At 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.
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 2017-18, Media School courses will travel to:
- Chile. Media in Latin America explores media issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Spring 2018)
- China and Hong Kong. Uncovering the Media City: Public Screen Cultures and Urban China looks beyond the media being presented on screens to understand how screens structure our relationships to public space and with the world. (Spring 2018)
- England and France. From London to Paris: In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle introduces students to the work of influential journalists during World War II, with special emphasis on Indiana native Ernie Pyle. (Spring 2018)
- Ireland and Northern Ireland. Covering the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland analyzes journalistic representations of religion and gives students an opportunity to practice foreign correspondence. (Spring 2018)
- South Korea. Korean Sport Media and Culture goes behind the scenes of the aftermath of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to study the methods behind the production and media coverage of a global sporting event. (Spring 2018)
- Uganda. Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa travels to east Africa to report on health care. (Summer 2018)
Applications are now open for spring 2018 field experience courses. Apply by Sept. 29.
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 an eight-week summer program of study in London. You’ll intern at a media organization and take a course on British media.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-856-3535.