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Study Abroad Programs with Journalism

I spent time working on campus for the radio station and was able to translate my skills from American radio to Irish radio in a positive way. I gained a lot of experience in dealing with new people from extremely different backgrounds.

Maureen Johnson, National University of Galway, Ireland, Fall 2013 

Journalism  students can benefit from study abroad whether or not they take journalism courses at their host university. Below are some options, however, for students interested in journalism and communication/media studies courses.


Belgium - Vesalius College, Brussels (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.7 GPA, French or Dutch language study and prior coursework in international relations strongly recommended.  
  • Housing: Host family or other private accommodation.  
  • Details: Liberal arts college with a high percentage of international students. In fall 2016, communication studies courses included journalism studies & practice, mass communication, convergence media and transmedia writing, and marketing communication. An internship in journalism/communication may be possible. French and Dutch language study available. Vesalius has strong offerings in business, international affairs, European Union studies, and European peace and security studies. Access to major university libraries in a hub of the European Union, international diplomacy and commerce.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

Chile – ISEP:  Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Eligibility requirements: 2.75 GPA, 5 semesters of college-level Spanish for journalism studies.
  • Housing: Host family in Viña del Mar.
  • Details: The school of journalism is located within the College of Business and Management and offers a full-curriculum to prepare students to become journalists. Community engagement opportunities available.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower.

United Arab Emirates – ISEP: American University of Sharjah (Ex)

  • Semesters: Academic year, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Eligibility requirements: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Communications department includes courses on print journalism and public relations. Unique course offerings include Islamic Finance, Islamic Art & Architecture, Introduction to Islamic Philosophy, History of material culture in the Arabian Gulf region. Additionally, courses in Arabic translation, literature and poetry are offered in both Arabic (for native or native-level speakers) and English.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses:  Same.

United Kingdom - Goldsmiths, University of London (D) 

  • Semesters: Fall (mid-September to mid-December), Spring (January-early June).
  • Language: English.
  • Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing. Dormitories. 
  • Details: Goldsmith's journalism program teaches the latest techniques in video, data and mobile journalism, digital and coding practices and essential reporting and writing skills.  Information on theoretical and practical modules (courses) can be found here.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of Sunderland (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (mid-September-mid-December), Spring (January-late May).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Journalism courses include multi-platform news, media law, media ethics, fashion journalism magazine writing, sports writing, investigative journalism, and entertainments & games journalism. Sunderland's mediaHUB gives students a taste of the work live of journalists, and has broadcasting, radio, and television studios.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

United States - Washington Semester- American University, Washington DC (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, prior study of journalism.
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: Journalism and New Media program focuses on print, broadcasting and new media and includes full immersion into the communications and political environment of Washington, DC. Washington, D.C. often serves as the classroom. Seminar, internship 2 days/week, research project.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last updated: 08/2016