Study Abroad

Go. See. And be transformed! 

Go beyond the classroom and have a life-changing experience. 

Traveling abroad lets you apply classroom learning to the real world, and it helps you become more curious and engaged. 

But it has practical effects as well! Our students Students have added their international travel experiences to their resumes, used course requirements as part of their professional portfolios, found opportunities for new career choices, expanded their definitions of public service, and applied what they've learned to enriching class discussion and assignments. 

In many cases, participation in trips through the Communication Department allows our majors and minors to count the experience as required courses while offering them an adventure well beyond that of the typical classroom.

Here are some current opportunities!

Mexico: App State students now have the option to receive two undergraduate degrees in communication, one from the Appalachian State and the other from our partner university in Mexico, the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP). Learn more about the Dual-Degree Program in Communication with UDLAP. To find out more, check with trip leaders or visit the Office of International Education & Development. To apply, go directly to their application page. Disclaimer: Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the University's control. Learn more!

The Netherlands: Intercultural Communication (COM 2124) & Photojournalism (COM 4220): This 3-week study abroad program, "Documenting Dutch Culture," will provide a historical and intercultural communication context in which today’s students can explore their contemporary understanding of Northern European culture through documentary and travel photography. Through readings, photo critiques, class discussion and visits to points of interest in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, students will be able to understand the impact of Dutch culture on the rest of the world. The program starts and ends at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam where students may choose to fly in and out of the country with the program leaders via the Charlotte Douglas airport. Contact Dr. Holman ( for more information. Learn more

Poland: Intercultural Communication (COM 2124) & Changes in Polish Communication Since the Fall of Communism (COM 3549). Join us for a trip to experience the Polish culture. Most people stereotype Poland as a dark, backwards country, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how modern and progressive it is as well as how beautiful & historical the countryside is. Places visited include Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Olstyn, Kolobrzeg, Malbork, Torun, and Zakopane. A visit to Auschwitz will be a memory of a trip you will not forget, as will the visit to Wolf's Lair, Adolf Hitler's bunker for most of World War II. Enjoy learning of how culture influences communication patterns, as well as changes in an old world culture. Contact Dr. Moore ( for more information. Learn more! 

China: Experiential Cultural Learning in China (COM 3545) & International Advertising-Study Abroad (COM 4040):  This 3-week study abroad program allows students to learn the cultural and economic aspects of media industries in China through meeting with media entrepreneurs and visiting professional organizations. The program participants are scheduled to visit Chinese universities, advertising and public relations agencies, and media organizations. This program provides students a more comprehensive understanding of Chinese business practices, cultural and political environments. It allows students to better understand intercultural communication at both interpersonal and organizational levels. Learn more!