To all of you who stopped by yesterday for the Fall Welcome event at RJI, thank you!And there are more events coming up you need to keep in mind, most importantly our own fair, in RJI 100, Friday, Sep 7 between 11:00 and 2:00.
We have lots and lots of programs to suit your study abroad needs. If you want to do an internship abroad
, you can choose from six different countries. If you want to do an exchange,
you have eleven countries. And if you don't want to go for very long, there are eight...
Why would you want to go to this fair?
It'll be the one-stop-shop to learn about all our programs, get flyers and brochures, ask lots of questions.
There will be the directors of the programs there and students who went abroad on one of our programs. You're not going to get the opportunity to have so many resources in one place until the next fair, which'll be in the Spring semester.
... and finally, you could win stuff, including a $1000 scholarship to study abroad.
When you come to the fair you can fill out a little form with your name and contact info. Afterwards we'll draw some cards and give away the following:
- $1000 Travel Scholarship
- $300 Travel Scholarship
- Gift cards to Chipotle, Starbucks, Shakespeare’s, and the University Bookstore
- A backpack
- MU School of Journalism Passport Wallet
- Travel Journals
- Luggage Tags & Luggage Spotters
If you're even mildly curious about studying or working abroad, not going to the fair would be a less than wise decision, we think. Also we just like to meet new people! Friday, September 7 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
See you there!
Don't think that London is only interesting during the Olympics! It's the capital of what used to be the biggest empire the world has ever seen, and it's got tons to offer you in terms of education and fun.
First of all, keep in mind that if you go on our exchange program in the UK
, you'll get the real deal: this is the real study-abroad experience you've been craving since high school. That means getting a taste of studying abroad, getting to know foreign students, and it means doing whatever it is students do after class, but in England, just one hour north of London. Not in Columbia.
There you'll get to know a brand new culture within the burden of having to overcome a language barrier. What's more, the university - the University of Westminster - is super-popular with international students, with about 4,000 of them per 23,000 enrolled. So what's the area like?
In the northwest end of London, just past the glow of the city lights, students will find the historic, yet ever increasingly metropolitan Borough of Harrow. A city of archeological and historic importance, Harrow was once home to Roman settlers and has even provided evidence of the presence of pre-historic man. Preservation of Harrow's history has remained a priority for the city, giving tourists and students alike an opportunity to experience sites such as the Homestead Manor, the oldest standing timber frame house in Middlesex, as well as nine archeological sites which have been "Scheduled" by the British government as having national archeological importance.
The word Harrow carries with it an Anglo-Saxon meaning of temple or sacred grove; upon Harrow-on-the-Hill, believed to be the site of such a temple, visitors are able to survey the city which sprawls out beneath them, even taking in a view of London on a clear day. Amidst this abundance of history, students will find a surprising little metropolitan city which takes pride in its newly constructed modern buildings and its array of contemporary shopping. Art galleries share the streets with trendy, student filled clubs, while a quieter atmosphere may be found in the traditional pubs of the area. As a student you will experience all that Harrow has to offer, walking the streets that Winston Churchill once strolled up and down as a student at the famous Harrow School, all the while only a short train ride away from downtown London.
Want to know know more? Click here!
Want to know how to apply? Click here!
Want to know when the deadline to apply is? Read here: September 20 (Scholarship deadline - October1)
Do you think you need to go abroad to go abroad? You might be right, technically, if you say yes, but there are options for experiencing the international world right here in the US of A. Not only do they offer no less exciting opportunities than our programs abroad, but they're also cheaper: you won't need to pay for a flight across an ocean.
What I'm talking about are our New York City
and Washington D.C.
internship programs. With these programs, you get to choose between the capital of the Leader of the Free World and the Media Capital of the World. Not necessarily the capitals of espresso and lounging by the Seine, but still not bad.
Wanna learn more? Not a problem...About the Washington DC Program
The Missouri School of Journalism's Washington Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to spend a semester in one of the media and political world capitals. Washington D.C. is a city of neighborhoods. It boasts a robust public transportation system, anchored by the Metro. Getting around the city is quite easy, and students will interact with other interns and young professionals from around the U.S. and the world. The vibe of Washington is young and purposed. From the imposing government buildings dotting the Hill, to the cobblestone streets and high-end boutiques of Georgetown, Washington truly is a fascinating city. Students will discover its first-rate restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, museums, and dialog.
