Learning Advocacy Communication in the Heart of Europe
Starting in Fall 2017, College of Communication and Information (CCI) students can spend a semester studying in a truly international environment for what they would spend on the Kent Campus – while taking journalism courses that will apply to their degree programs and other relevant electives that are important for all communication majors.
In a new partnership with the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic, CCI students will take classes with students from more than 70 other nationalities. The largest proportion of students come from the United States (22%), the Czech Republic (20%) and Russia (12%), as well as many from the various post-Soviet nations such as, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Belarus.
Why Study at AAU?
This program offers a number of promising curriculum opportunities for communication, media and information majors. For example, student journalists and students of public, global and advocacy communication can take courses focusing on:
- International perspectives on reporting
- Reporting on social movements and social change in Europe
- Political systems and their impact on freedom of the press
- Reporting on culture and the arts
- Reporting on travel and leisure.
Why Study Abroad in Prague?
- AAU-Prague is the Czech Republic’s oldest private university and is accredited both there and in the U.S. All credits transfer back to the Kent State program.
- All classes are conducted in English, though your classmates will be from Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Germany, Vietnam and South Korean. Faculty members come from 20 countries. This is a fully immersive international experience.
- Prague is an affordable, accessible and iconic European capitol. Students live in university-approved residential apartments, fully furnished and in various parts of the city. Housing costs are comparable to housing costs on/near the Kent Campus, and round-trip airfare costs approximately $1,200. Scholarships and financial aid will apply.
- AAU-Prague, is housed in the 17th Century Thurn - Taxis Palace in the heart of Prague, refurbished to include labs, classrooms – some with chandeliers – cafeteria and a courtyard that opens into a park with peacocks.
- Lennon Wall, the student magazine, welcomes writers, photographers and designers willing to join the staff. This provides an important opportunity to supplement your portfolios with international reporting and storytelling experience in a location where an independent press, journalistic freedom and civil liberties are fundamental values.
- A JMC faculty member who taught for a semester at AAU and co-sponsored a two-week summer trip there with CCI students will offer orientation about navigating the university and the City of 100 Spires.
For more information about this program, attend the upcoming information session from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 16 in Rm. 314 Franklin Hall. Interested students can also contact Candace Perkins Bowen, cbowen [at] kent.edu. For more information on AAU-Prague, see the Office of Global Education website.