Communication Studies

Imagine having to introduce yourself with your hands to a rickshaw driver in India, discussing the fundamentals of discourse at a café in Prague, or utilizing parts of multiple languages as you are surrounded by internationals from all over the world at any one of our many partnership universities. Study abroad is known for cultivating communication abilities on a personal and cross-cultural level. 
 

Communications Major Minor

Czech Republic

Topics for study in universities around the world range from media and communication theory to applied sublets of communication like advertising, broadcasting, journalism, theater and photography. Opportunities for Communication Studies majors include fascinating electives like “Internet, Self and Society” in Norway and “Discourse and Pragmatism” in Mexico. Internships are also available throughout the field including positions like working on a Bollywood film set in India, in an internet radio station in Jordan, or photographing alongside a New York Times photographer in Morocco. 

The way people communicate in the world is not limited to one primary language but rather is a complex and continually changing relationship between people and the world itself. By exposing yourself to the world, you will find that it has a lot to say if you take the time to listen.

Academic Advice

  • Study abroad credits can be used towards graduation
  • Many study abroad programs offer a wide selection of courses, including courses in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, Broadcasting, and Photography.
  • Students looking to complete their required internship course have the potential to achieve this in Advertising/PR, Communication Studies, Health Communications, Photography, Broadcasting, Theater, and/or Journalism.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take any Senior Thesis Course (498 numbers for CAP, CBR, CFV, CJR, HCOM, COM, CPH and CTH) abroad. 
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

United Kingdom

Communications

Summer

Partnership

Australia

Maquarie University

Non-traditional semester, academic year

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

Non-traditional semester, academic year

Partnership

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year, summer

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Mexico

Universidad des las Americas Puebla

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Romania

Babes-Bolyai University

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Spain

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Argentina

CEA: Business & Culture of Sport

Summer

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

CIEE: Communications, New Media and Journalism in Prague

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Costa Rica

ISA: Universidad Veritas in San José

Semester, academic year, summer

Affiliate

England

Edge Hill University

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

England

University of Roehampton

Semester, academic year, summer

Affiliate

Greece

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts

Semester, summer, academic year

Direct Enrollment

Germany

LMU: Electronic Media

Summer

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Italy

API: Lorenzo de' Medici

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy

ieiMedia: Multimedia Journalism Abroad

Summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

SIT: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Malaysia

Taylor University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

South Africa

USAC: Stellenbosch University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

South Korea

USAC: Kookmin University in Seoul

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Thailand

USAC: Chiang Mai University

Semester, academic year, summer

Internships

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

England

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

Ireland

EUSA Internship

Summer

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internship-Prague

Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Communications Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS abroad Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA Internships

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC: Study Internships

Semester

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors Internships

Varies

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

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To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Melba Velez Ortiz
107 Lake Michigan Hall
velortme@gvsu.edu
(616) 331-3337



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