London

Annenberg International Programs is pleased to announce the merger of all three London programs into one large study abroad program for Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations majors starting with the Spring 2017 semester. This new program is pending university approval.



Program 
Both in fall and spring semesters, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (along with ACCENT International) offers Communication, Journalism, and Public Relation majors an opportunity to study in London and earn Annenberg major credit.  Located in the heart of the city, the ACCENT Centre is within walking distance of the British Museum, the University of London, Piccadilly and Oxford Circus, and Covent Garden.    

The program runs from mid-August to mid-December each fall semester, and early January to mid- May each spring semester. Final program dates will be provided to students once determined.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FALL PROGRAM IS OPEN ONLY TO COMMUNICATION MAJORS. THE SPRING PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL ANNENBERG MAJORS.

Location
London is one of the foremost leaders in communication, media and politics. Students enjoy the centrality of their location and the exciting sights and scenes this vast metropolis has to offer.

Curriculum
Students take courses taught by British faculty at the ACCENT Centre in Bloomsbury. Students will take four courses; preliminary courses include the following:

COMM 364 Comparative Media: United States and United Kingdom
COMM 365 The Rhetoric of London
COMM 366 Designing Media and Communication Projects for Social Change
COMM 384 Interpreting Popular Culture
COMM or JOUR 400-level course
JOUR xxx
PR xxx 

**Please note that these courses are not available every semester and change from year to year. Final course schedules will be released to students who are admitted and have committed to participating in the program.**

Communication majors may earn 16 units of upper-division major elective credit for the program. BRDJ and PRDJ majors may earn up to 8 units of upper-division major elective credit for this program. Students following the new BA JOUR major/curriculum may earn up to 12 units of upper-division major elective credit for this program.

Student Life & Activities
Included within the program are several excursions to such locations as Hampton Court, Oxford, Cambridge, and Liverpool.  There will also be social activities offered in London including visits to theaters and museums.  Students are also registered with the University of London Student Union where they can mingle with British students. For the activities of the Union, view their Website.

Housing
Students live in self-contained multi-bedroom apartments located in central London and a short commute/walk from the ACCENT Centre.  Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen and shared bedrooms and bathrooms.

All bedlinens, bath linens, and kitchenware will be supplied to the students in their London flats.

Admission Requirements
This program is only open to Communication, Journalism and Public Relations majors.  The program is currently not open to Annenberg minors.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum sophomore standing as of the commencement of the program.

COMM majors must complete two out of the five Communication core courses at the time of application, or one completed and one in progress at the time of application. PLEASE NOTE THAT FINAL COMM MAJOR PREREQUISITES ARE STILL BEING DETERMINED. PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE SOON.

BRDJ and PRDJ majors must have Junior standing at the start of the program and must have completed the School of Journalism Core Curriculum of Newswriting (202, 203), Reporting (302, 303), and Production (306 or 308). Students following the new BA JOUR major/curriculum must have Junior standing at the start of the program and must have completed JOUR 307.

PREL majors must have Junior standing at the start of the program and must have completed JOUR 351A.

SJACS/COMPETITIVE APPLICATION CYCLE WARNING:
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 semester, updated cost sheets will be sent to the students.  Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Fall 2016. Please note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

  • Tuition: $25,721
  • Program Fees: $3,850
  • Housing: $7,000
  • USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $610 (may change for Academic Year 16-17)
  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,500
  • Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $7,000
  • Additional Expenses (books and supplies, international student identity card, US passport): $332
    TOTAL: $45,024

Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.

*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 (noted above). 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.