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 Lamb 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: 


Singapore

The Lamb School has an exchange agreement with the National University of Singapore.

This program is also eligible for a $3000 study abroad grant from the university, For spring 2018 students, the Lamb School has $1000 scholarships available for up to 3 students (in addition to Purdue’s study abroad scholarships). Contact Professor Josh Boyd for details.

 Its benefits include:

  • Studying at a world-class international university, ranked in the top 25 in the world and best in Asia for 2014

  • Living in the structure of a residence hall

  • Having a foreign experience in a city where English is an official language

  • Living and studying in a world capital with easy access to Asia (an airport with budget connections - less than $100/flight - to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, India, Cambodia, China, and Australia, to name a few)

  • All instruction in English

  • Many approved courses that transfer to Purdue as classes in your own communication plan of study.

Application deadlines: September 15 (for spring 2018) and March 1 (for fall 2018)

For details, email Professor Josh Boyd or view the NUS exchange student website.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Lamb School works 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 Lamb School - Danish residency gets you healthcare while you’re there

  • 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

  • Many 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: September 15 (for spring 2018) and March 1 (for fall 2018)

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

  • Formal Italian dinners

  • All instruction in English (mostly by American professors)

Application deadlines: September 15 (for spring 2018) and March 1 (for fall 2018)

For details, email Professor Howard Sypher or view the Italy Consortium Program at Purdue website.

Summer Programs:


Sydney, Australia

Program Dates: 5/16/17-7/7/17

Estimated Program Cost: about $5100 (includes airfare, housing, tuition, required insurance, study abroad fee and more)

Program Benefits: Six hours of course credit, internship placement, and full-day excursions to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park

Course Offerings: COM 30300: Intercultural Communication or IDIS 49000: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Sydney

For details, email Professor Felicia Roberts or view the Sydney study abroad website.


London, England

Program Dates: 5/15/17-7/7/17

Estimated Program Cost: about $3600 (includes airfare, housing, tuition, required insurance, study abroad fee and more)

Program Benefits: Three hours of course credit, internship placement, and excursions in and around London

Course Offerings: COM 30300: Intercultural Communication or IDIS 49000: Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - London

For details, email Clinical Associate Professor Jane Gibson Natt or view the London study abroad website



Siena, Italy

Program Dates: 5/31/17-6/29/17

Program Cost: about $3500 (includes housing, tuition, required insurance, and study abroad fee) + airfare

Program Benefits: Six hours of course credit in four weeks and excursions in and around Italy 

Course Offerings: COM 30300 Intercultural Communication and COM 32500 Interviewing: Principles and Practices Public Behavior and Social Dynamics (Prof. Jeong-Nam Kim and Prof. Ralph Webb).

For details, email Professor Melanie Morgan or view the Siene, Italy study abroad website



Paris, France

Program Title: Global Communication: Political, Social, and Business Perspectives

Program Dates: 5/12/17-5/28/17

Estimated Program Cost: about $3500

Program Benefits: Meetings and visits at the National Assembly, the Prime Minister’s office, start-ups, regulatory agencies, and universities.

Course Offering: COM 25100 Communication, Information, and Society (part of the University Core Curriculum)

For details, email Professor Sorin Matei or view the Paris study abroad website


Paderno Del Grappa, Italy

The Italy Consortium Program (described above) also has summer programs that offer up to 6 hours of course credit.

For details, view the Paderno Del Grappa website


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 Brian Smith’s summer Barcelona (Spain) 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!

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