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Australia and Beyond: Study Abroad Enriches CCI Students

Martha Rogers14 CCI students spent spring semester 2017 studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. The students, all part of CCI’s Global Scholars Program, studied intercultural communication with UT Communication Studies Associate Professor Laura Miller; learned about the history and culture of Australia as part of a course taught by a faculty member from the University of Sydney; and completed eight week long, full-time internships with Australian companies and organizations.
A video team led by Russ Hollingsworth (MS/C&I ’02, BS/JEM ’86), director of UT’s Video and Photography Center, traveled to Australia to document the value of students’ study abroad experience with particular focus on  student internships. A number of videos were produced including ones that featured: advertising majors Hunter McClure and Adam Wilson who interned at Benojo advertising agency; journalism and electronic (JEM) major Abby Bower who interned at Solar Citizens, an independent community based organization working to protect and grow the solar energy industry in Australia; and JEM major Olana Osborn who worked at Eastside radio 89.7 FM, a Jazz format and community radio station (click here to watch the videos).
“Study abroad experiences give our students a significant advantage with employers when they graduate,” said Professor Sam Swan, CCI director of internationalization and outreach. “Many of our students come from small towns and/or have never traveled internationally. Study abroad helps students broaden their ability to work with individuals from other backgrounds and cultures allowing them to apply their state-side, classroom education in real world settings. The videos produced by Russ and his group are a testament to the incredible experiences our students gain by studying abroad.”
2018 promises to be another great year for CCI’s Study Abroad Program with students having the opportunity to study abroad in Siena, Italy; Dublin, Ireland; Rome Italy; and Sydney, Australia. The courses will cover global public relations, international and intercultural communication, and international advertising and will range from a few weeks to a full semester.