And more? Also not a problem.About the New York Program
The Missouri School of Journalism's New York Program offers Missouri Journalism students a unique program of study, a network of colleagues, faculty guidance and summer residence in the media capital of the world. New York City is home to major national television networks, national newspapers, world headquarters of advertising agencies and public relations firms and major photo agencies. The city becomes the students' extended classroom.
New York City is the media capital of the world, home to major national television networks, national newspapers, world headquarters of advertising agencies and public relations firms and major photo agencies. These Missouri Journalism students take in the sights of the city at night. In addition to their journalism internship work, students attend seminars with New York editors, producers, journalists and media executives. Interns will have opportunities to meet Missouri School of Journalism alumni working in New York and to explore one of the world's most amazing cities. A weekly seminar course is instructed by a faculty leader from the Missouri School of Journalism. Classes are held at the City University of New York
, located in Times Square.
The New York Program is open to graduate students, MU juniors and seniors. Students from any sequence can take part in the interdisciplinary program for up to nine credits.
If you're not yet rushing to click on our "How to Apply" link
, then read about these programs on their respective pages: Washington D.C.
and New York City
MU Journalism students Lucas Moore, Jillian Hausmann, and Trevor Kraus just spent an incredible summer in Buenos Aires. Check out their reflections below to learn more about their internships, Argentinian culture, and being immersed in a Spanish-speaking country.
"I worked this summer at an ad agency in Buenos Aires called Avant Garde. They’re a small agency doing big-name work. While I was there, they were doing brand awareness campaigns for bars and clubs. I designed for brands like Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo and J&B Whiskey. I also got to do logo development for a local sushi restaurant. Finally, I designed a campaign for a Samsung pitch and then got to sit in on the actual presentation meeting with Samsung creatives. I learned tons about how a real agency functions while getting to practice my Spanish skills in brainstorms and the daily work environment.
On that note, my Spanish has improved immensely in my time in Buenos Aires. I worked completely in Spanish, met friends who hung out and spoke only in Spanish and successfully lived a life inside another language. I think the only real way to learn a second language is to speak it all day. I’ve gotten to the point of being able to confidently hold a real conversation with any Spanish speaker.
I would recommend this program to everyone with any interest in journalism, communication, advertising, Spanish or culture. The experience I gained in three months in Buenos Aires will stick with me for a lifetime. I feel prepared to work at any English-speaking ad agency in the states or to travel to any Spanish-speaking country in the world."
"As I reflect on the past two months I spent at FOPEA and International Community of Women with Aids (ICW), I can truly say my internship experiences have been life changing. Not only did I gain valuable practice in my field working with website development, translating blog posts and creating promotional material, but I also gained a great amount of life perspective. This is especially true working with ICW. The passion and kind hearts of everyone in the organization has been truly inspiring. More than ever, I am certain that I would like to make a career and a lifestyle following their footsteps. Whether it’s working in communications for a similar organization such as women and children living with HIV or something entirely different, these women and men have inspired me to find a cause that I am passionate about and put my heart into making it successful.
Likewise, the Journalism and Gender seminars with Carolina were very insightful as well. Looking back, I can’t believe how much knowledge I gained in only two months. The journalism seminars have enlightened me with a much broader view of the world and other cultures, in so many different ways. The gender seminars forced me to think beyond the basics of “what is gender equality”. I now view media, politics, etc. with a gender and cultural perspective and am more critical in these aspects.
I highly recommend this program to any student in the Journalism school looking to improve Spanish-speaking skills and gain cultural perspective. Being the only girl in this summer’s program, I’ll admit I was really nervous about the social and real-life aspects of the trip outside of internships and classes. However, I believe this has made my experience all the more influential. Living by myself, I was forced to use the language at all times as I had no one else to depend on. It also gave me the urge to go out and make friends, which has been one of the greatest facets of my entire trip. Being constantly surrounded by Porteños has made me grow so much in terms of Spanish-speaking and the way I view the world in general."
