The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is proud to be hosting a study abroad class during the summer of 2014 in the United Kingdom! Spearheaded by Drs. Sandhya Rao and Bruce Smith, the class will travel to London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

What You Will Learn
The program’s theme is ‘Global media in the United Kingdom.’ The program includes class meetings on campus and online before and after the 10-12 day cultural and media immersion trip to three capital cities of the UK. The program will include field trips to international media organizations and cultural excursions. Known for its leading media companies including broadcast companies such as the BBC and  ITV, newspapers such as The Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, international news organizations such as the Reuters, and public relations firms such as Taylor Herring, the  UK will provide an amazing global media experience. Students may choose from public relations, media writing (travel emphasis) and international communication or an independent study.

The Cities
LondonLondon, the capital of England, is a modern global metropolis, and world business center housing hundreds of international companies, and a thriving cultural center drawing millions of visitors from all over the world. Standing on River Thames, London has a history of nearly 2000 years and was a site for the 1948 and 2012 Olympics. A culturally vibrant city, London offers a wide range of top class cultural attractions including theatres, museums, art galleries, music converts and shopping centers. Landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace, the seat of British Monarchy, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge and Westminster Abbey are known as much for their history as their architecture.


Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is known for its banking industry. Declared as the first UNESCO City of Literature, the city is host to many international festivals. Located about 400 miles to the North East of London, it is the second most popular tourist destination after London.  Edinburgh is a World Heritage Site, and has historical sites including the Edinburgh Castle, the Old and New Towns, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a port city located 124 miles West of London and belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. In addition to a beach front, gardens, museums, historical sites, and sporting venues, Cardiff houses a large independent TV production center with 6,000 employees.

More information and details on the course will be available soon. Questions may be directed to Sandhya Rao at