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Study Abroad

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Clemson University students are strongly encouraged to incorporate a study abroad experience into their overall education. Nothing adds to your college experience like living and learning in a new and exciting environment. Whether you go for a few weeks or an entire year, the lessons you learn and the perspectives you discover from foreign study will stay with you long after graduation.

Clemson COMM students have opportunities to study abroad in an endless list of countries. Our students have spent time in South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain, to name just a few. Our students return to Clemson with an enhanced knowledge of and a better appreciation for how communication functions in an increasingly diverse world. Our students consistently report that their study abroad opportunities were life changing experiences.

The Clemson University Department of Communication offers a wide variety of courses at Clemson’s satellite campus in Brussels. Clemson’s connection with Brussels and Belgium began with its founder, Thomas Green Clemson, who was a senior U.S. diplomat in Brussels from 1844 to 1850.

Activities and programs continue to happen in Brussels and if you are interested in those programs, please contact our Study Abroad Office at

Past Study Abroad Trips--Summer 2011

Faculty from the Department of Communication led several study abroad trips to Brussels, Belgium during Summer 2011. Check out the posters below for more information, including program costs and descriptions of the courses offered:

Dr. Joe Mazer and Dr. Travers Scott (June 4-June 25)

Happy to be abroad.

Why study abroad?

  1. Expand your horizons
  2. Explore new cultures and local flavor
  3. Gain new perspectives
  4. Make international friends
  5. Discover your values
  6. Acquire essential communication skills
  7. Impress potential employers
  8. Globalize your Clemson experience

Can I afford it?

Studying abroad does not have to break the bank. The program costs the same as in-state tuition, even if you are an out-of-state student. Many scholarships, grants, and loans will transfer, and there are specific study abroad scholarships.

The cost for all students is equal to in-state tuition plus a 10% study abroad fee. Housing and field trips are included.

Do I need to speak the local language?

You do not have to speak a foreign language to study abroad. There are many programs in English that are not limited to Australia or the United Kingdom. But studying in another country can be a great way to learn the local language.

Is an internship better for my degree?

In today’s global marketplace, international experience demonstrates your ability to work independently, and teaches skills in communication and leadership students cannot gain from staying on campus.

What is it really like to study abroad?

Read the blogs of Clemson COMM students who are currently studying abroad or recently completed their international experience:

Kaycie Goding - Italy

Mary Bowerman - Barcelona

Lauren White - Italy

Interested in studying abroad?

Contact Eddie Smith, COMM Study Abroad Coordinator, for more information.