TREVOR KRAUS"So thus ends my time in Argentina. It will be with mixed feelings that I board an airplane on Saturday, principally because of the many friends I’ve made and the many unique experiences I’ve shared with them over the past 2 and a half months. First, the internships: At 24con during this past week, one of my articles was published (http://24con.infonews.com/conurbano/nota/70751-bombonera-o-fenway-las-diferencias-entre-el-deporte-argentino-y-norteamericano/), and another one, which I finished on Wednesday, will be published soon. While I’ve been here, I’ve had the opportunity to see first-hand how a news staff operates in another country, contributing to it along the way. I made some really good friends with some people on the staff. I hope to keep in touch with them often, and I’m already looking forward to seeing them when I come back, whenever that might be. They were so nice and helpful (in fact, almost everyone I’ve met here in Argentina has been) and I couldn’t have enjoyed my experience nearly as much without their support and friendship. I feel that I also improved my writing in Spanish by leaps and bounds because every time I would write something, I had a top-notch editor to show me where I made mistakes. The same can be said for my internship with the Sol de San Telmo newspaper, in which I’ll have a story published on August 10th. In general, my Spanish got infinitely better; quicker speech, bigger vocabulary, better comprehension, etc. It’s solidified my belief that Spanish cannot be learned in a classroom; it has to be practiced constantly, and being in a Spanish speaking country is the only way to make that possible."
Downtown /by Donald Swarts
Though not quite as exotic as, say, Cambodia, New York City will nonetheless enthrall you and make it hard for you to leave. Once you fall into her arms, you disappear forever, as they say... but in a good way.
And this summer you can go to New York City for over a month and be an intern at a real news outlet. A REAL news outlet in the REAL New York City!
What else will you do, besides for gaining career-solidifying experience?
Well, you should know that you'll be going with Martha Steffens, a professor of business and financial journalism at MU
. She is also the chair of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers
– an organization with more that 3,000 members.
When you're not busy working on your breaking news or what have you, you'll be taking excursions with Steffens. There'll be a tour of Central Park, The Cloisters, Staten Island. Sounds nice, right? What about The New Yorker? FoxBusiness TV? Bloomberg? That's right – as participants in the program you'll get to visit these major newsrooms, meet the people running them, and get an appreciation for how they operate.
And then you can go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or the Museum of National History. Or the Museum of Modern Art. Or any one of the hundreds of bars, cafés, restaurants, galleries, bookstores, theaters and parks that dot the city. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NEXT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18!!!! DON'T MISS IT!!!!Here's how to applyAnd here's more info on the program. Good luck!
Want to spend an action-packed two weeks in the capital of the world's largest country while covering an international sports event? Want to go abroad but are discouraged by the expense?
If you want international experience as a journalist – Missouri Method kind of experience, i.e. the real deal – then you should think about our China Open program. Not only is it cheap – the $2,750 program fee includes the flight and housing – it'll give you solid international experience as a journalist. What prospective employer, whether locally or internationally, won't look favorably on two weeks spent covering sports halfway across the world?
China Open is a tennis tournament held every year in China, and if you go, you'll find stories daily about a tennis player you will be assigned to. You will be published in no less than three places – Beijing Youth Daily, CCTV Channel 5, and the China Open website.
The benefits of the experience are pretty clear, we think. But what about having some fun? Once you're on the opposite side of the planet you'll also want to see some sites and go out with your new-found friends.
So, what is there in Beijing?
Let's start with a few basic facts. First, you should know that Beijing has a population of almost 20 million. That's a third of the entire population of France, all in one city. It also happens to be the capital of China. The first walled city appeared there in the 11th century BCE – making Beijing a city over 3,000 years old.
What about sights? Being such an old and important city, Beijing is full of historically and culturally significant things to see. Before you learn any more, I recommend taking a look at this terrific slide show
. It'll give you a visual idea of the kind of world you'll be immersed in for two weeks. As you can see, Beijing has a lot to offer – from exotic food to beautiful architecture and more.
For your reading pleasure:For a brief overview of what to do and see, check out this Travel and Leisure article
. It'll give you a primer on Beijing. Then, take a look at this site.
