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COMMUNICATION STUDIES


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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES

  • The Communication Studies curriculum is quite flexible, and with careful planning you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time.
  • There are a wide variety of Communication Studies courses to choose from abroad. Many of the course options focus on concepts and topics unique to that particular institution giving you a chance to study a topic not offered at KU.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Students must complete their capstone course, COMS 496, at KU.

WHEN TO GO

Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Communication Studies

Freshman 

  • Schedule a meeting with a communication studies advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you've met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it's good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • It is recommended that you complete COMS 130 before going abroad.
  • The summer before your sophomore year would be a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.  Applications for these programs are usually due around March 1st, so visit the Study Abroad Info Center to discuss your interest in these options.

Sophomore & Junior

  • Communication Studies majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • Most of the Breadth of Discipline and Skills classes for Communication Studies are offered both semesters at KU. This gives you a lot of flexibility in planning for a study abroad experience.
  • You can take a combination of COMS major courses, COMS elective courses, minor requirements, and/or KU Core requirements during your semester abroad.
  • Summer internships abroad are a great way to gain valuable professional experience in a unique location.  There are several locations to choose from, and you can participate in these internships the summer after your sophomore or junior year.

Senior

  • If you go abroad as a senior, work closely with your academic advisor prior to your departure to make sure that you are on track to complete your degree requirements.
  • Communication Studies majors are required to take their capstone course, COMS 496, at KU.  You should not study abroad during the spring of your senior year if you have not yet taken this course and are planning to graduate that term.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • Communication Studies faculty have already pre-approved a number of communication studies courses abroad. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Semester Programs

Al Akhawayn University - Morocco

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Political Communication, Cases in Persuasion, Rhetoric and Social Influence

American University of Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Communication in Conflict Resolution, Cases in Persuasion

CIEE Berlin - Germany

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Rhetoric, Politics, and the Media; Communication and Gender

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Communication and Culture, Communication and New Technology

John Cabot University - Italy

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Political Communication, Intercultural Communication

Masaryk University - Czech Republic

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Political Communication; Communication, Technology & Globalization

Massey University - New Zealand

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Effective Business Communication, Organizational Communication

Thammasat University - Thailand

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Political Communication, Communication Technology

University of East Anglia - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Communication and Gender, Rhetoric of Sports, Rhetoric and Social Influence

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Problem Solving in Teams and Groups, Communication and Leadership Strategies

University of Jyvaskyla - Finland

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Problem Solving in Teams and Groups, Intercultural Communication

University of Leeds - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Rhetoric, Politics, and the Mass Media; Intercultural Communication

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Political Communication, Communication and New Technology, Communication and Culture

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Rhetoric of War, Effective Business Communication

 

Short Term Programs

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Varies by location


Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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1,357 KU students participated in international study, internship, and research programs in 2011-12
Nearly 25 percent of KU undergraduate students participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 130 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
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Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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