Studying Abroad

Journalism major Taylor Gilmore, right, with a friend while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, in 2013.

We recommend that students consider a course or exchange program that provides experience abroad.

Few courses can deliver the impact of an international experience, which tends to strengthen your language skills, your understanding of other cultures and your sense of history and economics. The International Programs Office can help you arrange a semester or a year abroad.

As you plan, remember that very few countries teach journalism in their universities. You can find excellent journalism departments in many Australian and Canadian universities, and several British universities offer some journalism instruction. Other countries may offer some courses that may satisfy a journalism elective requirement, and you will need to get prior approval for any courses taken abroad that you wish to apply toward your journalism major.

If your chosen country does not offer journalism education, you can spend the semester working on your required minor or Global Education requirement. The Journalism major offers enough flexibility to allow a semester abroad without jeopardizing your graduation date, and we will work with you to make that happen.

You might also consider taking our Travel Writing and Photojournalism class during the spring semester. This course includes a trip to Sicily during Spring Break as part of the process of learning about photography and travel journalism. The course provides an intense international experience without taking you away from Amherst for an entire semester. A supplemental fee is required for the course to pay for airfare, hotel and guide services.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376