in Journalism &
Dozens of study abroad programs are open to you throughout the world. Go halfway around the world
to study media in Australia or New Zealand. Do a media internship at an agency, broadcast station, or
newspaper in London. Experience European media in Toledo or Madrid, Spain; Paris or Montpellier, France;
Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Milan. See first hand how the Internet is changing the media in Mexico,
Venezuela, Argentina, Jordan, South Africa and a variety of other countries.
Study Abroad can help you... Can I afford to study abroad?
• Understand the study of mass communication Yes! Early planning for study abroad helps you
from an international perspective make cost-effective program decisions, and it also
• Find great media courses different from those helps you prepare your finances through savings,
taught at the University of Minnesota scholarships, and financial aid. Financial aid
applies to study abroad and, in some cases, your
“I urge every student • Expand your cross-cultural communication and
eligibility will increase to cover additional expenses.
to make learning problem-solving skills
abroad a top priority. • Strengthen your second language capabilities The University of Minnesota annually offers more
Nothing comes close to • Prepare to work in an increasingly diverse and
than $500,000 in scholarships for study abroad
matching the adventure, international workplace
and the SJMC offers merit-based scholarships that
intellectual growth and • Globalize your viewpoint, becoming a citizen of
can be used for study abroad. Students must enroll
preparation to live and the world
in at least 15 credits per semester while studying
work in an increasingly at the University or abroad to qualify for SJMC
interdependent global By its nature, mass communication takes place in a scholarships.
community. You might global context. Study abroad can help you prepare
The Learning Abroad Center provides resources
forget the names for professional life in today’s closely linked global
on many non-SJMC scholarships. Stop by the
of professors but marketplace.
Learning Abroad Center to research your options.
you’ll never forget Visit the SJMC web site for more information
how learning abroad Set goals and plan for results about SJMC scholarships.
changed your life.” Journalism majors can study abroad any time
during their four years at the University, but for What are my next steps?
—Albert R. Tims many majors, sophomore year is the ideal time to
Director go abroad. It offers an opportunity to meet liberal Attend a First-Step Meeting
School of Journalism & education and second language requirements before
Mass Communication immersing yourself in professional major coursework Learn about study abroad resources and advising
during junior and senior years. by attending a First Step Meeting at the Learning
Abroad Center. See www.UMabroad.umn.edu or
Careful advanced planning with your faculty adviser call 612.626.9000 for the latest schedule.
can facilitate a study abroad experience that fulfills
major requirements during junior or senior years. Investigate Programs
• Begin your planning right away. It is never too early Use the Learning Abroad Center catalog, resource
to start planning. center, web site, and advisers to find a program
• Set some goals. There is not one program best that fits your goals.
suited for journalism majors. There are many good
study abroad programs, and the best one for you Talk to your adviser
Learning Abroad Center depends on what you want.
Use an Academic Planning for Study Abroad form
University of Minnesota • Prioritize your goals. Consider your long-term to get approval from your CLA adviser. For major
230 Heller Hall academic and professional goals, as well as your on-
271 19th Avenue S courses, talk to your SJMC faculty adviser.
campus degree requirements.
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612.626.9000 • Consider short-term and long-term programs.
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Review the following suggestions from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication before beginning your research.
Fulfillment of major or minor requirements Fulfill Liberal Education requirements
Most universities in other countries do not offer the professional • Advance planning can help you use study abroad to satisfy
courses taught in SJMC. However, many offer fascinating media many of the University’s Liberal Education requirements.
courses that fulfill context course requirements or other courses Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through
that fulfill supporting course requirements. coursework taken overseas so that you can work on other
If you want to fulfill major requirements, look for junior–senior requirements here.
level courses that may apply to either the supporting course • Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s database of study abroad
or context course area of your program plan. You may also courses that have been approved for Liberal Education at
find a professional course of interest; preliminary approval of www.UMabroad.umn.edu/academic/libEd.html. More than
professional coursework from SJMC is required, but final approval 3,000 study abroad courses have been approved.
for professional courses will not be given until the coursework you
did in the study abroad course is reviewed by SJMC. Build second language skills
To determine whether programs or classes you have chosen will • If you are at the beginning or intermediate level, consider a
fulfill requirements, talk to your SJMC faculty adviser. program where you can study and be surrounded by a language.
• For supporting courses: bring course descriptions with you. • If you already have reasonably advanced language skills,
• For context courses: bring course descriptions and a syllabus consider a program taught in another language.
