Experiential Annenberg London

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Applications for Fall 2021 study abroad are now open. APPLY HERE. Applications are due March 15, 2021.

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The London program gave me confidence that I can handle any hurdle life might throw my way!” – Tara, London Fall 2016

With London being a global hub for communication and media, USC Annenberg has curated a new career-focused program specifically designed for all ASCJ majors. Students will directly experience the working practices of a broad range of global corporations, national and local media organizations, and innovative start-ups, providing an unparalleled opportunity to engage with communications and media professionals. The program includes a multi-day academic workshop in Sicily, Italy, where students will extend their UK coursework to explore similar topics and themes in a Southern European context, thus continuing to build upon and grow their intercultural competencies. 

Students take courses at ACCENT Study Center and live with fellow program participants in central London (zone 1), enjoying the exciting sights and scenes this vast metropolis has to offer.

Want to hear more from our students about their experience studying abroad in London? Check out our AIP blog for more information.

Fall 2021 dates TBD.

Students choose four of the following courses taught by British faculty at the ACCENT Study Center in Bloomsbury:

  • 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 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
  • COMM 362 Engaging Media in the UK
    • Delivered through a combination of guests, seminars and site visits, students will directly experience the working practices of a broad range of global corporations, media organizations, and innovative start-ups 
  • COMM 412 Communication and Social Movements
    • Students develop a rhetorical and historic understanding of social movements in recent history, focusing on the USA, UK and Europe. Emphasis will be placed on the role of communication in seeking social change or in seeking to arrest social change.

*Courses are subject to change. JOUR/PR courses might also be available depending on availability.

JOUR/PR Options could include:

  • JOUR 467 Gender and the News Media
  • PR 410 London Calling - Political Campaigns in the UK
  • JOUR 448 Government and Public Affairs Reporting

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, theater productions, museum visits, and multiple academic excursions
  • Membership to the Student Central for access to clubs, societies, public lectures, and events with local British students
  • Exploratory presentations and meetings with UK organizations (BBC, The Guardian, communication consultancies, Parliament)
  • Workshops and networking events geared toward preparing for your communication career
  • Access to USC Global Office, London
  • Exclusive Alumni Mentorship Program 

Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in Canada Water in central London, a short commute (25-30 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 open to all ASCJ majors. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of sophomore standing at the start of the program.

Additional Academic Requirements

  • COMM majors must have sophomore standing and have completed two Theoretical and Foundational courses at the time of application (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 
Fall 2021 costs TBD. 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 2020 as an example. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

Fall 2020 Pricing
Tuition: $28,628 (Tuition based on 2019 prices; USC 2020-2021 tuition has not yet been released)
Program Fees: $3,350
Housing: $6,506
USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $485
Round Trip Airfare: $1,300
Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,640
Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $335
TOTAL: $48,244

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

Financial aid and tuition remission apply. 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 (2019-2020 rate).