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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR NEWS AND INFORMATION

  • The News and Information curriculum is fairly flexible, and with careful planning you can study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time.
  • There are a wide variety of journalism electives to choose from abroad.  Many of the courses focus on concepts and topics unique to that particular institution giving you the opportunity to study a topic not offered at KU.  
  • Because journalism students are required to have a second major or minor, many students choose to satisfy those requirements abroad.
  • 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.
  • Courses to take at KU: Most journalism foundation courses and News and Info major requirements must be taken at KU.  It is recommended that News and Info majors take journalism electives abroad.

WHEN TO GO

Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for News and Information

Freshman

  • Schedule a meeting with a journalism 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.
  • The School of Journalism often offers faculty-led program opportunities during the summer term.  Applications for these programs are around March 1st or earlier, so visit the Study Abroad Info Center early in the spring semester to learn more.
  • The summer before your sophomore year would also be a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.

Sophomore & Junior

  • News and Information majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • Because many journalism courses at KU are offered during both the fall and spring semesters, this gives you quite a bit of flexibility in planning for your study abroad experience.
  • You can take a combination of journalism elective courses, second major/minor requirements, and/or KU Core requirements during your semester abroad.
  • In addition to the faculty-led program opportunities offered by the School of Journalism, 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 study abroad as a senior, work closely with your academic advisor prior to your departure to make sure that you are on track to complete all your degree requirements on time.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • Journalism faculty have already pre-approved a number of journalism 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 NEWS AND INFORMATION

Semester Programs Offering Journalism Courses

American University in Bulgaria - Bulgaria

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Numerous journalism core courses including - Visual Storytelling, Media Writing, and International Journalism

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: New Media and Strategic Communication

Lorenzo de Medici - Italy

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Italian Culture & Television; Sports, Media & Society; Media Ethics

Massey University - New Zealand

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Photojournalism, Multimedia Editing

Swansea University - Wales

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Media History, Theorizing the Media

University of Stirling - Scotland

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Media Writing, Digital Media, Radio Feature Production

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Infomania, Newsroom Practice, Professional Writing

Semester Programs Offering Courses Taught in Spanish

Pontificia Universidad Católica - Argentina

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: Politics and Journalism, Production and Graphic Editing

Universidad de Costa Rica - Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: Investigative Journalism, TV and Video Production

Experiential Opportunities

International Internships

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

SIT Field Studies in Journalism and New Media - Morocco

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Contextual Studies: Morocco & North Africa

Short Term Programs

Creativity and Culture in Rome - Italy 

Recommended Timing: Summer - any year
Sample Courses: JOUR 500

Scottish Media and Culture - Scotland

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: JOUR 500 + one Univ. of Stirling International Summer School Course

Lorenzo de Medici - Italy 

Recommended Timing: Summer - any year
Sample Courses: Event Planning, War & Media


Announcements

Summer & Fall Program Deadlines Extended for some programs.
See list of programs for more information.

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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
17th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
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
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
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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