• For professional courses: bring a syllabus to obtain preliminary
Participate in field study/internship and
approval from your faculty adviser or the Director of experiential learning opportunities
Undergraduate Studies. Final approval for professional courses • Consider a program that offers experience-based learning and
will be given after SJMC faculty review the work you did— gets you out of the classroom and into the community.
including all written assignments—for the course. A syllabus • Participate in an internship to further immerse yourself in the
and your coursework must be submitted for faculty review culture and community of your study abroad program. Some
when you return from your study abroad. internships involve academic work and credit, or you may
If your faculty adviser cannot determine whether a course fulfills register for a one-credit course, Jour 3996, in conjunction with
major requirements based on the course description and syllabus, an internship.
or if you are a pre-journalism major, you must complete a Transfer • Experiential learning abroad programs can often be structured
Course Work Petition and submit it with the course description or to fulfill major requirements if you think creatively and
syllabus to Undergraduate Student Services in 110 Murphy Hall. plan in advance with a journalism adviser. Examples include
The Director of Undergraduate Studies will use these materials to incorporating your experience into a major project, honors
determine if the study abroad course will apply to the major. thesis, or directed study course.
Honors students can use a study abroad course to fulfill one of
their honors course requirements. Once you have selected a program
Strategic communication students may want to take a marketing Journalism students planning on studying abroad will need to
course to fulfill the marketing prerequisite for their capstone start working on their Academic Planning for Study Abroad
course, Jour 4263. (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.
NOTE: It is very important that you consult with your SJMC • The APSA form is handed out at First Step Meetings.
faculty adviser before taking study abroad courses in journalism • Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad
because no more than 40 credits in journalism courses will apply (always choosing more than the amount you intend to take),
to a 120-credit B.A. degree program. If you take journalism have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out
courses that do not apply to the major, you will not receive credit the APSA, you will meet with your advisers.
for these courses to meet your graduation requirements. • Be sure to meet with your advisers at least three months prior
to departing for your program. Your SJMC faculty adviser must
approve any journalism courses or supporting courses for the
major to ensure that they will be counted toward your degree
requirements. Bring your transcripts, APSA, and the course
• To complete the APSA process you will also need a signature
from a college adviser.
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Sample Study Abroad Programs
The remainder of this sheet lists some options that can fit well for students of Italian. Programs vary in their level of integration and the
level of independence required. Some offer transfer credit rather than resident credit. Consider your own level of interest and preparation
when reviewing the programs below and consult with your undergraduate advisor or the Learning Abroad Center to determine which
program is the best fit.
Study at a Host-Country University
Study in a university alongside degree-seeking students from the host country. Some programs consist entirely of host-country university
study, others combine it with special courses aimed at non-native students. Study at a host-country university works especially well for
students interested in experiencing a different academic system and who want to select classes from a wide variety of offerings, including
coursework toward their major or minor.
Australia and New Zealand Egypt
Study at an Australian or New Zealand University American University in Cairo
Study in a university alongside degree-seeking students from the The American University in Cairo is located in one of the Middle
Australia or New Zealand. Study at host country universities East’s largest and oldest cities, the bustling capital of Egypt. The
works especially well for students interested in experiencing a University is known for its diverse English-taught curriculum and
different academic system and for students who want to select strong Arabic language instruction. The School of Humanities and
journalism and mass communication courses from a wide variety Social Sciences offers coursework in Arabic language, history, and
of offerings—with a distinctive Australian or New Zealand culture and Middle Eastern business, media, politics, and economics.
approach to the subject matter. These universities have been
selected for courses, internships, and other factors that may be of France
interest to journalism students. These programs are sponsored Paul Valéry University
by UMTC Learning Abroad Center or available through one
or more of the cosponsors indicated (Arcadia, AustraLearn, Based at the Paul Valéry University, the liberal arts division of the
and/or Butler). University of Montpellier, this 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. University courses
• James Cook U, Townsville (UMTC Learning Abroad Center) in communication and journalism are available for students
• U of Melbourne, Melbourne (UMTC Learning Abroad Center) with advanced French. Internships available. This program is
available through Study Abroad in Montpellier sponsored by
• U of Wollongong, Wollongong (UMTC Learning Abroad UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
• Macquarie U, Sydney (Arcadia Australia, AustraLearn Germany
Australia, Butler Australia) Free University of Berlin, Berlin
• Queensland U of Technology, Brisbane (Arcadia Australia, This full-scholarship exchange provides a unique opportunity to
AustraLearn Australia) integrate fully into German academic and cultural life at the Free
University of Berlin. Courses are available in journalism. This
• Southern Cross U, Lismore (Arcadia Australia, AustraLearn
program is available through International Reciprocal Student
Australia) Exchange Program in Germany (IRSEP) sponsored by UMTC
• U of Adelaide, Adelaide (AustraLearn Australia, Butler Australia) Learning Abroad Center.
