Summer Travel Opportunities with the J-school
Travel Writing & Photography in Rome
This is a 3-hour journalism class that will fit into all majors in the J-School. For example, if you are a PR major, it will count as an advanced writing class; if you are a mass media major, it will count as one of your required skills classes.
The class begins on May 14 when you fly to Rome (arriving on the 15th). The class ends the morning of May 29th. While in Rome, you’ll have an immersive experience, staying in the heart of the Trastevere, a true Italian neighborhood within walking distance to the historical center of Rome. Using the framework of travel writing and photography you’ll improve both your writing and photography skills, as well as learn how each informs the other.
In order to prepare for the trip, the class will meet once during the spring semester to learn how to use the cameras (date to be determined) and once near the end of spring semester to learn some writing secrets as well as to check out equipment for the trip.
Multimedia 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.
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Attend one of the world's most in-depth professional conferences on strategic communication. Meet decision-makers and potential employers in the communication fields. Recognize the most creative work of the year at awards shows and parties around the city. Gain valuable professional experience through supporting an initiative at the festival.
New York City
Want to learn about careers in advertising and public relations in major media markets? Travel with SJMC professors and students to New York City to check out the media 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.
Creativity. Resourcefulness. Social media savvy. Those are just a few of the skills you’ll need to thrive & succeed as a content creator. Highly competitive? You bet, but there’s no better way to sharpen your creative chops than spending your Maymester studying on-site at The Creative Circus portfolio school.
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 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.
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 USC. 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 USC degree plan.