Faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication say the most important thing for journalism majors to do abroad is observe how journalism is practiced in different cultures. Many of the study abroad programs listed below are in locations where journalism is practiced differently than in the United States. (You are especially encouraged to consider programs located in Asia and in the Middle East.) All of these programs are geared toward journalism students and offer journalism courses. Most offer summer sessions in addition to semester and yearlong sessions, so a few options are available in terms of timing. A few summer-only programs are also listed.
In addition to taking courses abroad, journalism majors are encouraged to complete internships. Information about interning overseas—along with a few recommended internship opportunities—is provided below.
If you are interested in taking courses related to your second major or concentration area while abroad, see the advising page corresponding with your second discipline.
If you would like to take language courses abroad, information about language-intensive study abroad programs is available under the “Programs” tab of the General Education advising page. You can also search our programs database (using the language filter) for information about overseas language programs.
In addition to the programs listed here, students are encouraged to browse our programs database and consult our Steps to Studying Abroad advising page. You are also encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Resource Room (located in the International Programs Office, 1111 University Capitol Centre), where a peer assistant can help you research study abroad programs. Once you have a few programs in mind, consult with a study abroad advisor and the academic advisor for your department.
CIMBA Italy Program
CIMBA offers a semester program (fall or spring) and a 4-week summer program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. Courses are available in journalism, communication studies, business, economics, beginning Italian, and engineering. (Typically, the program offers 1 or 2 journalism courses.) Current course offerings are available here. All courses are taught in English by faculty drawn from various U.S. universities and are available to program participants only. The University of Iowa offers resident credit for the CIMBA Italy Program—12-18 credits for the semester program and 6 for the summer program. Field trips are included in the program fee!
Irish Writing Program
The Irish Writing Program in Dublin is a six-week creative writing summer program directed by an on-site UI affiliate. Students take writing workshops and an interdisciplinary Irish Literature & Culture course. The program offers six semester hours of resident credit. Several local tours are included in the program fee.
CIEE Seville: Communications, New Media, & Journalism
This program is offered for a semester or for the academic year. Participants enroll in 5 courses per semester—some at the CIEE Study Center in Seville (for program participants only), and some at local universities. All courses are taught in Spanish. Depending on your language capabilities, either a Spanish history or an advanced Spanish language course is required. The other courses are electives within the Communications, New Media, & Journalism program. Students enrolled in the yearlong program have the option to complete a for-credit internship in the spring—offered in the areas of audiovisual communication, new media, visual art, media management, journalism, radio, and TV broadcasting. Several field trips are included in the program fee. Participants earn 15 semester hours of resident credit per semester.
This program is also offered in three 4-week summer sessions. Participants can enroll in one session, a combination of two, or all three. Three different courses are offered, and students take one per session. Typically, courses in the summer program combine Spanish language skills with a student-driven media project (e.g. “Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting”). All summer courses are taught in Spanish and taken at the CIEE Study Center with other program participants. Participants do not earn resident credit for the summer program.
CIEE Prague: Communications, New Media, & Journalism
Students take courses at the CIEE Study Center in Prague for a semester (fall or spring) with other program participants. All courses (except a required Czech language course) are taught in English by faculty from Charles University. In addition to the Czech language course, participants complete an internship with a local media company, publishing firm, or film company—all of which are pre-screened and set up by CIEE. Students must also take three elective courses, two of which must focus on journalism, media, or communication. See the website (linked to above) for course descriptions and more information about the required internship. Excursions are included in the program fee, including visits to local media companies and radio stations.
This program is also offered as three 4-week summer sessions. Participants can enroll in one session, a combination of two, or all three. Three different courses are offered, and students take one per session. Typically the courses offered include a media communication course, a course on international reporting, and a course on propaganda. (These courses sometimes change, though, so see the program’s website for an updated list.) An optional survival Czech language course is also offered. Students take all courses at the CIEE Study Center in Prague, again taught by Charles University faculty in English. Weekend excursions are included in the program fee.
CIEE Summer Communications & New Media: Prague and Seville
This program is a combination of the Prague and Seville summer programs described above. Participants enroll in one 4-week session in Seville and one 4-week session in Prague.
CIEE Global Institute in London: Communications, Journalism, and New Media
Students take courses at the CIEE Global Institute with other program participants. This program operates on the block system, so participants choose to enroll in two or three 6-week blocks over the course of the academic year, taking two courses per block. (See the website for specific block dates.) When applying, you’ll choose the “Communications, Journalism, and New Media” academic track. Current course offerings in this track include a British media course, a course on intercultural communication and leadership, a course on mass media in Europe, and more. Participants can also complete one of three optional academic projects—an internship, a directed research project, or a service-learning project. The courses in this program are taught by faculty from local institutions as well as visiting faculty from around the world. Excursions and study tours (tours related to your coursework) are included in the program fee.
USAC Program in Vaxjo/Kalmar, Sweden
Students directly enroll in courses at one of two Linnaeus University campuses for a semester or for the academic year. The courses available vary by term, but several relevant journalism courses have been offered in the past—including “Analyzing Digital Journalism” and “Media in Sweden.” See current course offerings here. All courses are taught in English. Swedish language courses for exchange students (offered at all levels) are also available and included in the program fee.
Africa & the Middle East
SIT Morocco Field Studies in Journalism and New Media
This is a semester-long program (fall or spring) during which participants take four courses at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in Morocco’s capital city, Rabat. Coursework includes a Moroccan culture course, a field ethics course on doing journalism in Morocco, a language course (in French or Arabic), and an independent study during which students complete a major feature story. Courses are taught in English. Rabat itself is located near many important cultural sites, but excursions are also included.
ISEP American University of Sharjah
Students directly enroll in courses at the American University of Sharjah for a semester or for the academic year. Courses in print journalism and public relations are offered. All participants are required to take at least one Arabic language course and are encouraged to take Middle East Studies courses. All courses are taught in English. See the undergraduate course catalog for updated course descriptions.
General advice about interning abroad is available here. Journalism students interested in interning abroad should consult with the Internship Coordinator in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication before accepting an internship. Also be sure to consult the SJMC’s internship webpage.
The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) offers internships relevant to journalism students in several locations, including Barcelona, Dublin, London, Milan, Rome, Santiago, and Sydney. All IES interns enroll in an internship seminar for advising about professionalism and cultural awareness in the workplace. IES organizes a variety of optional field trips for interns—additional costs apply.
China Daily Summer Internship
Each year, an editor from the China Daily selects a student intern from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The intern works at the newspaper in Beijing for two months (typically from the beginning of June to the beginning of August). The nature of the work varies, including everything from copyediting to taking photos to writing reports. Interns are provided with housing and receive a fairly generous stipend. The SJMC does not offer academic credit for this internship. For more information about how to apply, consult with the SJMC’s Internship Coordinator.