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Study abroad info sessions coming up

Over the next few days, faculty in the JSchool will be hosting information sessions to discuss two upcoming summer study abroad programs.

Information for the London (Olympics) program will be held Jan. 26 (5 p.m. in Singtao 101) and Feb. 13 (7-8 p.m. in Singtao 101).

An information session for the Leipzig (travel writing) program will be Feb. 1 (5 p.m. in Scripps 108).

A word about study abroad

Having grown up overseas, I can assure you that getting off of “The Island” (i.e., the U.S. mainland) can be a very important part of becoming a journalist or media professional, indeed, a world citizen. Just talk to any of our students who recently returned from Zambia.

I’m very excited about the two programs we’re offering this summer. Hey, the Olympics! Are you kidding me? And a second program on travel writing in the former East German city of Leipzig. Pretty cool. (Ironically, Leipzig was the city that Germany nominated to host the 2012 Olympics!)

Speaking of Leipzig, next week I’m headed there, in part to celebrate the 60th birthday of my friend and colleague, Prof. Dr. Ruediger Steinmetz. We’re now in our 20th year of working together on programs that benefit his German and and my American students.

I first met Prof. Steinmetz in December, 1992, my first time in Leipzig. Just three years before that visit, the Berlin Wall had opened up, creating incredible exchange opportunities never before considered possible.

During those years, our very own Prof. Kevin Grieves was a journalist working in Germany for CNN. He covered the collapse of East Germany and the unification that followed. That’s one of the reasons I’m very excited about the program he has created, along with Prof. Mirit Shoham in Communication Studies.

Here’s some information about the Leipzig program:

Travel at the Crossroads of Europe: Communicating Culture and Place
Leipzig, Germany Study Abroad Program Summer 2012

We will be holding an Information Session for all who have already applied, all are in the process of applying, or who are interested in the program. We will accept applications past the Feb. 1 deadline for those who attend the info session.

The program directors will be at the session to answer any questions. Our Office of Education Abroad point person will also be there. Bring any questions you might have related to funding, application procedures, program logistics, things to see and do in Germany, etc. You will also have a chance to meet Leipzig students who are studying at OU. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are unable to attend the info session, but are interested in the program, contact the program directors as soon as possible:

Dr. Mirit Shoham (; 740-593-9159)
Dr. Kevin Grieves (; 740-593-2616)


Experiencing other cultures is an increasingly vital component of living in a more globalized world. The program and field experience will help in preparing students to communicate with and about different cultures. This program explores travel and tourism as students are immersed in a different culture. Students will learn from their own travel experiences and will investigate how various places and cultures are promoted through communication of identity. We will explore entertainment, food, environmental issues, history, social dynamics, and business as facets of cultural identity.

Program dates: June 19-July 13, 2012.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the Scripps College of Communication. Students from HTC as well as other students across campus who have ideally had some communication coursework are also welcome to apply. There is no language prerequisite for the program.

For the Olympics/London program:

The Office of Education Abroad and the Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) are accepting applications for a summer study abroad program to London, England, July 23 through August 13, 2012. Professor Hans Meyer, program director, said the program will give students hands on experience with the the world’s most prestigious global sporting event.

Students with a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will participate in weekly orientation sessions as part of the mandatory pre-departure course work in the Spring Quarter, instructed by IIJ Director Dr. Yusuf Kalyango.

Students who wish to learn the multimedia facets of global communication and reporting are encouraged to apply for the program; but all students in the Scripps College of Communication who are interested in international affairs, global communication, visual communication, entertainment, and global sports can apply. Students will earn credits for two courses: Specialized Journalism (JOUR461) with Dr. Kalyango while here on campus to prepare for the trip, and Sports Journalism (JOUR470) with Dr. Meyer while in London.

Ohio University alumnus, Jack Briggs, assistant sports director for the Associated Press, has covered sixteen Olympics, and will share his experience with students interested in International Sports Reporting at an informational session on January 26, 2012 at 6 p.m. in Alden 319.

Fourteen students will be chosen to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Join us January 26 at 5pm or on February 13 at 7pm in Sing Tao 101 across the street from Scripps Hall, for the two information sessions about the program.

Students can find out more about the program through the IIJ office located in Scripps Hall or the Office of Education Abroad in the Walter International Education Center. Application deadline is February 20, 2012; so apply today for the London Olympic program.

For information about the London Education Abroad visit

For more information contact

Dr. Hans Meyer
206 Scripps Hall
Office: 597.3084

Or 205 Scripps Hall (IIJ)

January 25, 2012

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