New Zealand Korea
• U of Otago, Dunedin (UMTC Learning Abroad Center) Korea University
• U of Canterbury, Christchurch (AustraLearn New Zealand, This program is based at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.
Butler New Zealand) There are a wide variety of fields available, including journalism
and mass communication. Korean language is also offered every
semester from beginning to advanced levels. This program is
available through AsiaLearn.
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Study at a Host-Country University (cont.)
University Sains Malaysia, Penang University of Dar es Salaam
This full-scholarship exchange provides a unique opportunity to This full-scholarship exchange provides a unique opportunity to
integrate fully into Malaysian academic and cultural life. Malaysia integrate fully into Tanzanian academic and cultural life. Courses are
is an excellent study abroad destination for anyone interested in available in areas from art to sciences to engineering. The University
Asian economics, politics, art, and cultural studies. Coursework of Dar es Salaam also has an Institute of Mass Communication and
can be found in journalism, newspaper management and Journalism. This program is available through International
production, corporate communication, and mass communication. Reciprocal Student Exchange Program in Tanzania (IRSEP)
This program is available through International Reciprocal sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
Student Exchange Program in Malaysia (IRSEP) sponsored by
UMTC Learning Abroad Center. United Kingdom
University of Lancaster
Netherlands The University of Lancaster is one of the United Kingdom’s
University of Amsterdam most highly ranked and well respected universities, known for its
Students directly enroll in the International School for Social innovative curricula and esteemed faculty. You may choose from
Sciences and the Humanities (ISHSS) at the Universiteit van the university’s wide variety of offerings in almost every discipline,
Amsterdam. Classes are taught in English. Sample courses include allowing you broad and diverse course of study. Courses of
Communication and Society; Digital Epistemology; Intercultural interest to SJMC students include a variety of classes in media and
Communication in a Changing World; Journalists at War; communication. This program is available through University
Memory, History, and the Cinema; Making Sense of the News; Study in the United Kingdom: University of Lancaster
and Television in a Changing Europe. This program is available sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
through Exchange in Amsterdam sponsored by UMTC
Learning Abroad Center. University of Westminster
Westminster’s School of Communication and Creative Industries is
South Africa considered one of the largest, best-equipped and most prestigious
U of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College, Durban centers of learning in the UK for studies in art and design, film,
U of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg music, journalism, and mass communication. The University
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers high-quality courses in these areas, as well as in business and
technology, humanities, social sciences, languages, biosciences, and
Experience South Africa’s reform-minded multicultural society architecture. Sample courses include Social Theory and the Media,
by fully integrating into a host university. Choose from small Media Law and Ethics, News and Public Opinion, and Political
and large campuses in a wide variety of geographical settings. Economy of the Mass Media. This program is available through
Communication courses are available in fields ranging from Arcadia England and Butler England.
media and mass communication to intercultural studies at these
universities. This program is available through University Study
in South Africa sponsored by the Learning Abroad Center.
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Gain Valuable Field Experience
Many programs offer opportunities to get out of the classroom and into the community, whether through internships, service-learning,
field research, field trips, or experiential assignments.
Country Varies Northern Ireland
Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN) Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change
SPAN is the University of Minnesota’s oldest study abroad (HECUA)
program and one-of-a-kind independent research program. This program examines the historical political and religious roots
Students design and conduct an independent research project in of the conflict in Northern Ireland through seminars, internships,
one of three countries. Sites vary each year. Students spend the and field study. A seven-week internship in Belfast allows you to be
academic year at the University of Minnesota preparing for their directly involved in efforts of social change within the context of
project, conduct research abroad, and complete an extensive paper Northern Ireland and its transition to a peaceful future. Internship
upon return. A faculty adviser accompanies the students abroad options include (but are not limited to) The British Broadcasting
and assists the students with their research project before, during, Corporation, Amnesty International, Northern Ireland Assembly,
and after the program. SPAN can easily be adapted to School of and the School of Education, UNESCO Program. The program
Journalism and Mass Communication majors. explores theoretical approaches to understanding conflict and its
transformation as well as the processes underway in Northern
Ecuador, India, Kenya, or Senegal Ireland to create a stable democracy. Each student also carries out
Minnesota Studies in International Development an independent study project on a topic of personal choice, which
(MSID) includes hands-on field research.
