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Study Abroad


The School of Communication’s summer program in England — with lectures, tours, coursework and internships — is an unparalleled opportunity for students in all majors.

Participants are exposed not only to foreign cultures and communication, but also to the lives of media professionals working in one of the world’s most international cities. In 2012 the basic program is May 17 to June 7; internship students work through June 29.

This year’s program will be conducted by School of Communication faculty members Matthew Turner and Scott Dunn.

Drs. Turner and Dunn said British media are sufficiently like U.S. media, and at the same time sufficiently different, to make meaningful comparisons to American media. In addition, England’s participation in the European Common Market provides an international ethos to media that is typically lacking in the U.S.

Learning about the international dimensions of communication is important today because of the growth of media exports, the convergence of media, and the continuing digital revolution.

The 2012 trip will include:

  • A visit to the BBC’s world headquarters to experience the excitement of taping world-class programs.
  • Guided tours of Cambridge University.
  • Tours of landmarks including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
  • Theatre performances at venues including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
  • Guest lectures on British media and culture.
  • Guided tours of museums and galleries.
  • A three-day, two-night excursion to Belgium.

Past students have enrolled for up to 12 credits of course work including an internship. Contact the professors for information about academic credit.


Courses offered in the program are:

  • CORE 201: Topics in Critical Inquiry
  • COMS 327: Politics and Mass Media
  • COMS 335: Media & Society
  • COMS 451: Intercultural & International Communication
  • COMS 460: Independent Study
  • COMS 499: Internship
  • COMS 698: Graduate Directed Study
  • Estimated Program Cost (Excluding tuition):  $3,695
  • Program with Internship:  $5,290
  • Optional airfare and transportation package: $967

2012 Dates: May 17 – June 7;
Internships: June 8 – June 29

Dr. Matthew Turner
email: mrturner@radford.edu
Phone: 831-6023

Dr. Scott Dunn
email: swdunn@radford.edu
Phone: 831-5532

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