Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey and instrumental to developing cultural competence.
If you are a communication major interested in an off-campus study experience, here are some general guidelines:
- You can fulfill the 200-level elective (four credits) and 300-level internship (four credits) requirements for your COMM major by completing a semester-long study-abroad experience.
- 300-level non-internship COMM credit can be earned only through summer terms conducted by our department faculty. Remember that only four credits transfer for summer terms.
- Many communication majors study off-campus to complete general education requirements as well as the 300-level internship requirement.
- As you review off-campus programs, identify courses you’ll be taking for COMM credit. These courses need to be reviewed by your adviser and the COMM department chair to determine if they meet department requirements and work with your degree plan.
- As soon as you return, make sure you work with the department chair and the registrar’s office to have credits earned during your off-campus experience counted on your transcript.
“While living and learning in Rome, Italy, I engaged with so many different facets of Italian culture. The opportunity to participate in an internship took my experience to a deeper level. I experienced first-hand the different atmosphere of Italian work culture that meets deadlines and values progress, while holding relationships with family and friends higher still. I brought my perspective as an American student into conversation with Italian and Italian-American perspectives on how to create campaigns directed toward an American market. I gained a broader perspective on the world and understanding of intercultural communication both in daily interactions and within the workplace.”
—Erin Hoolahan ’18, IES Abroad Rome
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT SUMMER TERMS
- Chicago Semester – Internship
- Philadelphia Center – Internship
- CIEE Cape Town: Arts/Sciences – The Media in South Africa, Intercultural Communication & Leadership
- IES Dublin: Irish Studies – Digital Marketing & Communication
- IES Rome: Language & Area Studies – Intro to Fashion Styling & Communication, Italian Fascism, Internship Seminar
- SIT Bolivia: Social Change – Independent Study Project
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