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 Department of Communication 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!

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. Contact Dr. Lou ( or Dr. Han ( for more information.

London & Dublin: Social Media (COM 3317) & International Music PR & Promotion (COM 3418)

This study abroad program takes students interested in learning how to do effective public relations and promotion for music labels and musicians to London, Manchester, Liverpool and Dublin to experience each location's music scene and hear from industry professionals.

During this program, you will also learn about the music scene and related history of each location we visit as well as attend various events to understand their planning and promotion.

Contact Dr. Melissa Adams ( for more information.

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. 

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. 

Spain: International Advertising (COM 4040) or International Public Relations (COM 3538)

The trip offers a unique experience for students to acquire knowledge of the advertising and public relations practices in the Spanish wine industry. We will visit universities, advertising and PR agencies, and wineries in Barcelona. You will learn how wine is produced and marketed to local and global audiences. This experiential learning opportunity can enrich your understanding of how culture influences advertising and other communication artifacts. All majors are invited to participate. No prior advertising or PR experience is required. May 11-May 21, 2022 (11 days), Cost $3,990 (excludes airfare & some meals). If you are interested, please contact Dr. Shanshan Lou ( or Dr. Jiangxue Han (hanj2@appstate.edufor more information.