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Study Abroad

Come to South Carolina and be a Gamecock anywhere in the world! The opportunities and locations for study abroad are limited only by your imagination and the availability of visas.

Study abroad offers students an amazing opportunity to study at a foreign university during a semester, year or summer abroad. Currently USC has Exchange programs with over 100 of the world’s most respected universities. Make professional connections outside of South Carolina, hone skills in unfamiliar environments, and explore international perspectives important to your future work as media professionals. 

The Study Abroad Office offers a variety of programs based on the type of experience that you'd like to explore. In addition, there are several opportunities provided exclusively for students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. 

When should you study abroad?

Most SJMC students go abroad during their sophomore year. By going abroad earlier in your time at USC, you do not run the risk of not getting required pre-req courses in your junior year. Please speak with your academic advisor early in your academic career about study abroad options.

Faculty-led Study Abroad

Cuba
While in Cuba, students will visit media outlets, museums and other locales, and meet working professionals and scholars in the areas of media, politics, economics, music, art, and other aspects of Cuban life and culture.  Students will get to know people, food and customs first-hand by staying in "casas particulares” the Cuban version of a homestay.

Upon returning to the U.S., students will be required to produce print and/or multimedia stories that report on some element of Cuban history, culture or media and seek an audience and outlet for these stories.

Contact Van Kornegay for more information about this opportunity.

  • WHAT: Jour 449 or Jour 599: Viva Cuba! Exploring Media, Communication, and Culture (in Havana and Beyond)
    Credits: three undergraduate (JOUR 499) or graduate credit hours (JOUR 599) No prerequisites required. 
  • WHEN: May 7 - 16, 2017
  • WHO: For all SJMC undergraduate and graduate students and all other majors at USC who would like to study abroad and learn more about multimedia storytelling through hands-on experience.
  • WHY IS THIS GREAT? This trip is designed to develop students' multimedia storytelling skills through an intense 10-day immersion in the life and culture of Cuba, a country that has only recently been open to U.S. residents. 

Multimedia Maymester in Munich
Join SJMC professors for the experience of a lifetime! Be one of the students who will spend this May learning to tell multimedia stories in Munich and Berlin, Germany (two weeks in the country).  There are no pre-requisites for the course and you do NOT have to know the language.  

Contact Scott Farrand for more information about this opportunity.

  • WHAT: Multimedia Maymester in Munich
    Credits: three undergraduate (JOUR 499) or graduate credit hours (JOUR 599)
  • WHEN: May 8-23, 2017 (in country) May 24-26 (project completion in the SJMC)
  • WHO: For all SJMC undergraduate and graduate students and all other majors at USC who would like to study abroad and learn more about communication while getting hands-on experience.
  • WHY IS THIS GREAT? Teams of four will be learning to work with various multimedia that could include: video, audio, writing, photography, podcasts, blogging, informational graphics, print design and anything else you can imagine…all while discovering a new culture.  Most of the class is on-the-street-learning – you will learn how to find a story to tell and how best to tell the story (we assume you know none or only a little).  Through side trips and excursions you’ll also get to experience what Germany has to offer.   

Study Away in the U.S.A.

Advertising in New York City
Want to learn about careers in advertising and public relations in major media markets?  Travel with SJMC professors and students to study public relations in Atlanta or pound the pavement in New York City to check out the advertising industry.  It all happens during the month of May.  Your class will spend one week on the road and two weeks in the classroom. You will gain professional contacts and hands-on professional experience while earning three hours of course credit. Scholarships available for SJMC students.

Public Relations in Atlanta 
Want to learn about careers in advertising and public relations in major media markets?  Travel with SJMC professors and students to study public relations in Atlanta or pound the pavement in New York City to check out the advertising industry.  It all happens during the month of May.  Your class will spend one week on the road and two weeks in the classroom. You will gain professional contacts and hands-on professional experience while earning three hours of course credit. Scholarships available for SJMC students.

FAQs

What are my next steps to taking advantage of this opportunity?

We are very excited that you want to study abroad during your time here at USC.  Please make an appointment with the Study Abroad Office so they can help you with what is next.

Study abroad seems to be expensive.  What about my financial aid?  And how can I afford it? 

The Study Abroad Office will assist you with the financial aid and scholarship information. However, we do know that scholarships are available for many study abroad programs.

How does USC having a partnership with Griffith College in Ireland, Queensland Technical University in Australia and Sogang University in South Korea benefit me?

Most courses are a direct match with our program; therefore, you can take several journalism courses while you are abroad. Again, these courses must be approved by your assigned SJMC academic advisor. More information about these three programs is provided below in pdf format:

I want to study abroad, but I don’t really think I can do a full semester.  Are there any other options?

Of course there are and we are glad you are interested!  You may choose to accompany faculty on short-term trips such as our service learning opportunity in Malawi and Oman, Africa as well as to Germany for our three-week Multimedia Maymester course.  By participating in one of these experiences, you will earn three credit hours of JOUR course credit.

I have heard about all of these wonderful opportunities from friends and classmates.  How do I know which one is right for me?

Whether you are looking to become fully immersed in the culture or on a budget, our Study Abroad Office offers a variety of different programs to compare and explore.  In addition, meeting with your assigned academic advisor will ensure that the courses you will take will work into your USC degree plan.

Questions?

If you have questions about study abroad requirements, please contact the study abroad office at 803-777-7557.