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Media Studies

Media Studies majors study off campus to pursue opportunities for comparative media studies, foreign language study, deeper understanding of international readership audiences, and internships in media and communications.

Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney 

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; department of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy offers courses in intercultural relations, Australian media, global knowledge society, public relations, and media production; orientation and guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.


Belgium - Vesalius College, Brussels   

Spring, fall

Language: English, with French and Dutch language study and French literature taught in French

Prerequisites: gpa 2.7, junior or senior standing; prior coursework in international relations strongly recommended.

Housing: Vesalius assists students in arranging housing, home stays available.

Details: Small English language liberal arts college, courses in business, international relations and communications (few advanced courses available) and established internships in Brussels for credit including TV and journalism; study with local and international students; rich cultural environment; high prevalence of English makes this a poor destination for language immersion. 


Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

Exchange, fall, spring or academic year

Language: Courses in Spanish or partly in English

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; 3.0 cumulative gpa and 3.0 in Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.

Housing: Host family

Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; lower and upper level courses in communication, public relations, media, and publishing; independent studies available; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities. 

India – ISEP: University of Hyderabad 

Fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, with language study in most Indian languages.

Prereqs: Must have junior or senior standing, 3.0 gpa, previous coursework relative to the understanding of India.

Housing: Single or double room on-campus, and shared bath; meal plan.

Details: One of India’s newest, smallest (2000 students) and best-equipped university campuses; study with Indian and international students; courses in communication, including television production, available; orientation, access to campus sports and cultural programs. 


Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul  

Exchange, spring or academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey.

Housing: Shared rooms with bath, mini refrigerator and phone in University residence halls; linens are provided; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants.

Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the European side of Istanbul in the heart of the city; easy access to public transportation. 

United Kingdom - Goldsmiths College, University of London

Fall, spring

Prereqs: n/a

Housing: University housing. Students prepare their own meals. 

United Kingdom - University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa

Housing: On campus dorms with British flatmates.

Description:  department of film and television studies approaches the study of media from several disciplinary angles. Courses include Media Industries, Analyzing Film and TV, Media Society & Power, and Film History.

United Kingdom - ISEP: University of East London

United Kingdom - University of Sunderland, northern England

United Kingdom - ISEP: University of Ulster

Domestic Programs

ACM: Chicago Arts, Chicago  

Fall, spring

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing preferred, approval through campus selection process, previous coursework relating to an arts discipline (including audio, literature, communication, performance, visual arts).

Housing: Program students housed in double rooms in apartments with cooking facilities located in Chicago neighborhoods; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with ACM program students; 4 units of credit: a city-centered Core Course, a choice of Seminar course topics; an internship connecting academics to the world of work; an independent study project related to the student’s academic goals, often linked to the internship. 


Last Updated: 8/2013