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* International Media Studies in Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt, Germany; Ghent, Belgium; Koblenz, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/18/2018 06/04/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Students must depart the U.S. on May 17 for arrival in London on May 18.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Journalism and Media Communications
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Business, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

 International Media Studies
in Europe


Participants will explore distinctive national cultures and investigate how new media technologies enhance communication in England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and France. Students will document their experiences as they visit various media outlets in each country, and will compile their discoveries in a final multimedia project.

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:   May 18 – June 4, 2018  
Note: Students will depart the US on May 17 in order to arrive on May 18.

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for JTC 454: International Media Studies (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 3 credit hours, accommodation in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms for the program duration, some meals, local transportation, program excursions and site visits, international health and evacuation insurance, faculty and on-site support, orientation, and education abroad administration. The program fee does not include airfare, some meals, passport, books and personal expenses.
PLEASE NOTE: Prices may be revised slightly into mid-December, but will remain firm by the time students are admitted to the program. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER: Dr. Pete Seel, Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Communication.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Open to undergraduates (juniors and above).

Academic Program

The International Media Studies in Europe program is designed for students with an interest in communication, new media technologies, and related disciplines. All students on this program will register for JTC 454 International Media Studies (3 credits) taught by Dr. Christen. This course will explore distinctive national cultures and investigate how new media technologies enhance communication in Europe.

During visits to television studios, PR firms, magazine publishers, advertising agencies, newspapers, and other media outlets, students will have an opportunity to meet with working professionals in each field. Visits to cultural heritage museums at each site are a key part of the course. The group will also meet with professors from multiple international universities for talks about the media systems in their respective nations. Each student will document in text, photos, and video the unique cultural factors that affect interpersonal and mass communication in the European Union. On return to the U.S., the course will culminate in the creation by each student of an online media site (Web or blog) documenting their experiences abroad and their new understanding of comparative media systems.

Additional highlights of the program include: the London Eye, Tower of London, Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, River cruise on the River Thames, the Information is Beautiful (IBB) Studios, the Van Gogh Museum,  Kröller-Müller Museum, Anne Frank Museum, a guided tour of the castle Burg Eltz, and much more.


Western Europe, with its relatively small geographic area and extensive cultural diversity, offers a unique environment in which students will explore the evolution of communication technology from the invention of the printing press to the development of the World Wide Web. Students in the program will travel to London, England; Ghent and Brussels, Belgium; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt, Germany; and Paris, France over a 20-day period.

Housing and Meals

Students on the International Media Studies in Europe program will be housed in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms centrally located in each of the cities to be visited. Breakfast will be provided daily while in hotels.  A welcome and farewell dinner is also included.