Why Study Journalism Abroad?
- Have you ever wanted to see the world…and write about it?
- Hike through lush forests or along ancient cobblestoned streets…and tell your story through a camera’s lens?
- Have you wanted adventure, new friends, a broader perspective…and academic credit?
As NYU students, you’re already studying in one of the most exciting cities on the globe — but now, more than ever, journalism is an international profession. Because there are important stories everywhere just waiting to be told, we encourage all journalism students to participate in our Journalism Abroad programs before graduation.
Where Can I Go?
In order to create the richest possible global experience for our students, we have created an array of exciting semester-long and summer programs and courses:
- Accra, Ghana (Academic Year, Summer)
- London, England (Academic Year, Summer)
- Prague, Czech Republic (Academic Year)
- Rostov-on-Don, Russia (Summer)
- Shanghai, China (Academic Year)
- London, England (Academic Year)
- Buenos Aires, Argentina (Academic Year)
On occasion, NYU Journalism runs courses at other sites, such as Buenos Aires, Argentina; Madrid, Spain; Tel Aviv, Israel. See NYU’s Office of Global Programs for more information.
What Courses Are Offered Abroad?
We currently offer versions of all undergraduate electives abroad, including Journalism & Society, Issues & Ideas, Journalism as Literature, Methods & Practice, Production & Publication, and Elective Reporting Topics.
For more specifics, take a look at recent course listings to see the variety of classes offered abroad.
When Should I Go?
Ideally, students will complete the first required classes (Investigating Journalism, Inquiry: The Written Word, and Inquiry: Multimedia or The History of Media) here in New York before traveling, so any time junior year, and the first semester of senior year are the best times to go abroad. However, we can be flexible about these recommendations when necessary.
Be sure to mention your plans when you come in for advising.
Should I Choose a Semester-Long Program or a Summer Program?
That’s up to you. The semester programs, at NYU campuses abroad, offer many classes other than journalism. You’ll take a regular course load, perhaps choosing just one or two journalism classes. You’ll be taught by local faculty and have more time to get to know the city and country you’re visiting. We currently offer a full array of courses in Prague, with just a sampling in other cities. In the next few years, we hope to expand to other NYU Global campuses.
The summer programs are shorter, but more intensive. An NYU faculty member travels with you and directs the trip.
If you desire, you can choose both a semester-long program and a summer program.
What Will I Do as a Journalism Abroad Student?
You’ll visit sites that will move and astound you, from the slave castles of Ghana’s Cape Coast to Prague’s Jewish cemetery, to Shanghai’s famous Yuyuan Garden.
Most of all, wherever you travel, you’ll report. You’ll cover real stories in both print and broadcast formats. The best work from all study-abroad sites will be published on the Institute’s website.