Annenberg London Spring Semester

Spring 2019 Annenberg Study Abroad program applications are now closed. 

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Before studying abroad in London, I was focused on finding a career in the US after graduation. However my time abroad broadened my scope and helped me realize there are opportunities for me across the globe.” –Lauren, London Spring 2017

London is one of the foremost leaders in communication, media and politics. As such, USC has partnered with ACCENT International and created a unique program with carefully tailored courses specifically designed for communication, journalism and public relations majors. Students live in central London and attend courses led by British faculty taught at the ACCENT Study Center in Bloomsbury. The Annenberg London program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use this global metropolis as its classroom and experience the cutting edge in global communication and media.

January 2- May 5, 2019 

Students take the following courses taught by local faculty at the ACCENT Center in central London:

  • COMM 364 Comparative Media: US and the UK
    • Focus on the history and evolution of three key topics of media develop­ment and their social significance: the press, television/cinema, and the music industry
  • COMM 365 The Rhetoric of London
    • Examination of the modern city as a communicative text with London as the case study
  • COMM 366 Designing Media & Communication Projects for Social Change
    • Hands-on approach to learning how to design effective media and communication projects for social change and behavior change
  • COMM 384 Interpreting Popular Culture
    • Utilize theory and case studies to view popular culture as an indicator of cultural values, a producer and reflection of cultural meaning, and a means of communication
  • JOUR 467 Gender and the News Media
    • Stimulate critical thinking and increase media literacy about news and gender issues exploring key theoretical concepts, historical milestones and contemporary issues facing female and male journalists.
  • PR 410 London Calling: Public Relations in the UK Hub
    • Analyze the UK media landscape and its political influence and affiliations, from the BBC to regional press.

*Courses may be subject to change

Academic Units & Credit
All students are required to enroll in a full course load of 16 units.

  • COMM students will be able to earn 16 units of upper-division major elective credit.
  • JOUR & PR students will be able to earn 8-12 units of upper-division major elective credit; the remaining 4-8 units taken will be general elective credits.  

Students must take courses for a letter grade, pass/no pass is not an option. Letter grades will appear on their USC transcript and impact their GPA. 

Program Highlights

  • Organized excursions including: high tea, weekend trip to Bath & Stonehenge, theater productions, museum visits, day trips to Cambridge and Hampton Court Palace.
  • Membership to Student Central for access to clubs, societies, public lectures, and events.
  • Access to USC London office
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Access to USC Global Office, London

Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in central London, a short commute/walk (30-35 mins) from the ACCENT Center.  Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen and shared bedrooms and bathrooms. All bed linens, bath linens, and kitchenware will be supplied to the students in their London apartments. Students live with other Annenberg participants. 

This program is only open to Annenberg majors. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Additional Academic Requirements

  • COMM majors must have sophomore standing and have completed two Theoretical and Foundational courses at the time of application (or one completed and one in progress).
  • JOUR majors must have junior standing and have completed JOUR 307 and JOUR 320 before the start of the program.
  • PR majors must have junior standing and have completed PR 351A before the start of the program.

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 2019. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

Tuition: $27,660
Program Fees: $3,250
Housing: $6,873
USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $485
Round Trip Airfare: $1,300
Oyester Card: $485
Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,200
Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $330
TOTAL: $47,583

Please note, payment for housing is due approximately one month after acceptance into the London program. 

Financial aid and tuition remission applies. Contact AIP for more information on financial aid and scholarships.

*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 $97/month (2018-2019 rate).