MSID offers credit through coursework, research, and internships
in this “mini-Peace Corps” program which focuses on development,
globalization, and social justice. Enrollment options include
semester and academic year. Past internship placements include
community centers, health education organizations, women’s
groups, orphanages, and small sustainable businesses. No language
required for Kenya, or India. Two years of Spanish required for
Ecuador and two years of French for Senegal. MSID may fulfill
Journalism internship and directed study credits. Meet with your
adviser well in advance to discuss how this might be accomplished.
This program is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
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Look into Study Abroad Centers
Center-based programs are developed for non-native students. Some are just for US students, others for a mix of US and other
international students. Many of these programs combine customized classroom-based courses with opportunities for field study,
internships, and/or the option of taking some classes in a host-country university. The programs listed here are an example of the sort of
opportunities available through the Learning Abroad Center.
CIEE Argentina IES Chile—Santiago
Gain in-depth knowledge of Argentine and South American Choose from a wide variety of courses at the IES Center or enroll
politics, economics, and society. Students take two to four in regular university courses at the Universidad de Chile and
courses at FLACSO and then choose the remaining courses the Pontifícia Universidad Católica. Take advantage of a service-
from the University of Buenos Aires. Classes of interest include learning project in connection with any of the program courses.
Introduction to Audiovisual Communication, Introduction to Internships available in business, the arts, and governmental
Journalism, Communication Theory I and II, Introduction to agencies. Taught in Spanish by Chilean faculty.
Publicity and Institutional Communication, Public Opinion, and
Politics of Communication. Denmark
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Enroll in a wide variety of courses taught in English and enjoy
IES Buenos Aires offers a beginning and intermediate program with exciting study tours to other sites in Europe. DIS has a track
language and area studies courses. Students with advanced language in Communications and Media Studies, covering political and
skills can enroll in courses at the Universidad de Buenos Aires or cultural communications issues such as communication across
the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Some internships offered. cultures in Europe, European news media in transition, European
film, and international marketing and branding. Students may
Australia choose from many other courses across the DIS curriculum to
Study and Internships in Sydney form a semester program tailored specifically to their interests.
Choose from a variety of courses that focus on Australian culture.
Areas include politics, art, cinema, business, and the environment. France
Enhance your experience by participating in a 6 credit internship, IES France—Paris
at places such as Nickelodeon, ABC, and the Australian Film, Live in Paris and choose from courses in French language and
Television, and Radio School. This program is sponsored by area studies, including business, economics, and the humanities.
UMTC Learning Abroad Center. Enrollment in regular French university courses available for
students with adequate French experience. Internships are
Austria available in business, non-governmental organizations, journalism,
IES Austria and education. Instruction is in French by French faculty.
IES Austria offers the option of taking English-taught courses in
a non-English speaking country, while studying German language Germany
and Austrian/Central European area studies courses. Students with IES Germany—Berlin
advanced level German language proficiency may take courses at Courses at the IES Berlin Center include areas such as business,
the University of Vienna, where the Institute for Communication cinema, economics, German language, literature and theatre,
Science offers a wide range of courses in journalism (print, radio, political science, natural sciences, and a communications course
television, multi-media) that focus on the practical, historical, focusing on the media in Berlin. IES students have access to
theoretical, cultural, and business aspects of the field. Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin, where
they can study media theory, television and radio, and extensive
Belgium offerings in practical, historical, theoretical, and analytical
CIEE Belgium communications. Internships are available in art, business,
Brussels is one of the world’s top five communication centers. The education, mass media, social service, politics, and theatre.
European Union, NATO, and hundreds of non-governmental Instruction is in German by German faculty.
organizations and multinational corporations are headquartered
in the city. Students take center courses, and also choose from
courses at Vesalius College of the Virje Universiteit Brussel,
whose communications department trains students in journalism,
public relations, advertising, human communication, mass
communication, business communication, film studies, media
studies, and cultural studies.
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Look into Study Abroad Centers (cont.)
