groups, orphanages and small sustainable businesses.
  • No prior language required.
  • Meet with your adviser well in advance to see how MSID may fulfill Journalism internship and directed study credits.

Senegal

MSID Senegal

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Offers credit through coursework, research and internships that focus on development, globalization and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include community centers, health education organizations, women’s groups, orphanages and small sustainable businesses.
  • Two years of French required.
  • Meet with your adviser well in advance to see how MSID may fulfill Journalism internship and directed study credits.

Americas

Ecuador

MSID Ecuador

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Offers credit through coursework, research and internships that focus on development, globalization and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include community centers, health education organizations, women’s groups, orphanages and small sustainable businesses
  • Two years of Spanish required.
  • Meet with your adviser well in advance to see how MSID may fulfill Journalism internship and directed study credits.

Argentina

CIEE Argentina

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of Argentine and South American politics, economics and society.
  • Students take two to four courses at FLACSO and then choose the remaining courses from the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Classes of interest include Intro to Audiovisual Communication, Intro to Journalism, Communication Theory I and II, Intro to Publicity and Institutional Communication, Public Opinion and Politics of Communication.

IES Argentina

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Offers a beginning and intermediate program with language and area studies courses.
  • Students with advanced language skills can enroll in courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires or the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
  • Some internships are offered.

Chile

IES Chile– Santiago

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Choose either from a wide variety of courses at the IES Center or enroll in regular university courses at the Universidad de Chile and the Pontifícia Universidad Católica.
  • Take advantage of a service-learning project in connection with any of the program courses.
  • Internships available in business, the arts, and governmental agencies.
  • Taught in Spanish by Chilean faculty.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: James Cook University

University Study in Australia: Queensland University of Technology 

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

Macquarie University (available through Arcadia Australia)

University of Adelaide (available through IFSA-Butler Australia)

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • Program Type: Host-Country University
  • Study in a university alongside degree-seeking students from Australia; host country universities work especially well for students interested in experiencing a different academic system and for students who want to select journalism and mass communication from a wide variety of offerings—with a distinctive Australian approach.
  • These universities have been selected for courses, internships, and other factors that may be of interest to journalism students.
  • In the past, credit and course work from these universities have transferred by well for Journalism students.

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Choose from a variety of courses that focus on Australian culture; areas include politics, art, cinema, business and the environment.
  • Enhance your experience by participating in a 6-credit internship at places such as Nickelodeon, ABC, or the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School.

India

CIEE India

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Based at University of Hyderabad. The city of Hyderabad, located in southern India, is the country’s fifth-largest city.
  • Center courses offerings include communication classes in the School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Communication.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior study of South Asian languages is required. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Japan

IES Japan– Tokyo

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Combine Japanese language and culture coursework with field study and internships at Kanda University for International Studies (KUIS).
  • Students with an appropriate level of Japanese language skills can enroll in regular KUIS courses.
  • In the past, KUIS has offered courses in communication, including Intercultural Communication, Non-Verbal Communication, and Interpersonal Communication.

New Zealand

University of Canterbury (available through IFSA-Butler New Zealand)
University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Program Type: Host-Country University
  • Study in a university alongside degree-seeking students from New Zealand; host country universities work especially well for students interested in experiencing a different academic system and for students who want to select journalism and mass communication from a wide variety of offerings—with a distinctive New Zealand approach.
  • These universities have been selected for courses, internships, and other factors that may be of interest to journalism students.
  • In the past, credit and course work from these universities have transferred by well for Journalism students.

Thailand 

MSID - International Development in Thailand

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Offers credit through coursework, research and internships that focus on development, globalization and social justice.
  • Past internship placements include community centers, health education organizations, women’s groups, orphanages and small sustainable businesses.
  • No prior language required.
  • Meet with your adviser well in advance to see how MSID may fulfill Journalism internship and directed study credits.

Europe

Austria

IES Austria

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Offers the option of taking English-taught courses in a non-English speaking country, while studying German language and Austrian/Central European area studies courses.
  • Students with advanced level German language proficiency may take courses at the University of Vienna, where the Institute for Communication Science offers a wide range of courses in journalism (print, radio, television, multi-media) that focus on the practical, historical, theoretical, cultural, and business aspects of the field

Belgium

CIEE Belgium

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Brussels is one of the world’s top five communication centers, headquartering the European Union, NATO, and hundreds of non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations.
  • Students take center courses and also choose from courses at Vesalius College of the Virje Universiteit Brussels.
  • The communication depart trains students in journalism, public relations, advertising, human communication, mass communication, business communication, film studies, media studies, and cultural studies

Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Enroll in a wide variety of courses taught in English and enjoy exciting study tours; first, a short tour of Denmark followed by a longer tour to and of London. Study tours are covered in the program’s cost.
  • DIS has a track specifically for Communications and Media Studies, covering political and cultural communications issues such as communication across cultures in Europe, European news media in transition, European film and International marketing and branding.
  • Students are required to take the course Current Trends in Media, which examines the changing media landscape of Denmark, and the different modes of communication.
  • Students may chose from many other courses across the DIS curriculum to form a semester program tailored specifically to their interests.
  • The program also offers a course that is equivalent to Jour 4263.

