International Courses and Programs
Education Abroad at UK
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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 541, Special Topics: Advertising and Public Relations in London, has been taught in London, England several times (winter 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2011-12); ISC 541, 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 and will be offered again in 2012-13.
Seven students participated in ISC 497: Strategic Communication in South Africa: Promoting to the "Rainbow Nation" in May 2012. This three-week course was based in Cape Town, South Africa and included visits to area advertising and public relations agencies and Cape Town sights (Robben Island, Table Mountain, District Six Museum and others). Students developed communication campaigns for Eluthandweni orphanage in Guglethu township and for Rainbow of Hope, an organization that works with at-risk children. This course will be offered again in May 2013 and the school hopes to make it an annual offering.
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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