Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Study Abroad

Do you want to study abroad but don’t want to surrender a full semester? Are looking for a taste of cultural immersion? Do you want to do a deep dive on an international communication topic? The School of Communication offers a number of short-term study abroad opportunities that might be perfect for you!

Why would a SOC Global Course Be right for You?

  • Immerse yourself in a new culture for two weeks
  • Earn three credit hours during summer or January term
  • Engage with a new community
  • Network with local professionals and students

Locations & Courses Include:

COMM 278 — International Public Relations

London, England: June 25 - July 8, 2017

This intensive summer program explores how public relations is defined and practiced in an era of globalization. As more companies become multinational and as public issues continue to grow worldwide in focus, professional communicators work in an increasingly interconnected world. Understanding this environment and developing the skills to navigate it will help prepare students for careers in public relations, advertising, digital and social media, marketing and business. Through classes and field trips, students will examine the growth of public relations around the world, compare the definition and practice of public relations in different countries, analyze and discuss real-world cases and learn best practices in communication. London is the European hub of public relations and home to many global public relations agencies and multinational corporations. One third of the world’s largest companies have European headquarters in London, so it’s the perfect place to study international public relations. The two-week, three-credit program is based at the University of London, and students will stay, eat breakfast and have class in the same residence hall.

COMM 278 is an approved elective for Ad/PR majors and graduate students in the Digital Media and Storytelling program and Global and International Studies majors and minors. In previous years, participants have ranged from rising sophomores to second-year graduate students.

There are no pre-requisites for the course.

For more information, please visit the Study Abroad website or contact the instructor, Marjorie Kruvand, at mkruvand@luc.edu

COMM 373 — Digital Storytelling

Santiago, Chile: Summer 2018

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in a variety of storytelling courses and media, such as photography, film/video, podcasting, etc, and apply those skills in the field, in a uniquely designed study abroad program. During the course, students will create and develop projects that they will produce in Santiago Chile, in collaboration and exchange with Chilean students.

This course is targeted towards FDM students and Digital Storytelling grad students, but open to all.

There are no pre-requisites for the course, but permission from the instructor is required. Fulfills the undergraduate engaged learning requirement.

For more information or questions, please visit the Study Abroad website or contact the instructor, Aaron Greer, at agreer1@luc.edu.

COMM 421 — Topics in Global Strategic Communication: International Advertising & Branding

Beijing & Shanghai: July 2017‌

COMM 421 International Advertising & Branding is a 2-Week immersion trip in July based at The Beijing Center with a 3-day visit to Shanghai via overnight train. Students will visit global advertising agencies, media organizations, and businesses to learn advertising and branding tactics from professionals. The class will tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, stroll The Bund and French Concession, climb the Great Wall, and investigate other cultural sites.

The class should be of interest to those studying advertising, branding, and strategic communications, and wanting to explore the world’s most populated and globally influential country.

There are no pre-requisites for the course. This is a graduate-level course targeted to students in the M.S. Global Strategic Communication program. Undergraduate students must have permission from the instructor to enroll.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Dr. Pamela Morris at pmorris1@luc.edu.

COMM 421 — Topics in Global Strategic Communication: The International Language of Creativity

London, England: January 2018

Explore how creativity in advertising and public relations is tailored to communication to multicultural global markets. Students will hear guest lectures from internationally-renowned experts in their fields. Set in the heart of London, the class will visit leading advertising and public relations agencies and other creative-driven companies, while also exploring cultural and historical sites.

There are no pre-requisites for this course. This is a graduate-level course targeted to students in the M.S. Global Strategic Communication program. Undergraduate students must have permission from the instructor to enroll.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Bob Akers, at rakers@luc.edu