Study Abroad

The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) offers semester, academic year, winter break and May/summer term international study programs. Early planning and systematic consultation with advisors in the Learning Abroad Center and the department is key to assuring that you:

  • find the right study abroad program for you
  • meet application or scholarship deadlines
  • plan and apply appropriate courses to take abroad to fulfill your major/minor and/or liberal education requirements

Fulfillment of major or minor requirements

Most universities in other countries do not offer the professional skills courses taught in HSJMC. However, many offer fascinating media courses that fulfill context course requirements.

If you want to fulfill major requirements, look for junior-senior level courses that may apply to the context or professional skills course area of your program plan. If you find a course of interest, you must get approval for this course from HSJMC. 

To determine whether programs or classes you have chosen will fulfill major requirements, talk to an advisor or faculty mentor in HSJMC.

  • For context courses: bring course descriptions and syllabus (if available).
  • For professional courses: bring a syllabus to obtain preliminary approval from a faculty mentor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Final approval for professional courses may be given after HSJMC faculty review the work you did—including all written or visual assignments—for the course. A syllabus and your course work must be submitted for faculty review when you return from your learning abroad.

If an advisor or faculty mentor in HSJMC cannot determine whether a course fulfills major requirements based on the course description and syllabus, or if you are a pre-journalism major, you must complete a Transfer Course Work Petition and submit it with the course description or syllabus to 110 Murphy Hall. The DUS will use these materials to determine if the study abroad course will apply to the major.

The Study Abroad in Rome and Study Abroad in Florence programs, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), and the Study and Internships in London program offered through the Learning Abroad Center (LAC), have worked well for SJMC students because these programs offer courses that will apply to all three major tracks. 

Find out more about how you can make learning abroad part of your Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication degree program.