Top three attractions: 1) The Forbidden City 2) The Great Wall of China 3) Tiananmen Square. Enough said...
If your folks are worried about safety, direct them to this government site on China
. And then check out this site for a thorough background
on Chinese history, economy, government, and more.
And, most importantly, make sure to apply by May 1
. Can't wait to see those applications!by Fedor Zarkhin
Can you find Aarhus? What about Copenhagen? What country does Denmark border to the south? What seas are to Denmark's East and West? These are all good things to know, regardless of whether you choose to go to Denmark this Fall semester through our exchange program
. But it's particularly useful if you do... (Aarhus is in the southern part of the orange-colored Aarhus region)
To go or not to go?
Do you remember from high school where Shakespeare's Hamlet is set? Yup, in the Danish castle you see in the picture to the right.
Do you know where the oldest monarchy in the West is? You guessed it.
Do you know what European country was first to abolish slavery? My, you're on a roll today!
And most importantly, where did Lego come from? That's right, from the Danes.
The Danes (within a month you'll fit right in)
So if you go to Denmark, what should you expect? Most likely you won't be going there to play with legos, right? (Though that's certainly an option...) So let's learn a little about the host city, shall we?
Known as both the City of Smiles and the City of Cafés, Aarhus is a heavily student-populated city. It's the second-largest city in Denmark after the capital, Copenhagen, and it's situated by the sea. Undoubtedly you'll be busy meeting people and sitting around in cafes discussing the meaning of life and love, but you'll probably also find the time to visit a few sights. So check out this page with a list of Aarhus attractions
. From the Old Town to castles to museums, this list should keep you busy for some time.
And if you're even the slightest bit disappointed that you won't be living in the capital, there's no need to worry! A train will take you there in three hours, and this way, during the week you won't be as exposed to the hordes of tourists that flock to Copenhagen. This New York Times page
has a list of travel articles on Copenhagen. Also, take a look at the State Department's site
to get a thorough background on Denmark.
What about the Danish School of Journalism, your host institution
? If you'd like to learn about the program, see our page
. And if you want to learn about the university, check out these links and decide for yourself whether it's a good place to go or not. (This one
, this one
and this one
You should find lots of these in Denmark
Now hold your horses before you buy a ticket! It's good to be excited, but don't be rash! First, check out this Frommer's Denmark slideshow
and this Danish pop video
And, of course, remember that the deadline to apply is April 5
. Click here to learn how to apply.by Fedor Zarkhin
Milford Sound /by Steve Allen
Hmmm, what to do this Fall semester? How about let's stay in Columbia. Let's enjoy the same old spots, the same old friends, the same old halls. Or not. Let's go to Tamaki Makaurau instead. Sound like a plan?
In case you care about where you're going before agreeing to go there, you might want to know that Tamaki Makaurau is actually the Maori
name for Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand.
And what's Maori? It's the language of the people who've lived in what is now called New Zealand for about 700 years. They make up about 15 percent of the population now.
So what else might interest you about New Zealand, besides for the fact that we have an exchange program there
? No doubt, you know that the Lord of the Rings was filmed there, and for those of us who've seen the movies and some photos (click here
), that's not much of a surprise. While it's the North Island that's the most populated, it's the South Island that is home to the famous Southern Alps, which run almost 300 miles from end to end. The highest peak is over 12,000 feet and the range is home to over 3,000 glaciers larger than a hectare.
Waterfront /by Jarn Godfrey
If you go to New Zealand, you're probably (definitely) going to check out South Island. If you have the time and money, you could actually go on what the National Geographic decided was the 9th best adventure trip in the world:
a 14-day escapade where you can go snorkeling, sea kayaking, backpacking and biking. But don't limit yourself! There are tons of options when it comes to adventuring in New Zealand.
"OK," you say, "I want to go. New Zealand. Beautiful. But nature isn't all I care about, you know. I want to meet lots of interesting people, and I want to make sure the university is up to par. What would New Zealand give me as a journalist, anyway?"
Good questions. Necessary questions, obviously.