France

IES France– Paris

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Choose from courses in French language and area studies, including business, economics and the humanities.
  • Enrollment in regular French university courses available for students with adequate French experience.
  • Internships are available in business, non-governmental organizations, journalism and education.
  • Instruction is in French by French faculty.

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Program type: Host-Country University
  • Based out of Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the University of Montpellier, the program provides an extremely flexible course structure.
  • Choose from a mix of customized courses with American and foreign students, and regular University of Montpellier courses with French students.
  • Paul Valéry curriculum includes a rich array of courses, in various disciplines, not only on France but also on southern European politics or the Mediterranean more broadly.
  • University courses in communication and journalism are available for students with advanced French
  • Internships are available.

Germany

Exchange in Germany

  • Program Type:  Host-Univeristy Study
  • This bilateral exchange is with Freie University of Berlin  
  • Courses are available in Journalism

IES Germany – Berlin

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Courses include areas such as business, cinema, economics, German language, literature and theatre, political science, natural sciences and a communications course focusing on the media in Berlin.
  • Students have access to Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin, where they can study media theory, television and radio, and extensive offerings in practical, historical, theoretical and analytical communications.
  • Internships are available in art, business, education, mass media, social service, politics and theatre.
  • Instruction is in German by German faculty.

Italy

Study & Intern in Rome

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Includes one study tour outside of Rome in addition to site visits around Rome.
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities are available for students at all language levels.
  • The Made in Italy: The Design and Marketing of an Ideal course is pre-approved as a skills course in students' major plans.

Study & Intern in Florence

  • Program type: Study Center
  • Includes a week-long study tour to Sicily.
  • Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, with no Italian language required.
  • Two courses, History & Sociology of Modern Consumerism and Made in Italy: Retail Merchandising in Florence are pre-approved in students' major plan

Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

  • Program Type: Host-Country University
  • Students directly enroll in the International School for Social Sciences and the Humanities (ISHSS) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • Sample courses include Communication and Society; Digital Epistemology; Intercultural Communication in a Changing World; Journalists at War; Memory, History, and the Cinema; Making Sense of the News; and Television in a Changing Europe
  • Classes are taught in English.

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Strong humanities/social science curriculum includes courses on Latin American politics, Spanish politics, Spain and the EU, modern Spanish history.
  • Toledo also offers internships for journalism students, where they can write articles for the local newspaper or work at the local TV and radio stations.
  • Courses are taught in Spanish

IES Spain– Madrid

  • You may participate on a U of M affiliated program (affiliate) not listed in the Learning Abroad Center's catalog. However, you will need to apply through our application system.
    NOTE: This specific track and term of this program will not be found within our application system. Select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.
  • Program type: Study Abroad Center
  • Language and area studies program with a broad range of center courses, including internships, plus access to regular courses in Madrid universities.
  • Courses include:  Image of Women in Spanish Advertising and Advanced Journalistic Writing. 
  • For students with advanced Spnaish skills, direct enrollment is available at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which offers classes in forur areas of Jounalism.
  • Instruction is in Spanish; 4 semesters of prior Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.

United Kingdom

HECUA Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • Examines the historical, political and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland through seminars, internships and field studies.
  • A seven-week internship in Belfast allows you to be directly involved in efforts of social change with the context of Northern Ireland and its transition to a peaceful future.
  • Internship options include The BBC, Amnesty International, Northern Ireland Assembly, and the School of Education, UNESCO Program.
  • Each student also carries out an independent study project on a topic of personal choice, which includes hands-on field research.

Study & Intern in London

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Offers courses in a wide variety of topics, such as language, business, marketing, political science, and advertising.
  • Fully immerse yourself in London society through internships in a number of fields.
  • Complemented by tours in and around the city.
  • Courses of note that may count as context courses include:  Visualizing Britain—British Film and Television Documentaries; British Broadcasting Today; Ethics in the Media; Post-War British Popular Culture.  

University Study in the UK: University of Lancaster

  • Program Type: Host-Country University
  • One of the UK’s most highly ranked and well respected universities, known for its innovative curricula and esteemed faculty.
  • Choose from the university’s wide variety of offerings in almost every discipline, allowing you broad and diverse course of study.
  • Courses of interest to SJMC students include a variety of classes in media and communication

University of Westminster (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program Type: Host-Country University
  • Westminster’s School of Communication and Creative Industries is considered one of the largest, best-equipped and most prestigious centers of learning in the UK for studies in art and design, film, music, journalism, and mass communication.
  • The University offers high-quality courses in these areas, as well as in business and technology, humanities, social sciences, languages, biosciences, and architecture.
  • Sample courses include Social Theory and the Media; Media Law and Ethics; News and Public Opinion; and Political Economy of the Mass Media.

Additional Options to Consider

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.

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.