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, Uganda and Japan 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 2016-17, Media School courses will travel to:
- China. Media and Culture in China examines the evolution of Chinese media, which is characterized by a unique mix of commercial practices and Communist values. (Spring 2017)
- Florida. Orlando Theme Parks: The Masters of Integrated Marketing, explores the effectiveness of integrated marketing and consumer-based experiences employed by Disney World and Universal Studios. (Spring 2017)
- Japan. Reporting War and Peace in Okinawa is a reporting mission to the Japanese island. (Spring 2017)
- Uganda. Reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa travels to east Africa to report on health care. (Summer 2017)
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. In addition, The Media School’s Director of Experiential Education Audrie Osterman can help Media School students find ways to fund their trips.
- Read blogs by students who have participated in travel courses.
- Contact Audrie Osterman, director of experiential education, at email@example.com or 812-855-1725.