If you want to know why the Auckland Institute of Technology thinks you should study there, click here
, and if you want to learn about the degree program and courses you might take, click here
. And click here to see the newspaper
that you'll be writing for. And if you're worried you'll be sitting in the middle of a bunch of gorgeous mountains and a lot of sheep (there's more of them than people in New Zealand!), don't you worry. Auckland has about 1.3 million residents (somewhat larger than CoMo, right?), and the uni has almost 30,000 students, 2,000 of them international.
And now I'd recommend you do some research. Who knows, you might be an AP correspondent there one day. Wouldn't do to start the adventure without reading up.
By the beach
As usual, we have our staple reading: this State Department page
. Then there's everything you can dig up from the New York Times: (1) a blog post about traveling cheaply on South Island
(2) a Frommer's intro on the country
(3) this article about extreme sports in New Zealand
, and (4) this great article about exploring New Zealand's "Fiorland.
" And if all that's not enough, you've got to check out this Travel and Leisure article
If you're not busy reading those and still reading this blog post, then remember. Application deadline: April 5.
Coming up pretty fast... Click here to learn how to apply
. by Fedor Zarkhin
What is the Republic of Singapore? Here are some facts:
Singapore /by Salvador Manaois III
- It is the second most densely populated country, yet about half of it is comprised of parks.
- It has four official languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil
- It became an independent country in 1965
- It is wedged between mainland Malaysia and Indonesia.
- You can go there this Fall semester to study at the Nanyang Technological Institute...
Singapore Thaipusam Festival
Let's learn some more!
For a thorough background on Singapore, check out the State Department's two sites, one that'll answer your practical questions
and one on the country's history, economics, culture, and more
. You could also take a look at the CIA's World Fact Book
.This Singaporean site
, meanwhile, will take you to loads of info on what to see and do in Singapore.
If you're looking for a neat and compact list, then you need to check out Time's list of 10 things to do in Singapore
. This site has a ton of useful links
for people living in Singapore, and if you're doing some serious research, this site is a must.
Finally, this New York Times article tells us about the arts scene
in Singapore, while this one tells us about the "hawker" food culture in Singapore
. Don't know what that is? Click the link...
And, as for all our Fall 2012 exchange programs, the deadline to apply is April 5
. For details about the program in Singapore (dates, cost, etc.) click here
, and for info on how to apply, click here
.by Fedor Zarkhin
So many programs, so many choices... why not try out something original, like a trip south of the equator, into a country with the world's driest dessert, a country spanning most of the world's largest mountain chain with the Pacific Ocean on the other side, while living in a modern capital flanked by snow-capped mountains and perfecting your Spanish language skills on a daily basis?
Torres del Paine National Park /by Saikit Leung
Yup, that's Chile we're talking about, and if you want to you can study there this Fall semester through our exchange program
. So to decide if that's what you want to do, you need to ask yourself some questions.
First of all, do you speak Spanish, and do you want to get better at it? Most of your classes will be in Spanish, so that's important. Second, do you like nature? If you do, Chile would be good for you. Check out this gorgeous photo-gallery
to get an idea of what I'm talking about. So these are just two questions you could ask yourself – and there are many more, of course.
Santiago Cathedral /by Luca Quadrio
We've compiled some links to help you in your research, and maybe to get you inspired.
1. This New York Times article
will give you a taste of what to do in Santiago if you have just a bit of time. So you could just consider this article as your itinerary for your first weekend, for example.
has lots of info, with information on things to see, places to stay, and lots of practical advice.
3. The Department of State has a page with heaps of information about Chile, including stuff on potential travel warnings or what to do if you get in trouble. This page
has the general stats, info, and history of Chile, and this page
has info for people traveling there.
4. Easter Island belongs to Chile. Who knows, you might even get the chance to swing by there... This long article
explains the island's history, the mystery surrounding the statues, and how to visit it.
5. The endless expanse that is the internet.
Finally, remember 2 things: You can come by our office or set up an appointment to talk about this program, and the deadline to apply is April 5.
Don't forget! Click here for the page explaining how to apply
, and here for our FAQ.
Send an email to Tami Lorenson - firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about whatever questions you might have. And remember? Deadline to apply is... April 5!
by Fedor Zarkhin