Travel Experiences

travel-pageAt The Media School, students often venture outside the classroom to learn from professionals, visit media organizations, work on projects and supplement coursework. Students travel as part of their student chapter affiliates to conferences and conventions, and they travel as classes or individually. Trips range from one day visits to Indianapolis media companies to three weeks to report on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Students who travel as part of Media School programs often write about their experiences as a way to share what they learned with fellow students.

Course travel

Our students travel to places such as China, England, South Korea, Northern Ireland and Chile to tell interesting stories and better understand their chosen profession’s place in the world.

The Media School’s field experience courses are semester-long classes that include a short-term travel component, ranging in length from one to four weeks. These trips provide students with opportunities for hands-on application of classroom lessons.

In 2018-19, Media School courses will travel to:

  • Czech Republic. Short Film Production in Prague teaches film production in collaboration with the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. (Summer 2019)
  • Ecuador. Documenting our Changing World explores the impact of environmental changes and their effects on Ecuador’s civilization, culture and quality of life through the creation of photo essays, mini-documentaries, short films and a TV show. (Summer 2019)
  • England and France. From London to Paris: In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle introduces students to the work of influential journalists, including Indiana native Ernie Pyle. (Spring 2019)
  • Okinawa, Japan. Reporting War and Peace in Okinawa is a reporting mission to the Japanese island. (Spring 2019)
  • Tokyo, Japan. International Game Design Practices puts students’ games in the hands of Japanese gamers and industry professionals to be critiqued, playtested and reviewed. (Spring 2019)

Summer in London

Spend the summer between your sophomore and junior year interning at a British media company and exploring London. The Media School’s Summer in London program offers a six-week summer program of study in London. You’ll intern at a media organization and take a course on British media.

Service Learning

The Media School offers students opportunities to use their skills in service projects. One way is through alternative break service-learning projects, where students travel to support communities in their media development projects. Closer to home, professors and instructors often use service learning as a component in courses, allowing students to work with local organizations to create multimedia or teach skills as part of their class projects.


The Media School provides scholarships to all students in its international travel programs, making the cost of travel lower for students. However, these programs do require an additional fee.

Expenses should not stop students from pursuing their dreams to see the world. The Office of Overseas Study helps IU students access millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships.


  • Read blogs by students who have participated in travel courses.
  • Contact Katie Beck, associate director of student services, experiential education, at or 812-856-3535.


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