International Courses and Programs
Education Abroad at UK
Your world of possibilities is waiting. Education Abroad at UK offers students the opportunity to study almost any field, for most any duration of time, and almost anywhere in the world. No matter the destination, duration or discipline, education abroad is the experience of a lifetime. There are hundreds of programs to match every academic interest and every budget. To find out more, please visit UK Education Abroad. Also, take a look at the MAP (Major Advising Plan) for your major; MAPs for each of the school's three majors are attached below.
Two programs that may be of particular interest to our students are the exchange programs with Charles Strut University in Australia and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. Both of these universities offer courses that provide excellent elective offerings for our students.
The school offers ISC/JOU/MAS 319: World Media Systems, at least once a year. In addition, several school faculty members regularly teach courses through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, a consortium in which the University of Kentucky is a member. ISC 497, Special Topics: Advertising and Public Relations in London, has been taught in London, England several times (winter 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2013-14); ISC 497, Special Topics: Brits and Brands, was taught in London and Dublin, Ireland in winter 2008-09. ISC 497: The Sport of Branding: Product Identity, Sports and Popular Culture, was taught in London and Dublin in winter 2010-11, 2012-13 and will be offered again in 2014-15.
We also offer ISC 497: Strategic Communication in South Africa: Promoting to the "Rainbow Nation" during the first summer session each year. This three-week course is based in Cape Town, South Africa and includes visits to area advertising and public relations agencies and Cape Town sights (Robben Island, Table Mountain, District Six Museum and others). Students develop communication campaigns for non-profits in the area, including orphanages, women's shelters, recycling firms and other groups working in the townships.
In Summer 2015, we will also be offering Creative Advertising Strategy in Germany, based out of Berlin, and Journalism in Context: World Media Systems in Dublin, in Ireland. Information on all of these courses is on the ISC MAP and also on the UK Education Abroad site.
Five journalism majors in the Summer 2010 World Media Systems course spent 32 days in Beirut, Lebanon through a program funded by the Fares Foundation. The students were led by Prof. Terry Anderson, the Associated Press' former Beirut bureau chief. To read the students' blog and see photos from the trip, click here.
The school frequently hosts Transatlantic Media Fellows for one to two weeks. This is a program sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Our visitors have included journalists from Denmark, Germany, Greece, England, Sweden and Ukraine.
2011 and 2012
Laura Ungar of the Courier-Journal and Sujoy Dhar, a freelance journalist based in India, have visited the school twice to talk about reporting across cultures.
Visiting faculty member Terry Anderson organized a conference on war, journalism and history, "Covering Conflicts in the Modern World." The conference was held in cooperation with the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the Study of Two World Wars, which held the first-such conference several years ago. The conference sessions included presentations by journalists, historians and members of the military.
Media Arts & Studies faculty member Zixue Tai and school director Beth Barnes visited universities in Shanghai and Qingdao, China to discuss development of 2+2 programs. In a 2+2 program, international students do their first two years of coursework at a university in their home country and then complete their degree work at a U.S. university. We are hoping to establish several such programs with Chinese universities.
Two groups of journalists from the former Soviet Union, one group from Georgia and the other from Siberia, visited the school and met with faculty members including Buck Ryan, Terry Anderson and Kakie Urch. Later in the year, Prof. Urch visited Siberia and spoke at a conference there; Prof. Ryan made a visit in 2010.
Edward R. Murrow Journalism Fellows Program, U.S. State Department
The school hosted a group of southern African journalists for a week-long visit
Edward R. Murrow Journalism Fellows Program, U.S. State Department
The school hosted a group of Russian-speaking journalists for a week-long visit
“In Search of Darfur,” presentation by journalist Nick Clooney on the work he
and his son, actor George Clooney, are doing to support Darfuri refugees
resistance, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Molly Bingham and
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