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Study Abroad

More students from the Brian Lamb School of Communication study abroad during their time at Purdue than from any other department at the university (nearly 30%!).  There’s still room for more, though.  And while our students can elect to study abroad in many countries through Purdue’s study abroad office, we highly recommend several outstanding programs that are tailored to our majors and usually involve faculty members and students from the School. 

NOTE:  Students may receive from Purdue one semester-length scholarship ($3000) AND one shorter-term scholarship ($1000 OR $2000) during their undergraduate programs.  But a student can only claim a short-term award ($1000 OR $2000) one time.

Semester-Length Programs:  2014-2015
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
The BLSC has a NEW arrangement for semester exchanges with the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.  This program is eligible for a $3000 study abroad grant from the university, and its benefits include:
*Danish residency fees (up to $300) paid by the Brian Lamb School of Communication (NEW program benefit!)
--having a foreign experience in a city where almost everyone speaks English
--living and studying in a world capital with access to Europe (easy public transportation and an airport with budget connections—less than $100/flight—to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, the U.K., Austria, Turkey, and Iceland, to name a few)
--independence:  you have control of where you live, where you travel, how to study, what to eat, and how much to engage with local students and culture
--all instruction in English, mostly from European professors
--a truly international experience:  other CBS students are from Denmark and all over Europe
--lots of approved courses that transfer to Purdue as classes in your own communication plan of study:  for the approved list, click here

Recommended semesters to study abroad in Copenhagen:  fall of junior year, spring of junior year, or fall of senior year
Application deadlines:  March 1 (for fall 2015), September 1 (for spring 2016)
For details, email Professor Josh Boyd or view the CBS/study abroad website

PADERNO DEL GRAPPA, ITALY
The Italy Consortium Program (in cooperation with Krannert School of Management) is another semester-length option, with classes in Communication, Journalism and Business. This program is also eligible for a $3000 university study abroad grant, and its benefits include:
--beautiful small-town setting in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains
--residential housing with other students from American universities in the consortium
--proximity to Venice (about 1 ½ hours away)
--easy-to-transfer classes that keep you on track for graduation
--up to 18 hours of credit available during a full semester
--INCLUDED formal Italian dinners
--all instruction in English (mostly by American professors)
Application deadlines:  March 1 (for fall 2015), September 15 (for spring 2016)
For details, email Professor Howard Sypher or view the Italy Consortium Program website at Purdue. 

Spring Break Program:  2015
OAXACA, MEXICO
EMBEDDED IN COM 49700: International Documentary Production
Program dates:  class (1/13/15-5/3/15), travel (3/14/15-3/21/15)
Program cost:  $1333 (includes housing in Oaxaca) + airfare + ground transportation + meals
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue:  saves you $1000!
Program benefits:  3 hours of course credit plus completion of a short documentary under the guideance of Ms. Mimi Edmunds, a former producer with the CBS program “60 Minutes”
Course offering:  COM 49700 (Prof. Doug Osman)
Application deadline:  immediately

Summer Programs:  2015
LONDON, ENGLAND
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Program dates: 5/18/15-7/10/15
Program cost:  $6298 (includes housing in central London) + study abroad fee + airfare
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue:  saves you $2000!
Program benefits:  3 hours of course credit + 3 hours of internship credit (the 20 hour/week internship is arranged for you!).  Includes a local transportation pass and tours of London, Bath, and Stonehenge
Course offering:  COM 30300 Intercultural Communication (Prof. Josh Boyd)
Application deadline:  Feb. 4, 2015
Website:  http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=145

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Program dates: 5/19/15-7/10/15
Program cost: $6275 (includes housing in Sydney) + study abroad fee + airfare
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue:  saves you $2000!
Program benefits:  3 hours of course credit + 3 hours of internship credit (the 20 hour/week internship is arranged for you!).  Includes a local transportation pass and tours of Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Course offering:  TBA
Application deadline:  Feb. 4, 2015
Website: http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=471 

BEIJING AND SHANGHAI, CHINA
Program dates: 5/10/15-5/26/15
Program cost: $1800 (includes housing in China) + airfare
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue: saves you $1000!
Program benefits: 3 hours of course credit + corporate visits + travel within China
Course offering:  COM 491 Communication in Global Organizations (Prof. Stacey Connaughton)
Application deadline:  Feb. 13, 2015

BARCELONA, SPAIN
Program dates: 6/22/15-7/20/15
Program cost:  TBA—probably around $5000 (includes housing, 2 meals a day, and tuition) + airfare
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue:  saves you $1000!
Program benefits: 6 hours of course credit, excursions in and around Barcelona
Course offerings:  choose 2—COM 303 Intercultural Communication, COM 257 Public Relations Techniques, COM 325 Principles of Interviewing (Prof. Brian Smith)
Application deadline:  Feb. 15, 2015
Website: http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=1137

SIENA, ITALY
Program dates: 6/22/15-7/17/15 
Program cost: $4000 (includes housing, tuition, required insurance, and study abroad fee) + airfare
Study abroad scholarship from Purdue:  saves you $1000!
Program benefits: 6 hours of course credit in 4 weeks + excursions in and around Italy 
Course offerings:  choose 2 of these: COM 303 Intercultural Communication, COM 325 Interviewing: Principles and Practices, or COM 495 Public Behavior and Social Dynamics (Prof. Jeong-Nam Kim and Prof. Ralph Webb)
Website: Facebook.com/SummerInSiena

PADERNO DEL GRAPPA, ITALY
The Italy Consortium Program (described above) also has summer programs that offer up to 6 hours of course credit.
Website:  http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=307 

The London, Sydney, and Italy programs above are offered every year.  Other offerings change from year to year—one popular program offered in the past has been Professor Jeong-Nam Kim’s Summer in Siena (Italy) program.  

The programs here are focused on communication students and should provide credit easy to transfer directly into your communication plan of study.  But whether you choose one of these or any of the literally dozens of other countries where Purdue offers programs, study abroad will help you gain insight into and make connections with the communication theories and processes you study in the classroom. Your study abroad experience will also help you develop the advanced communication skills that are so highly valued in today's competitive job market.  You will also gain a global perspective that will not only enable you to gain a greater appreciation of other cultures but also provide the opportunity to reflect upon our own society's values, behaviors, and attitudes. 

Besides all the educational and career benefits connected to studying abroad, don't forget to consider how much fun it is to meet new and truly fascinating people, visit those really cool places you only hear about or see in the movies, develop tastes for new types of food and drink, and attend sporting events and doing things that you may never have even heard of before.  Global learning isn’t just educational, it’s fun!