International Communication Studies (ICS)

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The International Communication Studies (ICS) program is one of Annenberg’s most dynamic and prestigious study abroad programs, allowing undergraduate students to travel across Europe and meet with esteemed international media companies. In this 5-week course, students immerse themselves and intensively study a diverse range of approaches to public communication and media across Europe. The goal of the program is to provide an integrated learning environment and a hands-on approach to navigating the international media and communications landscape.   


Students divide the five-week course into stays in London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, and Prague (with the first few days spent at USC).  In addition to regular class meetings, students discuss the interplay of current world issues and international media practices with communication practitioners from international news and public relations media, government institutions, private industry, and global organizations.  Examples of past visits include Sky News (London), Disneyland Paris, DDB España (Madrid), NPRxBerlin (Berlin), and the Foreign Ministry in the Office of the President (Prague).


Students enroll in a 4-unit course cross-listed as COMM/JOUR 482: Comparative Media in Europe.  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.


Students stay in double and triple occupancy rooms in apartments and hotels depending on the city and availability.


Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a preparedness to contribute to the dynamic of a small study group, as well as the ability to successfully complete the intensive coursework for this program.  All USC students may apply as soon as the summer after their freshman year at USC.

Estimated Costs 

Dates and estimated costs for Summer 2022 are not yet confirmed. Please see the estimated budget from 2020 as an example. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

• Tuition: $7,712

• Housing: $3,500

• USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $97/mo 

• Round Trip Airfare + Travel in Europe: $2,000

• Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $2,800

TOTAL: $16,206

*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.  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 (noted above).

Scholarship Opportunities

Students may apply for the Bill Faith Endowed Scholarship for this program. Read more about the scholarship here.