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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.

Summer Travel Opportunities with the J-school 

International Travel

Travel Writing & Photography in Rome

This is a 3-hour journalism class that will fit into all majors in the J-school.  (If you are a PR major, it will count as your required extra writing class.) The class meets during Maymester. The first week will be on campus. The following two weeks you'll have an immersive experience in Rome, Italy, staying in the heart of the city with easy access to all the important historical sites. You'll investigate how travelers document their experiences using photography, journals, essays and blogs.  The class will help you find the best tools to communicate your inward and outward journey.

When: May 13-30, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Carol Pardun and Van Kornegay

Details, including costsdownload this flyer »

For more infoDr. Carol Pardun


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.

When: May 13-30, 2019

Cost: $3,200 (plus USC tuition and about $20 a day for other meals)

Faculty: Scott Farrand and Dr. Tom Reichert

For more info Scott Farrand 


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.

When: June 10-28, 2019

Contact: Ernie Grigg

Apply for scholarship »

Domestic Travel

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.

Other Opportunities to Study Abroad

Traditional 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.

For more information on how to prepare for study abroad, read this»

National Student Exchange

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.

For more information, download this flyer »

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.