CIEE India IES Spain—Madrid
Students take a required core course, Indian Religious IES Madrid offers classes in language, area studies, Image of
Traditions—An Introduction to Contemporary India, as well Women in Spanish Advertising, and Advanced Journalistic
as language courses, and can take classes at the University of Writing. Internships are available and there are possible context
Hyderabad. Classes at the University of Hyderabad include courses in other subject areas. For students with advanced
communication classes in the School of Performing Arts, Fine Spanish skills, direct enrollment is available at the Universidad
Arts, and Communication. Complutense de Madrid, which offers classes in four areas of
journalism. This program is available through IES.
IES Italy—Milan International Program in Toledo
Enroll in Italian language courses plus area studies courses taught Courses cover a wide range of topics, including anthropology,
in English for beginning and intermediate students, in Italian for archaeology, art history, economics, history, interdisciplinary
advanced students. An IES class is offered in Communication and studies, linguistics, political science, Spanish cultural heritage,
Media in Milan. Students with sufficient Italian may take regular Spanish language, Spanish and Latin American literature,
courses at one of three Italian universities. women’s studies, Spanish theatre, and business. Toledo also offers
internships for journalism students, where they can write articles
IES Italy—Rome for the local newspaper or work at the local TV and radio stations.
This program is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
Students at the advanced language level are encouraged to take
courses at one of IES’ partner institutions, which include three
universities in Rome. Qualified students may apply for an
internship in this field. Past students have secured internships at Study and Internships in London
the Associated Press Rome bureau. Study and Internships in London offers courses in a wide variety
of topics, complemented by tours in and around the city. You can
Japan further immerse yourself in London society through internships
IES Japan—Tokyo in a number of fields. Two courses of note include Visualizing
Britain—British Film and Television Documentaries and British
Combine Japanese language and culture coursework with field Television and Radio Programming. This program is sponsored
study and internships at Kanda University for International by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
Studies (KUIS). Students with an appropriate level of Japanese
language skills can enroll in regular KUIS courses. In the
past, KUIS has offered classes in communication, including
Intercultural Communication, Non-Verbal Communication, and
Middle Eastern Studies in Jordan
Explore the Middle East and discover the friendly atmosphere of
Amman. Combine a rich academic program, cultural experiences,
and language study to gain a greater understanding of the Middle
East. Enroll in specially designed courses in history, politics,
economics, culture, media, the environment, and current social
issues, as well as an Arabic language course. Additional lectures,
excursions, and internship opportunities supplement the courses.
Instruction in English by Jordanian faculty. One course, the Role
of Media in the Arab World, may be of particular interest. This
program is available through CIEE.
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Short Term Programs
Every year the University of Minnesota offers 10 to 12 short-term
Global Seminars. Led by University faculty, they are offered May
session and Winter break, and are open to all students. Topics and
locations change from year to year.
If you would like to study abroad but cannot commit to a semester
or academic year, Global Seminars make an ideal opportunity.
Try to schedule your Seminar as early as possible in your
undergraduate experience so you have time to explore options for
a longer study abroad experience later in your college career.
Past seminars include:
• Freedom of the Press in Great Britain (London)
• Interpersonal Challenges in Multinational Organization (Berlin)
• Ethical Tolerance in the Netherlands (Amsterdam)
• From Stonehenge to Steam: The Ascent of British Technology
from Prehistory through the Victorian Era (England)
This program is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
Focus on Language Skills
Almost all study abroad programs in non-English-speaking countries offer language courses in the host language. This list includes a few
great options—some of which are specifically designed to offer extremely intensive language study. You might be able to complete an entire
year of language study in a summer or get three semesters of credits in one semester’s study. See the Learning Abroad Center for more details.
Arabic CIEE Jordan
Arabic Language and Culture in Morocco Based in Amman, this program offers coursework focusing on
This program will offer intensive Arabic language and culture Arabic language and culture. Tracks are available for beginning/
courses in the fascinating city of Fez, the spiritual and cultural intermediate and advanced language students. Semester or
heart of Morocco. The host institution will be the Arabic academic year enrollment options available.
Language Institute in Fez (ALIF). ALIF has an excellent
reputation as the preeminent Arabic language institution in Chinese
Morocco. The semester and summer session programs will offer IES China—Beijing
beginning through advanced levels of Modern Standard Arabic IES Beijing program offers beginning through advanced Chinese
and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic languages. Students may also language courses. Courses are also offered on Chinese culture
elect to enroll in additional courses such as Media and Islam, and contemporary issues; some internships are possible. Summer,
and Comparative Politics in the Middle East and North Africa. semester, or year-long enrollment options available.
