Category Archives: Study Abroad

School of Communication Hosted International Visitors in the Summer

The School of Communication hosted four international students and their professor from the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, during the second session of summer school. The students enrolled in two of professor Glenn Hubbard’s courses: “Video News Production” and “Electronic News Performance.” During their stay, the students visited news outlets in Raleigh, as well as Sylvan Bird Park and nearby eastern North Carolina cities and towns. One student is planning to return to ECU to attend graduate school.

Details on 2015 Study Abroad program in Poland and Czech Republic

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to travel and experience other cultures while earning credit. In summer 2015, the School of Communication will take students to Poland and the Czech Republic for Communicating Across Borders: Intercultural Communication and English as a Global Language.

Students will learn about intercultural communication and English as a global language in three historic Central European cities. Students will spend five days in Krosno at Krosno State College, five days in Krakow at Jagellonian University, and one week in Prague at AngloAmerican University. Students will study with ECU Communication and English faculty, in addition to meeting and learning from Polish and Czech faculty and students. The program will occur during Summer Session 1, running from May 12-14 (ECU campus) to May 17-June 4 (Poland and Czech Republic).

If you would like more information, contact Dr. Linda Kean at keanl@ecu.edu .

London Study Abroad Recap of Summer 2014

During summer 2014, Dr. Cindy Elmore and Ms. Barbara Bullington led a successful study abroad program to London. The focus of the program was International News and allowed 20 students to gain access to the BBC, The Guardian, Bloomberg, NPR, and Amnesty International. In addition to exploring multiple avenues of international news resources, the students had the opportunity to experience a new and diverse cultures.
Jordan Mitchell, a Communication major and Film Studies minor here at East Carolina University, created a video as part of an Independent Study documenting the London study abroad experience.

Students venturing across the pond for School of Communication first study abroad to London

Study Abroad in London

Junior communication major Caitlin Arneson is counting down the days until summer school.

But she won’t be in spending six weeks in a classroom in the Joyner East building. Instead, she’ll be earning six credit hours in London, one of the world’s leading global cities. She is one of 20 communication majors who will participate in the School of Communication’s first Summer Study Abroad to London.

The program follows last summer’s successful School of Communication Study Abroad to central Europe, in which communication students traveled to Poland, Slovenia and Hungary, taking courses in Intercultural Communication and English for Global Communication.

Arneson, who is from Northern Virginia, also was a student in that program.

She said she decided to enroll in a second study abroad program because she “absolutely loved” the Poland program. “So when I heard that there was another opportunity this summer, I decided I couldn’t miss it,” Arneson said. “Studying abroad gives class a whole other dynamic . . . Field trips and real life experiences are so much more in depth and relatable than any textbook could ever be.”

The London study abroad program will include courses in feature writing and international news communication. During their two weeks in London, students will visit the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Bloomberg News, al Jazeera-London, the British Parliament, a contract magazine publishing house, the Guardian newspaper, and more.

Students will live two-to-a-room in apartments in the Kensington Olympia area of the city. This will enable them to save money by preparing some of their own meals in their own kitchens. The apartments also have washers and dryers and Internet.

The cost for the trip, which includes tuition for six credit hours, two weeks’ accommodations in London, local transit in London, two group dinners, the BBC and Parliament tour fees, insurance and Internet, is $1,958 per student.

Arneson, an aspiring journalist, says she hopes to learn more about both English culture and journalism while on the trip.

Communication faculty members Cindy Elmore and Barbara Bullington are leading the program.

Fulbright Scholar Reflects on Unique Experience in Berlin

Rachel Castro

By Lexi Taylor
School of Communication Intern Spring 2012

Danke. This simple word means “thank you” in German, but to East Carolina University senior Rachel Castro, it signifies a lifetime experience.

Castro was one of 15 young journalists chosen to participate in the German-American Fulbright Commission’s Berlin Capital Program in Berlin, Germany, in December. The Fulbright program is a chance for students and young professionals in the United States to earn merit-based scholarships to study in other countries.

As the only participant selected from the state of North Carolina, Castro jumped at the chance to pursue her dream of studying abroad.

“One of my greatest ambitions is to continue traveling,” Castro said.

Castro found out about this opportunity while taking a summer session journalism course in the School of Communication with ECU professor Dr. Cindy Elmore, who participated in a Fulbright during her career.

“Rachel is a truly amazing writer,” said Elmore. “I was happy to have the opportunity to recommend her.”

While in Berlin, Castro was given an in-depth look into German news and media. She participated in two to four seminars daily on topics such as “How to be a Good Journalist” and  “Germany’s Identity in European Media.” The group was given a tour of prominent political and news structures including the German Parliament and many publishing houses. These visits allowed Castro the opportunity to experience the difference in European and American news and media.

Along with the educational experiences, Castro got a closer look into Germany’s everyday culture. She was able to enjoy one of Germany’s favorite pastimes — eating bratwurst and schnitzel. She also had the opportunity to visit the Christmas markets that are only around for about a month during the holiday season. She was able try food there and buy small, handmade gifts, as well.

On the last day of the program, the group members were allowed a free day to tour the city on their own. This was Castro’s favorite day because she was able to walk the Berlin Wall.

“That was definitely my favorite part of the trip,” she said. “It was such an amazing experience to be able to walk along such a historic site.”

Even though Castro has returned home, she still keeps in contact with the other accomplished young professionals she shared her journey with. They talk frequently through emails and a Facebook group.

To Castro, the program was more than just another item to add to her resume, it was a step closer in her pursuit of studying and writing abroad. Rachel currently works as a staff writer at the ECU News Bureau and recently acquired a position as an ESL teacher with the ECU Language Academy. This new job will prepare Castro for next fall, as she ventures back to Europe to teach English for the year.

“My top choice is Budapest, Hungary,” Castro said. “However, I am just thrilled to continue my travels.”