Communication Program

Both in fall and spring semesters, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (along with ACCENT International) offers communication majors and minors an opportunity to study in London and earn Communication credits.  Located in the heart of the city, the ACCENT Centre is within walking distance of the British Museum, the University of London, Piccadilly and Oxford Circus, and Covent Garden.  

The program runs from mid-August to mid-December each fall semester, and early January to mid- May each spring semester. Final program dates will be provided to students once determined.

London is one of the foremost leaders in communication, media and politics. Students enjoy the centrality of their location and the exciting sights and scenes this vast metropolis has to offer.

Students take courses taught by British faculty at the ACCENT Centre in Bloomsbury. Students select four communication courses from a total offering of six:

COMM 363 Media Consumption
COMM 364 Comparative Media: United States and United Kingdom
COMM 365 The Rhetoric of London
COMM 366 Designing Media and Communication Projects for Social Change
COMM 384 Interpreting Popular Culture
COMM 412 Communication & Social Movements

**Please note that these courses are not available every semester and change from year to year. Final course schedules will be released to students who are admitted and have committed to participating in the program.**

Student Life & Activities
Included within the program are several excursions to such locations as Hampton Court, Oxford, Cambridge, and Liverpool.  There will also be social activities offered in London including visits to theaters and museums.  Students are also registered with the University of London Student Union where they can mingle with British students. For the activities of the Union, view their Website.

Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in central London and a short commute/walk from the ACCENT Centre.  Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen and shared bedrooms and bathrooms.

All bedlinens, bath linens, and kitchenware will be supplied to the students in their London flats.

Admission Requirements
All students must have a cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and minimum sophomore standing at the commencement of the program. COMM majors must complete two out of the five Communication core courses at the time of application, or one completed and one in progress at the time of application; COMM minors are exempt from this requirement.*

* Starting with the Fall 2014 program, applicants who are Communication minors in the process of adding the Communication major will be held to the admission requirements for Communication majors.  Communication major standing will always supersede Communication minor standing for applicants who have both a COMM major and minor.

During competitive application cycles (when Annenberg International Programs receives more applications than the number of spots in a study abroad program), all factors that negatively impact applications will be taken into consideration when evaluating students for admission. Please click here to read more information about competitive application cycles and factors for possible disqualification.

Estimated Costs
Each semester Annenberg International Programs provides an up-to-date cost sheet to admitted students; if there are any changes from the time students are admitted to a program to the time they leave for a study abroad semester, updated cost sheets will be sent to the students.  Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Fall 2016. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

  • Tuition: $25,721
  • Program Fees: $3,850
  • Housing: $7,000
  • USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $610 (may change for Academic Year 16-17)
  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,500
  • Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,000
  • Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $332
    TOTAL: $45,024

Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required on all USC-approved study abroad programs. If a student is already enrolled in USC (domestic) Health Insurance there will be no additional charge for USC Overseas Health Insurance; students will be charged the domestic, on-campus rate (noted above). If a student is normally covered otherwise and waives out of USC Health Insurance on campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $92/month.