Anticipated start is fall 2009. This program is sponsored by
UMTC Learning Abroad Center. AsiaLearn China—Beijing
American University in Cairo The AsiaLearn program in China allows student to take classes at
Sichuan University’s Center of China Studies. Classes are available
The American University in Cairo (AUC) is located in one of in Chinese language (intensive and non-intensive), humanities,
the Middle East’s largest and oldest cities, the bustling capital of social sciences, environmental studies, and arts.
Egypt. The University is known for its diverse English-taught
curriculum. The university offers selected music topics including
classes in theory and private instruction.
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Focus on Language Skills (cont.)
French Summer Study in Rome
Study Abroad in Montpellier This program is open to freshmen and above. There is no language
This program not only provides students with journalism and prerequisite, coursework is in English, also offers Italian 1001-1004.
communication courses, culture classes, and internships, but Explore art and culture in the Eternal City. Rome is the capital of
also provides students with the opportunity to learn French for Italy and has a thrilling history that spans 3,000 years. Renowned
the first time or advance their French language skills in one of worldwide for art, fashion, and cuisine, it a vibrant city with wonders
the fastest growing and most beautiful cities in France. Summer, waiting around every corner. The program’s Rome study center is
semester, or year-long enrollment options available. This program located in the beautiful Palazzo Bennicelli on the Piazza dell’Orologio.
is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center. Piazza dell’Orologio, signaled by the impressive clock tower by
Borromini, is at the center of the ancient Via Papalis (the processional
route connecting Saint Peter’s to the Campidoglio) and is considered
German the very heart of Rome. The streets surrounding the piazza are paved
Study at the University of Freiburg with cobblestone and the central location makes it an ideal base for
This program is designed for students who want to improve their both classes and as a jumping off point for on-site study visits. This
German language skills. The university offers a wide range of program is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
courses including advanced German. Spring semester or year-long
enrollment options available. This program is sponsored by IES Italy—Milan
UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
IES Milan offers summer, semester and full year programs for
beginners through advanced Italian speakers. Students may also
Icelandic select from area studies courses taught in English. Students with
Summer Course in Modern Icelandic more advanced language skills are encouraged to take one area
This summer program offers intensive Icelandic language study. studies course in Italian and one or two courses chosen from a
Students spend three weeks on the University of Minnesota wide variety of offerings among many Italian universities. This
campus and three weeks in Iceland. Beginning through program is available through IES.
intermediate Icelandic language levels. This program is available
through the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. Japanese
Italian Combine Japanese language study with courses in
Study Abroad in Florence: Language and communication. IES Tokyo offers beginning through advanced
Culture Track levels. Summer, semester or year-long enrollment options
This Learning Abroad Center sponsored program is open to available. This program is available through IES.
freshmen and above. There is no language prerequisite, and
coursework is in English. The semester program is designed for Spanish
students with little or no previous study of the Italian language. Study Abroad in Venezuela
Just steps from Santa Croce and a short walk to the Duomo, Through Study Abroad in Venezuela students can begin their
the Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio, the resources of the city language studies or advance their language skills. This program
enrich your studies. The warm and friendly Florentines are happy is offered in collaboration with the Department of Spanish and
to encourage your language acquisition, and Florence’s central Portuguese. Students have ample opportunities to interact with
location makes it easy to explore the rest of Italy, as well as other Venezuelan students as they study at the College of International
European countries. This program is sponsored by UMTC Studies and Modern Languages. Summer, semester or year-long
Learning Abroad Center. enrollment options available. This program is sponsored by
UMTC Learning Abroad Center.
Study Abroad in Florence: Internship Track
This advanced track requires 4 semesters of Italian language study. International Program in Toledo
Many internships are offered. Students can take all courses in Italian or The International Program in Toledo is perfect for students
add one course in English from the above Language and Culture track. wanting to improve their Spanish language skills while selecting
This program is sponsored by UMTC Learning Abroad Center. from a wide range of courses, which are all taught in Spanish,
and internships within the fields of journalism and mass
communication. Summer, semester or year-long enrollment
options available. This program is sponsored by UMTC
Learning Abroad Center.
