International Communication Studies- Summer Only

From L to R: ICS 2008 visit to Al Jazeera in London; 2009 visit to Hotel de Ville in Paris; 2010 visit with Father Federico Lombardi (Director of Vatican Press Office); 2011 program dinner in Prague.



The International Communication Studies program (ICS) allows undergraduate students to intensively study a range of approaches to public communication media across Europe.

The program typically runs from mid-June to mid-July each summer.  Please note that program dates vary from year to year; the finalized Summer 2016 dates are listed at the bottom of this page.

Students divide the five-week course into stays in London, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Prague (with the first week 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 BBC World News Service (London), Disneyland Paris, The Vatican (Rome), and the Foreign Ministry in the Office of the President (Prague).

Students enroll in the cross-listed course, JOUR 482 Comparative Media in Europe (4 units).  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.

Admission requirements
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.

During competitive application cycles (when Annenberg International Programs receives more applications than the number of spots in a study abroad program), all factors that negatively impact applications will be taken into consideration when evaluating students for admission. Please click here to read more information about competitive application cycles and factors for possible disqualification

Estimated Costs
Each semester Annenberg International Programs provides an up-to-date cost sheet to admitted students; if there are any changes from the time students are admitted to a program to the time they leave for a study abroad program, updated cost sheets will be sent to the students.  Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Summer 2016.  Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

• Tuition: $6,664
• Housing: $2,785
• USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $184
• Round Trip Airfare + Travel in Europe: $2,606
• Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $2,200
TOTAL: $14,439

*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 $92/month (noted above).

Scholarship Opportunities
Students may apply for the Bill Faith Endowed Scholarship for this program. We typically are able to award two students with a $2,500 scholarship for this program. Read more about the scholarship here.

June 6 - July 10, 2016
(First day in Europe = June 11)