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Study Abroad

Clemson University students are strongly encouraged to make study abroad part of their Clemson experience. A study abroad program provides unique opportunities for student growth and development. Whether students participate in a month-long summer program, a semester-long study, or go abroad for an entire year, the lessons and new perspectives remain long after graduation. Our students return to Clemson with an enhanced knowledge of and a better appreciation for how communication functions in an increasingly diverse world. Students consistently report that study abroad is a life-changing experience.

Clemson offers a wide array of study abroad programs for students to explore, including faculty-led programs, independent study programs, and exchange partnerships with international universities. For students interested in Communication, there are two faculty-led study abroad options.

Germany – Strategic Communication

Clemson students standing in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate which stands near the national parliament building in Berlin.
Clemson students...
standing in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate which stands near the national parliament building in Berlin.

The strategic communication study abroad program in Germany has been a core part of the Department of Communication’s study abroad offerings since 2014. Students on this program take two courses – COMM 3550: Principles of Public Relations and COMM 3070: Public Communication of Science and Technology. COMM 3070 examines the role of science and technology in society from a communication perspective. Particular attention is paid to this dynamic in the arts, government and advertising. Students examine an array of theoretical issues and case studies in this area, with a focus on German culture and history. In COMM 3550, students examine principles and practices of public relations. This includes topics such as media relations, crisis management, planning and publicity for special events, and institutional advertising – all in the context of international business from a German-American perspective.

Clemson students posed on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.
Clemson students...
posed on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.

Over the course of four weeks, students on this program can earn six credits of upper-level Communication coursework. Students interested in a COMM minor can complete nearly half of the coursework on this program. In the first two weeks of the program, students visit Stuttgart, the southern capitol of the state of Baden-Württemberg. During the second two weeks, time is spent in Berlin, the national capitol, situated in the heart of former East Germany. Students experience a blend of cultural excursions, such as the well-preserved baroque palace of Ludwigsburg. Students in this program learn from professionals such as the content marketing experts at AlphaPool in Berlin. Students also gain insight into global strategic communication with corporate visits at sites like the BMW Motorcycle factory in Berlin or the Mercedes-Benz arena in Stuttgart. For more on this program, check out the student-built website at https://cuingermany.wordpress.com/past-trips/.

Ireland – Communication General Education

Clemson students attend Bloomsday, a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere on June 16.
Clemson students attend Bloomsday 
A commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and elsewhere on June 16.

The program in Ireland is focused on Communication general education. To this end, students take COMM 1800: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication and COMM 1070: Media Representations of Media and Technology. These courses provide frameworks within which students can learn and develop in a global context, while also meeting multiple general education requirements, including the humanities non-literature, STS, and CCA credits. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for engaged global learning. This general education offering provides an avenue for global student engagement at a point in the academic timeline when programs are not typically offered.

Students visit the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History Museum
Clemson Students visit
the National History Museum of Ireland

Situated in Dublin, Ireland, the location is ideal for several reasons. First, there is no need for foreign language proficiency. Students can study and travel with confidence in their ability to communicate with minimal difficulty with local residents. Secondly, Dublin is a wonderful location for students to explore cross-cultural differences. In part because of the shared language, students are much less likely to inadvertently offend by violating cultural norms.

The program in Ireland is custom-tailored to provide students a range of cultural experiences, built on a strong foundation of general education coursework.