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Beyond Study Abroad
Journalism and Mass Communication studies students should strongly consider seeking opportunities for hands-on experience abroad
either during or after their undergraduate career. Whether as an alternative to study abroad or a complement to it, you might want to
consider an overseas work, internship, or volunteer experience. Such programs provide a great opportunity to strengthen you intercultural
communication skills. To explore your options, begin by attending a WIV (Work, Intern, Volunteer) First Step meeting (see www.
UMabroad.umn.edu for a meeting schedule), then stop by the Learning Abroad Center for more information on specific opportunities.
Work, intern, and volunteer programs may sometimes be combined with a directed study to generate academic credit. Some programs
also offer program discounts and/or fellowships to University of Minnesota students. To learn more about the programs highlighted here,
or to explore more options, visit: www.UMabroad.umn.edu/programs/wiv.
Work abroad International Student Identity Cards, rail passes, and travel
products such as money belts. Although many students travel on
Most countries prohibit students from taking paid employment their own, you might also wish to explore group educational travel
without a work permit. The Learning Abroad Center is affiliated opportunities. For example, consider one of the social justice
with several programs that help students obtain short-term travel seminars available through such organizations as Augsburg
permits. BUNAC (Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, and New College’s Center for Global Education or San Francisco-based
Zealand), CEI (France), and USIT (Ireland) provide you with a Global Exchange.
work visa and offer resources to help you find a job and housing
on your own. You could explore the role of media in another
culture by working for a newspaper in London or a radio station
in Sydney. Other programs such as InterExchange (Australia, Seek new international experiences
France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Spain) arrange jobs Consider longer-term work or volunteer opportunities abroad
in a limited number of fields before you arrive in-country. after graduation. The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
(JET) offers paid English teaching positions in Japan, and
Internships abroad WorldTeach offers placements around the world, some of which
are fully funded by the host government. CIEE places graduates in
Students sometimes arrange non-credit, free-standing internships
five- or ten-month paid teaching positions in Chile, China, Spain,
either through established programs that connect them with
and Thailand. Peace Corps offers graduates the opportunity
a host company or organization, or through faculty or other
to serve a more long-term role in a well-established program by
contacts. Internships are rarely paid. Many programs will search
working on education, health, and other projects. You may want
for placements based on your academic and career interests, but
to explore whether a TEFL certificate through organizations such
they cannot guarantee an internship in any particular field. The
as Global Experiences will help you gain the teaching job you
Learning Abroad Center is affiliated with a number of internship
desire. Learning Abroad Center resources can help you identify
program providers, including CDS International (Argentina,
other post-graduation options.
Germany, Spain), World Endeavors (Australia, Brazil, Ecuador,
England, India, Italy, Nepal, Spain) and Cross-Cultural
Solutions (Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Learning Abroad in your résumé
India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand). Students may seek Whatever you decide to do after graduation, you will want to
academic credit through a directed study contract with a UMTC include your learning abroad experience on your résumé or
faculty member. Internships for credit are also available through a graduate school application. Learning abroad can lead to the
number of study abroad programs. beginning of intercultural competence that is appealing to
potential employers and graduate schools alike. When including
Volunteering abroad learning abroad in your résumé, highlight the skills you gained
and what you learned while abroad. Did you become proficient in
A host of organizations arrange opportunities for you to volunteer
a language? Did you gain research experience through conducting
abroad. Notable examples include Global Volunteers, providing
an independent study project? Did you develop skills on an
short-term placements in over a dozen locations and Global
international work or internship experience? Have you become
Citizens Network offers projects in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador,
knowledgeable in some aspect of your host country’s culture? You
Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and
will want to make the connection to the actual skills you gained
the United States. Volunteer abroad programs provide a means of
through your experience abroad—connections that will not always
exploring how culture shapes communication while sharing your
be obvious to an employer. The Learning Abroad Center has
time, energy, and skills with a community.
returned student resources to help you make your learning abroad
experience an essential component of your career pathway. You
International travel can also sign up for an Education Abroad Career Skills Workshop
Virtually any travel is educational to one degree or another, to identify the skills you learned and how to articulate your
and the Learning Abroad Center offers a host of resources experience effectively to potential employers. To learn more visit
and services to assist your travel preparations, including a large www.UMabroad.umn.edu/students/returnedStudents.
travel library, selected travel guides for sale, passport photos,
Explore these and many more opportunities at www.UMabroad.umn.edu or come in to the Learning Abroad Center. 10