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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.

Spring 2021

Feeding the Soul Through the Five Senses
February 1 to April 23,  2021 

It’s the best of both worlds: a study abroad experience and a full semester of UofSC classes. Join Dr. Carol Pardun for a semester in Rome. Enjoy a small cohort of your fellow Gamecocks as you take two in-person classes (JOUR 501: Media Ethics and JOUR 506: Media Criticism) and two online UofSC courses of your choice. Experience Rome without a gaggle of tourists as we visit key historical sites, eat extraordinary pasta, pizza and gelato, and settle into the lively neighborhood of Trastevere. Perfect for Mass Media majors, but open to any UofSC student. Honors students welcome!

Take 12 hours of UofSC classes
JOUR 501: Mass Media Ethics - with Dr. Carol Pardun
JOUR 506: Mass Media Criticism - with Dr. Carol Pardun
Two online courses of the student’s choice.

The trip: Abbreviated Spring semester in Italy  

Cost: $5,900 (not including airfare and tuition)  . . . students can go to Italy for a whole semester for the same cost (or less) than if they were on campus and you will be with other UofSC students.

The class: No language or prerequisites required

Deadline: Nov. 6 

For an application and more details about this class see:
Contact Dr. Pardun ( for more information.


Maymester - 2021

Feeding the Soul Through the Five Senses

Come join us this Maymester experience (one week on campus, two weeks in Italy), will take students on an inspirational journey into the heart of Italy to explore, document the people and sights and write/photograph about a culture that has captivated people for thousands of years. In Rome, we will get an inside look at the Vatican and other monuments to the world’s great religions. We will travel by train to Assisi where we will travel back to the middle ages to see the Basilica of St. Francis as well as the Basilica of Saint Clare. With the soul fed, we will explore other aspects of culture, including architecture, food and fashion.

The trip: Two weeks in Italy (May 16 – 29) and one week in Columbia 
Cost: $3,200 (plus UofSC tuition and about $25 a day for meals)

The class: Three credits, all minors and majors accepted (no language or experience required)

Deadline: Jan. 10 . . but class may be full by Dec. 10!

For an application and more details about this class see:
Journalism instructor Carolyn Click -
SJMC Director, Dr. Andrea Hickerson -

See it! Live it! Tell it!

Join the School of Journalism and Mass Communication professors for the experience of a lifetime on one of UofSC’s most popular study abroad programs! Be one of the students who will spend this May learning to tell creative multimedia stories in Munich and Berlin, Germany (over two weeks in the country).

No tour buses or class lectures for this class! All the learning will be on the streets of Germany! The class will be split into teams of diverse students (various college majors) who will pool their research, knowledge and skills to produce a story (of their choice) told in a variety of media.

While in Germany the students will work in small groups collecting content in and around these two large cities while being mentored by the faculty. This is a 3-credit hour course.

The trip: Over two weeks in Germany (May 8 – 24) and 4 days in Columbia 
Cost: $2,975 (plus UofSC tuition and about $25 a day for meals)

The class: Three credits, all minors and majors accepted (no language or experience required)

Deadline: Jan. 10 . . but class may be full by Dec. 10

For an application and more details about this class see:
Visual communication senior instructor Scott Farrand -
Dr. Robert McKeever -


Other Opportunities to Study Abroad

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 UofSC, 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.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for students to study for a semester or a year at another NSE in the United States, its territories, and Canada.

With nearly 200 universities from which to choose, students should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their personal and academic needs and interests.


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

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.

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. 

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.

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 UofSC degree plan.

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