Journalism Program

USC Journalism students spend a spring semester at City University in London where they have a privileged vantage of British culture and British media. Through social science coursework and an intensive and integrated journalism final project, they have the opportunity for personal and direct comparison between the structured and governmentally controlled media of the United Kingdom and the comparatively laissez-faire approach to media regulation in the United States.

The program runs mid-January to early June; please note that this program is only offered in the spring.  Final program dates will be provided to students once determined. 

City University is located in Islington in central London.  Close to the vibrant neighborhoods of Angel, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, the University is in the heart of a vibrant, exciting, global city.  City University was established in 1894 and currently enrolls approximately 18,000 students (46% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries.  The university is in the top 5% of world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015.  City University also ranks as the top university in London for student satisfaction (National Student Survey (NSS) 2015).

Students earn a total of 16 units for the program.  Journalism majors take three courses for eight USC upper-division units of Journalism credit, comprised of two courses (three USC units each) plus the final project course, which is worth two USC units. Students will take two elective Social Sciences courses (outside of the Journalism Department), which are worth four USC units each. 

Student Life & Activities
Classrooms and all student facilities are located on one site, allowing students to mix and meet easily in both academic and social environments. City University is the only university in the UK to have its Student Centre recognized by The Institute of Customer Service.  In 2010, and again in 2013, they were awarded ICS 'ServiceMark' accreditation in recognition of excellent service delivery to students.  Journalism majors in the program will have full access to the Student Centre, which includes religious services, wellbeing services, sports and leisure activities, and volunteering opportunities.

Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in central London and a short walk to City University. Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen, shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and a common living/dining area.

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

Admission Requirements
Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and must study abroad in the second semester of Junior year.  Students must have completed the School of Journalism Core Curriculum of Newswriting (202, 203), Reporting (302, 303), and Production (306 or 308).  Please note that the Journalism major curriculum is scheduled to change and will therefore affect the prerequisite courses for this program. 

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 Spring 2017. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

  • Tuition: $25,721
  • Housing: $7,700
  • USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $1,102 (may change for Academic Year 16-17)
  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,200
  • Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,000
  • Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $332
    TOTAL: $42,066

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.