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  • The Strategic Communication 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 Strategic Communication major requirements must be taken at KU.  It is recommended that Strategic Communication majors take journalism electives abroad.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Strategic Communication


  • 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 due on 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

  • Strategic Communication majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • Because many journalism courses at KU are taught during both the fall and spring semesters, it gives you quite a bit of flexibility in planning for a semester abroad.
  • 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.


  • 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 your degree requirements on time.
  • Strategic Communications majors are required to take Strategic Campaigns, JOUR 640, 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.


  • 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.


Semester Programs Offering Journalism Courses

American University in Bulgaria - Bulgaria

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Magazine Journalism and International Journalism

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Designing Communication Campaigns, Virtual Worlds and Social Media

Lorenzo de Medici - Italy

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Public Relations; Advertising Principles; Sport, Culture, and Communication

Massey University - New Zealand

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Marketing Communication, New Media Processes

Swansea University - Wales

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Public Relations Theory, Studying Digital Media

University of Stirling - Scotland

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Social Media Marketing, Understanding Audiences

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: Infomania, Global Media & Social Justice, Magazine & Lifestyle Journalism

Semester Programs Offering Courses Taught in Spanish

Pontificia Universidad Católica - Argentina

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: International Journalism, Media Planning

Universidad de Costa Rica - Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - junior year
Sample Courses: Multimedia Project Management, Strategic Advertising

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

International Internships

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

Lorenzo de Medici - Italy 

Recommended Timing: Summer - any year
Sample Courses: Event Planning, Integrated Marketing Communications


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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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
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.5% of KU undergraduate students study abroad 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 160 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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