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Changing Lives through Study Abroad

Photo from Kayla Suazo’s Cyprus blog

Five College of Communication and Information study abroad classes made trips to England, Cyprus, France, Italy and Belgium during this past summer.   These faculty-led study abroad courses are designed to provide CCI students with transformational learning experiences.  As one student expressed, “My time in Cyprus forced me to re-evaluate what I think about the world.” 

Urbino, Italy PR Students

Urbino, Italy – International Public Relations: During this five week course, students integrated themselves into the Italian culture as they immersed themselves in their studies.  At the end of the experience one of the students, Sarah Atchley, said “It was a lesson in problem solving, a growth experience in personal independence and an opportunity to learn more about myself.”  She also said that her experience in Italy was invaluable because it taught her that she could “function and prosper in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people.”

Information Sciences Students in London, photo courtesy J. Lundeen

London, Cambridge and Oxford England –  Problems in Information Sciences: Scholarly E-Publishing:  Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir led a two week course on E-Publishing and Scholarly Resources at King’s College London.  The course was a joint endeavor with Pratt Institute.  The two other instructors in addition to Tenopir were Tula Giannini (Pratt) and Anthony Watkinson (Ciber Research group and retired University College London).  Nine UT Master’s students and 10 Pratt students participated in the class.

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Dr. Levine’s Communication Studies Students, photo courtesy Dr. Kenneth Levine

 

Paris, France & Brussels, Belgium – International Communication and the International Workplace: Associate Professor Kenneth Levine and sixteen communication studies students spent a month in Europe examining several relevant and timely issues including expatriate adaptation, cultural awareness, international media, international public relations and the European Union.  The class coincided with the 850th anniversary of the dedication of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.  Class lectures and guest speakers came from a broad spectrum of organizations and professions throughout France and Belgium giving the students a rich and rewarding experience.

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Blog photos from:  Jake Thompson (Slaughterhouse)Blog photos from:  Jake Kyle Knell (SCUBA)

 

Cyprus – Video Documentary: Associate Professor Bob Legg took eight journalism and electronic media students to Cyprus to make a video documentary.  The 2013 group experienced everything from filming in a slaughter house to diving in the beautiful waters of Ayia Napa.  Student blogs can be viewed at Dr. Harmon's British Media Students

 

London, England–Contemporary British Media:  Professor Mark Harmon led a group of students on an exploration of all types of British Media.  The course challenged the students to see media organizations and media content in a broader cultural context.  Class visits included trips to several radio and television productions, as well as visits with RAJAR (radio ratings), Ofcom (regulation), the Press Complaints Commission, and Parliament.