International Communication Studies (ICS)

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Annenberg’s dynamic and longest-running study abroad program, International Communication Studies! 

This summer's virtual iteration of ICS will allow undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a five-week, career-focused program led by Annenberg Faculty, Keith Plocek. Students will engage in a variety of company visits and academic discussions, culminating in a mini consulting project with a London-based firm. See below for course details. All interested students must complete this form prior to enrollment. 

In this five-week course, students intensively study a diverse range of approaches to public communication and media across Europe. Students will participate in a variety of virtual company visits and academic discussions, including a mini consulting project with a London-based firm. Potential company visits include Lionsgate, Tiktok, Amazon, global marketing firms, tech start-ups, and more. 

The remote consulting project portion of ICS will be geared toward engaging the various skill sets of Annenberg students to support the communications needs of a partner organization in London. Students will work together in small groups, and possible projects could include developing social media toolkits and branding guides, creating audio/visual content for various digital media campaigns, promoting fundraising for strategic initiatives or completing market research reports for the partner organization.

Participating students will leave with a deeper understanding of global communication in a European context and a robust program experience to add to their resumes. 

May 19 - June 29, 2021.

Class schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 9:00am - 11:00am PT.


Students enroll in a 4-unit course cross-listed as COMM/JOUR 482: Comparative Media in Europe or a 1-unit JOUR 490/590: Directed Research. Journalism and Public Relations majors may earn four credits toward their journalism elective requirements; Communication majors may also earn four credits toward their communication major elective requirements. As a cross-listed JOUR/COMM course, this course will not satisfy the COMM major 400-level requirement; however, students may petition this with the School of Communication. Petitions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please email International Programs here.

Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Interested students must complete this form to be granted enrollment via D-clearance by our office. 

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