Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Study Abroad

Do you want to study abroad but don’t want to surrender a full semester? Are looking for a taste of cultural immersion? Do you want to do a deep dive on an international communication topic? The School of Communication offers a number of short-term study abroad opportunities that might be perfect for you!

Why would a SOC Global Course Be right for You?

  • Immerse yourself in a new culture for two weeks
  • Earn three credit hours during summer or January term
  • Engage with a new community
  • Network with local professionals and students

Locations & Courses Include:

COMM 278 — International Public Relations

London, England: July 2019

This intensive summer program explores how public relations is defined and practiced in an era of globalization. As more companies become multinational and as public issues continue to grow worldwide in focus, professional communicators work in an increasingly interconnected world. Understanding this environment and developing the skills to navigate it will help prepare students for careers in public relations, advertising, digital and social media, marketing and business. Through classes and field trips, students will examine the growth of public relations around the world, compare the definition and practice of public relations in different countries, analyze and discuss real-world cases and learn best practices in communication. London is the European hub of public relations and home to many global public relations agencies and multinational corporations. One third of the world’s largest companies have European headquarters in London, so it’s the perfect place to study international public relations. The two-week, three-credit program is based at the University of London, and students will stay, eat breakfast and have class in the same residence hall.

COMM 278 is an approved elective for Ad/PR majors and graduate students in the Digital Media and Storytelling program and Global and International Studies majors and minors. In previous years, participants have ranged from rising sophomores to second-year graduate students.

There are no pre-requisites for the course.

For more information, please visit the Study Abroad website or contact the instructor, David Kamerer, at dkamerer@luc.edu

COMM 373 — Digital Storytelling Abroad

Puerto Rico - March 2019

This course will focus on telling multiplatform stories about Puerto Rico’s rebirth and revival after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September. Students who enroll in this course must commit to spending five nights and six days in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico during Loyola’s Spring Break. Before and after Spring Break, the class will meet every other weekon Thursday nights at the School of Communication.

We will produce stories on a variety of platforms about Puerto Rico’s rebirth after Hurricane Maria for a number of organizations, which potentially include:

Discover Puerto Rico – the official tourism department of Puerto Rico
Marvel Architects – a New York based architecture firm building solar panels on the island
Retazo – a non-profit working to establish sustainable fashion industries in Puerto Rico
Fondo Resiliencia Puerto Rico – an organization that is building sustainable agriculture across the region
 

Assuming the work we produce is of high quality, they will be using the content on their web site and social media channels (what a great bullet point for resumes!)

This course is an approved elective for graduate students in the Digital Media and Storytelling program. Undergraduate students need permission from the instructor to enroll.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Patty Lamberti, at plamberti@luc.edu

COMM 421 — Topics in Global Strategic Communication: Global Media & K-Culture

Seoul, South Korea: May-June 2019

COMM 421 Topics in Global Strategic Communication: Global Media & K-Culture is a 2-Week immersion trip in South Korea’s vibrant capital. Tour advertising, public relations, digital communication agencies, media organizations and other companies, learn of the Korean Wave influence and taste Korean cuisine.

The class should be of interest to those studying advertising, branding, and strategic communications, and wanting to explore the world’s most populated and globally influential country.

There are no pre-requisites for the course. This is a graduate-level course targeted to students in the M.S. Global Strategic Communication program. Undergraduate students must have permission from the instructor to enroll.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Dr. Pamela Morris at pmorris1@luc.edu.

COMM 421 — Topics in Global Strategic Communication: The International Language of Creativity

London, England: January 2019

Also used in the BA/MS AdPR/GSC Program Overview Page

Explore how creativity in advertising and public relations is tailored to communication to multicultural global markets. Students will hear guest lectures from internationally-renowned experts in their fields. Set in the heart of London, the class will visit leading advertising and public relations agencies and other creative-driven companies, while also exploring cultural and historical sites.

There are no pre-requisites for this course. This is a graduate-level course targeted to students in the M.S. Global Strategic Communication program. Undergraduate Senior students may also apply.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Bob Akers, at rakers@luc.edu